April 18, 2013
The Gang of Eight in the U.S. Senate has advocated 10-year wait for a green card for most of those in the proposed amnesty followed by a three-year period before naturalization could begin.
How should we think about that?
My position is that any broad-brush amnesty is a bad idea because it would encourage more illegal immigration in the future. That certainly was the result of the IRCA legalization of the 1980s. Read more...
April 16, 2013
The breathtaking casualness of the Gang of Eight — and the media — as they deal with the exploding population of the United States was demonstrated in this morning's New York Times with this off-hand remark:
The legislation also aims to eliminate the backlog of 4.7 million immigrants who have applied to come here legally and have been languishing waiting for green cards.
April 16, 2013
These numbers are drawn from a recent CIS Backgrounder, "Immigration and the American Worker: A Review of the Academic Literature", by Harvard Professor George Borjas, who is generally recognized to be the nation's leading immigration economist. They show only the non-fiscal economic impacts of international migration. Were tax and welfare balances to be shown, since immigrants are, on average, a low-income population, the picture would be even more dramatic. Read more...
April 15, 2013
If the government's experts tell us that we are producing far more high-tech grads than the industry needs (as they do), why are the politicians thinking about importing even larger cohorts of alien tech workers? Are the pols, maybe, paying more attention to the lobbyists than to the facts? Read more...
April 12, 2013
Watching the on-going legislative scramble over "comprehensive immigration reform" I am reminded of:
IRCA's Gang of Three. Currently there are Gangs of Eight in both the Senate and the House trying to resolve the inevitable immigration policy conflicts by quiet negotiation among these self-selected, bipartisan groupings. Too many commentators regard these (conspiratorial?) gatherings as signs of progress. I beg to differ. Read more...
April 9, 2013
The year's supply of H-1B visas for inexpensive high-tech workers was exhausted the first week that the window was opened — to no one's surprise. Every year the visas become available to employers on April 1 — 65,000 in the general category and 20,000 in the advanced-degree-in-the-U.S. category.
Bargain-hunting employers, particularly the Indian body shops (i.e. placement agencies), poured in their applications, hoping to obtain nearly indentured college graduates on the cheap, most of whom will be assigned to routine technological jobs. Read more...
April 8, 2013
Many people think that the only way to buy your way into legal presence in the United States is through the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program. Not so.
There are three different ways that an alien can buy his or her way into legal status; each pathway has a different price, sometimes involving more than just money; and each pathway has its own advantages and disadvantages. Here is a summary, more or less in the style of Consumer Reports, for the three routes to buy legal status: Read more...
April 2, 2013
My immediate reaction in a blog about the EB-5 scandal in Chicago, involving investments of $145 million last month was off the mark.
Being all too accustomed to writing about fraudulent practices by promoters of this program, I was a bit blase about the news and emphasized the fact that the Securities and Exchange Commission had taken the lead in breaking this case, not USCIS. The court filings dealt with getting money under false pretenses, not with the multiple violations of the immigration law and regulations that also had occurred.
What I did not realize at the time was that this really was a very big deal, nationally and internationally. Read more...
April 1, 2013
There are two kinds of immigration-related marriage fraud, and one is much more difficult for the authorities to detect than the other.
In one scenario the alien sweet-talks the citizen into a real marriage, keeps the marriage alive for the needed two years after which the green card can be secured, and later breaks off the marriage and seeks a divorce. Let's call these the con cases.
In the other the alien (or his or her agent) simply pays a citizen to go through a sham marriage. These are the cash cases. Read more...
March 28, 2013
The terminology of the immigration policy debate is all wrong.
Those wanting to expand migration portray themselves in glowing colors as "reformers", out to fix a "broken system", who want to "liberate" the economy and shed inhibiting practices and laws. Even an "open borders" policy sounds more attractive than a "restrictive" one.
And since, by and large, the writers and editors in the mainstream media are in cahoots with the mas-migration people, these misleading terms are widely used in reporting immigration policy.
I propose a new term for those who want to massively increase migration: pushers. Read more...
March 26, 2013
The great immigration writer John Higham famously wrote long ago that the country-of-origin immigration quota system, adopted during the Harding administration, was the "triumph of bigotry over greed". Corporate greed for low-paid workers was trumped, in his eyes by the forces of nativism.
Things are a little more complex today, but if "comprehensive immigration reform" is enacted in the near future it will be because of the combined forces of: Read more...
March 25, 2013
Here's an example of selective truth-telling, from a story in Saturday's New York Times titled "Finding a Path to a U.S. Visa, Often by Luck":
[S]ome opponents of more lenient [amnesty] policies have contended that the deferred action and other immigration programs might tempt some illegal immigrants to commit fraud in order to qualify. [Emphasis added.]
March 22, 2013
Yes, it is true, if you look hard enough there will be a saint or two in the federal prison system. I suspect there will also be a Harvard Law graduate or two. But no news article on the prison population would dream of selecting the imprisoned Harvard grad as the poster child for the population of those jails.
An article in this morning's Washington Post, on the other hand, headlined "Betting the farm — for green cards", picks a highly atypical family that benefits from the immigrant investor (EB-5) program as its poster children. Read more...
March 22, 2013
There is a long, painful story in the March 22 New York Times, "Officials Still Seek Ways to Assess Border Security", about how to measure the effectiveness of immigration control, with the notion being that there is a political need to have some indication that we have illegal immigration in hand prior to any amnesty. Read more...
March 19, 2013
The United States is very much alone in granting immigration visas to siblings of citizens, as this table shows: Read more...
March 15, 2013
There were more births to Chinese tourists in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands last year than there were to the indigenous population, the Marianas Variety is reporting in its March 14 edition. Read more...
March 12, 2013
Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, was recently quoted in an ABC News story about the dangers of nonimmigrant worker schemes:
"Programs like the bracero program or temporary guest-worker programs where individuals were tied to an employer, they got exploited", he said. "They got cheated out of wages [and] they weren't given what was rightfully due to them. They were forced to work under unsafe conditions. They were forced to accept substandard wages. They couldn't say anything, because if they did, [the employer] would jerk their permit and deport them."
March 8, 2013
It is now apparent that an immigrant investor in the EB-5 program can secure at least some immigration benefits without actually investing any money. Read more...
March 8, 2013
Within our immigration system there are three negatives to avoid:
- Bad public policy;
- Fraud against the United States and its citizens; and
- Fraud against individual aliens.
One often encounters a single negative, such as someone seeking to enter the United States with bad documents; he would be in Class B. Read more...
March 7, 2013
When the government decides not to spend the needed amount of tax moneys on immigration enforcement, it can always argue that it is helping to reduce the national debt.
When the same government, presumably only lightly motivated to regulate migration, decides not to charge adequate fees for enforcement activities to immigration-related entities profiting by lax regulation, it has no such defense. There is no public sector savings, all the savings go to the private entities that use the program. Read more...
March 6, 2013
The phone call yesterday afternoon from CBS News puzzled me; the reporter wanted to know the extent to which proxy marriages played a role in immigration-related marriage fraud.
"It is certainly possible, but I have no specifics for you", I told the reporter, and wondered why the question was being asked. Read more...
March 5, 2013
An H-1B placement operation in Texas has been charged with mistreating its workers, misleading the U.S. government, and engaging in both visa fraud and wire fraud.
Earlier this month, Dibon Solutions of Carrollton, Texas, and six of its current or former executives were hauled into federal court in Dallas to face these counts. The principal defendants are Atula and Jiten "Jay" Nanda, two feuding brothers who had at one point owned the company jointly. (They are currently engaged in a separate court battle with each other over the control of the firm.) Read more...
February 28, 2013
Immigration marriage fraud, often taken all too lightly by the press, has yet again been linked with murder.
This is the fifth time we have seen this linkage in the last couple of years, with previous cases noted in an earlier blog. Read more...
February 26, 2013
Earlier today the Associated Press ran an article saying that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had started releasing "several hundred" illegal aliens held in DHS detention facilities because of the impending sequestration of federal funds.
This was an odd move — presumably designed to scare the Congress into resolving the sequestration crisis. Read more...
February 26, 2013
Suppose there's a law-enforcement operation that works 99.92 percent of the time, and when it does not work, it is a short-term inconvenience for criminals.
That's pretty commendable, right?
Unfortunately the Los Angeles Times does not see it that way Read more...
February 26, 2013
People in the immigration field are well aware that visa abusers present an enormous challenge.
The release of "Binational Dialogue on Mexican Migrants" at a briefing on Capitol Hill today reminds me of the problems created by "study abusers" who will surely twist this report to advance the interests of the mas migration forces. Read more...
February 25, 2013
A small bit of the Justice Department — the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) — has, totally out of character, actually moved to discourage employment bias against U.S. citizens!
This entity usually spends its energies beating up on employers who are a little too vigorous in their efforts not to hire illegal aliens, but this time it has issued a press release saying it found a Florida employment agency that had violated the law: Read more...
February 20, 2013
This one is a little convoluted.
The government wants some detained aliens, under some conditions, to be released on bond while their status is being sorted out.
With that in mind, the government has licensed certain bail-bond insurance companies to do this work. Read more...
February 19, 2013
The headline on the ICE press release is more positive, if less telling, than the one above; it reads "Nogales Tunnel Task Force Shuts Down Cross-border Tunnel".
It is another account of how Mexican drug traffickers, using patience and medieval skills, have managed to dig yet another tunnel under the border, a tunnel that our enforcement people noticed only when large bundles of marijuana started showing up on our side of the line. Read more...
February 18, 2013
You might think if 261 would-be EB-5 immigrant investors – all rich residents of China – were caught up in an immigration fraud case that: 1) the Department of Homeland Security would bring the case, and 2) there would be a demand for criminal convictions.
You would be wrong on both counts. Read more...