Immigration Blog

H-1B Program, with a Couple of Deserved Black Eyes, Opens Filing Season

By David North, April 12, 2012

The H-1B nonimmigrant program for high-tech and other professional workers bears a couple of prominent bruises as the FY 2013 filing season opens.

While network TV routinely ignores abuses in the immigration system, today's full-throated "CBS This Morning" treatment of the misuse of H-1B and B-1 visas was a welcome exception to the rule. Read more...

Romney Said What About Immigrants?

By Stanley Renshon, April 12, 2012

In an otherwise mundane story by Dan Balz of the Washington Post concerning Mitt Romney's shift of focus to the president after Rick Santorum dropped from the Republican primary race, we find this observation, "He [Romney] also faces potentially major problems among Hispanics because of his positions on immigration and the harsh language he used to describe them during the GOP debates." Read more...

A Savvy Terrorist with a Quality Fake ID Can Breach Airline Security

By Janice Kephart, April 12, 2012

Since investigative reporter Josh Bernstein filed his story, "License to Terrorize: Failure to safeguard against sophisticated phony IDs leaves opening for bad guys to slip through air security", the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has neither responded to nor acknowledged the report, and refused Bernstein an interview. Read more...

A Study in Light and Dark: How ICE Has Implemented the Secure Communities Program, in the Field and at Headquarters

By W.D. Reasoner, April 11, 2012

During the European Renaissance, Italian masters developed the term chiaroscuro to describe studies of strong contrasts — based on the juxtaposition of light and dark — in their drawings and paintings. The term is still used today and in fact its context has broadened to encompass other things, including the printed word, when the literature in question is reflective of such strong contrasts. Read more...

DHS Report Confirms ICE Officers Use Secure Communities Properly

By Jessica Vaughan, April 11, 2012

A new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) internal audit of ICE's implementation of Secure Communities finds that, contrary to critics' allegations, the program is effective in identifying criminal aliens and that ICE officers are not being overzealous in selecting aliens for removal. If anything, officers are erring on the side of not pursuing removal of criminal aliens when warranted.

Among the highlights of the report:

Massachusetts Suffering More Crime by Not Complying with REAL ID Legal Status Check

By Janice Kephart, April 11, 2012

A few weeks ago I received a call from Fox News/Boston about increasing reports of crimes committed by illegal aliens with Massachusetts-issued driver's licenses. Investigating how illegal aliens were getting legitimate licenses, Fox News found my report on REAL ID compliance and noticed that Massachusetts is one of only five states not actively checking legal status before issuing driver's licenses. Read more...

National Commissions on Immigration, 1907-1997

By Otis Graham, April 10, 2012

Some public policy issues are so complex and controversial that Congress and president on occasion acknowledge that they cannot craft legislation or administer policy in the usual way. They may be drawn to the advice of a 1955 poem from Punch magazine by Geoffrey Parsons with a Gilbert and Sullivan lilt that runs:

If you're pestered by critics and hounded by faction
To take some precipitate, positive action
The proper procedure to take my advice is
Appoint a commission and stave off the crisis.

Immigration Issue Playing in Big Blue State

By James R. Edwards Jr., April 10, 2012

When you think of Massachusetts, you probably think of liberal lions like the Kennedys, Tip O'Neill, Barney Frank, and Michael Dukakis. So when Bay State Republicans start running an ad against Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, for being soft on immigration, it might just get your attention.

Well, that's what's happening!

The Green Card Top 20 for 2011

By Jerry Kammer, April 9, 2012

The Department of Homeland Security has just released statistics on the 1,062,040 legal residents admitted to the United States during 2011. Once again, Mexico is by far the leading recipient of green cards, with 143,446. The list below shows the other countries in the top 20, which together received 63.2 percent of the green card total. Read more...

Canada Shows the Way: Closes Files on Backlogged Immigrant Applications

By David North, April 9, 2012

What do you do with a backlogged set of immigrant-worker applications at a time of high unemployment? In the United States such queues just keep growing, but not in Canada. Read more...

A "New IDEA" Whose Time Has Come

By W.D. Reasoner, April 9, 2012

Recently, I wrote a blog about jobs, unemployed workers, and federal monies provided to state and local governments to jump-start "shovel ready" projects. I wondered who, in fact, was manning the shovels, given that there appeared to be no controls in place to ensure that the jobs that presumably resulted from these various public works projects went to American citizens and lawfully authorized workers. It's a question worth investigating and, to my knowledge, no one has done it. Read more...

Case History: Judge Shrouds H-1B Case with Secrecy

By David North, April 9, 2012

While supporters of the H1-B program say it brings us the "best and the brightest", a careful examination of a recent federal court case in Ohio – strangely masked in secrecy by the judge – shows us how shabby the program can be.

The case involves: a young alien man with a mysterious legal status, probably an illegal alien, who has a bachelor's degree from a marginal educational institution, a private one that accepts all applicants, and his employer, a mortgage finance company in trouble in two different states. Read more...

American Bilingualism and Globalization

By Stanley Renshon, April 6, 2012

"Speaking two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world" is the insipid platitude that begins an article flatly asserting that "Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter." What does one have to do with the other? Nothing that is immediately obvious. Read more...

Indian H-1B Body Shop Called Sexist, Too

By David North, April 6, 2012

By now we are all familiar with the charge that many major users of the H-1B program for high-tech and other professionals, including at least some of the India-based "body shops" or out-placement organizations, are biased against American workers, especially older (i.e., 35-plus) ones.

And now one has been charged in court with being sexist, too — by a woman with an Indian name. Read more...

Are Bilinguals Smarter?

By Stanley Renshon, April 5, 2012

Well, actually the title of the article in the New York Times is a bit less equivocal. Its title begins with a conclusion, to wit: "Why Bilinguals Are Smarter". And it then goes on to assert that, "Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter." Read more...

Germany's Apprenticeship Wunder: Highlighted on NPR but Nothing New to Vernon Briggs

By Jerry Kammer, April 4, 2012

On NPR's "Morning Edition" today, reporter Eric Westervelt told a story about Germany's apprenticeship program, which every year trains 1.5 million young people for a spectrum of jobs — from aircraft mechanics, to bakers, carpenters, and violin-makers. It is a remarkably successful national strategy of the sort that has long been urged by emeritus Cornell professor of labor economics Vernon Briggs. Read more...

USCIS Seems to Predict 88% Failure Rate in the EB-5 Investor Program

By David North, April 4, 2012

If you compare its numbers in two different governmental publications, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) seems to be predicting that 88 percent of the applicants for EB-5 investor visas will not, in fact, get the green cards that they had been promised for their half-million-dollar investments. Read more...

Reality Check on Operation Cross Check

By Jessica Vaughan, April 4, 2012

On Monday, ICE announced the results of the latest installment of Operation Cross Check, an initiative that locates and apprehends aliens with serious criminal records who are at large. Agents arrested more than 3,100 of these criminal aliens in March. That's helpful. But it also would be helpful if ICE would do what it takes to keep these criminals from being "at-large" so that they don 't need to be staked out and rounded up, but merely held until they can be removed. Read more...

New York State's "Dream Act": Kindly Spare Us the Partisan Hyperbole

By Stanley Renshon, April 4, 2012

The infant-tender years narrative of the Dream Act invites public sympathy and support, and that is its purpose. It succeeds in doing so because it rests on a legitimate moral claim — that some people are being placed in an untenable immigration situation because of the behavior of their parents over which they had no control because they were infants or young children when they arrived in the United States. Read more...

Stopping Illegal Aliens from Stealing Our Children's Identities

By Ronald W. Mortensen, April 3, 2012

My last blog concluded by asking "What can we do to stop illegal alien-driven, employment-related child identity theft that is destroying the futures of millions of innocent American children?"

The answer is simple — require all employers to use an employment verification system that ensures that the names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth of all current employees and new hires match. After all, an adult may be able to use the name and Social Security number of a child, but he can't use the child's birth date. Read more...

Local Employer Audits Work to Reduce Illegal Hiring

By Jessica Vaughan, April 3, 2012

The Obama administration's half-hearted and spotty record of immigration enforcement at the workplace creates a big vacuum for state and local lawmakers to jump into. E-Verify mandates are a great start. State employer auditing programs are another effective tool, either in lieu of an E-Verify mandate or to enhance compliance with E-Verify and other requirements. Statistics from such initiatives in South Carolina demonstrate the value of employer auditing at the state and local level. Read more...

A Double Whammy: Policy Dump on Administrative Amnesty

By W.D. Reasoner, April 2, 2012

The administration snuck a couple of immigration-related policy actions past the public this weekend. (Weekend news items, the media-wise tell us, are less likely to garner attention, and therefore outrage.) Read more...

USCIS Modifies Key Form — But the PR Department Blurs the Achievement

By David North, April 2, 2012

USCIS has done exactly the right thing to one of its forms — a form frequently misused by aliens — but its press people have totally blurred this fraud-fighting accomplishment.

I know that a discussion of a government form is sure to glaze the eyes, but this time it is significant.

The form is the I-797C — the Notice of Action — which formally confirms that something is happening to an alien's desire for legal status, but does not indicate that anything has happened yet. Some aliens have used it to fool the gullible into believing that the alien has full legal status. Read more...

Never Trust Mainstream Pundits Bearing Gifts

By Stephen Steinlight, April 2, 2012

That just about every pundit for a "newspapers of record" — not to mention virtually all commentators in other mainstream media — are flacks for the Obama administration and uncritical devotees of open-borders immigration and amnesty is among the worst-kept political secrets in America. Throughout the Obama presidency, the chattering class has remained fiercely supportive of both, though its primary allegiance appears to have swung from the man to the issue. Read more...

Here's the Kind of PR Pitch DHS Should Be Pushing All over Mexico

By David North, March 31, 2012

Here's the story: Eight hapless Mexican would-be illegals got hopelessly trapped in the mud on a near-freezing day and needed three fire departments, two units of the Border Patrol, and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office to rescue them. Read more...

Biden on H1B Visas

By John Miano, March 31, 2012

In an interview with a Davenport, Iowa, TV station, this exchange occurred with Vice President Joe Biden:

Q: Are two [sic] many H1B visas given out each year? Are too many highly skilled jobs going to people outside the United States?

Problems with Letting Someone Else Make a Nation's Migration Decisions

By David North, March 30, 2012

One of the favorite, sneaky ploys of the more-migration people is to arrange — they usually say "just in this one special case" — for someone else to make a nation's immigration decisions.

In the news lately, though not quite labeled this way, are knotty immigration questions in Canada and the UK; questions that arose, or may arise, because of this someone-else-decides mechanism. Read more...

EB-5 Numbers Do Not Compute on Big Hotel Project in L.A.

By David North, March 29, 2012

Marriott is building a 492-room hotel in downtown Los Angeles with the help of the EB-5 immigrant investor program. The job-creation numbers for it simply do not add up. Read more...

California to Supreme Court: Attrition Will Work

By Jon Feere, March 29, 2012

Ten states have joined California in filing an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court objecting to what they allege are unconstitutional provisions of Arizona's S.B. 1070, the "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act". The 10 other states are New York, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Read more...

ICE Detention: "More Like Recess"

By Jessica Vaughan, March 29, 2012

On Wednesday, I testified before the House Judiciary Committee's Immigration and Policy subcommittee hearing on new policies implemented by the Obama administration for softer immigration detention standards. Read more...