Immigration Blog

Policy by Anecdote, Back at You

By James R. Edwards Jr., February 13, 2011

In the "educated people should really know better" department: If you’re like me, you tire of the silly or reckless, and potentially dangerous, practice of setting policy by anecdote. Read more...

Implications of Europe's Turn Away from Multiculturalism for the U.S.

By Stanley Renshon, February 13, 2011

Those with liberal views and short memories often urge Americans to learn from Europe when it comes to building a fairer and more just society and a foreign policy stance that avoids unilateralism and empire. The implication of this position was not only that American had much to learn, but a great deal to emulate.

Given Europe's financial problems, less talk is heard along those lines these days. And there is growing appreciation that Europe's call for a more "world community"-friendly foreign policy stance is a luxury made possible by American military capacity and protection. Read more...

Waivers of Immigration Fees for Investors?

By David North, February 12, 2011

Can an alien, somewhere in the USA, be simultaneously so rich that he gets immigration benefits as an investor and simultaneously so poor that USCIS will waive a $325 immigration application fee?

The question seems absurd, but the underlying situation suggests three useful lessons for U.S. immigration policy, generally. More on that later.

The answer to the initial question is, amazingly, yes, but only in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, which lie just north of Guam in the Western Pacific. Read more...

Sen. Hatch's Proposal to Do Away with the Diversity Visa Lottery

By Janice Kephart, February 11, 2011

The Diversity Visa (DV) Program is an unfortunate blind spot in our immigration system that has outlived whatever purpose it might have had. The applicants for these 50,000 "visa lottery" immigration slots require few skills. Neither their qualifications nor identity can be properly vetted. The program does not know, really, who these applicants are or their true purpose in coming to the United States. The program is a national security vulnerability, and has been used by terrorists and organized criminals to not only enter the U.S., but bring others as well. Read more...

Morning News, 2/11/11

By Bryan Griffith, February 11, 2011

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1. AZ sues feds over border
2. UT lawmakers change bill
3. GA panel holds hearing
4. Rally for enforcement
5. Farmworkers are dependent Read more...

Morning News, 2/10/11

By Bryan Griffith, February 10, 2011

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1. House expands E-Verify inquiry
2. IN bill passes committee
3. Seven bills filed in FL
4. AZ bill to be reintroduced
5. AZ rancher to fight court Read more...

Another Watergate Mystery

By David North, February 10, 2011

Obscure Arm of DHS Probably Does Right Thing
as Visa-Seeking Iranian Apparently Tries
to Buy into Watergate Hotel with Lawless Cash!

If I were on the copy desk of a tabloid newspaper, that would be the (admittedly long) headline I would write regarding one of the latest decision of the Department of Homeland Security's privacy-crazed Office of Administrative Appeals. (There's a lot of mystery in this story.) Read more...

Judicial Activism, Defined

By James R. Edwards Jr., February 10, 2011

A Virginia judge has defied the ruling of the state supreme court, reopening cases where certain criminal convictions make such aliens subject to deportation.

I recently praised the common-sense decision of the Virginia Supreme Court halting such shenanigans. The abuse of judicial discretion in such a manner puts the rule of law at risk. The state Supreme Court rightfully put a stop to a practice that seeks to undermine the will of Congress and manipulate the justice system so certain criminals receive favored treatment. Read more...

Morning News, 2/9/11

By Bryan Griffith, February 9, 2011

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1. DOJ denies shootout claim
2. AZ birthright bill vote
3. VA legislature passes bills
4. SC lawmaker hits work ethic
5. Fired Chipotle workers sue Read more...

Mr. Obama: You Can Create 100,000 Jobs for Americans with a Pen Stroke

By David North, February 9, 2011

The president can create 100,000 summer jobs for young Americans – our 16-24 year-olds had a thunderous 19.1 percent unemployment rate last summer – with a stroke of the pen. Read more...

Multiculturalism in the U.S.: Cultural Narcissism and the Politics of Recognition

By Stanley Renshon, February 8, 2011

Multiculturalism in the United States has a long silent history. The United States has, from its founding, taken in immigrants from different cultural backgrounds, many of whom were, at the time, controversial. First, it was the Germans who raised questions about whether they could or would become "real Americans." Then questions were raised about the Chinese and after them Irish and the Eastern European immigrants. Now it is Hispanic-Americans and Muslim-Americans of whom we ask those questions. Read more...

Balanced Brookings Event Weighs Role of Immigrants in Innovation

By David North, February 8, 2011

In contrast to so many conferences on immigration held in Washington, the Brookings Institution yesterday sponsored an even-handed event on the question of highly-educated immigrants and innovation in industry.

The announcement and links to some of the papers can be found here. Read more...

An Immigration Taboo Shattered: 'State Multiculturalism has Failed'

By Stanley Renshon, February 7, 2011

There are some things that are simply not easily or widely discussed in immigration debates in the United States and abroad, and the virtues of multiculturalism are among them. I have called them taboo immigration topics not because there are explicit prohibitions against discussing them, but because in all the myriad contemporary American immigration policy debates it is very rare to find any discussion of them. The silence is not accidental. Read more...

There He Goes Again

By Mark Krikorian, February 7, 2011

Only one month into the new Congress, and Lindsey Graham has already started scheming with Chuck Schumer on how to pass an illegal-alien amnesty. I'm surprised he waited that long. McCain won't be far behind.

A few excerpts from the story in today's Politico: Read more...

DOL Does the Right Thing (Eventually) on Wages for H-2B Workers

By David North, February 6, 2011

The Obama administration's Labor Department has, finally, done the right thing regarding the wages to be paid to one group of temporary foreign workers and to the U.S.-resident workers who toil alongside them.

But the effective date is not until January 1, 2012! Read more...

Update on Digitization of Vital Records

By Janice Kephart, February 4, 2011

The 9-11 Commission recommended that the federal government standardize birth records in order to better verify identity and prevent fraud – which is important for many areas of policy, including immigration and border control. The REAL ID Act of 2005 incorporated that recommendation. In the month since the January 2011 publication of "REAL ID Implementation: Less Expensive, Doable, and Helpful in Reducing Fraud", which provided background and review of the program now implementing this key 9/11 Commission recommendation, five more states got on board with vital-record checks. Read more...

The 'One-Off' Migrants: A Proposed Fantasy Immigration Policy

By David North, February 4, 2011

As a CIS Backgrounder has documented, immigrants and their children have accounted for about three-quarters of our population growth in recent decades.

Well, suppose we could identify a class of arriving immigrants who neither had children, nor would have children in the future. Such migrants would make a passing contribution to the size of the current population, but after they died there would be no follow-on impact on our future population. I will use the British term and call them "one-off immigrants". Read more...

Ignoring the Answer in Plain Sight

By Stephen Steinlight, February 4, 2011

The title of the Washington Post story poses a timely question of great importance: "Why does Fresno have thousands of job openings - and high unemployment?". However, the writer refuses to provide an honest answer by leaving unexplored and ruling out of the equation a vital area of inquiry, including readily available supporting data. Read more...

Morning News, 2/3/11

By Bryan Griffith, February 3, 2011

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1. Citizenship motive questioned
2. Poll: Public split on immigration
3. Census estimates show big gains
4. KY legislature begins debate
5. Ex-Border agent found guilty Read more...

Morning News, 2/2/11

By Bryan Griffith, February 2, 2011

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1. Push in prosecutions
2. States think twice
3. FL legislator threatened
4. Gingrich, Dean debate
5. Sheriff warns of conflict Read more...

USCIS Ombudsman Doesn't Understand the Point of Numerical Limits

By David North, February 2, 2011

Congress for close to 90 years now has voted to numerically limit some kinds of immigration. The point is that the U.S. does not want to be overcrowded the way Egypt is.

The open borders people and greedy employers have long resisted numerical limits, and have often figured clever ways to avoid them, or to define away the limits that they cannot change. Witness the games played with H-1B ceilings in recent years.

Unfortunately, an arm of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Office of the Ombudsman, has missed the point, too. Read more...

DOJ Colluded with ACLU Against Arizona

By James R. Edwards Jr., February 2, 2011

That foul smell isn't emanating from Denmark (apologies to Shakespeare). No, the stench comes from the Obama Department of Justice.

What is supposed to be the nation's apolitical top law enforcement agency protecting the rights of Americans, the U.S. Department of Justice, has been exposed for colluding with the most left-wing legal organization in the country, the falsely named American Civil Liberties Union. Read more...

New Report: 287(g) Works

By Jessica Vaughan, February 1, 2011

A new report on the 287(g) program provides a wealth of information illustrating the tremendous public safety value and positive community impact of this initiative. It corroborates many of the findings of our 2009 report, "The 287(g) Program: Protecting Home Town and Homeland".

This is doubly remarkable considering that the new report was issued by the Migration Policy Institute, the Obama administration's pro-amnesty think tank. Read more...

JTA Bows to Reality: Damage Control or Rudimentary Integrity?

By Stephen Steinlight, February 1, 2011

Time alone will tell whether a one-word revision the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) made to the title of its feature on the reaction of Jewish Establishment organizations to the president's State of the Union Address heralds a long overdue, stubbornly resisted recognition of the changed political realities among American Jews or whether it's merely a transient, one-off reaction to getting hammered in a "gotcha" moment. Read more...

The 'Next Great Pundit', Part II: What Detroit Needs

By Stanley Renshon, February 1, 2011

The Washington Post's Next Great Pundit puts a great deal of faith in the report he touts from the Kaufmann Foundation in his comparison of immigrant-rich Detroit (good) with immigrant-poor Cleveland (bad). Yet that report actually had this to say about Detroit: Read more...

GAO Confirms CIS on H-1B

By John Miano, February 1, 2011

The GAO has released a new report, "H-1B Visa Program: Reforms Are Needed to Minimize the Risks and Costs of Current Program", as my colleague David North has mentioned.

The GAO's findings include:

  • 1 percent of the employers get 30 percent of the visas.
  • Most interviewed companies said the H-1B cap and program created costs, but were not factors in their decisions to move R&D overseas
  • Restricted agency oversight and statutory changes weaken protections for U.S. workers

The 'Next Great Pundit', Part I: A Master of Immigration Non Sequiturs

By Stanley Renshon, January 31, 2011

Connor Williams, winner of the Washington Post's contest for "America's Next Great Pundit 2010", is a master of non sequiturs, at least if his opinion piece entitled "The Midwest Needs Immigrants" is representative. Read more...

Let's Fund the Departure of Some Illegal Aliens

By David North, January 31, 2011

There are, according to Paul Simon, "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover," but, by my count, only three ways for illegal aliens to leave the interior of the United States.

In order to cause more illegal aliens to leave the U.S., which I regard as a good thing, I think there should be a fourth departure plan, a gentle one. Read more...

Global Cooling

By James R. Edwards Jr., January 31, 2011

A new Washington Post poll finds that two-thirds of Americans view globalization negatively. That is, intertwining the U.S. economy tightly with the prospects of other nations' economies strikes only a third of Americans as benefiting our nation. The level of support has flipped since 2001. This development may have implications for immigration. Read more...

GAO's Bland Review of H-1B Scheme Mostly Ignores Impact on Workers

By David North, January 30, 2011

A recently released report on the controversial H-1B program is a disappointment on several levels – mostly because it plays down or ignores the program's negative impact on resident workers.

The report was written by the ultra-cautious Government Accountability Office (GAO) and is entitled "H-1B Visa Program: Reforms Are Needed to Minimize the Risks and Costs of Current Program".

Though this is not spelled out in the text, the "risks" and the "costs" of the program appear – in GAO's eyes – to rest on the employers. Read more...