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Morning News, 12/29/10

By Bryan Griffith, December 29, 2010

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1. Court rules for incapacitated
2. 12 Chinese arrested with fakes
3. 2.3m re-entered without proper ID
4. 100K enter US under pilot program
5. AZ lawmakers ready to continue

Non-Accredited Language Schools Given More Time for F-1 Admissions

By David North, December 29, 2010

The enormous difficulty getting Congress to close even the most glaring loopholes in our immigration system was shown again this month in its feeble action regarding the controversial, visa-creating, English-language instruction schools.

One can study the English language in virtually every nation of the world, but the American immigration system insists on granting student (F-1) visas to nonimmigrants who have enrolled in just about any American institution that says it provides instruction in the language. Read more...

Housing Prices' Upside from Local Enforcement

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 29, 2010

The latest Case-Shiller index of home prices in 20 of the nation's cities worries homeowners, people in the construction industry and those involved in the real estate sector. This composite index from the Standard & Poor's unit shows the price of houses in 16 of 20 U.S. markets has fallen since May. Read more...

Why a Revised DREAM Act Might Help American Immigration Policy

By Stanley Renshon, December 29, 2010

The DREAM act, as I noted in yesterday's posting, speaks to the circumstances of the group of illegal immigrants most likely to draw sympathy from across a wide spectrum of political views. The problem, sympathetic conservative columnist Debra Saunders notes, is to find "a middle way that unites the right thing to do with smart politics." Read more...

Preserving the Border Insecurity Environment

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 28, 2010

The latest flare-up of border security versus environmental preservation is happening along the southwest border in New Mexico. The pernicious proposal to consolidate 250,000 acres of wilderness preserve would worsen things for border enforcement, ease the lawbreaking of illegal border crossers, and actually put the area's natural resources at greater risk. Read more...

USCIS Further Waters Down Requirements for Investor Visas

By David North, December 28, 2010

The already pallid rules for investor (EB-5) visas have been watered down, yet again.

As I pointed out in an earlier blog, a whole family can get a full set of green cards if one member of it makes a half-million dollar investment in the U.S. for two years. Read more...

Dangerous Compassion? Conservatives on a Revised DREAM Act

By Stanley Renshon, December 28, 2010

Those who accuse conservatives with heartless and unshakable antipathy to immigrants, devoid of any understanding of the human and moral complexities that are part of our nation's immigration dilemmas, don't bother to know much about conservative thinking. Case in point: Debra Saunders' heartfelt column supporting a future GOP written version of the so-called "DREAM Act." Read more...

Morning News, 12/28/10

By Bryan Griffith, December 28, 2010

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1. Judiciary head considers objectives
2. Audit: ID policy not implemented
3. Conflict of wilderness, security
4. Immigration adds to growth rate
5. Hispanic groups tout lout

Mexican Senators Want Safe Passage for U.S.-Bound Central Americans

By Jerry Kammer, December 27, 2010

Upset at the abuses suffered by Central Americans illegally crossing Mexico, a group of Mexican senators is proposing a law that would offer safe passage for migrants headed for the United States.

The proposal would require Mexico's Interior secretary to establish safe routes for the migrants to ravel by land, sea, and air. According to an article in the December 24 Excelsior newspaper, it has the support of senators from across the political spectrum, including members of the conservative PAN, the centrist PRI, and the leftist PRD. Read more...

Immigrant Entrepreneur Visas: A Solution in Search of a Problem?

By Stanley Renshon, December 27, 2010

In a burst of ironic serendipity, the Wall Street Journal published two articles on the perilous state of the American economy and the idea, now gaining traction, that immigrant entrepreneurs are one solution to our economic problems. Read more...

Case Study: When Klutz and Chutzpah Combine in the Immigration Business

By David North, December 27, 2010

Once upon a time there was an illegal alien with a remarkable imagination, unlimited nerve, but limited intelligence. This is a story of what happened to him, and what did not, in the immigration decision-making process. (I stumbled on the case while researching something else.) Read more...

No Big Surprise: Obama Administration Not Fully Implementing Border Passport Requirements

By Janice Kephart, December 22, 2010

Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) internal watchdog, the Office of Inspector General (OIG), began investigating whether DHS had fully implemented a rule concerning secure travel documents known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). Read more...

The Center's Negative Christmas List

By David North, December 22, 2010

He's making a list and checking it twice,
He's going to find out who's naughty and nice . . .
-- From "Santa Claus is coming to town"

As a public service, the Center for Immigration Studies is providing you with a negative shopping list, so that you will not patronize any of the enumerated firms, ones with really grim records of abusing foreign worker programs. Read more...

Amnesty Advocates Continue the Battle, Offer Differing Approaches

By David North, December 21, 2010

Despite the DREAM Act defeat, different amnesty advocates continued the argument this week, using different approaches.

There was the raw political approach reported in a blog by my colleague Jerry Kammer, "NCLR to Republican Senators: 'Watch Out'," in which the National Council of La Raza threatened political repercussions for DREAM Act opponents, including the two GOP Senators from Texas. (And when is the last time that the Republicans lost a U.S. Senate race in Texas? – the answer is below.) Read more...

Morning News, 12/21/10

By Bryan Griffith, December 21, 2010

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1. Gibbs: amnesty or nothing
2. Obama to meet with Caucus
3. Audit shows strict ID rules
4. Critics challenge Sec. Comm.
5. 60K Haitians apply for TPS

NCLR to Republican Senators: 'Watch Out'

By Jerry Kammer, December 20, 2010

After the Senate vote on the Dream Act on Saturday, a spokeswoman for the National Council of La Raza issued a warning to the Republicans who voted against the measure.

"The most immediate repercussions are that – particularly those members in states where the Latino population has political influence – they'd better watch out," said Clarissa Martinez, NCLR's director of immigration and national campaigns. "I am talking about persons like Hutchison and Cornyn of Texas, LeMieux in Florida, Kirk in Illinois." Read more...

Illegal Aliens Less Attractive to Senators than Gay Service People

By David North, December 20, 2010

It is obvious, by now, that allowing gays to serve in the armed forces is more attractive to the U.S. Senate than encouraging illegal aliens to do so. (I suspect that the Senate would not have voted to terminate don't ask-don't tell (DADT) 20 years ago.)

That broad mindset is probably good news for the restrictionists, but what intrigues me even more are the 19 members of the Senate who bucked their parties' leadership in the votes for ending DADT or initiating the DREAM Act, or both. Among these 19 are the votes that will swing the Senate one way or the other in the two years to come. Read more...

Requiem for a DREAM

By Mark Krikorian, December 19, 2010

As my colleagues have noted below, the DREAM Act has finally been put out of our misery. (Here's how everyone voted, and see analysis of the vote from Roy Beck and Mickey Kaus.) But it's bigger than that. Read more...

Defeat of the DREAM Act - A Time for Modified Rapture

By David North, December 19, 2010

While I am very pleased that the Dream Act failed to pass the Senate (though it sailed through the House of Representatives) I think it is a time for only modified rapture.

Yes, the most attractive amnesty proposal of them all – despite the support of the President, the leaders of the Senate, and all the open borders forces – did not get through the upper body. Had it done so, it would have been quickly signed by the President. Read more...

Senate Gives DREAMers a Reality Check

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 19, 2010

The U.S. Senate early Saturday afternoon voted to block ending debate on the DREAM Act amnesty bill. The legislation fell five votes short of the 60 needed to invoke cloture on the bill. The vote was 55-41. This vote marks a significant victory for amnesty foes. Read more...

Adventures in Babysitting

By David Seminara, December 17, 2010

It's so easy to find good help these days. But thanks to the power of the internet, illegal immigrants, and those in the country legally but who have no authorization to work, can compete for household jobs on an equal footing with Americans. My wife and I have used sites like and to find part-time babysitters and housekeepers and have found that anywhere from 25 to 50 percent of the applicants we've come into contact with couldn't prove that they had the legal right to work in the U.S. Read more...

Border Patrol Agent Terry's Death: Illegal Activity Escalating

By Janice Kephart, December 17, 2010

The murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry, a member of the patrol's elite BORTAC squad and veteran of the Iraq war, is not just an unconscionable act, as Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has described it. Terry's death, the first Border Patrol death in Santa Cruz County, Ariz., since 1998, is another stark reminder that our border is not secure. Read more...

A Comparison of Two Exploitative Migrant Worker Programs, H-1B and L-1

By David North, December 17, 2010

One of the grim aspects of America's programs for temporary alien workers is the wide menu of choices offered to the nation's employers.

If one program is seen as a little too costly to employers, or a tad inconvenient in its terms, the ever-gracious government provides a wide variety of alternatives. U.S. and alien workers are both hurt by the general laxity of these programs. Read more...

Importing Labor the Flip Side of Offshoring

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 17, 2010

Liberal economist Harold Meyerson isn't my cup of tea. I find I usually disagree with him, that he's too much of a Keynesian rather than a Smithian. But his recent column decrying offshoring to China and elsewhere in the Third World by big international corporations made an excellent point. If Big Business really does regard America as a global asset that directly benefits them, then they should stop shipping jobs abroad. Read more...

Labor Department Zaps Newspaper for Abusing Its H-1B Workers

By David North, December 16, 2010

The U.S. Labor Department has penalized a newspaper for abusing the H-1B program in its own hiring practices.

The paper is the Asian Journal, headquartered in Los Angeles, which also prints editions in San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York, and the Philippines. It was not only forced to make more than half a million dollars in payments to its own staff and to the government, it was tossed out of the H-1B program until July 30, 2011.

Given the wide extent of the violations, noted below, I was surprised that its suspension from the program was so brief. Read more...

DREAMs of Sugar Plums Dance in Their Heads

By Mark Krikorian, December 15, 2010

Immigration Daily is a daily webzine for immigration lawyers. Yesterday's edition offered "three reasons for the bar to support DREAM." The first:

it will pave the way for employment-based immigration bills in the next Congress, since Democratic votes will be necessary on both the House and Senate floors to pass these bills, this Democratic support may not materialize if DREAM dies

I'm not sure why this would be true, but who knows. The second reason is more revealing: Read more...

Immigration System Preserves Archaic Agricultural Labor Practices

By David North, December 15, 2010

Two recent events reminded me that the American government uses immigration to preserve an archaic, Third World, agricultural labor practice. And it does so to please a very narrow economic interest.

The pattern I have in mind is of the sheepherders who follow and protect their flocks in distant mountain meadows, sometimes, if lucky, living in a trailer, sometimes in a tent or a hut. The underlying notion is that there is grass for the sheep to eat in remote pastures during the summer, but in the colder months the sheep must be moved back down to lower elevations. Read more...

DREAM Advocate: It's All About Race

By Jon Feere, December 15, 2010

The amnesty crowd loves to claim that opposition to mass immigration is all based on race, and that anyone who opposes amnesty is necessarily a racist. Yet the more one listens to amnesty advocates, the clearer it becomes that it is the amnesty advocates themselves who use race-talk to advance their agenda.

Take, for example, UCLA Professor Kent Wong, a former staff attorney for the amnesty-advocating Service Employees International Union (SEIU), who has routinely blamed the failure of amnesty legislation on racists: Read more...

DREAM Act Will Shield Some Gang Members from Removal

By Jessica Vaughan, December 14, 2010

If Congress passes the version of the DREAM Act approved by the U.S. House last week, ICE will likely have to scale back its successful anti-gang program known as Operation Community Shield, because more than one-fourth of the potential targets could qualify for the amnesty. Read more...

Morning News, 12/14/10

By Bryan Griffith, December 14, 2010

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1. BP denies entry to 200
2. Rep. King outlines plan
3. Sen. says no to DREAM Act
4. US has largest illegal pop.
5. NY passes protections