Immigration Blog

House Hearing Lays Down Record for Ending the Visa Lottery

By Janice Kephart, April 15, 2011

On April 5, 2011, I testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement on a bill that would eliminate the Diversity Visa lottery (DV) program. The hearing was specifically on H.R.704, the SAFE for America Act, is sponsored by Rep. Goodlatte (R-VA), who has been seeking to do away with the visa lottery for years. Read more...

Fired Illegals Say Chipotle Was Soft on Immigration

By Jon Feere, April 14, 2011

Reuters has written an expose on the illegal hiring practices at Chipotle, the fast-food burrito chain that continues to be the focus of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement audit. The article is worth reading in full, as it generally avoids the frivolity found in most immigration reporting. Shockingly, the journalists admit: "Chipotle could have found anomalies had it used E-Verify." Here is part of the article: Read more...

Rising Frustrations, Call to the Streets

By Jerry Kammer, April 14, 2011

On today's "Democracy Now!" program, co-host Juan Gonzalez interviewed Rep. Raul Grijalva. Both men expressed frustration with the lack of action on immigration reform by Congress and the Obama administration. Here are the principal exchanges, including a suggestion from Gonzalez that it is "time to shut down Phoenix" in protest. The interview took place the day after advocates of illegal immigrants in Los Angeles announced plans for a major demonstration there on May 1: Read more...

Morning News, 4/14/11

By Bryan Griffith, April 14, 2011

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1. IN Gov. calls for bill's passage
2. GA leg. has day to pass bill
3. Advocates allege systemic abuse
4. Business groups oppose FL bills
5. MI groups seeks policy change

Massachusetts Health Plan Giveaway

By Jessica Vaughan, April 14, 2011

For a preview of how a federally-run health care system might deal with uninsured illegal immigrants, watch Massachusetts. In 2006 the state enacted Romneycare, which many consider to be the precursor to Obamacare. A recent report from the Massachusetts Inspector General has found that state agencies have failed to implement controls to prevent ineligible people – including illegal immigrants – from getting free taxpayer-funded health care. Read more...

Salt Lake Chamber Dupes the Supporters of the Utah Compact

By Ronald W. Mortensen, April 13, 2011

Did the Salt Lake Chamber dupe Utah's religious organizations, social justice groups, and media outlets into helping it pass legislation that guarantees its business members a large pool of low-cost, easily exploited illegal alien labor? It appears that that may have been the case. Read more...

A Worm's-Eye View of IRS Tax Collection Practices vs. Some Aliens

By David North, April 13, 2011

A single Border Patrol agent, dealing with, say, a five-mile stretch of the southern border, may not have a good understanding of the nation's immigration enforcement policy, but he certainly knows how it plays in his own turf.

Similarly, I do not have a good grasp of IRS policies, generally, regarding the collection of taxes from aliens, but I do have a pretty comprehensive knowledge of how they work vis-a-vis foreign graduate students. This is the case because I have been running, for 12 years now, a volunteer program to help graduate students at a major D.C.-area university with their income tax filings. Most of our clients are from overseas. Read more...

Univision Does It Again

By Jerry Kammer, April 13, 2011

The nightly newscast of the Univision network makes little effort to report on legitimate concerns about immigration. Last week, for example, it ignored the CIS report on the high rate at which immigrants make use of federal welfare programs.

But on Tuesday, the newscast came out of a commercial for Kellogg's cereals with this information: Read more...

Morning News, 4/12/11

By Bryan Griffith, April 12, 2011

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1. MD to give tutition break
2. GA Sen. passes bill
3. AZ Sen. gives up on bills
4. Arrest made in 2009 killing
5. BP agent released

61% of Americans Agree: Unregulated Immigration Increases Poverty

By Jon Feere, April 11, 2011

According to a new Rasmussen Reports survey, 61 percent of adults say if immigration laws were enforced, there would be less poverty in America. Only 19 percent disagree with that assessment.

Seventy-seven percent of Republican respondents and 58 percent of adults not affiliated with either of the two political parties feel there would be less poverty if immigration laws were enforced. Forty-eight percent of democrat respondents agreed. Read more...

Morning News, 4/11/11

By Bryan Griffith, April 11, 2011

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1. U.S. stops 350 suspects
2. Court system overburdened
3. Hispanics drawn to suburbs
4. Deported leave children behind
5. AZ cities struggle with laws

BIA Does the Right Thing – Let's Hope America Publicizes It

By David North, April 9, 2011

The Board of Immigration Appeals did the right thing on April 8 – and I hope governmental publicists let the Muslim world know about it.

They probably won't, partially because the Congress may be shutting down the government, and partially because foreign policy writers rarely pay attention to immigration issues, both unfortunate situations. Read more...

Arizona Prop 100 Upheld

By James R. Edwards Jr., April 9, 2011

No thanks to the American Civil Liberties Union, Arizona's law to keep criminal aliens behind bars has won in federal court. At the bull's eye of a failed legal strategem stands the lawman the open-borders crowd loves to hate, Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Read more...

Viewing the H-1B Program from a Different Angle

By David North, April 8, 2011

Usually foreign worker programs are viewed from a distance by observers, as useful or destructive activities, or by employers as good ways to cut wage costs. Sometimes they are seen through the eyes of U.S. workers displaced by the program. Sometimes, when abuses are severe, one sees the program from the point of view of the exploited worker.

In the case of the H-1B program – which I think should be reduced drastically and reformed – I have had an opportunity to see the program through eyes of the willing participants, people who are either in the program or who are headed towards it. Read more...

Birthright Citizenship Report Sparks Debate

By Jessica Vaughan, April 7, 2011

Last week I appeared on a CNN news program to discuss our recent report on the national security implications of the U.S. practice of granting citizenship to the children of foreign temporary visitors. This is related to, but distinct from the issue of citizenship for the children of illegal aliens. Read more...

USCIS Shoots Self in Foot Trying to Streamline an Application Process

By David North, April 7, 2011

As noted here in the past, USCIS desperately wants to "streamline" its application processes.

Even if eligibility rules are not changed a bit, modifying an application process to make it faster, or less expensive, or more convenient to the applicant, inevitably makes that process more attractive, and thus it is used more often, and that creates more migration.

A clumsy process, however, tends to discourage marginal applicants. Read more...

DoL Adds Big D.C.-Area School System to List of H-1B 'Willful Violators'

By David North, April 6, 2011

One of the nation's major educational users of the H-1B program has been cited as a "willful violator" of that program by the U.S. Department of Labor. Read more...

'A Special Political Responsibility of Protection and Nourishment'

By Jerry Kammer, April 6, 2011

Yesterday, CIS hosted a panel discussion on a new report about welfare use by immigrants, which was written by Steven Camarota, our director of research. (The video and transcript of the discussion will be posted next week.) The report has obvious significance in the national debate about immigration policy. The goal of social justice, which welfare programs seek to advance, requires an effort to limit eligibility for those programs. Below is an excerpt from a fascinating discussion of this and related issues. Read more...

Importing Poverty

By Mark Krikorian, April 5, 2011

In news sort of related to today's new CIS welfare report comes this disturbing information in the latest Rural Migration News: Read more...

On Decoding ICE Press Releases; or, Why Was That Farmer Criminally Charged?

By David North, April 5, 2011

The ICE press release headline read:

"Upstate New York dairy farmer charged with harboring illegal aliens"

I had two reactions: first, why should this be news – shouldn't ICE being doing this all the time? My sense is that many farms hire and harbor illegals, and that few are fined, much less charged with a criminal offense.

Secondly, why was this farmer sorted out for this treatment? The full text of the press release, which follows, spoke to neither of those concerns: Read more...

USCIS Waives Fees at the Rate of at Least $44 Million a Year

By David North, April 4, 2011

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, understandably, is funded largely by fees levied on corporations and individuals seeking immigration benefits.

It also can waive some of these fees when it decides that the applicant has a sufficiently low income, and it has just released some data that seems to indicate that it is losing at least $44 million a year in those fees. Read more...

Morning News, 4/4/11

By Bryan Griffith, April 4, 2011

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1. Officials try to alay fears
2. Manpower distribution reviewed
3. US-Mexico security questioned
4. FL Senate takes up bill
5. Activists want action

Illegal Immigration Profiteers

By Ronald W. Mortensen, April 4, 2011

When employers exert their power and influence to safeguard their access to an unlimited supply of illegal alien labor, they put profits ahead of principle and sacrifice millions of American children to identity theft. These employers are like war profiteers who put profits ahead of the interests of their nation and its people. Read more...

House Holds Different Kind of H-1B Hearing – No Employers Present!

By David North, March 31, 2011

The House of Representatives Immigration Subcommittee held a different kind of H-1B hearing this morning – no employers were speaking and no one asked to increase the various ceilings on new admissions.

This despite the fact that the two numerical ceilings for new admissions this fiscal year (65,000 and 20,000) were filled months ago, both well before the September 30 deadline. Read more...

Bernie Sanders and Immigration Reform

By Jerry Kammer, March 31, 2011

It seems to me that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders contradicted himself on immigration reform during his appearance on today's Diane Rehm Show.

"I support immigration reform," said Sanders during the public radio program. "I think we need comprehensive immigration reform."

But Sanders added a caveat, saying, "I don't want to see companies utilizing guest worker programs to lower wages for American workers." Read more...

Verified SBInet Success in Much-Vilified Tucson Sector

By Janice Kephart, March 31, 2011

Border technologies such as the now-canceled Secure Border Initiative (SBInet) work. From the Tucson Border Patrol comes this:

On March 29, 2011, the Tucson Station apprehended a large group of illegal aliens south of Arivaca, AZ. The group of aliens, 78 in total, was detected and tracked by tower 298. Utilizing the SBInet system, agents were able to respond to the area and safely apprehend 57 illegal aliens from Mexico, without incident.

Telemundo's Solid Journalism

By Jerry Kammer, March 29, 2011

Yesterday in this space, I expressed admiration for Telemundo's coverage last Friday of the census report on the explosive growth of the Latino population.

Today I want to look at a sidebar in that same Telemundo newscast. It was introduced by anchorman Jose Diaz-Balart, who said, "One of the ways to strengthen our community is education. In a country where the white and Afro-American population is aging, Hispanic youth could represent hope." Read more...

Restore Our Border

By Mark Krikorian, March 28, 2011

It was a year ago yesterday that Arizona rancher Robert Krentz was murdered by an illegal border-crosser. Over at National Review Online today, I outline the border-enforcement blueprint put together by his fellow ranchers, for whom the security of our frontier with Mexico is a life-or-death issue. Read more...

Big Moment in Telemundo's Census Coverage

By Jerry Kammer, March 28, 2011

There was a remarkable moment during Friday's Telemundo evening newscast. It came in a story that anchor Jose Diaz-Balart billed as revealing "the dark side of Hispanic growth" and showing why "many fear that the anti-immigrant climate will grow."

The story was prompted by the new report from the Census Bureau that the Hispanic population had grown to more than 50 million, an increase of 15 million during the past decade. That represents a 43 percent jump since 2000. Read more...

Immigrant Politics Harmful to the Republic's Health

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 28, 2011

We're now seeing develop immigration-provoked political mischief. Here comes the next round of adverse political effects caused by mass immigration.

An article in Saturday's Washington Post indicates that identity politics plus reapportionment plus redistricting equal an ugly power struggle coming to America. This imbroglio will disenfranchise native-born Americans and enable the identity politics of the Left that undermine America's "out of many, one" ideal and heritage. Read more...