Immigration Blog

Roundup of Developments in Nonimmigrant Worker Programs

By David North, July 1, 2011

There have been a series of interesting developments in the usually ignored nonimmigrant worker programs which continue to flood America’s already over-staffed labor markets:

  • Our embassy in India is giving some major H-1B operators fits;
  • An Asian financial organization has downgraded the economic prospects of some big users of the H-1B visa program;
  • An H-1B school teacher in California, denied renewal of her visa, has taken her employers to court;
  • The J-1 program has received some (well-deserved) negative press.

E-Verify Bills: Legislative Perspective

By James R. Edwards Jr., July 1, 2011

A lot of questions, concerns, and even arguments have broken out over House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith’s H.R. 2164, the Legal Workforce Act. Here and here are two looks at the issue with legislative politics in mind. Read more...

Tucson Weekly Wants Answers on Arizona Wildfires

By Jerry Kammer, July 1, 2011

As we have noted here before, at least two Arizona reporters have reported on public skepticism about the refusal of federal officials to speak directly about concerns that smugglers or other illegal border crossers have caused some of the recent, devastating fires in the Arizona borderlands.

Now one of those reporters, Leo Banks of the Tucson Weekly, has come out with the most comprehensive report yet. Read more...

Morning News, 6/30/11

By Bryan Griffith, June 30, 2011

1. Obama says E-Very effective
2. No deportation for immigrant
3. Los Angeles Sheriff sued
4. Students press Obama on DREAM
5. Business helps sink TX bill

The Road To IRCA, June 1986

By Jerry Kammer, June 29, 2011

Editor's note: This is the first installment of a 25-year anniversary series on the lead up to passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which was signed into law in late 1986.

In November of 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), which offered amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants and established sanctions for employers who hired those not authorized to work in the country. Read more...

The Progress of Refugees: How are we doing?

By Don Barnett, June 29, 2011

By all accounts refugees are mostly “self-sufficient” within 8 months.

In fact, Tennessee’s State Refugee Coordinator recently testified before a state legislative committee that 95% of refugees in Tennessee are “self-sufficient” within 8 months. That is a stunning achievement considering that one way to interpret America’s current debt crisis is to say that the average American is not self-sufficient. Read more...

That’s Alright, That’s OK, We’ll E-Verify Anyway

By Jessica Vaughan, June 28, 2011

One of the first acts of newly-elected Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee (who squeaked into office in a three-man race) was to rescind his predecessor Don Carcieri’s popular and court-approved executive order requiring all state agencies, contractors and grantees to use E-Verify. Read more...

Secretive USCIS Agency Rejects H-1B Petitioner over Secrecy Issue

By David North, June 28, 2011

There is an appeals agency within USCIS that takes the privacy of its operations to what many regard as ridiculous lengths.

Although the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) is a semi-judicial agency, it, unlike similar organizations spread throughout the government, issues decisions in which the decider’s name is not mentioned, nor is that of the alien, nor that of the alien’s employer nor sponsor. Nor are the attorneys in the case named, as I mentioned in an earlier blog. Read more...

ICE’s Mission Melt 5: Another No Confidence Vote for Morton

By Janice Kephart, June 28, 2011

On June 23, 2011, a press release was issued by the union representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees stating that ICE “Union leaders around the nation issued a unanimous no confidence vote in ICE Director John Morton on behalf of ICE officers, agents and employees nationwide citing gross mismanagement within the Agency as well as efforts within ICE to create backdoor amnesty through agency policy. Read more...

Morning News, 6/28/11

By Bryan Griffith, June 28, 2011

1. White House revives DREAM Act
2. DOJ accuses Smithfield of bias
3. Origin of AZ Monument Fire
4. Authorities unsure about funding
5. SC enforcement bill signed

Soccer as Immigration Litmus Test

By Jerry Kammer, June 27, 2011

I’m a native of Baltimore and a lifelong fan of the Orioles. A few years ago, when the Orioles played a home game against the Red Sox, I had the unpleasant experience of watching and listening as thousands of Red Sox fans proudly, loudly and sometimes obnoxiously cheered for their team. I cracked to a friend, “Now I know what it feels like to live in an occupied country.”

A similar scene unfolded in Pasadena, Calif., on Saturday, where fans of Mexico’s soccer team filled the Rose Bowl with Mexican flags and nationalistic fervor as their team defeated the U.S. by a score of 4-2. Read more...

With Payroll Taxes and Migrants It Is Still -- ‘Ems That Has, Gits

By David North, June 27, 2011

A friend called my attention recently to an article in India’s Economic Times regarding India’s generally well-paid nonimmigrant workers and Social Security and Medicare taxes. (The publication is that booming nation’s rough equivalent to our Wall Street Journal.) Read more...

Morning News, 6/27/11

By Bryan Griffith, June 27, 2011

1. NY can't opt out of Sec. Comm.
2. Bill would block amnesty
3. Sen. holds DREAM Act hearing
4. Judge blocks parts of IN law
5. SC Gov. to sign bill today

ICE Agent's Union Blasts Obama Administration, ICE Director

By Jon Feere, June 24, 2011

The union for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents has issued a sharp press release calling on Americans to take action against what it describes as "gross mismanagement" and an effort to "create backdoor amnesty through agency policy."

On June 11, 2010, ICE Union leaders around the nation issued a unanimous no-confidence vote in ICE Director John Morton. Since then, the union's concerns have grown. Read more...

Getting Serious about Sen. Menendez and a System for Green Cards

By Jerry Kammer, June 24, 2011

Sen. Robert Menendez says the comprehensive immigration reform bill (S.1258) he and some Democratic colleagues introduced this week offers "a complete solution - a real solution - to end undocumented immigration and restore the rule of law." He adds that it "signals to the American people that we are serious about fixing our broken immigration system." Read more...

Open-Border Rhetoric Encourages Arizona Hacking?

By Jon Feere, June 24, 2011

The hyperbolic rhetoric of the open-border left has consequences, and now it appears to have been used as a means to legitimize hacking of governmental data. A hacking group apparently responsible for attacks on websites belonging to the Senate, the FBI, and the CIA has now focused its attacks on the Arizona Department of Public Safety, according to the Wall Street Journal. The group has posted files that appear to be training manuals, e-mails, intelligence documents, and other material that Arizona officials believe were accessed through the e-mail accounts of eight police officers. Read more...

Morning News, 6/24/11

By Bryan Griffith, June 24, 2011

1. TX Gov. gets tepid response
2. MI legislature to vote on bills
3. Philly seeks to end Sec. Comm.
4. ACLU criticizes AZ co. lockup
5. Hackers target AZ Dept.


By Mark Krikorian, June 24, 2011

That's "Rotting In The Fields" — the F1 key on farm lobbyists' keyboards. I dealt with this fairy tale at some length here, and has an index of RITF articles. The latest dupe to fall for this trick is Adam Ozimek at Megan McArdle's blog, who links to an Atlanta Journal Constitution column bemoaning the state's wicked, wicked immigration law (which may or may not go into effect July 1): Read more...

Russians Set to Benefit from New Visa Agreement

By Janice Kephart, June 23, 2011

The other day I was contacted by a Russian-American journalist working for an independent satellite TV station based in both Georgia and the Russian Federation stating that they are they are competing against the state-run news outlets in Russia. Why me? The journalist was concerned about the illegal immigration and national security implications of the U.S. intention to sign an agreement in July with the Russian government permitting three-year, multiple-entry visas. Read more...

Morning News, 6/23/11

By Bryan Griffith, June 23, 2011

1. Feds won't deport immigrants
2. Senate Democrats plan revival
3. MD DREAM Act petition near goal
4. ACLU promises to bring suit
5. Lilly CEO questions policy

Truth in Advertising, Finally

By Mark Krikorian, June 22, 2011

Mickey Kaus points to a pro-amnesty editorial at Bloomberg that admits the obvious:

Opponents decry a pathway to citizenship — which would require the payment of fines and other measures in return for legal status — as "amnesty." We cede the point. With comprehensive reform, illegal immigrants would, in effect, be rewarded for having broken the law and outlasted the political opposition.

That wasn't so hard, was it?

June 22, 1972: In the Shadow of Watergate, Nixon Speaks of Immigration and Jobs

By Jerry Kammer, June 22, 2011

The scandal that would drive him from office was building slowly when President Richard Nixon had a press conference 39 years ago today. Speaking of the previous month's fateful break-in at the Democratic headquarters in the Watergate building, the president declared that "the White House has had no involvement whatever in this particular incident." Read more...

Biggest H-1B Employer Gets Medium-Bad Review from NY Times

By David North, June 22, 2011

The good news is that the biggest H-1B employer in America got the negative attention of the New York Times this morning, including a teaser on the front page.

The bad news is that Times reporter Julia Preston managed to cover what many would regard as an economic crime without mentioning the victims: U.S. workers squeezed out of high tech jobs by the big Indian-owned firm, Infosys Technologies. Read more...

Morning News, 6/22/11

By Bryan Griffith, June 22, 2011

1. Poll: Americans on legal immigration
2. SC leg. passes enforcement bill
3. GA puts probationers to work
4. Visa lottery "winners" sue
5. Border agent fatally shoots man

The Arizona Wildfires, McCain, National Council of La Raza, and Univision

By Jerry Kammer, June 21, 2011

The issue of who or what has caused devastating fires in Arizona's borderlands obviously should be pursued vigorously, with due care not to tie it unfairly to the issue of illegal immigration. Sen. John McCain didn't advance that effort on Saturday when he offered no substance to support his claim that some of the fires are caused by illegal immigrants. Read more...

Is Secretary Napolitano Running for Secretary of State?

By David North, June 21, 2011

Clarification (7/1/11): Below I speculated that Ms. Napolitano wanted to be U.S. Secretary of State; in describing her other options I said that the incumbent Senator in her state, Jon Kyl (R - AZ), whose term is up in 2012, was “not in trouble” electorally there. That’s correct but what I failed to say is that he is not running for re-election. I have no idea whether Ms. Napolitano will seek that seat, but it looks like an uphill struggle for any Democrat.

Is Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano running for Secretary of State? Read more...

Misadventures in Sarcasm

By Mark Krikorian, June 21, 2011

I was on Fox an hour ago talking about the Obama administration's latest stealth amnesty memo (which CIS's Jessica Vaughan discusses in this news story). In describing the tensions faced by the White House I said it was torn between its natural sympathy for the open-borders views of La Raza, the ACLU, and their ilk, on the one hand, and the need to pretend to be tough on enforcement to placate the "Neanderthals who watch Fox News". I'm afraid the sarcasm was lost on some people, if the slew of e-mails I've already received is any indication. So, just for the record, it's the Obama people who think Fox News viewers are Neanderthals, not me! Read more...

Utah Housewife Deals Devastating Blow to State's 'Guestworker' Law

By Ronald W. Mortensen, June 20, 2011

In a stinging rebuke to political, business, religious and media elites, Republican Party activists led by a Utah housewife have dealt what may well be a deathblow to Utah's misguided and fatally flawed guestworker/amnesty law (HB116). Read more...

Open Borders Types Want "I Am My Own Grandpa" and Other Provisions

By David North, June 20, 2011

The murky area of what the Obama administration might do administratively to open the gates to more migration is a little less murky now, thanks to immigration lawyer Angelo Paparelli.

He suggested in a June 10 article in Immigration Daily that five highly specific gaps be opened in the current system for admitting still more high-tech workers and their relatives. Read more...

Morning News, 6/20/11

By Bryan Griffith, June 20, 2011

1. Changes to Sec. Comm.
2. Sen. McCain critcized
3. Judge to hear GA law
4. GA law could affect enrollment
5. Corruption adds to problems