Immigration Blog

Morning News, 10/24/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 24, 2011

1. ICE searches for war criminals
2. Court dismisses AZ countersuit
3. Issue heats up in 2012 race
4. RomneyCare aids illegals
5. AL farmers worry about labor

Another Local E-Verify Ordinance

By Ronald W. Mortensen, October 23, 2011

On October 18, 2011, the Washington County (Utah) Commission passed an ordinance that requires "businesses that receive a business license from the county to use E-Verify…."

The ordinance was crafted based on a recent Supreme Court decision, Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting, 131 S. Ct. 1968 (2011). In that case, the Court declared that states may require businesses to use E-Verify and that the states can use their licensing authority to enforce employment verification requirements. Read more...

Sin of Omission

By James R. Edwards Jr., October 23, 2011

Mass immigration enthusiasts Roberto Suro and Marcelo Suarez-Orozco give Washington Post readers their take on how to deal with immigration today. Their recommendation: Break out of the intransigent positions that are based on unreal story lines about America's immigration, past and present.

Not to say these writers don't make any good points. They rightfully criticize the "false choices" politicians and the press often present, for instance. But they do tend to sin by omission. Read more...

What Cole Porter Didn't Know about International Marriages

By David North, October 21, 2011

Lithuanians and Letts do it
Let's do it, let's fall in love
– Cole Porter

While those wonderful old lyrics suggest the possibility of dreamy international marriages, some of the realities of such arrangements are less than attractive, as the current British discussion of forced marriages reminds us. Read more...

Three Latinos on the American Dream: a Brain Surgeon, a Migrant atop a Train, and a College President

By Jerry Kammer, October 21, 2011

Some late-night time with Tivo this week provided three compelling Latino perspectives on the state of the American dream. The first came from a former illegal immigrant from Mexico who is now a brain surgeon; the second from an unidentified Central American migrant riding atop a train rumbling toward the U.S. border; the third from a former Cuban refugee who is now president of Miami-Dade College. Read more...

Morning News, 10/21/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 21, 2011

1. Perry attacks on Romney
2. AZ Gov. defends law
3. MA Gov. launches effort
4. KS touts local police
5. ACLU alleges assaults

Morning News, 10/20/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 20, 2011

1. Deportation record questioned
2. Romney cites CIS in GOP debate
3. GOP immigration debate heats up
4. Comments may alienate some
5. AZ Gov. defends AL law

Good News: 15 B-1 Russian Engineers Aiming for Boeing, Stopped by CBP

By David North, October 20, 2011

Here's a rare bit of genuine good news on the nonimmigrant worker front: the immigration inspectors at the Seattle-Tacoma Airport turned back 15 Russian engineers that Boeing had wanted to work full time on a visa (B-1) that prohibits such behavior.

With the exploitative H-1B program not as generous as some employers want, several have turned to the B-1 visa for business visitors as a substitute. B-1 visa holders can attend training sessions, go to conferences, and sell stuff but are not supposed to take full-time jobs in the American economy. Read more...

Obama: Deportation Numbers 'Actually a Little Deceptive'

By Jessica Vaughan, October 19, 2011

According to President Obama, the allegedly record-breaking deportation numbers released this week by ICE Director John Morton are "a little deceptive." I agree. They give the impression that this administration is enforcing the law more than, say, the previous administration. But other ICE numbers suggest that immigration enforcement is declining, not increasing. Read more...

Morning News, 10/19/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 19, 2011

1. Obama makes voter push
2. Rep. Labrador pitches bill
3. Candidates spar over issue
4. ACLU challenges TN raids
5. Witness may have fled US

ICE Press Release: Portrait of a Triumph or a Confession?

By David North, October 19, 2011

The press release from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) caught my eye for two reasons: 1) because the bad guys had fraudulently filed an eye-popping 25,000 phony immigration documents, and because 2) Earl Seth David had such a memorable last name.

On deeper examination, however, this ICE- told tale "Head of New York law firm charged with immigration fraud" had some deeper and, for me, disturbing meanings. Read more...

Little Pieces of Paper

By W.D. Reasoner, October 19, 2011

As I imagine many did who are interested in the subject of immigration, I watched the show "Lost in Detention," even knowing in advance that it would not likely advocate a pro-immigration enforcement point of view (I was not wrong). The show aired last night as a part of the PBS Frontline series, and for at least some period of time, it can still be viewed on the internet. Read more...

CIS Study in the GOP Debate

By Mark Krikorian, October 19, 2011

We're still looking for the video, but last night's Republican presidential debate included reference to the Center's analysis of job growth in Texas, which found that about 40 percent of job growth there from 2007 to 2010 went to illegal aliens, with another 40 percent going to legal immigrants. Here's the exchange between Romney and Perry from CNN's transcript: Read more...

Hollow Deportation Boast

By Mark Krikorian, October 19, 2011

The administration released the preliminary FY 2011 statistics for "removals" (the largest part of which is deportations), described as "the largest number in the agency's history." But when you look at history, the "largest number" is only about 1,700 more than two years ago; in fact, once the final numbers came out last year, the total had actually dropped slightly from the previous year, even though the agency had also touted those preliminary numbers as the "largest ever" and had Read more...

But How Much Legal Immigration?

By Mark Krikorian, October 19, 2011

In last night's debate, Romney was right when he said:

I think it's important for us as Republicans on this stage to say something that hasn't been said, and that's that every person here loves legal immigration. We respect people who come here legally.

Both true and necessary to say amidst the back and forth about illegal immigration. Americans are uniquely accepting of newcomers whom we've admitted to join our city on a hill; as Teddy Roosevelt put it: Read more...

The Alternative to Immigration Detention: Fugitives

By Jessica Vaughan, October 18, 2011

ICE's "smart and effective" immigration enforcement policies again have proven to be neither. It was reported this week that ICE's New England office lost track of a key witness in a high-profile illegal alien drunk driving fatality case because ICE officials decided to release the witness, Luis Acosta, an Ecuadoran illegal alien who had fled twice before and also faced state charges, on an electronic monitoring bracelet rather than detain him. Read more...

Electrocute Illegal Border Crossers? Just Joking!

By Stanley Renshon, October 18, 2011

The New York Times reports that Herman Cain was just joking, seriously, about electrocuting illegal border crossers.

Moreover, he chastised Americans for not getting the joke. "America needs to get a sense of humor," he said. Really.

The complete exchange from Meet the Press:

Morning News, 10/18/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 18, 2011

1. Perry moves to stem backlash
2. Fence returns to debate
3. Most deported were criminals
4. AL Gov. reacts to ruling
5. Hispanics to protest

There's an Odd Balance-of-Payments Situation that Benefits U.S. Citizens

By David North, October 18, 2011

We at CIS often write about immigration-related situations in which aliens benefit and citizens lose, such as in the nonimmigrant worker programs (H, J, L, etc.), where foreign workers often shoulder aside American ones.

Here's a switch, though a not very attractive one. Read more...

Utah Amnesty Law Provides Cover for DHS Amnesty Initiatives

By Ronald W. Mortensen, October 17, 2011

At the same time the Justice Department aggressively goes after states that reject amnesty and pass legislation designed to protect Americans from the negative impacts of illegal immigration – Arizona and Alabama, with other lawsuits possible – it leaves the Utah amnesty/guestworker plan alone. Read more...

Department of Very Bad Immigration Ideas: Electrocute Illegal Border Crossers

By Stanley Renshon, October 17, 2011

If you follow politics for any length of time and what those in positions of political leadership sometimes say, you cannot be surprised to come across verbal missteps, rhetorical excesses, logical inconsistencies, or flat-out wrong information.

And then there is the recent immigration policy suggestion by GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain. Read more...

Washington Post Cites Population Growth, Then Takes a Pass

By Jerry Kammer, October 17, 2011

A story in Saturday's Washington Post about the mounting national infrastructure deficit brings to mind the observation by journalist Janet Malcolm that "we are all perpetually smoothing and rearranging reality to conform to our wishes." Read more...

Morning News, 10/17/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 17, 2011

1. 5270 gang members arrested
2. Cain jokes of electric fence
3. CA law prohibits E-Verify
4. Firms claim skills shortage
5. Protestors against AL law

Circuit Court Further Enjoins Alabama Law

By Jon Feere, October 17, 2011

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted an injunction Friday, temporarily blocking parts of Alabama's "Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act." The order is available online. It was not a decision on the merits of the law. A full hearing to determine the constitutionality of the enjoined provisions is expected to be held sometime in the next few months. Read more...

California Limits E-Verify, Supports Illegal Hiring Practices

By Jon Feere, October 14, 2011

20 Municipalities Forced to Drop E-Verify Laws

At Least One TPS Population Shrinks – That of Sudan

By David North, October 14, 2011

While Temporary Protected Status (TPS) seems to last forever, as those of us at CIS have pointed out several times in the past, the number of aliens using an instance of that status sometimes tends to shrink, as in the case of Sudan. Read more...

Morning News, 10/14/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 14, 2011

1. Kobach touts immigration bills
2. Dayton to attract immigrants
3. Immigration office criticized
4. Tucson holds conference
5. Ex-ICE official guilty

Restrictionists 3, Open-Borders Crowd 0

By David North, October 13, 2011

It was a clean sweep, if an obscure one.

While previous trade treaties, such as NAFTA, had included disastrous immigration articles, the three passed by the Congress yesterday had no such provisions.

I am not sure that free trade agreements are helpful to average Americans, while helping corporations and farmers. That aside, I was relieved to learn this morning that the treaties with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia were at least not dealing with immigration.

Each of the treaties contains these words:

Morning News, 10/13/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 13, 2011

1. Obama scales back deportations
2. Bilingual ballots ordered
3. Groups sue to halt SC law
4. Boycotts over AL law
5. Farmers question E-Verify

In Alabama, Univision Prefers to Inflame Rather than Inform

By Jerry Kammer, October 13, 2011

Emotions are high among illegal immigrants in Alabama, as many flee the state whose governor recently signed the most severe law in the country against illegal immigrants. It is a situation that calls for serious journalism to inform the public about a complex and sensitive situation. Unfortunately, the reports of Univision reporter Maria Antonieta Collins seem intended to inflame, not to inform. Read more...