Immigration Blog

The Best Way to Reduce ICE's Detention Costs? Speed Deportations

By David North, October 11, 2011

If there is an elephant in the room, and that worries you, you might open the door and send him back to where he belongs.

That common-sense approach, however, does not enter the thinking of Human Rights First, an advocacy organization that has just published a comprehensive examination of the ICE detention system called "Jails and Jumpsuits". Read more...

Morning News, 10/11/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 11, 2011

1. Job council calls for immigration
2. NJ co. to re-bid detention center
3. IA town considers facility
4. CA nursery questions raid
5. AL industry questions law

Who Benefited from Job Growth In Texas, Redux

By Mark Krikorian, October 10, 2011

Over at National Review Online, California politician Chuck DeVore has attempted to debunk the recent CIS report on the immigrant share of job growth in Texas. CIS's Steven Camarota debunks DeVore's attempted debunking here.

Morning News, 10/10/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 10, 2011

1. DOJ files injunction against AL
2. State laws could effect Fed law
3. Perry touts policy record
4. CA Gov. signs 'Dream Act'
5. RI Gov. mulls lax DL laws

The Road to IRCA: October 10, 1986

By Jerry Kammer, October 10, 2011

Exactly 25 years ago, on October 10, 1986, it was front-page news across the country: the House of Representatives had passed a sweeping immigration reform bill that would provide amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, a special amnesty for farm workers, and a guestworker program that would ensure farmers a large, continuing supply of field hands. Read more...

Conflicting Claims about the 'Best and Brightest' and '70-Year-Waits'

By David North, October 10, 2011

The two industry arguments that we: 1) must have more of the "best and brightest" foreign workers, and 2) that employment-based green card visas can be backlogged for as much as 70 years, do not work well together, though both pitches are made all the time.

The reality is that our immigration screening process is a multi-tier operation, tilted appropriately to give faster access to America to the alien workers with the most skills. Some spokespeople for the nation's corporations are all too ready to blur that picture. Read more...

Obama vs. States and Federalism

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

The Obama administration is considering ramping up its lawsuits against states' immigration-related laws. This indicates a profound misunderstanding of, or a disregard for, the principle of federalism. Read more...

Green Cards for Al Qaeda features CIS Staffer

By Janice Kephart, October 7, 2011

A new documentary, now available on Netflix and through a couple dozen movie distribution houses, features CIS's National Security Director and former 9/11 Commission counsel Janice Kephart on a film regarding the porousness of our physical borderlands.

Please order your copy here.

Feds to Make It Easier to Smuggle in Arizona’s Pinal and Maricopa Counties

By Janice Kephart, October 7, 2011

Without incorporation of federal or state law enforcement needs and based on five-year-old data, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a Department of Interior agency, has issued a Lower Sonoran and Sonoran Desert National Monument Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement that will make it easier for smugglers to pass through Arizona’s Read more...

USCIS Makes It Easier for Aging Juvenile Delinquents to Get Amnesty

By David North, October 7, 2011

Not everyone benefiting from a currently proposed USCIS rule-change is an aging juvenile delinquent, but I suspect most of the people in the Special Immigrant Juvenile category fit that description. Most of the beneficiaries, if not all, are probably illegal aliens, as well.

The proposed USCIS regulation makes it easier for the applicants to get green cards, as explained subsequently. Read more...

More Green Cards for Alien STEM Grads with Advanced Degrees, Advances

By David North, October 6, 2011

Thanks in part to two strong performances by two strong women, the cause of more green cards for foreign students with advanced U.S. high-tech degrees seemed to advance at a House of Representatives hearing yesterday.

The pro-migration tone of the hearing of the House Subcommittee on Immigration had been set by the catchy title of the event: “STEM the Tide: Should America Try to Prevent an Exodus of Foreign Graduates of U.S. Universities with Advanced Science Degrees?” Read more...

Morning News, 10/6/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 6, 2011

1. Gov., DHS head disagree
2. Rick Perry on immigration
3. AL law and self-deportation
4. AL law and school enrollment
5. AL car tag requirements

Morning News, 10/4/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 5, 2011

1. DHS touts enforcement
2. IL Co. defies Feds
3. PA targets employers
4. No changes to AL law
5. AL student enrollment

Five Questions for Rick Perry on In-State Tuition

By Ronald W. Mortensen, October 4, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he supports in-state college tuition for the children of illegal aliens because that is what people who "have a heart" do. However, in reality he is pulling a cynical, heartless trick on these kids and their parents in an effort to garner the support of Hispanic voters while at the same time doing great harm to American men, women and children. Read more...

From 'Wet Bottoms' to 'Children of Illegal Immigrants'

By David North, October 3, 2011

"You might say I was a 'wet bottom'," he laughed.

My friend, whom I will call Juan, was articulate, brilliant, and a U.S. citizen. He had been born in Mexico and had risen to be the ranking Hispanic officer of a major American labor union. When I met him, some 40 years ago, we each had (separate) grants from the Ford Foundation on migration matters.

It was a private conversation, and I had asked him how he had first come to the U.S. Read more...

Morning News, 9/30/11

By Bryan Griffith, September 30, 2011

1. Obama, Sheriff Arpaio clash
2. DOJ eyes four lawsuits
3. Focus on Sec. Comm.
4. OK lawmaker in law
5. FL GOP backs away

Importing the Uninsured

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 30, 2011

A new report documents that America's "crisis" of the uninsured is to a great extent self-imposed. By reducing immigration, both legal and illegal, to traditional levels, we would derive the benefit of reducing the rising share of the population without health insurance.

The Employee Benefit Research Institute has produced a new study on the uninsured that bears this out. Using Census data for 2010, EBRI presents the facts:


By Mark Krikorian, September 29, 2011

The Jobs Americans Won't Do phenomenon has reached a level of true absurdity: will Americans really not work as gym teachers? Along these lines, my CIS colleague David North delved into rulings he stumbled across from tax court to get a detailed look at the grim world of a group of Filipino indentured teachers brought in under the guise of a "cultural exchange" program. The sliminess of this whole practice of foreign contract labor never ceases to amaze me. Read more...

Alabama Law Largely Upheld

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 29, 2011

A federal judge's ruling that much of Alabama's immigration-related law may stand marks progress in a number of ways. Here's a brief, first-cut take on the victory for Alabama's citizens and defeat for open-borders zealots. Read more...

Morning News, 9/29/11

By Bryan Griffith, September 29, 2011

1. Obama blames GOP
2. Law hurting Perry
3. Tancredo hits Perry
4. DC region demography
5. 'Uncle Omar' in court

287(g): The Wages of Secure Communities Opposition

By Jessica Vaughan, September 28, 2011

If there is any ICE program the open-borders groups hate more than Secure Communities, it's 287(g). How ironic, then, that the result of their intense and hysterical campaign to derail Secure Communities in Massachusetts is the announcement on Wednesday that at least three county sheriffs have been approved and intend to launch 287(g) partnerships. Read more...

Little Fat Cats Get Access to USCIS Adjudicators – Other Citizens Do Not

By David North, September 28, 2011

Those of us on the Left find it all too easy to generalize about Obama bowing to the fat cats of America.

You know, perpetuating the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, being overly nice to Wall Street, etc.

One might be tempted to extend that litany of criticisms to the attempts of the administration to increase the flow of immigrant investors to the U.S. through various means, and there has been a lot of that recently, as illustrated by this USCIS announcement. Read more...

Morning News, 9/28/11

By Bryan Griffith, September 28, 2011

1. Deportation loophole
2. Deaf apply for asylum
3. Sheriff Arpaio launches PAC
4. Ads target CA E-Verify push
5. Murderer had prior arrest

Morning News, 9/27/11

By Bryan Griffith, September 27, 2011

1. Perry faces problems
2. RI gives tuition break
3. MA Senate OKs check
4. NJ group to protest
5. DUI suspect illegal

How About a Solo Immigration Visa for Refugees?

By David North, September 26, 2011

One of the largely hidden problems with current U.S. immigration policy is that if we let in an immigrant, refugee, or asylee we set in motion, over time, the admission of that person's (often numerous) relatives.

His or her siblings, parents, nieces and nephews, and ultimately, their siblings, parents, spouses, nieces and nephews, and so on, generation after generation. Chain migration is the cause of much of the expansion of the U.S. population. Read more...

Morning News, 9/26/11

By Bryan Griffith, September 26, 2011

View the Center's new report concerning Rick Perry's claims on job growth.

1. U-visas gain momentum
2. Perry takes hit
3. Guidelines on deportation
4. MA sheriff considers Sec. Comm.
5. Students question CA Dream Act

GOP Politics of In-State Tuition

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 25, 2011

The heated exchange between Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, over the issue of in-state college tuition for illegal aliens, illustrates the way different policymakers might approach a problem for which there's no easy answer.

Where someone comes down on this issue shows whether a candidate is able to make tough but right decisions that best serve the citizens of this nation. Perry has been defending Texas's DREAM Act Lite. Read more...

Obama Caves to Ghosts of DeLay, Abramoff on CNMI Migrant Rules

By David North, September 25, 2011

If you had an unruly and obese child in the house would you tell him: "You cannot have more than 15 banana splits today"?

Would you follow that with this order: "Further, you cannot have more than fourteen banana splits tomorrow"?

Probably not, but that is approximately what happened when the Obama administration, apparently caving to the ghosts of ex-Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) and once-jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff, issued new migration rules for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the little U.S. colony just north of Guam, in the western Pacific. Read more...

When Texas Welcomes Illegal Aliens, It Becomes More than a 'State Issue'

By Jon Feere, September 25, 2011

During the last two GOP presidential debates, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has defended his support for in-state tuition breaks for illegal aliens by calling it a state issue. Certainly, many issues are best handled by states. But when a state embraces illegal immigration, the impact is not limited to the state itself. By opposing a border fence, opposing E-Verify, embracing sanctuary cities and tuition breaks, Perry and the Texas legislature have arguably turned the Lone Star State into America's illegal alien welcoming mat. Read more...

Job Growth in Texas – Responding to Criticism

By Steven A. Camarota, September 23, 2011

In our new report on jobs in Texas we showed that newly arrived immigrants got most of the recent job growth in that state. There has been some criticism of the report, some from people who apparently did not read it. The comments below, which were forwarded to us, seem to be representative, so I want to address them. Read more...