Last month, as Mexican President Felipe Calderon hosted a meeting where Latin American and Caribbean leaders agreed to form a new regional organization that will include Cuba while excluding the United States and Canada, the initiative received little attention in the U.S.
It's bad enough that people can buy their way into the United States, as described in a previous blog.But if a bill (S. 3029) introduced by Senator John Kerry (D-MA) passes the price will be reduced to $100,000. The price was once was $1 million, then it fell to $500,000.And the $100,000 does not even have to be your money.
Last month this blog criticized Univision for profiteering from commercials for narcocorridos, which have been described as "stories of bandits and outlaws updated to the age of drug cartels and AK-47s, and known to some, because of their grim authenticity and bad reputation, as 'the rap of modern Mexico.'"So now it's good to send kudos to Univision for its commitment to a new campaign that aims to reduce the dropout rate among Latino students. A principal focus will be to encourage parents to appreciate the long-term value of an education and to insist that their children stay in school. Too often, organizers say parents encourage their children to drop out in order to help with short-term financial problems.
The New York Times writes about a family from Germany which has received asylum in the U.S. because homeschooling is prohibited in their country. This is yet another example of misuse of asylum, as we see our domestic culture wars bleed over into asylum policy; first it was feminists and homosexual-rights campaigners, then disabilities-rights activists, and now homeschoolers.
California Democratic Congressman Xavier Becerra on Sunday spoke of the connection between President Obama’s efforts to reform medical care and Obama's commitment to reforming immigration law. Becerra sees the two as complementary.
What happens when an obscure USCIS appellate body handles disputes about visas for religious workers?In my review of the 62 decisions made in 2009 made by the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) the answer appears to be – carefully and narrowly.Bearing in mind the definitions I am using discussed below, it looks like 32 of the decisions went against the churches and/or religious workers, and 30 were more or less in their favor.
We often read about how the nation's high-tech corporations say they use the H-1B program to bring the world's best and brightest to the U.S.But is that how they really use the program? Only some of them do, according to Prof. Ron Hira of the Rochester Institute of Technology; the rest use it as a handy source of relatively low-cost talent.
An evaluation of the E-Verify program conducted about two years ago has just been released. (The 338-page pdf is here.) It estimates, among other things, that about half of illegal aliens who were screened between April and June 2008 managed to foil the system and get approved for employment, and opponents of immigration enforcement are tickled pink.
Sometimes it is hard to tell the significance of a government document just by reading it.Sometimes the true impact becomes clear only when the activists speak out. A case in point: the recent USCIS announcement regarding employer-employee relationships in the H-1B program.
The Department of Homeland Security recently released the latest figures on E-Verify use by state, specifically the number of employers, worksites, and queries so far this fiscal year (since October 1, 2009), as of February 20, 2010.