Immigration Blog

Immigration in the Canadian Election

By Dan Cadman, October 2, 2015

The 2015 election cycle has descended on Canada, pitting the ruling Conservative party, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, against the Liberal Party, led by Justin Trudeau, the movie-star handsome eldest son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

As in the United States, the subject of immigration has taken on added dimension in the struggle for electoral victory between the parties. Also as in the United States, it is confounding liberals and progressives with a certain amount of popular backlash among voters that, at least prior to the actual casting of ballots, is redounding in favor of the Conservatives. Some are even speculating that it may result in an upset win against the Liberals, who had earlier held a comfortable margin of support. Read more...

Four Immigration Programs Extended to Dec. 11 by Continuing Resolution

By David North, October 1, 2015

Both houses of Congress passed – and the president signed into law – a continuing resolution (CR) yesterday which will avoid a government shutdown caused by a lack of funds, and, in the small print, will keep four specialized immigration programs alive for the duration of the CR, which will end on December 11.

The four immigration programs are extended in their current form, and will need another extension to keep them going past December 11. Read more...

RFK, Theodore White, and the Great Debate over Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, September 30, 2015

In 1968, when Robert F. Kennedy was a senator from New York campaigning for the presidency, he frequently made a call to idealism that survives as a quotation vividly tied to his memory: "Some men see things as they are and say, why? I dream things that never were and say, why not?"

Over the past several months, as I researched the transformative 1965 Hart-Celler Immigration Act to write the paper we will release Thursday at the National Press Club, I thought often of Kennedy's famous quote. Read more...

To Be Called Migrants or Refugees? That Is the Question

By Nayla Rush, September 30, 2015

The "migrant crisis" in Europe has been making headlines lately as reports abound on the hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children crossing its borders. These large flows of migrants (coming mostly from the Middle East and North Africa) are putting the European Union to the test as Europe faces its largest mass migration since the end of World War II. Public outrage escalated (especially following the picture of the drowned three-year-old boy on the Turkish shore), with calls to welcome everyone as EU leaders argue over logistics and numbers. Read more...

Honduras' Central Bank: Emigration to U.S. Is a Cause for Concern

By Kausha Luna, September 30, 2015

The United Nations' new development agenda presents migration and remittances as a contribution to development. However, the vice president of Honduras' Central Bank (BCH), Manuel Bautista, said in a recent interview that emigration and remittances are a source of concern for Honduras.

Bautista's comments need to be understood in the context of a 2007 report by the BCH on family remittances and a profile of remittance senders. The report shows emigration to the U.S. from Honduras has had a negative impact on the productivity of the work force. The data shows labor inactivity increased by 9.1 percent in 2006. The emigrant population (estimated at more than 1 million out of the country's current population of 8.6 million) is a significant portion of Honduras' labor force because almost all (92.5 percent) are between 15 and 49 years old. Furthermore, the able workers receiving remittances often stop looking for jobs and others use remittances as early retirement funds. Read more...

EB-5 Debacle in Vermont Offers Schadenfreude for All

By David North, September 30, 2015

There's a failed EB-5 venture in Vermont that offers schadenfreude for all comers.

According to VT Digger, an online alternative publication, Seldon Technologies, a small scientific firm in Windsor, Vt., went out of business on Monday, laying off 32 workers in the process.

If you are a critic of EB-5, as I am, this is sad news for the little town, but good news on the national stage since the heart of the immigrant investor program will expire tonight unless Congress acts remarkably swiftly. Read more...

Murder of a Libyan Smuggling Boss Will Change Nothing

By Dan Cadman, September 30, 2015

A friend sent me a curious news item from the British online Telegraph outlining the assassination of a Libyan migrant smuggler and eight of his bodyguards. The man was apparently at the apex of this dirty trade. The article goes on to cite speculation that the massacre was the "wet work" of Italian security services in retaliation for the tens of thousands of migrants sent to Italian shores in the past several months. Read more...

Oklahoma Again Reports an Increase in Taxes on Wired Remittances

By David North, September 29, 2015

With the U.S. Congress apparently poised to reduce fees on employers who hire massive numbers of foreign workers, a loss to the government of between $100 million and $250 million, it is a pleasure to note that Oklahoma continues to collect increasing amounts of money from its tax on wire transfers of money made by individuals (many of whom are illegal aliens.) Read more...

On Ombudsmen, Sinecures, and Phony Enforcement

By Dan Cadman, September 29, 2015

The Oxford Dictionary defines the word ombudsman as "an official appointed to investigate individuals' complaints against maladministration, especially that of public authorities." In theory this is an excellent concept, particularly since it occupies a gap not usually filled by watchdog organizations like inspectors general, which generally focus on issues such as outright malfeasance, crimes, and internal corruption rather than on poor administrative practices. Read more...

Integrating Immigration Controls into Daily Life
Not every country is as feckless as the United States.

By Dan Cadman, September 28, 2015
Not every country is as feckless as the United States.

My wife and I are frequent watchers of the television show "House Hunters International". Having lived and traveled abroad, we are always fascinated by what we see of various countries and cultures, collapsed into a half-hour's viewing.

We recognize that parts of the show appear to be tailored or scripted, but even so you get at least a flavor of many other parts of the world through the microcosm of foreigners' searches for just the right home in which to start their new lives abroad. Read more...