Immigration Blog

AFL-CIO Gets Facts Wrong on Immigration

By Steven A. Camarota, October 31, 2014

New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Mark S. MacKenzie released a nonsensical statement about Center for Immigration Studies research cited by Senate Candidate Scott Brown in last night's debate: Read more...

Aliens from Some Nations Are More Equal than Others

By David North, October 31, 2014

Speaking generally, our immigration laws and practices are supposed to be blind and unbiased as far as national origin is concerned. If a citizen marries a partner from overseas, we expect that the spouse will be treated the same no matter where the partner was born — Albania or Zambia.

But over the years, through a variety of mechanisms, special arrangements for people from specific countries have crept into our systems, making some aliens, to quote George Orwell, more equal than others. Most of these arrangements favor people from a single nation; a few others benefit small groups of countries, as we spell out in the table below. Read more...

Fences at the White House, Fences at the Border

By Dan Cadman, October 30, 2014

Like most Americans, I followed the media accounts of White House fence jumper Omar Gonzalez with a lot of concern — especially as the revelations continued to seep out about exactly how serious the security breach was, and how far Gonzalez made it into "the people's house". Read more...

Devastating Investigative Report Exposes One Part of the H-1B Problem

By David North, October 30, 2014

There are two major problems with the H-1B program:

  1. It routinely drives down wages for everyone in the high-tech industries and deprives resident workers of good jobs.
  2. It often results in the additional exploitation of workers from India, routinely, but not always, by firms from India.

Napolitano Rallies Behind White House "Executive Action" Plans from Her Academic Perch

By Dan Cadman, October 29, 2014

Former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano gave a speech at the University of Georgia Law School this week (see full text here), telling us why the president should go it alone and create another "executive action" program to shelter thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands if not millions, of illegal aliens Read more...

When Ignored, Minor Crimes Can Lead to Major Crimes

By Dan Cadman, October 29, 2014

My colleague Jessica Vaughan has laid out many of the weak points where immigration enforcement meets criminal law enforcement. Those weak points came to the fore with horribly tragic results in the murder of two California sheriff's deputies and the wounding of others by an illegal alien, Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte — twice previously deported, a suspected gang member, and a serial lawbreaker. Read more...

Sugar Beet Truck Driver and H-2B Whistleblower Fired in Minnesota

By David North, October 28, 2014

Last week, we reported on how some truck drivers in the sugar refining business were being adversely impacted by H-2B foreign workers.

We did not mention the name of the whistleblower, or even the state where the problem existed. Unfortunately, we can now. Read more...

Open Borders: A Threat to Public Health

By Ronald W. Mortensen, October 28, 2014

The Obama administration's unrelenting focus on open borders has exposed Americans to deadly diseases and has politicized the public health agencies that are charged with protecting the health of Americans — the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Rather than putting the health of Americans first, these agencies, which once took their roles to protect the public seriously, now go to great lengths to ensure that foreign nationals from countries with serious diseases are allowed to freely enter the United States. And they only act to protect the public when forced to do so by public pressure and by state officials. Read more...

Lax Immigration Policies May Have Shielded Killer of California Deputies

By Jessica Vaughan, October 27, 2014

The man accused in Friday's horrific killing and carjacking spree near Sacramento, Calif., which resulted in the deaths of two sheriff's deputies and the wounding of two others, is a citizen of Mexico who was deported twice previously, but who apparently has been living in the United States for more than a decade. Read more...

Driver's Licenses for Illegal Immigrants an Issue in Three States

By Jon Feere, October 27, 2014

The start of my op-ed posted today at TheHill.com:

In Colorado, Oregon, and California, the granting of driver's licenses to illegal aliens has generated controversy and raised national security concerns that have gone largely unreported. Unfortunately, many activist groups and politicians have concluded that helping illegal aliens hide their lawlessness is more important than preventing another 9/11. Congress should consider tightening up the REAL ID standards. If problems like this continue, it wouldn't be surprising if voters in many states initiated referenda or legislation aimed at stopping the issuance of driver's licenses to people in the country illegally.