Immigration Blog

Why Limit Immigration At All?

By Mark Krikorian, March 24, 2017

[This is the beginning of a long piece by me on the reasons for limiting immigration, that will appear in Saturday's print edition of the Wall Street Journal.]

The immigration debate in the U.S. has been contentious for decades, but Donald Trump’s candidacy and election have taken it to a new level of polarized animosity. Politicians and the public have focused, understandably, on Mr. Trump’s promise to build a “big, beautiful” wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and on what should be done with the millions of illegal immigrants currently in the country.

These are certainly important issues. But they are enforcement issues. They are less fundamental than a question that too often goes unaddressed in our debates: Why limit immigration at all? Almost everyone at least pays lip service to the need for limits of some kind, but we don’t often enough challenge each other to explain what limits we support and why. Read more...

Naming and Shaming: The First ICE Weekly Alien Criminal Releases List

By Dan Cadman, March 23, 2017

Following the directives in one of President Trump's immigration-related executive orders (EOs) and the augmenting instructions in a subsequent policy memorandum from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued its first report identifying state and local jurisdictions that have refused to honor immigration detainers filed to hold alien criminals until they can be taken into custody by ICE agents.

The EO directed that ICE prepare the data contained in this report, and make it available in a readily understandable and accessible form for public consumption.

The report comes in four parts, the first three being most informative from the public's point of view: Read more...

Should Residents of Baltimore and Chicago "Fleeing Violence" be Given Asylum in Canada?

By David Seminara, March 23, 2017

Is it just me or are all Democrats and pro-immigration Republicans reading from the same scripts these days? How many times have you heard variations on this hackneyed sentiment?

We're a nation of immigrants, so we need to bring hard-working, tax paying immigrants who are fleeing violence out of the shadows and give them a path to citizenship.

White House Can Open Up 140,000 Jobs

By David North, March 23, 2017

What follows is a make-believe press release from the White House. But while the release is imaginary, the underlying facts are rock solid.


We are going to open up more than 140,000* good jobs for young American workers a couple of months from now, President Trump announced today. Read more...

Border Patrol Implements Much-Needed Academy Revamping

By Joseph J. Kolb, March 23, 2017

After an 11-year hiatus, a once-mandatory component of the U.S. Border Patrol academy in Artesia, N.M., is making a logical return along with a much-needed expansion of the overall curriculum. Read more...

Items in the News: Sanctuary, Denaturalization, and Judges

By Dan Cadman, March 23, 2017

Immigration is constantly in the news for one reason or the next these days. It's like the cone of silence imposed by the Obama administration has been shattered. (Well, in fact, it has, hasn't it? Wasn't that what the election was all about?) Here is a trio of news items covering various aspects of that endlessly fascinating (and controversial) subject.

On Sanctuaries and the Power of Coercion Read more...

Last-Minute Obama Regulation Exempts Universities from H-1B Limits

By John Miano, March 22, 2017

"60 Minutes" Reported this Sunday on how American workers at the University of California-San Francisco were replaced by foreign workers on H-1B visas.

One of Barack Obama's parting gifts to American workers was to exempt such replacements from the H-1B quota. Read more...

Academic Freedom and the Economic Impact of the H-1B Program

By David North, March 21, 2017

One of the virtues of working with some very big organizations is that they can produce excellent economic research on, say, the H-1B program, while ignoring the organizations' own extensive use of that very same program.

Harvard University, for example, employs George Borjas, who is highly critical of the H-1B program and has been for years, even though Harvard itself hires large numbers of H-1Bs. For his latest take on H-1B, and how it would fare in Congress if it covered lawyers as well as techies, see here. Read more...

Solving the H-1B Green Card Backlog: It's Easy If You Try

By John Miano, March 21, 2017

I recently posted about the paradox that fixing the immigration system requires the action of those who broke it in the first place. I did so in the context of the disastrous Immigration Act of 1990.

The Immigration Act of 1990 was a giant screw up. Worse than that, it set in motion chains of screws ups that continue to this day. In aviation, this is called the graveyard spiral. Read more...

Replace SCAAP with Funds Tied to Enforcement Cooperation

By Dan Cadman, March 20, 2017

USA Today ran a story on March 16: "Trump budget cuts immigration aid and local police are stunned":

President Trump proposed a massive $4.8 billion increase in spending Thursday to combat illegal immigration, but his plan also includes a cut that stuns local law enforcement officials: a Department of Justice grant that helps pay the cost of jailing undocumented immigrants.