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Changing the H1-B conversation

By CIS, March 19, 2015
Changing the H1-B conversation

By Cody Donald, CIS intern

In the Senate Judiciary committee hearing on March 17, 2015, entitled "Immigration Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers", much of the conversation about the H1-B visa program revolved around balancing legitimate business needs to fill vacant positions and the effect of the widespread importation of foreign labor on the plight of the American worker. Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), a Democratic member of the "Gang of Eight", brought up three concerns about the H1-B program as it currently stands. Read more...

ICE Follies
Are belated, high-profile enforcement actions just for show?

By Dan Cadman, March 17, 2015
Are belated, high-profile enforcement actions just for show?

ICE is the acronym for the agency charged with immigration enforcement in the interior of the United States. Officially it stands for "Immigration and Customs Enforcement", but privately many of its agents say it stands for "I Can't Enforce" — a blunt acknowledgement of the state of affairs in the dispirited agency, which has been eviscerated by several of its toadying leaders and by its parent department, Homeland Security, at the behest of the White House, which clearly believes the only good enforcement action is the one that never happens. Read more...

CPAC's Not So Open-Border Immigration Panel

By Jon Feere, March 16, 2015

Last month's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held two immigration panels. The first, titled "Immigration: Can conservatives reach a consensus?", was slanted in favor of high immigration and open borders. As I wrote in a previous blog, the consensus of two of the three panelists was that the United States should allow in more immigration and that sovereignty — i.e., the right of Americans to decide how much immigration should be welcomed — should be abandoned by conservatives because it amounts to nothing more than "Big Government."

The second panel was slanted more in support of America's sovereignty and immigration limits, and is worth examining for what it shows us about the varying views on the right. Titled, "If We Build It, They Won't Come", the panel consisted of Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.); Ed Martin, president of Eagle Forum; David Keene, opinion editor of the Washington Times and former chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU), which runs CPAC; and Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. Read more...

USCIS Favors Illegal Alien Applicants over Americans and Legal Immigrants

By Jessica Vaughan, March 12, 2015

A USCIS document provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee details exactly which categories of legal immigrants were disadvantaged by the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the amnesty for the so-called illegal alien "Dreamers". The document reveals that processing of most applications for legal immigration benefits, including the highest priority family categories, such as spouses of U.S. citizens, were de-emphasized so that the agency could instead focus on approving the DACA applications. Read more...

Playing at the Margins of the Temporary Restraining Order

By Dan Cadman, March 9, 2015

In prior blogs, I've talked about the lawsuit filed by 26 states against the administration alleging that its "executive actions" on immigration are unlawful and unconstitutional. Read more...

Senate Hearing Exposes Billion-Dollar Amnesty Slush Fund and Other USCIS Improprieties

By Jessica Vaughan, March 6, 2015

On Tuesday, March 3, three senior USCIS managers appeared before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, chaired by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), to answer questions about the agency's implementation of the president's executive amnesties, the latest (and largest) of which is now held up by a legal challenge from 26 states. Read more...

Rubio's Gullibility and Misleading Statements Should End His Presidential Hopes

By Ronald W. Mortensen, March 6, 2015

Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is either exceptionally gullible or just plain dishonest. In either case, he has repeatedly demonstrated that he is not qualified to be president of the United States. Read more...

The 1993 World Trade Center attack proves amnesty doesn't work

By Jon Feere, March 5, 2015

From the start of my op-ed posted today at TheHill.com: Read more...

The DHS Funding Fight: Pragmatism, Principle, and Empty Words

By Dan Cadman, March 3, 2015

Abraham Lincoln is without doubt among the best and wisest of our chief executives (many of whom have been mediocre, if truth be told), and almost certainly the greatest Republican president. Read more...

Safe Policing = Knowing Everything You Can About the Subject in Front of You

By Dan Cadman, March 3, 2015

A friend and former colleague has brought to my attention a report recently released by a presidential policing "task force". It is called "Interim Report of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing". Read more...