Immigration Blog

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.

Bogus New CNN Poll Asserts 84% of Trump Voters Support Amnesty

By David Seminara, March 20, 2017

A new CNN poll asserts that 90 percent of Americans, and a whopping 84 percent of Trump supporters support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. People tend to tell strangers what they think they want to hear over the phone, and in our current politically correct climate, where support for deportations and other types of immigration enforcement has become synonymous with racism, internet polling would be a lot more accurate for immigration surveys. Read more...

Noblesse Oblige and Leftist Patronizing from the Ninth Circuit

By Dan Cadman, March 20, 2017

Several days ago, I wrote a blog post about the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after its absurd over-reach to sustain the equally absurd ruling of a district court judge in Washington State, who issued a "temporary" restraining order — although curiously it had no end date — against the first iteration of President Trump's executive order suspending visas and refugee entries from certain countries. Read more...

SPLC Revives the Blacklist Tradition, and the Press Again Plays a Supportive Role

By Jerry Kammer, March 20, 2017

Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, spoke for all of us here at CIS in his just-published column for the Washington Post. Krikorian wrote in response to the Southern Poverty Law Center's attempt to smear organizations that dissent from its extreme open-borders multiculturalism as "hate groups." The SPLC, which uses the hate group blacklist as one of its fund-raising scams, recently blacklisted CIS.

It was a typically cynical move by the intolerance experts from Alabama, who might as well acknowledge that the true meaning behind their initials is Smears Pathological but Lucrative and Cunning. They prod the press to come running eagerly to take dictation. And they induce credulous donors to reach reflexively for their checkbooks. We have documented that here. Read more...

Tonight's '60 Minutes' Segment on H-1B: The Fruit of Disastrous 1990 Immigration Act

By John Miano, March 19, 2017

Tonight "60 Minutes" is running a segment on the H-1B visa cesspool. Before that airs, I thought it would be worthwhile to describe how we got to the point where we are.

The paradox of immigration reform is that the people who have to fix what is broken are the same ones that screwed the system up in the first place. Read more...

How to Make Illegal Immigrants Pay for the Wall

By David North, March 18, 2017

One of the frustrations of watching the new administration is its apparent inability to find funds — except from routine tax collections — to build the promised wall.

It's estimated that it will cost $12-15 billion or more; the proposed FY 2018 budget includes $2.6 billion for the start of the process. Read more...

U.S. Funds to International Organizations, Including for Refugees, Could Be Cut

By Nayla Rush, March 18, 2017

President Trump just released his 2018 budget proposal. A quick first reading reveals that, as expected, the budget prioritizes the military and homeland security while reducing foreign assistance and support to environmental programs. Proposed cuts target the Environmental Protection Agency (-31.4 percent) as well as the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Department of the Treasury's international programs (-28.7 percent).

The budget also addresses U.S. contributions to the United Nations; it "reduces funding to the UN and affiliated agencies, including UN peacekeeping and other international organizations, by setting the expectation that these organizations rein in costs and that the funding burden be shared more fairly among members. The amount the U.S. would contribute to the UN budget would be reduced and the U.S. would not contribute more than 25 percent for UN peacekeeping costs." Read more...