Immigration Blog

You're Good to Go, or Thoughts on Encouraging Emigration: Part I

By David North, May 29, 2012

One of the more rarely discussed elements in the whole immigration/population situation is the rate at which people, notably earlier in-migrants, leave the nation.

Obviously the departure of X persons cancels out the arrival of X persons, but the number of arrivals is usually the overwhelming focus of our attention.

My suggestion here is that more attention be paid to the encouragement of voluntary departures, in addition to the usual efforts to limit illegal arrivals and to cause forced departures of those who should not have arrived in the first place. Read more...

Post Questions Displacement of American Workers by the Summer Work Travel Program

By Jerry Kammer, May 27, 2012

The Washington Post this week had an important story by Pamela Constable about the displacement of young Americans from summer jobs by young foreigners hired through the State Department's Summer Work Travel program.

Constable cites the experience of Crystal Aquatics, a Northern Virginia company that hires young Americans to work as lifeguards and that has been undercut by other companies that hire SWT workers.

The vice president of Crystal Aquatics, Jeff Collins, provided a moving description of the problem at our panel discussion in March at the National Press Club.

And here are excerpts from Collins' statement: Read more...

Administrative Amnesties Create More Problems Than They Solve

By Jessica Vaughan, May 25, 2012

An article in the May 24 Boston Globe highlights the problems created when the executive branch tries to make an end run around Congress by using its rule-writing authority to allow illegal aliens to remain here in virtual amnesty, but then cannot deliver the green cards. Read more...

Two Ignored Immigration Policy Strategies: Diversion and Emigration

By David North, May 25, 2012

When discussing U.S. immigration policy, more than 99 percent of the discussion is about two Ds: denying entry to some would-be immigrants and deporting illegal aliens who are already here.

Limiting entries and forcing some exits are, of course, the most important parts of immigration policy, but there are two other rarely discussed approaches that I will cover here and in a future blog: diversion and emigration.

Both, if used with care, could reduce the growth rate of our population, if not reducing the total size of the population. Read more...

Zig-Zagging to the Finish Line: The GOP's Disturbing Lack of Consistency on Immigration Policy

By W.D. Reasoner, May 25, 2012

Earlier in this electoral season, when the Republican Party nomination was still being hotly contested, candidate Mitt Romney gave a nod to those in favor of enforcement of the nation's immigration laws by speaking approvingly of his good friend, Kris Kobach — formerly a Justice Department official during the Bush administration, presently Kansas Secretary of State, and author of various immigration enforcement provisions, allegedly including portions of the Arizona statutes now being reviewed by the Supreme Court. Read more...

Do Immigrants Bowl Together?

By Otis Graham, May 25, 2012

What is wrong with our country's formerly world-leading political and economic systems? Who can we consult to get some wisdom on this? Not withstanding 50 years in the academy, I have not yet given up hope that professors, once in a while, can help to shed light on our thorniest social dilemmas. Our most visible problems seem now to be both economic and political, but I confess that when this historian sought enlightenment on today's America, I assumed that few historians would have even started to untangle contemporary dilemmas. Read more...

Golly, Did Italy Really Give Legal Status to 12 Million Illegal Aliens?

By David North, May 24, 2012

If you take a quick look at the bottom of the figure below you may come to the conclusion that Italy has legalized 12,170,000 illegal aliens.

That's a very large number, particularly in the context of that nation's population of 60,500,000 or so, and the estimates that we have 11 to 12 million illegal aliens in the United States, with a population more than five times that of Italy. Read more...

Greeks Frustrated as Foreigners Fill Jobs, Even During Severe Economic Crisis – Sound Familiar?

By David Seminara, May 24, 2012

Walk along the harbor in Kos, a picturesque Greek island in the eastern Aegean, and you'll be greeted by a host of touts offering menus, brochures for excursions, and "Where you from?" come-ons to get your attention. Greece has an official unemployment rate of 22 percent and a youth unemployment rate of 54 percent, but many of the salespeople aren't Greeks. Read more...

A Peculiar View of America's (Very Easy) Naturalization Test

By David North, May 23, 2012

Does one really need to worry about the reliability of the U.S. naturalization test when it is designed to be extremely easy (USCIS says that at least 92 percent of applicants pass the test)? One Michigan State University professor seems to think so.

There are 100 possible questions about America's history and its civics. The questions and the answers are both provided in advance.

Test takers are given only 10 questions drawn from the list and can miss four and still pass. (There are 10 sets of these questions and each set is designed to be comparable to the others.) Read more...

Two Key Points in the New Yorker Article on Arizona's Immigration Politics

By Jerry Kammer, May 23, 2012

There is a lot to chew on in the May 28 issue of The New Yorker about Arizona's politics of immigration and the race for the Senate seat that will be left open by the impending retirement of Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.). "Raging Arizona: How a border state became a battleground" was written by Kelefa Sanneh, who has a talent for paragraphs that are at once packed with information and gracefully constructed. Read more...