Immigration Blog

Dear Reader: Please Encourage USCIS Do the Right Thing!

By David North, April 17, 2012

This is a suggestion to my readers on how you can help USCIS do the right thing with a document that is absolutely vital to the employer sanctions program.

The agency is in the middle of revising Form I-9, the form used about 70 million times a year by newly hired workers. Its purpose, though you might not know it from reading the form, is to keep illegal aliens (unauthorized workers) away from U.S. jobs. Read more...

"I Absolutely and Entirely Renounce and Abjure ..."

By Mark Krikorian, April 17, 2012

DHS reported recently that 694,193 foreigners became Americans last year — up a little from 2010 but down a little from 2009. The naturalization statistics prompted me to take a look at the civics test that prospective citizens have to take. The test was revised a few years back, and applicants have to get six out of 10 questions correct to pass. The 10 questions are selected from a master list of 100 questions, all online. Here’s one of the questions, followed by the answer: Read more...

A Little Bit of Nationalism, Please: Or Which of Those Are U.S. Firms?

By David North, April 17, 2012

We all know that the presence of too many nonimmigrant workers results in serious economic harm for resident workers, both citizens and green card holders.

Whether the alien workers are toiling in the fields or designing software, they take jobs at lower wages than residents and are usually more docile than Americans, so they get the jobs and our countrymen do not. People within the 99 percent are the ones who get hurt.

But how might temporary foreign workers adversely effect American stockholders? People who may well be in the 1 percent. Read more...

EB-5's Institutional Allies Give the Program a Hard Time

By David North, April 16, 2012

It's bad enough when the critics attack, but when your allies go after you, as they have on the immigrant investor (EB-5) program recently, look out!

The controversial, selling-batches-of-visas-for-half-million-a-pop program took it on the chin recently from such normally pro-migration forces as the op-ed page of the New York Times and a privately owned website for EB-5 news that routinely favors the program. Read more...

DHS Has Nothing Good to Say About the Border, Again

By Janice Kephart, April 16, 2012

I wonder how unimpressive the Secretary of Homeland Security can continue to be on borders? I got the answer this week: amazingly unimpressive. The latest? Every Friday or Monday the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) puts out a bulletin of its latest activities. I scour it every week hoping to find some initiative the Secretary has launched that really will improve security. Unfortunately, most of the time the secretary is breaking ground on a new facility somewhere, giving an award to a trusted employee, or simply relating congressional testimony of the week. Rarely do I find substance. Read more...

Key to the Latino Vote?

By James R. Edwards Jr., April 16, 2012

A new poll by the Pew Hispanic Center has found that Latinos are more politically liberal than other Americans. This survey says 30 percent of Latinos report holding liberal or very liberal political views. That contrasts with just 21 percent of other Americans who have the same views. Read more...

K-12 Education Systems May Be Losing Interest in H-1B

By David North, April 16, 2012

Recently, various types of evidence have emerged that show K-12 education is losing interest in hiring foreign teachers through the H-1B nonimmigrant worker program.

The inherent disadvantages of the program from the points of view of both students and unemployed U.S. teachers were described in two fairly recent CIS reports: "K-12 + H-1B = ? A First look at the Implications of Foreign Teacher Recruitment" and "The Grim World of Some H-1B Teachers". Read more...

Removing "The Righteous Mind" from the Immigration Debate

By Jerry Kammer, April 13, 2012

In his fascinating new book, The Righteous Mind, University of Virginia social psychologist Jonathan Haidt probes the issue of why "we are so easily divided into hostile groups, each one certain of its righteousness." If I were teaching a course on U.S. immigration policy, it would be at the top of the reading list. Read more...

More on the Innards of H1-B Program: Indenture Starts in OPT Period

By David North, April 13, 2012

It is well known that many H-1B workers are, in effect, indentured by employers who have filed to obtain green cards for them — they are nominally free to leave, but it can be hard to keep your resident alien application alive after leaving the employer who set it in motion.

But, as I have learned recently in conversations with would-be H-1B workers at a major D.C.-area university this spring, the feeling of indenture starts even earlier. Read more...

H-1B Concentrated in a Few High-Wage States

By John Miano, April 13, 2012

While examining the Labor Condition Applications for H-1B visas for my previous CIS Backgrounders "H-1B Visa Numbers: No Relationship to Economic Need", and "Low Salaries for Low Skills: Wages and Skill Levels for H-1B Computer Workers, 2005", and "The Bottom of the Pay Scale: Wages for H-1B Computer Programmers", it was apparent that H-1B workers are highly concentrated in a few states. At the time, unfortunately, the nature of the data made it difficult to quantify where the workers were actually going.

Recently, however, Data.gov released admission data, including the state of destination, which gives a picture of the density of H-1B workers. Read more...