Immigration Blog

Ag Employers Cry Wolf on Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, June 13, 2012

Business owners testified before the Senate against a measure that would "paralyze the country", the passage of which would "stop my machines", leading to a situation where "investors would never receive another dividend".

The bill placed limits on child labor. The year was 1916. Read more...

Voter ID – Sometimes Even Politicians Get It Right

By W.D. Reasoner, June 12, 2012

I went to my local big-box home improvement store yesterday. At checkout, I paid with plastic because I rarely have much real money with me at all these days: Who needs it, and why risk a lot of cash in the event you're mugged? Such is the state of affairs today, for better or worse. Read more...

On Capitol Hill, a Strong Indictment of Administrative Amnesty Policies

By Janice Kephart, June 12, 2012

Immigration was finally at the top of the agenda on Capitol Hill this week. While the House leadership has refused to take up any real immigration measures this session, individual representatives showed some political will on immigration enforcement via the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill. Perhaps encouraged by some harsh words from Supreme Court justices on the Obama administration's arguments against Arizona's S.B. 1070, the House passed measures by large voting margins to prohibit funding of the administration's "amnesty by any means" programs. Read more...

Beyond the Hoopla — Older Immigrants Are Economic Disasters

By David North, June 12, 2012

We keep reading the publicity about the economic value of immigrants — and some of them are truly helpful — but when all is said and done and they retire, they are, as a group, economic basket cases.

The basic data for that conclusion, if not the conclusion itself, come from a report just issued by the Migration Policy Institute, the Washington, D.C.-based more-migration think tank. Read more...

Time for Another DREAM Act Story

By Mark Krikorian, June 11, 2012

You can almost hear the Washington Post editorial meeting a few weeks back: "Hey, we haven't run a tear-jerker pushing the DREAM Act in a while, so assign it to someone!" Thus today's "Virginia student graduates from high school, braces for deportation". It's the usual stuff, but a few points bear repeating: Read more...

Irish Workers in the Big Apple: American Kids (Apparently) Need Not Apply

By Jerry Kammer, June 11, 2012

When I was working on our report "Cheap Labor as Cultural Exchange", about the State Department program that brings more than 100,000 foreign college students to the United States every year for temporary jobs and includes financial incentives for American employers not to hire American workers, I frequently heard complaints that employers couldn't find American kids to do the jobs. Read more...

DOJ Expands Gun Rights for Certain Nonimmigrant Aliens

By David North, June 11, 2012

The Department of Justice has used its power to define legal terminology to give a large class of nonimmigrant aliens gun rights that they did not have previously.

Whether intended to be one or not, it is simultaneously a victory for the more-guns people and the more-migration people, an interesting (and to me, depressing) two-fer. Read more...

Why Not Reduce Immigration Too?

By Otis Graham, June 8, 2012

Last month, I posted a blog, "Do Immigrants Bowl Together?", an assessment of Robert Putnam's influential 2000 book Bowling Alone. Putnam presented a richly documented argument that America was enduring a decades-long weakening of the bonds of social capital that had commenced in the 1950s. Read more...

Death Threats and Bond Defaults Linked to Different H-1B Programs

By David North, June 8, 2012

Death threats were linked in a court document to one major H-1B program and a $19 million bond issue default to another H-1B user, the latter according to this week's New York Times.

The death threats were made against Jay Palmer, the stand-up U.S. citizen who blew the whistle against Infosys, one of the largest of the Indian bodyshops in the H-1B business, and the bond default was announced by Wells Fargo, trustee of a series of bonds issued by three tax-supported charter schools run by the controversial Turkish Gulen movement. Read more...

Proposal: Let's Look at All the Foreign Worker Programs as a Whole

By David North, June 7, 2012

Let's stop looking at the nonimmigrant worker programs one at a time and instead address them as a worrisome whole.

That was the central idea presented at a meeting hosted yesterday by the Economic Policy Institute, a progressive Washington think tank. Read more...