Immigration Blog

Israel and Arizona: Similarities, Differences, Questions

By Jerry Kammer, July 25, 2012

In the July 25 Washington Post, columnist Ruth Marcus writes about the uproar in Israel over what she describes as a "flood" of refugees who have crossed the border illegally from Egypt at the end of the long trek from their homelands in Eritrea and Sudan. Read more...

USCIS Opens New EB-5 Entity AND Predicts Sharp Decline in Applications

By David North, July 25, 2012

USCIS has nearly simultaneously announced, with great fanfare, the creation of a new office to handle immigrant investor (EB-5) applications and (a little more obscurely) has predicted a sharp decline in one of the three basic applications used in that program. Read more...

"Process, Process, Process, but No Action" Sen. Feinstein Fumes at Hearing

By David North, July 24, 2012

Three senators, two Democrats and one Republican, were solidly united Tuesday morning in their frustration with the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) handling of fraud and potential terror threats in the nation's foreign student program. Read more...

How to Break the Immigration Policy Impasse (10): Why Immigration Grand Bargains Fail — The Fairness Dimension of Amnesties

By Stanley Renshon, July 24, 2012

At its most sympathetic, the amnesty trap is predicated on the assumption that it is understandable that those choosing to live and work in the United States in violation of our immigration laws do so because illegal aliens only want a better life for themselves and their families. This resonates with most Americans because as a country and culture we are sympathetic to the plight of those who are struggling. Read more...

Jihadist Gets 17 Years in Prison

By James R. Edwards Jr., July 24, 2012

Would-be American-killing jihadist Rezwan Ferdaus has pleaded guilty to plotting to bomb and assault the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon. He'll spend the next 17 years in prison. His story tells us a lot about the risks and dangers of mass immigration. Read more...

GAO Slams DHS on Lax Controls of Schools with Foreign Students

By David North, July 24, 2012

In its own, understated way a congressional watchdog agency has lambasted the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for sloppy management of widespread fraud in the international student business.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) last month issued a quietly blistering report with a typically bland GAO title: "Student and Exchange Visitor Program: DHS Needs to Assess Risks and Strengthen Oversight Functions" (GAO-12-572). Read more...

H-1B Case Study: The Persistent Liquor Store and the Kazakh Candidate

By David North, July 23, 2012

A recent U.S. district court case — one of the rare ones slapping down a would-be H-1B employer — reminded me that all of the users of that program are not massive corporations or Indian body shops.

In fact, the case involved a not-very-profitable liquor store in a Twin Cities suburbs that wanted to hire an H-1B as an "Operations and Finance Analyst" on a part-time, $22-an-hour basis. That's a very modest wage offer in this program, and from an unusual type of employer. Read more...

America's Immigration Myths

By W.D. Reasoner, July 20, 2012

About a month ago, Center for Immigration Studies Executive Director Mark Krikorian appeared as one of the guest panelists on the PBS show "Need to Know", hosted by Ray Suarez.The episode focused on America's immigration policies. Read more...

Criminal Alien "DREAMer" Assaults ICE Agent, Gets Released on Prosecutorial Discretion

By Jessica Vaughan, July 20, 2012

The ICE enforcement agents' union is reporting an incident from earlier this week that illustrates the perverse results of the Obama administration's DREAM decree and "prosecutorial discretion" policies. An illegal alien, who is described as meeting the criteria for the president's DREAM amnesty, was arrested and jailed in El Paso, Texas, on a domestic assault charge. When ICE agents arrived at the jail for routine inmate screening, the 5'9", 245 lb. Read more...

Four New Threads Appear in Foreign Worker Program Tapestry

By David North, July 19, 2012

Four new threads in the complex picture of America's foreign worker programs have appeared in recent days, two of them at a session July 18 at the Brookings Institution, and two elsewhere in Washington.

Brookings Loads the Dice