Immigration Blog

A "New IDEA" Whose Time Has Come

By W.D. Reasoner, April 9, 2012

Recently, I wrote a blog about jobs, unemployed workers, and federal monies provided to state and local governments to jump-start "shovel ready" projects. I wondered who, in fact, was manning the shovels, given that there appeared to be no controls in place to ensure that the jobs that presumably resulted from these various public works projects went to American citizens and lawfully authorized workers. It's a question worth investigating and, to my knowledge, no one has done it. Read more...

Case History: Judge Shrouds H-1B Case with Secrecy

By David North, April 9, 2012

While supporters of the H1-B program say it brings us the "best and the brightest", a careful examination of a recent federal court case in Ohio – strangely masked in secrecy by the judge – shows us how shabby the program can be.

The case involves: a young alien man with a mysterious legal status, probably an illegal alien, who has a bachelor's degree from a marginal educational institution, a private one that accepts all applicants, and his employer, a mortgage finance company in trouble in two different states. Read more...

American Bilingualism and Globalization

By Stanley Renshon, April 6, 2012

"Speaking two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world" is the insipid platitude that begins an article flatly asserting that "Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter." What does one have to do with the other? Nothing that is immediately obvious. Read more...

Indian H-1B Body Shop Called Sexist, Too

By David North, April 6, 2012

By now we are all familiar with the charge that many major users of the H-1B program for high-tech and other professionals, including at least some of the India-based "body shops" or out-placement organizations, are biased against American workers, especially older (i.e., 35-plus) ones.

And now one has been charged in court with being sexist, too — by a woman with an Indian name. Read more...

Are Bilinguals Smarter?

By Stanley Renshon, April 5, 2012

Well, actually the title of the article in the New York Times is a bit less equivocal. Its title begins with a conclusion, to wit: "Why Bilinguals Are Smarter". And it then goes on to assert that, "Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter." Read more...

Germany's Apprenticeship Wunder: Highlighted on NPR but Nothing New to Vernon Briggs

By Jerry Kammer, April 4, 2012

On NPR's "Morning Edition" today, reporter Eric Westervelt told a story about Germany's apprenticeship program, which every year trains 1.5 million young people for a spectrum of jobs — from aircraft mechanics, to bakers, carpenters, and violin-makers. It is a remarkably successful national strategy of the sort that has long been urged by emeritus Cornell professor of labor economics Vernon Briggs. Read more...

USCIS Seems to Predict 88% Failure Rate in the EB-5 Investor Program

By David North, April 4, 2012

If you compare its numbers in two different governmental publications, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) seems to be predicting that 88 percent of the applicants for EB-5 investor visas will not, in fact, get the green cards that they had been promised for their half-million-dollar investments.

There is also a possibility that this is not a prediction of program demise so much as a case of the front-office promoters of this highly controversial program not talking to the green-eyeshade types in their own agency who deal with the Federal Register. Read more...

Reality Check on Operation Cross Check

By Jessica Vaughan, April 4, 2012

On Monday, ICE announced the results of the latest installment of Operation Cross Check, an initiative that locates and apprehends aliens with serious criminal records who are at large. Agents arrested more than 3,100 of these criminal aliens in March. That's helpful. But it also would be helpful if ICE would do what it takes to keep these criminals from being "at-large" so that they don 't need to be staked out and rounded up, but merely held until they can be removed. Read more...

New York State's "Dream Act": Kindly Spare Us the Partisan Hyperbole

By Stanley Renshon, April 4, 2012

The infant-tender years narrative of the Dream Act invites public sympathy and support, and that is its purpose. It succeeds in doing so because it rests on a legitimate moral claim — that some people are being placed in an untenable immigration situation because of the behavior of their parents over which they had no control because they were infants or young children when they arrived in the United States. Read more...

Stopping Illegal Aliens from Stealing Our Children's Identities

By Ronald W. Mortensen, April 3, 2012

My last blog concluded by asking "What can we do to stop illegal alien-driven, employment-related child identity theft that is destroying the futures of millions of innocent American children?"

The answer is simple — require all employers to use an employment verification system that ensures that the names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth of all current employees and new hires match. After all, an adult may be able to use the name and Social Security number of a child, but he can't use the child's birth date. Read more...