Immigration Blog

The Cost of Responding to Faux Analysis, Part 1: Uncritical Acceptance of Shoddy Research Reports Damages the Public Interest

By W.D. Reasoner, September 10, 2012

Author's Note: Following is the first of two blogs examining the report "The Cost of Responding to Immigration Detainers in California — Preliminary Findings", issued last month. This blog examines the hype and reaction surrounding release of the report to the media. The second will take a look at the report itself. Read more...

Straws in the Wind Suggest Immigrants Marry More than Natives

By David North, September 7, 2012

We have long known that immigrants have higher birth rates than natives of the United States, as my colleague Steve Camarota documented in a CIS Backgrounder a few years ago, but now there are some straws in the wind suggesting that they may also be more likely to marry than natives of the United States. Read more...

District Court Rules on In-State Tuition, Punts on Birthright Citizenship

By Jon Feere, September 7, 2012

With the help of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), five Florida residents born to illegal aliens sued the Florida Commissioner of Education as well as the chancellor of the state's university system over a statute that denied in-state tuition rates to dependents (as defined under federal tax code) who could not prove that their parents had established legal residency in Florida and maintained it for at least a year. Read more...

The Executioner's Men, a Review

By Jerry Kammer, September 7, 2012

When I was a reporter covering U.S. Mexico relations, I often looked to George Grayson for expert commentary. Here at CIS, where he is a member of the board, I have come to admire not just his expertise, but also his courage in reporting the stories he has told in The Executioner's Men, a new book he has written with investigative reporter Samuel Logan. This is a brief review. Read more...

It Depends on What the Meaning of 'Deportations' Is

By Mark Krikorian, September 6, 2012

Amid the geyser of lies this campaign season is one that gets little attention. Read more...

ID Innovate Conference: Secure ID Technologies You'll Want to Know About

By Janice Kephart, September 5, 2012

Last month, I delivered the keynote address at the first-ever ID Innovate conference in Cambridge, Mass. (See the Memorandum version of my presentation.) My mission was to highlight issues of identity that have a national security element and the role of technology in supporting security. While I was there to educate, however, I was the one who ended up being educated. Read more...

Open-Borders Democrats Use Republican Thinking on Family Migration

By David North, September 5, 2012

If the only people who could vote in November were members of the immigration bar and other open-borders enthusiasts, Obama would win in a walk.

Yet when you examine their posture on family immigration (and non-deportation of family members) you will find that the more-migration people are thinking in deeply Republican terms, though they probably do not realize it. Read more...

Leaving a Local Law Enforcement Partner in the Lurch: With Friends Like ICE, Who Needs Enemies?

By W.D. Reasoner, September 4, 2012

If you spend any time at all browsing the website of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), or reading any of the shiny, parti-colored pamphlets that they seem to produce like confetti these days at taxpayer expense, you'll see multiple references to their endeavors with "state and local partners".

For instance, on the "ICE Detainers: Frequently Asked Questions" portion of the website, there is this Q-and-A exchange (emphasis added): Read more...

Computer Literacy, Not English Language, Pushed by Immigration System

By David North, September 4, 2012

It would be politically incorrect for Congress to demand any knowledge of the English language on the part of arriving migrants, but apparently it is perfectly OK for the immigration system to force computer literacy on would-be arrivals.

I am not a zealot on the language issue, but I find the current posture of our government on these subjects to be a peculiar one.

Unlike some other English-speaking nations, there does not appear to be a U.S. demand for English for any applying immigrant group; there are U.S. requirements for some knowledge of English by some, in fact most, candidates for citizenship, and for some nonimmigrants (e.g., some students), but never for legal immigrants.

On the other hand, the government is making it progressively harder for the non-computer literate to seek migration benefits. Read more...

So Much for "No Path to Citizenship" for DACA DREAMers

By Jessica Vaughan, August 31, 2012

When President Obama announced on June 15 that he would bypass Congress and offer legal status to the so-called DREAMers, he said: "Now, let's be clear — this is not amnesty, this is not immunity, this is not a path to citizenship." False on all three counts, as it turns out. Read more...