Immigration Blog

Administration Moves Ahead on Three More Little Amnesties

By David North, May 3, 2012

The Obama administration has moved ahead on three more little amnesties in the last few weeks, all largely under the radar and all linked with the concept of victimhood. Read more...

Video: Immigrant Workers and the Buckle of the Raisin Belt

By Philip Martin, May 3, 2012

Migration Dialogue, which provides timely, factual and nonpartisan information and analysis of international migration issues, has released a new video. In it, I explain the relationship between farm workers and raisins in Parlier, CA, the buckle of the raisin belt. More information on the subject can be found in Migration Dialogue's "Rural Migration News". Read more...

Former Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce's Q&A with Sen. Chuck Schumer: Caricature and Reality

By Stanley Renshon, May 2, 2012

I did not know very much about Russell Pearce before I read Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank's tendentious characterization of him in his column. I knew that he was the former President of the Arizona Senate, had been instrumental in passing Arizona's controversial immigration law that is now before the Supreme Court, and that he had been defeated in a recall election, much to the pleasure of his enemies. Read more...

Meet Larry Dever – An Arizona Sheriff Who's No Joe Arpaio

By Jerry Kammer, May 2, 2012

Arizona borderlands sheriff Larry Dever is the subject of a fascinating article in the current edition of the Phoenix New Times newspaper. Written by Paul Rubin, one of the state's most highly regarded newsmen, the piece portrays Dever as a thoughtful, nuanced hardliner on illegal immigration and contrasts him favorably with two of the state's other sheriffs — Joe Arpaio and Paul Babeu. Read more...

USCIS Leans over Backwards to Facilitate the H-1B Program

By David North, May 1, 2012

Supposing an alien who has studied in the United States wants to get an H-1B visa, to which he is potentially entitled, but stumbles in the process. Maybe he got started late or maybe he could not find an employer willing to file an H-1B petition for him.

Will USCIS just shrug, and let the market and the law take their normal course? You know, somebody else (maybe a citizen or green card holder) will get the job and the alien will have to return to his homeland, at least for a bit.

Heavens, no! Read more...

The Washington Post's Insult Artist, Part 2: Dana Milbank on Russell Pearce's Immigration Views

By Stanley Renshon, May 1, 2012

Critics of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his views on legal and illegal immigration, like the Washington Post's Dana Milbank, are busy perfecting novel methods with which to impugn his character and positions. Consider Milbank's reverse double character smear, aided by a mischaracterized policy parallelism, and topped by a determined, and successful, effort at caricature. Read more...

Cheap Shot Alert: CIS Gets the "Colbert Thump"

By Jerry Kammer, April 30, 2012

You may have heard of the "Colbert Bump", that euphoric surge of popularity and prestige that — at least according to the man for whom it was named — follows anyone's appearance with that television tower of tendentious truthiness, Stephen Colbert.

Well, last week, we at the Center for Immigration Studies were introduced to a phenomenon at the opposite end of the pleasure-pain spectrum. It's a dysphoric dose of devilish denigration that I call the "Colbert Thump". Read more...

The Washington Post's Insult Artist, Part 1: Dana Milbank on Romney's Immigration Views

By Stanley Renshon, April 30, 2012

The Washington Post opinion writer Dana Milbank clearly prides himself on what he feels are his snarky, funny, smart forays, but they are mostly mounted against conservative straw men. Are his opinions snarky? Yes. Are they smart? Maybe. Are they funny? Only if you find misrepresentation amusing.

His latest: "Romney won't be able to shake immigration debate" relies on a grab bag of questionable associations, topped off with what can only be described as an intentional caricature. Read more...

A Look Inside a USCIS "Stakeholders Meeting"

By David North, April 27, 2012

USCIS convenes "stakeholders meetings" in Washington and its regional service centers as a technique to reach out to what it regards as its "public".

I took part in one such gathering this morning dealing with an intricacy in the EB-5 immigrant investor program; it related to how an investor can — or cannot — use an investment in an office building to claim a green card for his or her half-million-dollar investment. Read more...

Hill's Tourism Bill Likely Made Unnecessary by President Obama

By Janice Kephart, April 26, 2012

Congress is currently reviewing H.R. 3039, the "Welcoming Business Travelers and Tourists to America Act of 2011".

I was asked for my two cents by the Hill, and here are my pennies thrown in the pond.

First, a summary of the bill, dated September 23, 2011 from the Congressional Research Service: Read more...