Immigration Blog

The Imperfect Market in Services Facilitating Illegal Immigration

By David North, November 1, 2012

One of the reasons we do not have more illegal immigration than we have already is because it is expensive in terms of money, human time, and skills and sometimes, sadly, human lives. Read more...

Another Potential Government Eye on Our Borders, but Not the Type Americans Need

By Janice Kephart, November 1, 2012

Sequestration threatens to eliminate thousands of homeland security jobs on January 2, 2012, including about 8,700 border-related jobs. But President Obama is not working to break the congressional budgetary logjam, instead issuing an executive order on October 26 authorizing appropriations for a new "Homeland Security Partnership Council". Yes, indeed, the federal government will be coming to your community soon to identify issue areas and partnership nominees for this council. Read more...

Hopeless – Often Pointless – Cases Clog Immigration Courts

By David North, October 31, 2012

We often hear about the vast workloads and long delays in the various immigration court systems, but I have never heard a word about the large numbers of pointless, useless cases brought by the immigration bar that aggravate that problem.

Let me provide one stunning example — a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) decision — published earlier this year. Read more...

Assimilation Too Scary for Some This Halloween

By David Seminara, October 31, 2012

I was listening to WBEZ, my local NPR affiliate on Monday morning and thought that perhaps my ears were deceiving me after hearing the tail end of a story about a local school district in Skokie, Ill., just a few miles from my home, which has cancelled Halloween celebrations this year. For years, we've become accustomed to hearing stories about Christmas-related controversies, but I had no idea that Halloween is also becoming a political football in some parts of the country. Read more...

Digging for Statistical Nuggets in a Decade's Worth of Immigration Enforcement Data

By W.D. Reasoner, October 29, 2012

In July of this year, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics published an interesting paper entitled "Immigration Offenders in the Federal Justice System, 2010" by Mark Motivans, PhD.

Despite the reference to "2010" in the title, the paper actually documents federal immigration enforcement statistics for 2000-2010. Although, as might be expected, it is written in the somewhat dry style favored by bureaucracies and academia, the report makes for very interesting reading. Read more...

A Continuing Problem for Restrictionists: The Missing Allies

By David North, October 26, 2012

A continuing political problem for the restrictionist movement is the relative absence of what should be a logical set of allies: African-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Native Americans, union members, the disabled, and perhaps gays.

Members of these groups — all to some extent discriminated against in the job market — benefit from tight labor markets, and perhaps the most important byproduct of restrictionism is the reduction of alien workers in the workplace, which would lead to a tighter labor market. Read more...

Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

By Mark Krikorian, October 25, 2012

Like Newsweek, the Center for Immigration Studies is going all-digital. That, combined with a recent move, has prompted me to clean out 25 years of news clips and such in our library, and I stumbled across some interesting things. As background, the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act had at its core a grand bargain that provided amnesty for the illegals already here in exchange for "employer sanctions", i.e., a ban on hiring future illegal aliens. Read more...

Eternal Vigilance Is the Price of Border Security

By Mark Krikorian, October 24, 2012

Earlier this year, the lead article on the New York Times op-ed page started this way:

The immigration crisis that has roiled American politics for decades has faded into history. Illegal immigration is shrinking to a trickle, if that, and will likely never return to the peak levels of 2000.

Uh, not so much: Read more...

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis: The Quasi-Student Terrorist

By Jessica Vaughan, October 24, 2012

The unsurprising revelation that foiled terrorist Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, arrested last week for trying to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York, entered on a student visa has once again provoked demands for reform from lawmakers. But the types of reforms being pushed, while worthy, will not address the most fundamental problem with our student visa program, and would not have interfered with the admission of Nafis. Read more...

Migrant Advocate Cites Increasing Exodus from Central America to el Norte

By Jerry Kammer, October 24, 2012

Among the many immigration stories that are going untold by our steadily shrinking corps of newspaper reporters, one of the most important is the unrelenting exodus of Central Americans heading northward in hopes of crossing illegally into the United States. Univision's reporter in El Salvador had a brief story about the phenomenon on yesterday's evening news. Read more...