Immigration Blog

How to Break the Immigration Impasse (1): Winner Take All

By Stanley Renshon, June 21, 2012

How do you resolve a fundamental national impasse that embodies policy, conflicting visions of fairness, and deep but mixed feelings about the available options? That is the question that confronts this country regarding immigration.

There are really only a limited number of options available. Read more...

Shouldn't We Drop Greece from the Visa Waiver Program?

By David North, June 20, 2012

It is not exactly a friendly gesture, but should not the United States drop Greece from our Visa Waiver Program?

VWP is for people from 36 prosperous countries who can come to the United States with their nation's passport and no screening by any American embassy. The notion is that they will spend money as tourists and only a sliver of them will stay illegally.

It makes sense for Brits, Germans, Japanese, and others, but should we give the same rights to the hard-pressed people of Greece, whose economy has collapsed and threatens to collapse further. Read more...

Some Senators Grow a Spine on DREAM Decree

By Mark Krikorian, June 20, 2012

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's Tuesday comment to reporters that the Senate GOP would wait to see what Gov. Romney had to say about Obama's unconstitutional DREAM decree was apparently superseded yesterday. Sen. Chuck Grassley and 19 other Republican senators, including McConnell, sent a strongly worded letter to the president Wednesday belatedly making the points that need to be made. Some excerpts: Read more...

Beneath America's Immigration Stalemate: Conflicted Emotions

By Stanley Renshon, June 20, 2012

The numerous issues that arise from the fact that the United States now has between 11 and 12 million people living here with no legal basis for doing so has created strong currents of conflicting emotions in the American public. On one hand, Americans sympathize with those who want a better life for themselves and their children. On the other hand, they have little sympathy for those who break the rules for their own advantage. Furthermore, they are upset with their government's inability or disinclination to control the nation's borders. Read more...

H-1B Visas Flood U.S. Labor Markets with Bush-League Workers

By John Miano, June 20, 2012

Tim Hernholtz has an interesting blog post on Reuters titled "The NBA has America's model migrant worker program".

Mr. Hernholtz notes the number of foreign players in the NBA and notes that allowing the best players from around the world play in America improves the sport.

To that there is little disagreement. Read more...

Meet Deepak Bhargava: Well-Connected, Well-Funded Immigration Activist

By Jerry Kammer, June 19, 2012

On Monday, C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program included an interview with Deepak Bhargava, the executive director of the Center for Community Change, which helps to fund and coordinate immigrant-rights organizations around the country. Read more...

Some Details of the Dream Scheme Revealed in DHS Teleconference

By David North, June 19, 2012

Some additional details on the administration's new prosecutorial discretion amnesty were revealed in a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) teleconference yesterday afternoon. Most were depressing from my point of view, but a couple were encouraging (within the grim context.)

The session involved relatively short announcements about the new amnesty by three ranking DHS officials and a long question-and-answer session with immigration lawyers and other advocates. Read more...

America's Immigration Stalemate: Conflicted Policies

By Stanley Renshon, June 19, 2012

An immigration datum buried deep inside a New York Times-CBS political poll is a timely reminder of America's immigration stalemate. The poll was conducted from May 31 to June 6 and primarily focused on the Supreme Court and its upcoming health care decision.

But reading through the poll, one comes to Question 18: Read more...

Pennsylvania's Decision to Play Chicken with the Feds over Driver's Licenses Is a Bad Idea

By Janice Kephart, June 18, 2012

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's decision last month to sign a law rejecting compliance with REAL ID, the federal secure driver's license statute, is putting the state's residents at risk of unknowingly playing the lead role in a game of "chicken" with the feds on airport security ID requirements. Gov. Corbett is claiming an inability to comply with REAL ID standards and exaggerating the costs, both of which are highly inaccurate based on documentation obtained under Pennsylvania's "Right to Know Law". Corbett's irresponsible decisions will not only cost residents more hassle and money, but make a mockery out of 9/11 Commission recommendations on why we need secure IDs. These include facts pertaining to Ziad Jarrah, who crashed United Airlines Flight 93 into a Shanksville, Pa., field on September 11, 2001. Read more...

Immigrants Neither More nor Less Entrepreneurial than the Native-Born

By Steven A. Camarota, June 18, 2012

A recent report from the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) seems to imply that immigrants are particularly entrepreneurial. The authors of the report, "Immigrant Small Business Owners: A Significant and Growing part of the Economy", never really say this because the data does not support such a conclusion. But some of the coverage of the report is not as careful; see, for instance, "When You Think 'Immigrant,' Think 'Small Business Owner'", or "Immigrants Make Big Impact through Small Business".

The idea that immigrants are uniquely entrepreneurial is longstanding and common, but it is largely mistaken. It is true that immigrants were once more likely to operate their own business, but this has not been true for decades. For at least the last 20 years government surveys have repeatedly shown that there is no meaningful difference in the share of immigrants and natives who operate their own business. Read more...