Immigration Blog

A Study in Light and Dark: How ICE Has Implemented the Secure Communities Program, in the Field and at Headquarters

By W.D. Reasoner, April 11, 2012

During the European Renaissance, Italian masters developed the term chiaroscuro to describe studies of strong contrasts — based on the juxtaposition of light and dark — in their drawings and paintings. The term is still used today and in fact its context has broadened to encompass other things, including the printed word, when the literature in question is reflective of such strong contrasts. Read more...

DHS Report Confirms ICE Officers Use Secure Communities Properly

By Jessica Vaughan, April 11, 2012

A new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) internal audit of ICE's implementation of Secure Communities finds that, contrary to critics' allegations, the program is effective in identifying criminal aliens and that ICE officers are not being overzealous in selecting aliens for removal. If anything, officers are erring on the side of not pursuing removal of criminal aliens when warranted.

Among the highlights of the report: Read more...

Massachusetts Suffering More Crime by Not Complying with REAL ID Legal Status Check

By Janice Kephart, April 11, 2012

A few weeks ago I received a call from Fox News/Boston about increasing reports of crimes committed by illegal aliens with Massachusetts-issued driver's licenses. Investigating how illegal aliens were getting legitimate licenses, Fox News found my report on REAL ID compliance and noticed that Massachusetts is one of only five states not actively checking legal status before issuing driver's licenses. Read more...

National Commissions on Immigration, 1907-1997

By Otis Graham, April 10, 2012

Some public policy issues are so complex and controversial that Congress and president on occasion acknowledge that they cannot craft legislation or administer policy in the usual way. They may be drawn to the advice of a 1955 poem from Punch magazine by Geoffrey Parsons with a Gilbert and Sullivan lilt that runs:

If you're pestered by critics and hounded by faction
To take some precipitate, positive action
The proper procedure to take my advice is
Appoint a commission and stave off the crisis.

Immigration Issue Playing in Big Blue State

By James R. Edwards Jr., April 10, 2012

When you think of Massachusetts, you probably think of liberal lions like the Kennedys, Tip O'Neill, Barney Frank, and Michael Dukakis. So when Bay State Republicans start running an ad against Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, for being soft on immigration, it might just get your attention.

Well, that's what's happening! Read more...

The Green Card Top 20 for 2011

By Jerry Kammer, April 9, 2012

The Department of Homeland Security has just released statistics on the 1,062,040 legal residents admitted to the United States during 2011. Once again, Mexico is by far the leading recipient of green cards, with 143,446. The list below shows the other countries in the top 20, which together received 63.2 percent of the green card total. Read more...

Canada Shows the Way: Closes Files on Backlogged Immigrant Applications

By David North, April 9, 2012

What do you do with a backlogged set of immigrant-worker applications at a time of high unemployment? In the United States such queues just keep growing, but not in Canada. Read more...

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...