Immigration Blog

When Texas Welcomes Illegal Aliens, It Becomes More than a 'State Issue'

By Jon Feere, September 25, 2011

During the last two GOP presidential debates, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has defended his support for in-state tuition breaks for illegal aliens by calling it a state issue. Certainly, many issues are best handled by states. But when a state embraces illegal immigration, the impact is not limited to the state itself. By opposing a border fence, opposing E-Verify, embracing sanctuary cities and tuition breaks, Perry and the Texas legislature have arguably turned the Lone Star State into America's illegal alien welcoming mat. Read more...

Job Growth in Texas – Responding to Criticism

By Steven A. Camarota, September 23, 2011

In our new report on jobs in Texas we showed that newly arrived immigrants got most of the recent job growth in that state. There has been some criticism of the report, some from people who apparently did not read it. The comments below, which were forwarded to us, seem to be representative, so I want to address them. Read more...

Students Weren't Innocent Victims at Raided U.S. Visa Mills

By David North, September 23, 2011

When ICE investigators raided two fringe "universities" earlier this year, places with primarily Indian students, the U.S. media tended to regard the students as victims.

You get a different view from India.

The two institutions are Tri-Valley University in California and Northern Virginia University in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. In both instances ICE was concerned about illegal issuances of visa-creating documents, closing down TVU, apparently for good, and suspending some activities at NVU while leaving the "campus" open for classes. Read more...

Government Sometimes Does the Right Thing in Immigration Cases

By David North, September 21, 2011

While this blog is often critical of governmental actions – and inactions – in immigration matters, sometimes the government does exactly the right thing. Here are three recent examples, from three different agencies:

  1. ICE breaks up a wholesale immigration fraud ring of bogus Christians;
  2. USCIS reminds employers not to collect illegal fees from H-class guestworkers; and
  3. State warns against fraud in the diversity lottery program.

Dubious Casino Investment Linked to Dubious Immigration Program

By David North, September 20, 2011

It's a perfect storm at the nexus of immigration and investment – a proposal to use the EB-5 (buying-green-cards-with-investments) program to start up a huge casino near Washington.

According to today's Washington Post, investors in China are lapping it up. Each family would put up half a million dollars. None of the families would have any other way to get to the U.S. on a permanent basis. Read more...

Taking the Blinders off Social Security's H-1B Audit

By David North, September 20, 2011

To use a rural metaphor regarding the recent Social Security Administration audit of the H-1B program, while blinders are sometimes useful on a riding horse, they are not in a government report. Read more...

State Dept. Seeks to Roll Back Visa Security to 9/10 Standards; DHS Stays Quiet

By Janice Kephart, September 20, 2011

Secretary of State Clinton is now lining up with Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano in quietly continuing the border security backslide to September 10, 2001, standards. None of what you read below will be in press releases. The secretaries are well aware that their policies continue to add to a profusion of amnesty outlets, and now Secretary Clinton is working in tandem with the White House too, where President Obama is pushing for a pullback on any policy pertaining to border security unless a known terrorist is involved. Read more...

Russian News, the Hershey J-1 Protest, and American Values

By Jerry Kammer, September 19, 2011

The reporting of RT, the Russian government-financed English-language news channel, is often characterized by schadenfreude about the social, economic, and political problems of the United States. That dark pleasure was clearly on display in RT's reporting on the foreign college students' protest against working conditions at the Hershey Co.'s distribution center just outside the Pennsylvania town that bears the company's name. Read more...

New Audit on H-1B Visas

By John Miano, September 18, 2011

Social Security Administration's Office of Inspector General has a new report out, "H-1B Workers' Use of Social Security Numbers". The OIG found that about 18 percent of Social Security numbers issued to H-1B workers were being used to report wages from sources other than the approved employer or were reporting no wages at all.

This follows a 2008 report from USCIS that found a violation rate in the H-1B program of over 20 percent.

The most recent Department of Labor Inspector General report on H-1B is available as well.

All of these audits from government agencies provide a striking contrast to the propaganda view of the H-1B program put forth by lobbyists.



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Common Sense from Across the Northern Border?

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 18, 2011

A recent study from Canada suggests a common-sense solution to at least part of the economic morass: When the country's in a recession or worse, stop importing more and more foreign workers.

As Canada's National Post has reported: Read more...