Immigration Blog

More Green Cards for Alien STEM Grads with Advanced Degrees, Advances

By David North, October 6, 2011

Thanks in part to two strong performances by two strong women, the cause of more green cards for foreign students with advanced U.S. high-tech degrees seemed to advance at a House of Representatives hearing yesterday.

The pro-migration tone of the hearing of the House Subcommittee on Immigration had been set by the catchy title of the event: “STEM the Tide: Should America Try to Prevent an Exodus of Foreign Graduates of U.S. Universities with Advanced Science Degrees?” Read more...

Five Questions for Rick Perry on In-State Tuition

By Ronald W. Mortensen, October 4, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he supports in-state college tuition for the children of illegal aliens because that is what people who "have a heart" do. However, in reality he is pulling a cynical, heartless trick on these kids and their parents in an effort to garner the support of Hispanic voters while at the same time doing great harm to American men, women and children. Read more...

From 'Wet Bottoms' to 'Children of Illegal Immigrants'

By David North, October 3, 2011

"You might say I was a 'wet bottom'," he laughed.

My friend, whom I will call Juan, was articulate, brilliant, and a U.S. citizen. He had been born in Mexico and had risen to be the ranking Hispanic officer of a major American labor union. When I met him, some 40 years ago, we each had (separate) grants from the Ford Foundation on migration matters.

It was a private conversation, and I had asked him how he had first come to the U.S. Read more...

Importing the Uninsured

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 30, 2011

A new report documents that America's "crisis" of the uninsured is to a great extent self-imposed. By reducing immigration, both legal and illegal, to traditional levels, we would derive the benefit of reducing the rising share of the population without health insurance.

The Employee Benefit Research Institute has produced a new study on the uninsured that bears this out. Using Census data for 2010, EBRI presents the facts:

J.A.W.D.?

By Mark Krikorian, September 29, 2011

The Jobs Americans Won't Do phenomenon has reached a level of true absurdity: will Americans really not work as gym teachers? Along these lines, my CIS colleague David North delved into rulings he stumbled across from tax court to get a detailed look at the grim world of a group of Filipino indentured teachers brought in under the guise of a "cultural exchange" program. The sliminess of this whole practice of foreign contract labor never ceases to amaze me. Read more...

Alabama Law Largely Upheld

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 29, 2011

A federal judge's ruling that much of Alabama's immigration-related law may stand marks progress in a number of ways. Here's a brief, first-cut take on the victory for Alabama's citizens and defeat for open-borders zealots. Read more...

287(g): The Wages of Secure Communities Opposition

By Jessica Vaughan, September 28, 2011

If there is any ICE program the open-borders groups hate more than Secure Communities, it's 287(g). How ironic, then, that the result of their intense and hysterical campaign to derail Secure Communities in Massachusetts is the announcement on Wednesday that at least three county sheriffs have been approved and intend to launch 287(g) partnerships. Read more...

Little Fat Cats Get Access to USCIS Adjudicators – Other Citizens Do Not

By David North, September 28, 2011

Those of us on the Left find it all too easy to generalize about Obama bowing to the fat cats of America.

You know, perpetuating the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, being overly nice to Wall Street, etc.

One might be tempted to extend that litany of criticisms to the attempts of the administration to increase the flow of immigrant investors to the U.S. through various means, and there has been a lot of that recently, as illustrated by this USCIS announcement. Read more...

How About a Solo Immigration Visa for Refugees?

By David North, September 26, 2011

One of the largely hidden problems with current U.S. immigration policy is that if we let in an immigrant, refugee, or asylee we set in motion, over time, the admission of that person's (often numerous) relatives.

His or her siblings, parents, nieces and nephews, and ultimately, their siblings, parents, spouses, nieces and nephews, and so on, generation after generation. Chain migration is the cause of much of the expansion of the U.S. population. Read more...

GOP Politics of In-State Tuition

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 25, 2011

The heated exchange between Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, over the issue of in-state college tuition for illegal aliens, illustrates the way different policymakers might approach a problem for which there's no easy answer.

Where someone comes down on this issue shows whether a candidate is able to make tough but right decisions that best serve the citizens of this nation. Perry has been defending Texas's DREAM Act Lite. Read more...