Immigration Blog

USCIS Leans over Backwards to Facilitate the H-1B Program

By David North, May 1, 2012

Supposing an alien who has studied in the United States wants to get an H-1B visa, to which he is potentially entitled, but stumbles in the process. Maybe he got started late or maybe he could not find an employer willing to file an H-1B petition for him.

Will USCIS just shrug, and let the market and the law take their normal course? You know, somebody else (maybe a citizen or green card holder) will get the job and the alien will have to return to his homeland, at least for a bit.

Heavens, no! Read more...

The Washington Post's Insult Artist, Part 2: Dana Milbank on Russell Pearce's Immigration Views

By Stanley Renshon, May 1, 2012

Critics of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his views on legal and illegal immigration, like the Washington Post's Dana Milbank, are busy perfecting novel methods with which to impugn his character and positions. Consider Milbank's reverse double character smear, aided by a mischaracterized policy parallelism, and topped by a determined, and successful, effort at caricature. Read more...

Cheap Shot Alert: CIS Gets the "Colbert Thump"

By Jerry Kammer, April 30, 2012

You may have heard of the "Colbert Bump", that euphoric surge of popularity and prestige that — at least according to the man for whom it was named — follows anyone's appearance with that television tower of tendentious truthiness, Stephen Colbert.

Well, last week, we at the Center for Immigration Studies were introduced to a phenomenon at the opposite end of the pleasure-pain spectrum. It's a dysphoric dose of devilish denigration that I call the "Colbert Thump". Read more...

The Washington Post's Insult Artist, Part 1: Dana Milbank on Romney's Immigration Views

By Stanley Renshon, April 30, 2012

The Washington Post opinion writer Dana Milbank clearly prides himself on what he feels are his snarky, funny, smart forays, but they are mostly mounted against conservative straw men. Are his opinions snarky? Yes. Are they smart? Maybe. Are they funny? Only if you find misrepresentation amusing.

His latest: "Romney won't be able to shake immigration debate" relies on a grab bag of questionable associations, topped off with what can only be described as an intentional caricature. Read more...

A Look Inside a USCIS "Stakeholders Meeting"

By David North, April 27, 2012

USCIS convenes "stakeholders meetings" in Washington and its regional service centers as a technique to reach out to what it regards as its "public".

I took part in one such gathering this morning dealing with an intricacy in the EB-5 immigrant investor program; it related to how an investor can — or cannot — use an investment in an office building to claim a green card for his or her half-million-dollar investment. Read more...

Hill's Tourism Bill Likely Made Unnecessary by President Obama

By Janice Kephart, April 26, 2012

Congress is currently reviewing H.R. 3039, the "Welcoming Business Travelers and Tourists to America Act of 2011".

I was asked for my two cents by the Hill, and here are my pennies thrown in the pond.

First, a summary of the bill, dated September 23, 2011 from the Congressional Research Service: Read more...

Once Again, Washington Post Swallows the SPLC's "Hate Group" Hype

By Jerry Kammer, April 26, 2012

There were two errors in one sentence in a story by reporter David A. Fahrenthold in Wednesday's Washington Post. One was a simple error of commission by Fahrenthold or his editor. The other was more serious. It was an error of omission that demonstrated the superficiality and bias that have repeatedly infected the Post's reporting on the Southern Poverty Law Center. Read more...

Senators Waste Time on Chatter at DHS Oversight Hearing

By David North, April 26, 2012

One of the most tightly rationed governmental resources is the allocation of a few minutes for a legislator to question a member of the president's Cabinet.

Both the frequent waste of this time and its expenditure on specific public policy issues were illustrated in Wednesday's appearance of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano before the Senate's Judiciary Committee. Each senator had a single, seven-minute turn at questioning her. (See the hearing notice and screening of the session.) Read more...

National Guard Border Drawdown: The Administration's Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

By Janice Kephart, April 25, 2012

Last week, former presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry blasted the White House for reducing the number of National Guard troops on the country's border with Mexico. Even peak deployment was only 250 troops (Perry asked for 1,000) for the entire 1,200-mile Texas border, which now will have no troops on the ground and a handful of helicopters monitoring the border instead. Read more...

The Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Arizona’s S.B. 1070

By Jon Feere, April 25, 2012

Today the Supreme Court heard Arizona v. United States, the case involving Arizona’s S.B. 1070, also known as the "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act." I was able to watch part of the argument and take the photos and video below. Though the decision will not come out until summer, the Court's questioning has many concluding that the Court is more likely than not to side with Arizona on at least some, if not all of the issues. Here's a sampling of the latest headlines: Read more...