Immigration Blog

Why Not Reduce Immigration Too?

By Otis Graham, June 8, 2012

Last month, I posted a blog, "Do Immigrants Bowl Together?", an assessment of Robert Putnam's influential 2000 book Bowling Alone. Putnam presented a richly documented argument that America was enduring a decades-long weakening of the bonds of social capital that had commenced in the 1950s. Read more...

Death Threats and Bond Defaults Linked to Different H-1B Programs

By David North, June 8, 2012

Death threats were linked in a court document to one major H-1B program and a $19 million bond issue default to another H-1B user, the latter according to this week's New York Times.

The death threats were made against Jay Palmer, the stand-up U.S. citizen who blew the whistle against Infosys, one of the largest of the Indian bodyshops in the H-1B business, and the bond default was announced by Wells Fargo, trustee of a series of bonds issued by three tax-supported charter schools run by the controversial Turkish Gulen movement. Read more...

Proposal: Let's Look at All the Foreign Worker Programs as a Whole

By David North, June 7, 2012

Let's stop looking at the nonimmigrant worker programs one at a time and instead address them as a worrisome whole.

That was the central idea presented at a meeting hosted yesterday by the Economic Policy Institute, a progressive Washington think tank. Read more...

Hiring Illegals? Securities Regulators May Call

By James R. Edwards Jr., June 7, 2012

A Bloomberg Businessweek report says the Securities and Exchange Commission is increasingly investigating publicly traded companies that run afoul of immigration laws. That's good news because businesses that gain an unfair competitive advantage over law-abiding firms should be held to account for all aspects of their ill-gotten gains. Read more...

The Untold Emigration from Central America

By Jerry Kammer, June 7, 2012

We've been hearing a great deal of speculation lately that emigration from Mexico to the United States has reached an inflection point. Some observers say that demographic changes in Mexico are combining with greater economic opportunity there to bring a definitive end to the four decades of mass emigration that have transferred about 10 percent of Mexico's population to the United States.

What we haven't heard much about in the U.S. press is the ongoing exodus from Central America. I have read several reports in the Mexican press, however, estimating that 300,000 Central Americans are crossing Mexico every year on their way to the United States. Read more...

The 21st Birthday, Hailed by Most, but Dreaded by Some Aliens

By David North, June 6, 2012

One's 21st birthday is routinely a time for celebration. One is old enough to buy liquor and is regarded by most laws as an adult, with all its rights and responsibilities. When I was younger the birthday also meant that my peers and I could vote.

That birthday, however, is a day of dread for some aliens, because it marks the end of some migration rights that go to children, but not to adults. If you had a right to some immigration benefit that you lost on this birthday you have, in the jargon of the trade, "aged out". Read more...

USCIS Verbal Magic: "Immigrant Investors" Become "Alien Entrepreneurs"

By David North, June 5, 2012

For years USCIS has been using the term "immigrant investor" to describe the EB-5 program, which gives green cards to otherwise inadmissible alien families for making short-term, half-million-dollar investments in the United States, a subject covered in a recent CIS Backgrounder.

In late April, however, the agency decided to use the term "alien entrepreneur" instead, and Immigration Daily printed the USCIS document in question. Read more...

USCIS Does Right Thing on Some Applications, but Does Not Announce It

By David North, June 4, 2012

One of the ironies about the regulation of immigration is that when the government does the right thing it is usually silent about it; you only hear about it because of the screams of the immigration bar.

Alan Lee, a prominent immigration attorney, writing in the June 1 issue of Immigration Daily, bemoans what he regards as the rising rates of denials and other negative rulings in connection with nonimmigrant worker programs, trends I have not seen mentioned in any government press releases. Here are some of the figures, all based on USCIS statistics, that upset him: Read more...

Below-the-Belt Latino Politics

By James R. Edwards Jr., June 4, 2012

An independent political mobilization campaign is showing what its heart is really made of. While purporting to be "conservative" and Republican-leaning, its real purpose seems to be to pressure Republicans — and Mitt Romney in particular — to embrace amnesty and open borders. Read more...

Strange Numbers — Immigrant Investors Losing Interest in Green Cards?

By David North, June 1, 2012

Some strange numbers have just emerged from the government's immigrant investor (EB-5) program.

It looks like Obama administration efforts to lure more aliens into making half-million-dollar investments in exchange for green cards may be bringing in more initial money, but that, simultaneously, earlier investors may have decided they do not want the green cards or recognize that they do not qualify for them. Read more...