Immigration Blog

New York State's "Dream Act": An Ongoing Incentive for More Illegal Immigration

By Stanley Renshon, March 21, 2012

The poster stories of infants and very young children brought to the United States illegally by their parents are meant to present those who support enforcement of American immigration laws with a dilemma. "Look at these poor children", we are told. "They were brought here by their parents seeking a better life and had no control over that choice."

For some as-yet unknown number of persons that is true. But it is not true for all of those who would be covered by most versions of the Dream Act, including the proposed New York State laws we are discussing. Read more...

Suggestions for a Term to Replace "Illegal Immigrant"

By Ronald W. Mortensen, March 21, 2012

According to Fox News Latino:

The Drop the I-Word campaign began two years ago by the online magazine Colorlines. Their efforts have targeted politicians and the media and urged them to stop using the term "illegal immigrant" and use "undocumented worker" or "undocumented immigrant" instead.

Less Profit, More Oversight Needed for Exchange Sponsors

By Jessica Vaughan, March 21, 2012

An excellent NBC Rock Center expose discussed yet another sad side to the appallingly under-regulated foreign exchange visitor program. The story revealed how the State Department's lax rules have resulted in dozens of high school exchange students being placed with hosts who sexually molested them, even as their non-profit sponsors rake in millions of dollars a year. One young victim described this centerpiece of American public diplomacy as a "scam". Read more...

New York State's "Dream Act" for "Children": Bait & Switch

By Stanley Renshon, March 20, 2012

New York State Democrats' latest effort to enact a limited version of the Dream Act deals only with making "financial aid available to illegal immigrants at colleges and universities." Such students are already able to pay tuition and fees at in-state rates at New York States' public universities. Read more...

Unfortunate Precedent — the Uruguayan ID Card for Its Illegals

By David North, March 20, 2012

Uruguay is copying what the Mexican government has done for years — issuing consular cards to identify a group of its citizens here — who are, incidentally, largely in illegal status.

It is an unfortunate move, and there are no indications that our government is doing anything about it, although it could. The cards, matricula consular in Spanish, give a sheen of plausibility to the people carrying them and, while not an indication of legal presence in the United States, the cards do help the illegals with such activities as opening a bank account. Read more...

New York State's "Dream Act": An Unnecessary Bill

By Stanley Renshon, March 19, 2012

The New York Times recently provided an update on efforts by New York State Democrats to enact their version of what is euphemistically mislabeled the "dream act". According to the Times, "Its goal is to help ambitious youths who were brought here as children and are American in all but the paperwork." More limited in scope than those that propose a "pathway to legalization", these draft bills present themselves as very narrowly conceived and concerned Read more...

An Unintended Burst of Governmental Honesty?

By David North, March 19, 2012

One worries that government agencies, in their formal reports, gild their lilies and hide their failures.

But a glance at the USCIS Ombudsman's most recent report shows a different story.

To summarize, the Ombudsman has made 16 formal recommendations to the head office of USCIS since December 5, 2008, and only three of them have been implemented. The following table from the report shows first part of its summary: Read more...

What Will It Take to Get Congress to Clean Up the H-1B Program?

By John Miano, March 19, 2012

I have been following the H-1B issue for nearly two decades now. The most striking thing I have learned is how Congress dances to big money and has become powerless to act in the public good.

The first government H-1B audit came out in 1996. Read more...

USCIS Again Focus Resources on a Tiny Alien Population — Wandering Ministers

By David North, March 16, 2012

Instead of spending its limited resources on important issues — like who should and who should not come to the United States — USCIS has, yet again, spent executive energy and federal money on a population so tiny that one would need a microscope to find it. Read more...

Where Are You, Now That We Need You, Booker T?: Black Leadership and Immigration Reform

By Otis Graham, March 16, 2012

Arguably the last and least publicized social reform movement of the 1960s-1970s took organizational form in 1979 as the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). The Washington-based group was created to work toward smaller and better-selected immigration flows than had been authorized by the carelessly drawn immigration law of l965. The talk among the organizers quickly turned to potential allies to strengthen this smallish organization. Read more...