Immigration Blog

Immigration Enforcement: A History of Neglect

By Stanley Renshon, September 4, 2013

If there's one thing that former Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) agree on, it is that the enforcement of our immigration laws have been (Secretary Napolitano), and still remain (Sen. Rubio), broken.

In 2007, former Secretary Napolitano wrote in the Washington Post that, "No one favors illegal immigration. But there are upwards of 12 million people illegally in this country — people who work, who have settled their families and who have raised their children here. For 20 years our country has done basically nothing to enforce the 1986 legislation against either the employers who hired illegal immigrants or those who crossed our borders illegally to work for them. Accordingly, our current system is, effectively, silent amnesty." (Emphasis added) Read more...

L-1 Nonimmigrant Worker Program Gets Some Well Deserved Attention

By David North, September 4, 2013

The L-1 is a massive, often exploitative non-immigrant worker program that is even more lightly regulated than the more prominent H-1B program. But in recent weeks it has secured a little badly needed official attention. Read more...

Syria and Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

By Ronald W. Mortensen, September 4, 2013

Could the president's decision to ask Congress for a resolution supporting military action in Syria be a major setback for the proponents of amnesty for illegal aliens?

Before Syria entered the mix, advocates for "comprehensive immigration reform" were already worried that the limited number of legislative days through the end of the calendar year would make it difficult to pass an amnesty bill that covers both illegal aliens and their employers, in addition to substantially increasing legal immigration. Read more...

The Origins of Ambivalence Regarding Immigration Enforcement

By Stanley Renshon, September 3, 2013

It's understandable that the country's 11.5 million illegal aliens have mostly made their decisions to come here in violation of our immigration laws without considering the cumulative effect of those millions of decisions on country in which they want to live and work. They are focused on their own circumstances and how to improve them.

Americans however, also understandably, have a different focus. Read more...

Pro-Immigration Cato Snubs EB-5 Program in Investment Study

By David North, September 3, 2013

The libertarian Cato Institute is deeply, vehemently for more immigration; it wants some form of amnesty; it wants more legal immigrants; and it particularly wants more non-immigrant workers, as this page shows.

Immigrants will help the economy grow, they say; we will all prosper if there are lots of additional, willing workers. Read more...

An Unspoken Truth: It's the Immigration Enforcement System that Is Broken

By Stanley Renshon, August 30, 2013

The immigration policy of an moderate, democratic, relatively wealthy country like the United States that is the preferred destination of tens of millions of potential immigrants and the actual destination of over a million new legal immigrants every year is likely to be complex and therefore difficult.

Underlying all the issues and vocal debates about American immigration law are two fundamental facts: Read more...

New Amnesty for Parents and Nannies

By Jessica Vaughan, August 30, 2013

One of the first acts of the Obama administration's new ICE Director, John Sandweg, was to expand the president's amnesty-by-executive fiat beyond the so-called DREAMers to cover also illegal aliens who are parents or caretakers of children — anybody's children, anywhere, of any immigration status. Like the other decreed amnesties, this directive issued on August 23, is so broadly written that it could cover potentially millions of illegal aliens. It is the next step in the gradual dismantling of enforcement, and perhaps signals a White House understanding that it probably cannot get the mass legalization it seeks the old-fashioned constitutional way, through Congress, and that instead it must resort to the more familiar method of executive action. Read more...

An Unspoken Immigration Truth: What's NOT Broken

By Stanley Renshon, August 29, 2013

One of the most overused and hackneyed phases in the present immigration debate is: "The system is broken." The metaphor is meant to convey the immigration system is important, that its major elements are dysfunctional, and that therefore the system must be fixed. QED.

It follows from this logic that all the major elements must be fixed and this requires comprehensive reform, or so it is argued. Read more...

McCain, Others Keep Misrepresenting S.744 & Press Accounts Keep Failing to Correct the Record

By Jerry Kammer, August 29, 2013

Tuesday's blog post was about Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) factual errors at a forum on immigration reform. McCain made incorrect assertions about requirements in the Senate immigration reform bill regarding payment of taxes and participation in an English language course. The senator probably keeps repeating the mistakes because news accounts have repeatedly reported the inaccurate assertions and failed to correct the record. Read more...

Here's a Switch — Australia Hires Other Nations to Take Its Boat People

By David North, August 28, 2013

Woodrow Wilson spoke of the American states as "Laboratories for Democracy".

The general idea was that other entities could watch as one or more American states tried out innovative governmental techniques and programs.

Such experimentation is going on all the time in the immigration field, but it is done by other nations. Some of it is admirable, some of it is scary, and some of it is somewhere in between. Read more...