Immigration Blog

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...

You're Good to Go, or Thoughts on Encouraging Emigration: Part II

By David North, May 31, 2012

As I argued in a previous blog, it is a good idea for the United States to encourage aliens to voluntarily return to their home nations.

It reduces the burdens of over-population and reduces our future welfare payments, all without coercion of any kind. Coerced departures (deportations) will of course still be necessary, but each of them is likely to be much more costly to the nation than the average assisted voluntary departure that I envision. Read more...

The IRS, ITINs and Child Tax Credits

By Bryan Griffith, May 31, 2012

The WTHR 13 News in Indiana has brought renewed attention to how the IRS handles income tax returns from illegal immigrants. When an illegal immigrant files a return they will often use an ITIN number (unless they choose to use a fraudulent SSN). WTHR's report focuses on those returns that have claimed Child Tax Credits, allowing the illegal immigrant to receive large tax refunds - often for children not residing in the the U.S.

(Video of WTHR's four-part series is after the jump.) Read more...

Vernon Briggs: Prophet of the Economic Divide

By Jerry Kammer, May 30, 2012

The New York Times recently published a laudatory review of The Great Divergence, a book written by journalist Timothy Noah to explain how the widening gap between haves and have-nots came to be. Here is an excerpt: Read more...

Massachusetts Senate Attempts to Stop Illegal Alien Access to Driver's Licenses

By Janice Kephart, May 30, 2012

According to an article in the Boston Globe, the Massachusetts Senate seems to be locking horns again with the state's traditionally more liberal House over illegal immigration. The House for years has leaned toward supporting illegal immigration, and the state has not complied with federal driver's license standards or required verification that people are authorized to work. Read more...

DHS Deals Citizen Grandparents Three Financial Blows

By David North, May 30, 2012

If you are a grandparent and one of your grandchildren is about to graduate from college and look for a job, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has just attacked your family finances in three significant ways:

  • It is taking money away from the fund that pays your Social Security;
  • It is taking money away from the Medicare fund; and
  • In some cases it is paying employers not to hire your grandchild, but to hire a foreign college graduate instead; the bonus to that employer for hiring the alien graduate can be as much as $4,950 a year (if the job pays $60,000 a year).

You're Good to Go, or Thoughts on Encouraging Emigration: Part I

By David North, May 29, 2012

One of the more rarely discussed elements in the whole immigration/population situation is the rate at which people, notably earlier in-migrants, leave the nation.

Obviously the departure of X persons cancels out the arrival of X persons, but the number of arrivals is usually the overwhelming focus of our attention.

My suggestion here is that more attention be paid to the encouragement of voluntary departures, in addition to the usual efforts to limit illegal arrivals and to cause forced departures of those who should not have arrived in the first place. Read more...

Post Questions Displacement of American Workers by the Summer Work Travel Program

By Jerry Kammer, May 27, 2012

The Washington Post this week had an important story by Pamela Constable about the displacement of young Americans from summer jobs by young foreigners hired through the State Department's Summer Work Travel program.

Constable cites the experience of Crystal Aquatics, a Northern Virginia company that hires young Americans to work as lifeguards and that has been undercut by other companies that hire SWT workers.

The vice president of Crystal Aquatics, Jeff Collins, provided a moving description of the problem at our panel discussion in March at the National Press Club.

And here are excerpts from Collins' statement: