Immigration Blog

Phoenix ICE Agents Raid Business!

By Jessica Vaughan, January 11, 2011

Today's batch of press releases from ICE included several noteworthy announcements: an impressive successful MS-13 gang prosecution in San Francisco, the continued steady implementation of Secure Communities, and the usual report of a child porn case. But one in the group caught my eye: "ICE Seizes Counterfeit NFL Jerseys in Phoenix." Read more...

Decision Makers: Gallegly in House of Representatives, Sperling in White House

By David North, January 11, 2011

There have been two recent Washington personnel decisions that may impact the making of immigration policy, one in the legislative branch, the other in the executive.

Lamar Smith (R-TX), incoming chair of the House Judiciary Committee, contrary to many expectations, has named longtime Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA) as chair of the immigration subcommittee; Steve King (R- IA) an equally conservative member and until recently the ranking Republican on that subcommittee, had been thought to be in line for the position. Read more...

Arlington-Based Outfit Urges India to Fight Against U.S. Interests in WTO

By David North, January 10, 2011

Is it fair play for an American organization to encourage a foreign government to take action against our government in a dispute before an international organization?

Clearly it is OK for an American organization to seek to change the policies of the American government directly, or in alliance with other American organizations. And it would be acceptable for an American organization – say the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce – to seek to change the policies of an international organization, say the UN. Read more...

Anti-Civil Discourse

By James R. Edwards Jr., January 10, 2011

A group of state legislators and the incoming Kansas secretary of state held a press conference in Washington the day the 112th Congress was sworn in last week. These distinguished officials unveiled a novel strategy to end birthright citizenship – the de facto awarding of U.S. citizenship to the American-born children of illegal aliens and "citizenship tourists." Read more...

New Foreign PhDs Much Less in Debt than New U.S. Citizen PhDs

By David North, January 9, 2011

Many systems in America tilt in favor of its citizens, such as voting or obtaining government jobs, but at least one does not.

That's the system that funds PhD-level educations.

New foreign PhDs, or more precisely, those with temporary visas, have considerably less educational debt on graduation than new PhDs who are U.S. citizens or green card holders. Read more...

The Yin and Yang of Immigration Debate Extremes

By Stanley Renshon, January 7, 2011

Two recent pieces of commentary on the extremes of the immigration debate deserve recognition for casting light on immigration rhetoric that has no legitimate place in our discussions. Read more...

Guam Employer of Foreign Workers Caught in Quadruple Abuse Scheme

By David North, January 6, 2011

A Guam employer, using the H-2B foreign worker program, has just been caught in a quadruple abuse scheme.

Were there such a thing, he would have won the title of World Champion Ignoble Employer, hands down.

The employer's name is Shui Cheng (aka Steven Wang). He is in construction, a booming business on Guam because of the U.S. military build-up there. He managed, all at once, to:

  • break the U.S. labor and immigration laws;
  • exploit and abuse his countrymen;
  • cheat legal workers out of available jobs; and

Department of Very Bad Immigration Ideas: 'Every child in the United States should learn Spanish'

By Stanley Renshon, January 6, 2011

Some ideas are so astoundingly bad that it is not only hard to take them seriously, but also to understand how they could be seriously made. Which brings us to Nicholas Kristof's recent column entitled "Primero Hay Que Aprender Espanol, Ranhou Zai Xue Zhongwen," which translates to "First, one must learn Spanish. Then Learn Chinese." Read more...

Amnesty Advocates Interrupt Birthright Event, Tackle Senior Citizen

By Jon Feere, January 5, 2011

While attending a discussion on birthright citizenship held by the State Legislators for Legal Immigration at the National Press Club in Washington this morning, I was able to witness the true face of the pro-amnesty, pro-illegal immigration crowd. On at least four occasions, the so-called "pro-immigrant" activists attempted to stop discussion by rudely interrupting the speakers and shouting down state legislators and professors. Read more...

Mexican Education's Sad Legacy in the U.S.

By Jerry Kammer, January 5, 2011

Yesterday I described the situation of a Mexican couple who are illegal immigrants in New York and who have been saving their money to pay a $2,000 fee to a smuggler prepared to bring them their 11-year-old daughter, who is living with relatives in the state of Puebla. I noted the traumatic changes the young girl is likely to experience during the journey and after she arrives. Read more...