Immigration Blog

Why the Citizenship Clause Should Be Taken More Seriously: A Response to Margaret Stock

By Jon Feere, October 30, 2011

Immigration attorney Margaret Stock recently responded to my latest Backgrounder in an attempt to marginalize the issues surrounding citizenship as it relates to children born to foreign diplomats. My full report, "Birthright Citizenship for Children of Foreign Diplomats?", is available online. The point of the report is that, although the numbers involved are small, the lack of any mechanism to prevent the U.S.-born children of foreign diplomats – the one group that everyone agrees is ineligible for citizenship – from acquiring all the attributes of citizenship is indicative of our lack of seriousness about the whole subject of who is, and is not, a U.S. citizen. Read more...

Warning: Big Business About to Decry Shortages of H-1B Workers

By David North, October 28, 2011

Warning – Big Business is about to start screaming that there is a shortage of H-1B workers – and the annual ceiling must be lifted or there will be serious problems with the economy.

These alien workers have substantial educational credentials, usually in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields and often work in the electronic and computer sectors. Let's look at the numbers more broadly before we get to the alleged shortage. Read more...

Proposal to Axe Green Cards for Unskilled Workers Considered

By Jessica Vaughan, October 28, 2011

Yesterday the House Judiciary committee declined to allow a proposal to eliminate one of many anachronisms in our legal immigration system – the green card quota for unskilled workers. Though tiny, this category serves no legitimate economic purpose and now is frequently used fraudulently to allow otherwise unqualified people to get around our rules, enriching crooked visa brokers and, possibly, unscrupulous U.S. employers in the process. Read more...

Gerson Fumes and Sputters Again

By Mark Krikorian, October 28, 2011

What is it about the immigration issue that brings out the worst in pundits? Washington Post pundit Michael Gerson proves today that he's given immigration policy no more thought since his last sanctimonious and sneering column on the topic. Read more...

Who's Paid More: Head of DHS or of Immigration Lawyers Association?

By David North, October 28, 2011

Both are lawyers, both are women, both are very pro-immigration, both are heads of public sector organizations.

So who is paid more, Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, a former governor of her state and currently a member of the president's cabinet, or Crystal Williams, executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association, a trade organization?

DHS has more than 200,000 employees; AILA has 57. Read more...

Message: I'm Tough

By Mark Krikorian, October 27, 2011

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith points out in Politico today that the White House boasts on deportations are not what they seem: "Unfortunately for U.S. workers, the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement record is just a magic trick." More on the deportation legerdemain here and here.

USCIS Gives Some Immigrant Investors a 19-Year Grace Period

By David North, October 27, 2011

Suppose you and 30 other individuals in a similar situation had owed IRS a substantial amount of taxes since 1995. Suppose IRS knew all about it at the time.

Do you suppose IRS would give you, and the others, a 19-year-long grace period before doing anything about it?

Well, USCIS (and INS before it) has given a group of 31 would-be alien investors exactly that forgiving treatment.

Here's a (considerably shortened) history: Read more...

Sterility of the Border Fence Debate

By Mark Krikorian, October 26, 2011

U.S. News (yes, it's still around, in some form anyway) has an online commentary thing called Debate Club and the most recent question was "Should the United States Build a Fence on Its Southern Border?" There were five responses (including mine), and disregarding the lame "No" response from a representative of a sketchy group with "tea party" in its name (who's also lobbied against E-Verify), the four germane responses were split, two Yes and two No. Read more...

'The Toughest Transparency Rules in the History of Government'? Saga of a FOIA Request

By Janice Kephart, October 26, 2011

I won't stop fighting to open up government … I can tell you we've put together the toughest ethical rules and the toughest transparency rules in the history of government."
-- President Obama, January 22, 2010

In July 2010, President Obama stated he was working to open up government and add transparency so Americans could see just what was going on in federal government, including a record of every single person coming in and out of the White House. Read more...

Fact Checking the 'Fact Checkers'

By Stanley Renshon, October 26, 2011

As anyone who follows politics knows, the last few years have seen an explosion of web sites that purport to fact-check the claims that are ubiquitous features of American political life. Their standard operating procedure is to take a phrase or a political or policy claim and assess its validity. They all have rating scales of which the following is typical: Read more...