Immigration Blog

Amnesty for All Haitians in U.S., Save those Arriving in Last Four Months

By David North, May 19, 2011

Amnesty for all Haitians who arrived legally or illegally in the U.S. by January 12 of this year has been offered by the Department of Homeland Security.

Previously this form of amnesty, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), had been available to Haitians who were here on January 12, 2010, at the time of the earthquake in that country. Now the arrival date has been extended by one year. According to DHS about 48,000 had secured this status during the earlier amnesty, a number smaller than the government had expected. Read more...

Security Gaps Still Present in Visa Waiver Program

By Jessica Vaughan, May 19, 2011

A new GAO report discloses a fairly lackluster implementation of security enhancements to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) by the Department of Homeland Security. The report reinforces the reputation that DHS has for putting travel facilitation above security considerations. Proponents of VWP expansion often tout the security enhancements as a justification for extending visa waiver privileges to more countries, but these GAO findings provide no support for this perennial proposal. Read more...

Senate Holds Hearing on Immigration Courts, II

By David North, May 18, 2011

Congressional hearings on the immigration court system usually focus on resources and the length of the backlogs.

This morning's U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing dealt with these subjects but also with some other matters:

  • the utility to the system as a whole – not just to the aliens involved – of having the aliens represented by counsel; and
  • the specific problems with deporting aliens to China and India.

(See my colleague Jon Feere's report on the hearing here.) Read more...

Senate Holds Hearing on Immigration Courts, I

By Jon Feere, May 18, 2011

This morning the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled, "Improving Efficiency and Ensuring Justice in the Immigration Court System." (See my colleague David North's report on the hearing here.) The focus of the hearing was the chronic backlogging in the immigration court system, and most of the discussion was about how the court system could be streamlined in order to meet growing demands. Read more...

NYT Exposes Fraud in Yet Another Foreign Worker Program

By David North, May 17, 2011

It was nice – and out-of-character – of the New York Times to run an exposé of yet another foreign worker program (P-1B) on its front page this morning.

The headline was written to attract the eyes of music-lovers, not immigration policy specialists:

Orchestras on Tour: Names Strike False Note

Border Exchange

By Mark Krikorian, May 16, 2011

Angelo Codevilla, a Boston University professor of international relations, and I have been engaged in a back-and-forth on the need for (or futility of) border enforcement:

His article which got the whole thing started ran in the Claremont Review of Books entitled "Our Borders, Ourselves". Read more...

Post-Modern Journalistic Partisanship

By James R. Edwards Jr., May 16, 2011

A Washington Post Sunday editorial is titled "Twisting the truth on the Mexican border". But it's the Post that twists the truth, not the Republican foils jabbed at in President Obama's El Paso speech. Read more...

USCIS Moves (gasp!) to Upgrade Arriving Immigrant Populations

By David North, May 15, 2011

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agrees thoroughly, particularly in this administration, with the Emma Lazarus approach to immigration; you know, "Give me your poor, your huddled masses . . ."

So it may come as a surprise to both the public and the agency that it is about to make major operational changes, and that its proposed procedures would, indirectly, cause that phrase to read: "Give me your rich, your English-speaking, your computer-savvy individuals . . ." Read more...

Ethnic Politicking in El Paso

By James R. Edwards Jr., May 15, 2011

Many commentators and observers, including myself, have analyzed President Obama's El Paso immigration speech this week. In this blog, I want to look at it in political, rather than policy, terms. I mean legislative politics vis-a-vis electoral politics. Read more...

Only 30% of Americans Agree with Obama that Border Is Secure

By Jon Feere, May 15, 2011

According to a new Rasmussen Reports survey only 30 percent of likely voters think the U.S.-Mexico border is even "somewhat secure," while 64 percent disagree and say it is "not very secure." Twenty-nine percent of voters believe the border is "not at all secure." Only three percent said it is "very secure." Read more...