Immigration Blog

The More-Workers-Needed Fallacy

By Stanley Renshon, January 3, 2011

With the decreasing likelihood of "comprehensive immigration reform," at least as it has been formulated to date, and the defeat of the so-called DREAM act, interested parties on all sides of the immigration debate are searching for new policy initiatives that can stand on their own and not be dependent on any "grand bargain" of amnesty and increased immigration in exchange for promises of enforcement. Read more...

New Bomb Manual + Open Borders = Danger

By Janice Kephart, January 3, 2011

The British based think tank located at King's College London has helped focus attention on the worldwide online dissemination of an English-language explosives manual endorsed and written by Al Qaeda's bomb-making leadership. An article in Britain's Telegraph newspaper says the manual is so detailed and so widely distributed that intelligence personnel the world over will have a tremendously difficult time harnessing security capabilities to cut off access to stand-alone radicals persuaded by Al Qaeda or other anti-western propaganda. Read more...

USCIS Does the Right Thing on Immigrant Investor Scam in the Mojave

By David North, January 2, 2011

Once in a while – if the situation is both very, very bad and very well-publicized – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) does the right thing regarding its bizarre immigrant investor program.

It did that recently regarding a dicey investment scheme involving the City of Victorville, on the edge of the Mojave Desert in Southern California. Read more...

Obama's Immigration Warning

By Stanley Renshon, January 2, 2011

What a difference a lame duck makes. At his press conference after the midterm elections, the president appeared subdued, acknowledged a "shellacking," and promised a renewed search for common ground.

Then, at his post-lame duck news conference, the president, according to one wag, went "from shellacking to swashbuckling." More importantly, the president clearly had recovered both his usual high level of self-confidence and his transformational ambitions. Read more...

Medical Cost Exposure Forcing States' Hands

By James R. Edwards Jr., January 1, 2011

Obamacare is already forcing states to make hard decisions in order to stay out of bankruptcy. Health "reform" cheerleader Norman Ornstein decries in the Washington Post how states are approaching the federally mandated health costs they will see skyrocket over the next several years. However, with massive loopholes cynically intended to allow illegal aliens to get taxpayer-funded health care, states have little choice but to start curbing their overall health spending now. Read more...

How to Revise the DREAM Act, Part II: The Permanent Administrative Visa

By Stanley Renshon, January 1, 2011

Removing the most egregious loopholes in any revised dream act still leaves complex and difficult problems to be solved. Read more...

How to Revise the DREAM Act, Part I: Remove Egregious Loopholes

By Stanley Renshon, December 30, 2010

Debra Saunders makes the very good suggestion in her column on the most useful starting place for revising the DREAM Act: "If Republicans write the bill, [is that] they can make sure the Dream does not include egregious loopholes." She doesn't name the offending culprits, but they are obvious: Read more...

Non-Accredited Language Schools Given More Time for F-1 Admissions

By David North, December 29, 2010

The enormous difficulty getting Congress to close even the most glaring loopholes in our immigration system was shown again this month in its feeble action regarding the controversial, visa-creating, English-language instruction schools.

One can study the English language in virtually every nation of the world, but the American immigration system insists on granting student (F-1) visas to nonimmigrants who have enrolled in just about any American institution that says it provides instruction in the language. Read more...

Housing Prices' Upside from Local Enforcement

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 29, 2010

The latest Case-Shiller index of home prices in 20 of the nation's cities worries homeowners, people in the construction industry and those involved in the real estate sector. This composite index from the Standard & Poor's unit shows the price of houses in 16 of 20 U.S. markets has fallen since May. Read more...

Why a Revised DREAM Act Might Help American Immigration Policy

By Stanley Renshon, December 29, 2010

The DREAM act, as I noted in yesterday's posting, speaks to the circumstances of the group of illegal immigrants most likely to draw sympathy from across a wide spectrum of political views. The problem, sympathetic conservative columnist Debra Saunders notes, is to find "a middle way that unites the right thing to do with smart politics." Read more...