Immigration Blog

Problems with Letting Someone Else Make a Nation's Migration Decisions

By David North, March 30, 2012

One of the favorite, sneaky ploys of the more-migration people is to arrange — they usually say "just in this one special case" — for someone else to make a nation's immigration decisions.

In the news lately, though not quite labeled this way, are knotty immigration questions in Canada and the UK; questions that arose, or may arise, because of this someone-else-decides mechanism. Read more...

EB-5 Numbers Do Not Compute on Big Hotel Project in L.A.

By David North, March 29, 2012

Marriott is building a 492-room hotel in downtown Los Angeles with the help of the EB-5 immigrant investor program. The job-creation numbers for it simply do not add up. Read more...

California to Supreme Court: Attrition Will Work

By Jon Feere, March 29, 2012

Ten states have joined California in filing an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court objecting to what they allege are unconstitutional provisions of Arizona's S.B. 1070, the "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act". The 10 other states are New York, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Read more...

ICE Detention: "More Like Recess"

By Jessica Vaughan, March 29, 2012

On Wednesday, I testified before the House Judiciary Committee's Immigration and Policy subcommittee hearing on new policies implemented by the Obama administration for softer immigration detention standards. Read more...

New York State's "Dream Act": The Real Costs

By Stanley Renshon, March 28, 2012

In a time of economic difficulties it is understandable that cost estimates provided by the New York State legislature for their proposed "Dream Act" legislation and those provided by the state's Education Department to support that legislation would err on the low side. It is also understandable that advocates, whether in the state legislature, the state Department of Education, New York State Regents, or like-minded "independent" think tanks would stress the importance of making investments in this group. Read more...

Do You Know Who Is Using Your Child's Identity?

By Ronald W. Mortensen, March 28, 2012

The headline on the Drudge Report reads: "REPORT: Children 51 times more likely to have identity stolen..."

The report referred to was produced by Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab and released in October 2011. Read more...

Who's Manning the Shovels?

By W.D. Reasoner, March 27, 2012

The current dysfunctional state of our nation's immigration processes, and the large number of illegal aliens present in the United States, is a matter of interest and deep concern to me. (You're probably thinking to yourself, "Well, duh, if it weren't, you wouldn't be writing for the Center for Immigration Studies." Fair point.) Read more...

Inner Workings of the H-1B Program Parallel Those of Marital Relations

By David North, March 27, 2012

Many think the H-1B temporary worker program is overused and does harm to many skilled Americans who might otherwise hold these high-tech and other professional jobs. This examination may be helpful to those of us who study the program .

Critics of the program notice, appropriately, how it has lowered wages for both U.S. residents and foreign workers in high-tech industries, how it has discouraged Americans from doing graduate work in these fields, and how it puts foreign workers into a virtual indentured worker status. Read more...

New York State's "Dream Act": Dollars and Sense

By Stanley Renshon, March 27, 2012

In this time of enormous government debt and spending, economic hardship for many Americans, and public distress about these circumstances, no political leader wants to go on record as exacerbating these problems. And that includes sponsors of the proposed "Dream Act" bills before the New York State legislature. Read more...

Pondering a Sexual Predator's Case

By W.D. Reasoner, March 26, 2012

On Wednesday, the Daily Caller published the story of an accused child molester, one Amado Espinoza-Ramirez, who was arrested by Chicago police last August and charged with 42 counts of predatory sexual acts. He was booked into the Cook County Jail, which is operated under the auspices of the Cook County Sheriff's Office. Because the suspect was an alien, the bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filed a detainer against him once they became aware of the arrest. Read more...