Immigration Blog

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...

No Taxpayer Dollars for Sanctuary Cities, States, or Federal Agencies

By Ronald W. Mortensen, May 13, 2011

Rep. Lou Barletta is drafting legislation that would withhold taxpayer funds from sanctuary cities. This is a good start but it would be even better to go after sanctuary states and sanctuary federal agencies as well. (See here for a list of sanctuary jurisdictions subsidized by Justice Department funds.) Read more...

DHS Raids Social Security System and Zaps U.S. Workers – Again

By David North, May 13, 2011

The Department of Homeland Security has – yet again – decided to raid the Social Security Trust Fund and shoulder aside American college graduates from good jobs, as it announced today a twist on the use of the F-1 student visa to aid big business.

That, of course, was not the way the DHS publicists shaped their press release, which was, headed, innocuously:

ICE announces expanded list of science, technology, engineering and math degree programs
Qualifies eligible graduates to extend their post-graduate training

Huffington Post Skips E-Verify

By Bryan Griffith, May 12, 2011

The Huffington Post published an article yesterday entitled, "Chipotle, Undocumented Workers, And The Trouble With 'Enforcement-Only' Immigration," by Dave Jamieson. It discusses how, through an Obama administration immigration audit, the majority of the Chipotle restaurant chain's illegal alien workers in the Washington, D.C. area have been fired but have not left the country, as they are searching for new jobs or have already found new jobs. Read more...

The Startup Visa Fraud

By John Miano, May 12, 2011

Over the years industry lobbyists have come up with a number of different marketing campaigns for cheap labor in technology fields. In the past we have seen the "best and brightest" campaign and the "We educate them – why send them home?" campaign. The pitch from these used car salesmen is that all these H-1B workers are really entrepreneurs ready to start companies and build up the economy. America just needs to set these H-1B workers loose to revive the economy. Read more...

Measuring Border Security

By Jerry Kammer, May 11, 2011

President Obama's confident assertions Tuesday about his administration's success in securing the Southwest border don't stand up even to casual examination.

An impressive reduction of a huge number of illegal border crossings can still leave an impressive number of illegal border crossings. Read more...

Honduran Woman Tries to Deport Her Own Mother

By David North, May 11, 2011

It's the perfect man-bites-dog story in the immigration field; a 30-ish Honduran woman seeks to deport her own mother, goes to the Honduran consulate in Atlanta to speed it up, and is faced with a demand for a bribe to do so.

The full story has elements of pathos, of irony, of illegal-alien klutziness, as well as some interesting implications for immigration policy, notably that we as a nation should systematically encourage the non-mandatory departure of illegals – something we don't do. Read more...

Credibility Gap

By Mark Krikorian, May 11, 2011

The president still doesn't get it.

If his amnesty speech yesterday in El Paso is any indication, he really believes that the call for "enforcement first" is merely a ploy to avoid amnesty. His crack about alligators suggests he thinks that he's done all the enforcement that can reasonably be expected of him and that further opposition to amnesty is simple demagoguery. Read more...

Obama's Amnesty Speech

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

The president's speech in El Paso this afternoon delivered a whopper in his call for mass amnesty (still referred to by advocates, including Obama, as "comprehensive immigration reform"). In fact, there were several whoppers, examples of stretching of the truth, and hackneyed phraseology. Read more...