Immigration Blog

Hatch's Back Tax Demand Targets Illegal Aliens, Ignores Their Employers

By Ronald W. Mortensen, June 18, 2013

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) says that illegal aliens must pay back taxes. Most Americans would agree with that.

However, Hatch doesn't call for employers who hire illegal aliens under the table to pay back taxes. Almost all Americans would disagree with that.

Here is what Hatch is quoted as saying about illegal aliens paying back taxes: Read more...

Bulletin: NYT Editorial Shows Concern for American Workers

By Jerry Kammer, June 18, 2013

The New York Times published a remarkable editorial on Sunday. It made me wonder if the editorial board is beginning to feel that U.S. immigration policy-makers and business leaders should be more concerned with the fate of American workers and less interested in expanding the alphabet-soup of visa categories that every year brings hundreds of thousands of lower-wage foreign workers to every level of the American economy.

Here is an excerpt from the editorial: Read more...

The Inevitable? — More TPS Eligibility for Syrians

By David North, June 17, 2013

I suppose it was inevitable.

DHS announced today that Syrians who arrived in the United States before today and those who will arrive in the United States in the next few hours (before midnight) are to be granted Temporary Protected Status and allowed to work — no matter how they got here or what their visa status. Read more...

2 Weeks in a Row, Rubio Produces an Awkward Sunday Disconnect

By Jerry Kammer, June 17, 2013

Senator Rubio's people need to talk to Senator Rubio's people about the senator's principles regarding character assassination.

The past 48 hours have made clear that there is a severe disconnect between what the senator claims to believe and what his supporters are saying in their attacks on organizations critical of the Senate immigration reform bill. Read more...

Reid and Goodlatte Press Opposite Agendas

By Jerry Kammer, June 14, 2013

While Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was using the Democrat majority Thursday to shut down a Republican effort to toughen the immigration reform bill, Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) was using the Republican majority in the House to tout a fix for problems he has with the Senate bill.

"Unfortunately, the Senate bill actually weakens interior enforcement in many areas or is simply ineffectual," Goodlatte said at a hearing on legislation called the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act, or the SAFE Act. Read more...

Glowing Portraits of Illegals vs. the Categorical Imperative

By David North, June 14, 2013

The New York Times did it again Friday morning, on the front page, as it did on the op-ed page Thursday.

It trotted out glowing portraits of specific illegal aliens as part of its campaign to pass the Gang of Eight's comprehensive immigration law. Friday's heroes were people granted temporary legal status under the administration's fiat Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Read more...

Sanders and Sessions: Odd Couple of Immigration Debate

By Jerry Kammer, June 14, 2013

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) have become the odd couple of the immigration reform debate.

Until Thursday's Senate session on the immigration reform bill, the most outspoken defender of American workers against low-wage foreign competition had been the Alabama Republican.

But late Thursday afternoon, Vermont independent Bernie Sanders, who is widely regarded as the most liberal member of the Senate, weighed in with a full-throated condemnation of guest worker programs which he condemns as a betrayal of American workers. Read more...

Yahoo Lobbyists Should Read Yahoo Education on Tech Skills "Shortages"

By David North, June 14, 2013

This is one of those "the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing" stories.

It shows that Yahoo as a corporation is lobbying for more H-1Bs on the grounds of an alleged "skills shortage" in the high-tech fields, while another part of Yahoo says, in effect, Americans should not bother to study information systems in college because it will not help them get a job.

Here are the facts in the case: Read more...

U.S. Judicial Conference: Immigration Bill Would Overwhelm Federal Courts

By Jon Feere, June 13, 2013

The Judicial Conference of the United States, the policy-making body for the federal judiciary, has come out with a scathing letter on the costs that the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill would create for our court system. Sent to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the letter outlines the many ways in which the immigration bill would put strains on the nation's court system, noting that "without increased resources, the federal courts cannot sustain the increased workload this legislation would create." The Conference is calling for the immigration bill to be amended, a move that will necessarily make the 1,000-page bill even larger and more costly. Read more...

Portman Takes on Gang of Eight's Flawed Version of E-Verify

By Jerry Kammer, June 13, 2013

Press attention on yesterday's Senate debate has focused on the battle over the amendment proposed by John Cornyn to tighten border security metrics. It is an important discussion that will continue for some time. But I was more impressed with the strong performance of Ohio Republican Rob Portman in exposing the problems with the Gang of Eight's proposal for a new E-Verify system. Read more...