Immigration Blog

What's New on Cape Cod? Seals from Maine, Summer Workers from Europe

By Stephen Steinlight, November 1, 2011

Spending a part of every summer vacation in South Wellfleet at the far end of Cape Cod was a rite of childhood, one I revived when my daughters were little and then again, many years later, about a decade ago. The Cape is blessedly much the same, though there's more than a touch of the Malling of America on Route 6, the main drag, and Provincetown is more evenly divided nowadays between gays and straight people. Read more...

Two Old – and Commendable – Border Patrol Maneuvers

By David North, October 31, 2011

Sometimes the Department of Homeland Security does the right thing, and when that happens it is only fair to report it. Both of today's stories relate to the Border Patrol.

All too often when BP agents apprehend illegal entrants at the U.S.-Mexico border they simply process them (get their names and fingerprints) and then bus them back to the nearest port of entry, giving them the opportunity of trying again the next night.

Needless to say, this is not much of a set-back to the EWIs (those Entering Without Inspection). Read more...

Sorting Out Part of the Problem

By James R. Edwards Jr., October 31, 2011

The New York Times article about freshman Republicans in Congress being open to certain visa relief glosses over one main underlying problem: chain migration. Read more...

Why the Citizenship Clause Should Be Taken More Seriously: A Response to Margaret Stock

By Jon Feere, October 30, 2011

Immigration attorney Margaret Stock recently responded to my latest Backgrounder in an attempt to marginalize the issues surrounding citizenship as it relates to children born to foreign diplomats. My full report, "Birthright Citizenship for Children of Foreign Diplomats?", is available online. The point of the report is that, although the numbers involved are small, the lack of any mechanism to prevent the U.S.-born children of foreign diplomats – the one group that everyone agrees is ineligible for citizenship – from acquiring all the attributes of citizenship is indicative of our lack of seriousness about the whole subject of who is, and is not, a U.S. citizen. Read more...

Warning: Big Business About to Decry Shortages of H-1B Workers

By David North, October 28, 2011

Warning – Big Business is about to start screaming that there is a shortage of H-1B workers – and the annual ceiling must be lifted or there will be serious problems with the economy.

These alien workers have substantial educational credentials, usually in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields and often work in the electronic and computer sectors. Let's look at the numbers more broadly before we get to the alleged shortage. Read more...

Proposal to Axe Green Cards for Unskilled Workers Considered

By Jessica Vaughan, October 28, 2011

Yesterday the House Judiciary committee declined to allow a proposal to eliminate one of many anachronisms in our legal immigration system – the green card quota for unskilled workers. Though tiny, this category serves no legitimate economic purpose and now is frequently used fraudulently to allow otherwise unqualified people to get around our rules, enriching crooked visa brokers and, possibly, unscrupulous U.S. employers in the process. Read more...

Gerson Fumes and Sputters Again

By Mark Krikorian, October 28, 2011

What is it about the immigration issue that brings out the worst in pundits? Washington Post pundit Michael Gerson proves today that he's given immigration policy no more thought since his last sanctimonious and sneering column on the topic. Read more...

Who's Paid More: Head of DHS or of Immigration Lawyers Association?

By David North, October 28, 2011

Both are lawyers, both are women, both are very pro-immigration, both are heads of public sector organizations.

So who is paid more, Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, a former governor of her state and currently a member of the president's cabinet, or Crystal Williams, executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association, a trade organization?

DHS has more than 200,000 employees; AILA has 57. Read more...

Message: I'm Tough

By Mark Krikorian, October 27, 2011

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith points out in Politico today that the White House boasts on deportations are not what they seem: "Unfortunately for U.S. workers, the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement record is just a magic trick." More on the deportation legerdemain here and here.

USCIS Gives Some Immigrant Investors a 19-Year Grace Period

By David North, October 27, 2011

Suppose you and 30 other individuals in a similar situation had owed IRS a substantial amount of taxes since 1995. Suppose IRS knew all about it at the time.

Do you suppose IRS would give you, and the others, a 19-year-long grace period before doing anything about it?

Well, USCIS (and INS before it) has given a group of 31 would-be alien investors exactly that forgiving treatment.

Here's a (considerably shortened) history: Read more...