Immigration Blog

Defeat of the DREAM Act - A Time for Modified Rapture

By David North, December 19, 2010

While I am very pleased that the Dream Act failed to pass the Senate (though it sailed through the House of Representatives) I think it is a time for only modified rapture.

Yes, the most attractive amnesty proposal of them all – despite the support of the President, the leaders of the Senate, and all the open borders forces – did not get through the upper body. Had it done so, it would have been quickly signed by the President. Read more...

Senate Gives DREAMers a Reality Check

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 19, 2010

The U.S. Senate early Saturday afternoon voted to block ending debate on the DREAM Act amnesty bill. The legislation fell five votes short of the 60 needed to invoke cloture on the bill. The vote was 55-41. This vote marks a significant victory for amnesty foes. Read more...

Adventures in Babysitting

By David Seminara, December 17, 2010

It's so easy to find good help these days. But thanks to the power of the internet, illegal immigrants, and those in the country legally but who have no authorization to work, can compete for household jobs on an equal footing with Americans. My wife and I have used sites like www.craigslist.com and www.sittercity.com to find part-time babysitters and housekeepers and have found that anywhere from 25 to 50 percent of the applicants we've come into contact with couldn't prove that they had the legal right to work in the U.S. Read more...

Border Patrol Agent Terry's Death: Illegal Activity Escalating

By Janice Kephart, December 17, 2010

The murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry, a member of the patrol's elite BORTAC squad and veteran of the Iraq war, is not just an unconscionable act, as Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has described it. Terry's death, the first Border Patrol death in Santa Cruz County, Ariz., since 1998, is another stark reminder that our border is not secure. Read more...

A Comparison of Two Exploitative Migrant Worker Programs, H-1B and L-1

By David North, December 17, 2010

One of the grim aspects of America's programs for temporary alien workers is the wide menu of choices offered to the nation's employers.

If one program is seen as a little too costly to employers, or a tad inconvenient in its terms, the ever-gracious government provides a wide variety of alternatives. U.S. and alien workers are both hurt by the general laxity of these programs. Read more...

Importing Labor the Flip Side of Offshoring

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 17, 2010

Liberal economist Harold Meyerson isn't my cup of tea. I find I usually disagree with him, that he's too much of a Keynesian rather than a Smithian. But his recent column decrying offshoring to China and elsewhere in the Third World by big international corporations made an excellent point. If Big Business really does regard America as a global asset that directly benefits them, then they should stop shipping jobs abroad. Read more...

Labor Department Zaps Newspaper for Abusing Its H-1B Workers

By David North, December 16, 2010

The U.S. Labor Department has penalized a newspaper for abusing the H-1B program in its own hiring practices.

The paper is the Asian Journal, headquartered in Los Angeles, which also prints editions in San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York, and the Philippines. It was not only forced to make more than half a million dollars in payments to its own staff and to the government, it was tossed out of the H-1B program until July 30, 2011.

Given the wide extent of the violations, noted below, I was surprised that its suspension from the program was so brief. Read more...

DREAMs of Sugar Plums Dance in Their Heads

By Mark Krikorian, December 15, 2010

Immigration Daily is a daily webzine for immigration lawyers. Yesterday's edition offered "three reasons for the bar to support DREAM." The first:

it will pave the way for employment-based immigration bills in the next Congress, since Democratic votes will be necessary on both the House and Senate floors to pass these bills, this Democratic support may not materialize if DREAM dies

I'm not sure why this would be true, but who knows. The second reason is more revealing: Read more...

Immigration System Preserves Archaic Agricultural Labor Practices

By David North, December 15, 2010

Two recent events reminded me that the American government uses immigration to preserve an archaic, Third World, agricultural labor practice. And it does so to please a very narrow economic interest.

The pattern I have in mind is of the sheepherders who follow and protect their flocks in distant mountain meadows, sometimes, if lucky, living in a trailer, sometimes in a tent or a hut. The underlying notion is that there is grass for the sheep to eat in remote pastures during the summer, but in the colder months the sheep must be moved back down to lower elevations. Read more...

DREAM Advocate: It's All About Race

By Jon Feere, December 15, 2010

The amnesty crowd loves to claim that opposition to mass immigration is all based on race, and that anyone who opposes amnesty is necessarily a racist. Yet the more one listens to amnesty advocates, the clearer it becomes that it is the amnesty advocates themselves who use race-talk to advance their agenda.

Take, for example, UCLA Professor Kent Wong, a former staff attorney for the amnesty-advocating Service Employees International Union (SEIU), who has routinely blamed the failure of amnesty legislation on racists: Read more...