Immigration Blog

In Alabama, Univision Prefers to Inflame Rather than Inform

By Jerry Kammer, October 13, 2011

Emotions are high among illegal immigrants in Alabama, as many flee the state whose governor recently signed the most severe law in the country against illegal immigrants. It is a situation that calls for serious journalism to inform the public about a complex and sensitive situation. Unfortunately, the reports of Univision reporter Maria Antonieta Collins seem intended to inflame, not to inform. Read more...

N.C. Sheriff Is Target of DOJ's Harassment Tactics

By James R. Edwards Jr., October 13, 2011

The Obama Justice Department may be abusing its power and harassing America's local law enforcers. The Obama administration appears to be trying to intimidate state and local police out of immigration enforcement. Read more...

Mechanization Increasing in California Vineyards

By Jon Feere, October 12, 2011

After enjoying a few glasses of wine while visiting my family in Sonoma County last week, I came across an article in a local paper that supports mechanization as an alternative to mass immigration. Read more...

The Best Way to Reduce ICE's Detention Costs? Speed Deportations

By David North, October 11, 2011

If there is an elephant in the room, and that worries you, you might open the door and send him back to where he belongs.

That common-sense approach, however, does not enter the thinking of Human Rights First, an advocacy organization that has just published a comprehensive examination of the ICE detention system called "Jails and Jumpsuits". Read more...

Who Benefited from Job Growth In Texas, Redux

By Mark Krikorian, October 10, 2011

Over at National Review Online, California politician Chuck DeVore has attempted to debunk the recent CIS report on the immigrant share of job growth in Texas. CIS's Steven Camarota debunks DeVore's attempted debunking here.

The Road to IRCA: October 10, 1986

By Jerry Kammer, October 10, 2011

Exactly 25 years ago, on October 10, 1986, it was front-page news across the country: the House of Representatives had passed a sweeping immigration reform bill that would provide amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, a special amnesty for farm workers, and a guestworker program that would ensure farmers a large, continuing supply of field hands. Read more...

Conflicting Claims about the 'Best and Brightest' and '70-Year-Waits'

By David North, October 10, 2011

The two industry arguments that we: 1) must have more of the "best and brightest" foreign workers, and 2) that employment-based green card visas can be backlogged for as much as 70 years, do not work well together, though both pitches are made all the time.

The reality is that our immigration screening process is a multi-tier operation, tilted appropriately to give faster access to America to the alien workers with the most skills. Some spokespeople for the nation's corporations are all too ready to blur that picture. Read more...

Obama vs. States and Federalism

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

The Obama administration is considering ramping up its lawsuits against states' immigration-related laws. This indicates a profound misunderstanding of, or a disregard for, the principle of federalism. Read more...

Green Cards for Al Qaeda features CIS Staffer

By Janice Kephart, October 7, 2011

A new documentary, now available on Netflix and through a couple dozen movie distribution houses, features CIS's National Security Director and former 9/11 Commission counsel Janice Kephart on a film regarding the porousness of our physical borderlands.

Please order your copy here.

Feds to Make It Easier to Smuggle in Arizona’s Pinal and Maricopa Counties

By Janice Kephart, October 7, 2011

Without incorporation of federal or state law enforcement needs and based on five-year-old data, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a Department of Interior agency, has issued a Lower Sonoran and Sonoran Desert National Monument Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement that will make it easier for smugglers to pass through Arizona’s Read more...