Immigration Blog

Making E.J Dionne Even More Culturally Sensitive

By Stephen Steinlight, November 8, 2011

Despite the high seriousness of its title, in "Election 2012's great religious divide" columnist E.J. Dionne produced a piece in yesterday's Washington Post so trifling and muddled the phrase "once-over-lightly" suggests, by comparison, a work of Hegelian weightiness. Read more...

State Dept. Announces Restrictions on J-1 Visas

By Jerry Kammer, November 8, 2011

The U.S. State Department has announced that it is imposing new restrictions on the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program, which over the past decade has brought about one million foreign students to the United States under cultural exchange program that provides them with J-1 visas and allows them to work for three months and then travel for another month.

The program has come into the national spotlight in recent months because of a protest by some students working at a Hershey warehouse near the Pennsylvania headquarters of the candy giant. Read more...

Canada Shows U.S. How Not to Deal with an Immigration Visa Backlog

By David North, November 7, 2011

To one who generally thinks highly of Canada's rational, evidence-based government, the Toronto Globe and Mail headline sounded promising: "Immigration Minister hits pause on family reunification applications."

The Canadians, I first thought, are doing something useful about limiting family visas, the kind of visas which unfortunately predominate in the U.S., generally bringing us lightly-educated, lightly-skilled, low-income migrants. (The employment-based ones tend to be better educated and more likely to succeed in the U.S.) Read more...

DHS Tinkers with America's Most Dreadful Guestworker Program

By David North, November 6, 2011

The U.S. generally does not handle its guestworker programs well, and an extreme example of this is the continuing small-scale one in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

Routinely in these programs, nationwide, Americans are shouldered out of jobs by foreign workers, and the foreign workers are, in turn, exploited. Read more...

Congresswoman: DHS Releases Dangerous Aliens, Flouts Law

By Jon Feere, November 6, 2011

About two months before the 9/11 attacks, the Supreme Court took a more active role in immigration regulation than it ever had before in Zadvydas v. Davis, a case that effectively forced the release of thousands of criminal aliens into the United States. The case illustrated the disastrous consequences of the judicial branch abandoning the plenary power doctrine, which holds that the political branches — the legislative and the executive — have sole power to regulate all aspects of immigration as a basic attribute of sovereignty. Read more...

'May You Live in Interesting Times...'

By W.D. Reasoner, November 5, 2011

Every now and again, a friend or acquaintance will remind me of "the old Chinese curse, 'may you live in interesting times.' " I don't know whether the provenance imputed to the saying is true or not, but the import of the words says much about human history and mankind's collective psyche: that living in interesting times can be as much bane as it is boon. Read more...

'Amnesty by Any Means' Extended to Border Patrol

By Janice Kephart, November 4, 2011

In yet another move aimed to handcuff the effectiveness of Border Patrol agents, orders have been sent out from Border Patrol headquarters in Washington, D.C. to Border Patrol sectors nationwide that checks of transportation hubs and systems located away from the southwest border of the United States will only be conducted if there is intelligence indicating a threat.

DHS, What DHS?

By Jessica Vaughan, November 4, 2011

The White House web site says "President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history", but DHS still hasn't gotten the memo.

A reporter from, Andrew Medici, recently became frustrated at how notoriously difficult it is to reach the DHS public affairs personnel. You know, the federal government employees who get paid by us taxpayers to answer inquiries from the public. As reported in his story, "Don't call us, we'll call you", Medici filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain the names, office phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of all the DHS public affairs staff. The response: 58 pages of the names of the many public affairs personnel – with all contact information blacked out. The DHS FOIA officer said that it would be "an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy" to release their office contact information. Read more...

Pandering to the Majority? Michael Gerson's View of Democracy in America

By Stephen Steinlight, November 4, 2011

No other contemporary issue in American social policy has anything remotely approaching the same capacity to unhinge the 4th Estate as immigration policy. The subject transforms ostensibly rational, civil members of the chattering classes into wide-eyed fanatics who regurgitate self-righteous moralistic rants in what has become a form of ritualized tribal behavior especially among the left-liberal post-Americans that form a solid majority in this coterie. Read more...

Health Compact and Illegal Aliens

By James R. Edwards Jr., November 3, 2011

A new health care report highlights what it says is the potential for expanding taxpayer-funded health care to illegal aliens.

The report, "The Health Care Compact: A Trojan Horse that Will Decimate State Budgets," analyzes a new route some states, such as Texas and Georgia, have pursued to get out from under the federal mandates of Obamacare. A movement has arisen, the Health Care Compact Alliance, promoting the adoption of state compacts. The compacts effectively nullify the application of the federal health reform law to compact-joining states. Read more...