Immigration Blog

Firm on CIS 'Taking Names' List Zapped Again for Labor Practices

By David North, April 22, 2011

Global Horizons, a Beverly Hills-based farm labor contractor, listed in a recent CIS publication, "Taking Names", as one of the few misbehaving employers of aliens to be penalized by the government, is now in trouble with a different government agency.

This time it is the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and this time the charge is that it discriminated against the 200 or so Thai nonimmigrant farm workers, brought to this country through the temporary farm worker (H-2A) program. Read more...

Father of Earth Day on Population and Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, April 22, 2011

As we observe Earth Day today, it's fitting to note some of the concerns expressed by its founder, the late Sen. Gaylord Nelson. Here are some excerpts from his 2002 autobiography, Beyond Earth Day: Fulfilling the Promise.

If we accept that forging and maintaining a sustainable society is the critical challenge for this and future generations, we must also accept that stabilizing our population will be key to determining our success or failure.

Failure of Imagination

By Mark Krikorian, April 21, 2011

After I'd finished writing the piece that's at National Review Online today about the anti-climactic denouement of the open-borders smear campaign against immigration skeptics, it occurred to me that the whole sordid affair was the result of the other side's lack of imagination or empathy. Read more...

Montana Adopts Legal-Presence Requirement of REAL ID Act

By Janice Kephart, April 21, 2011

Montana has just passed a law requiring both legal presence for driver's license applicants and expiration of a driver's license on the same day that the holder's federally mandated legal presence expires (in the case of nonimmigrants). Oddly, this is the same REAL ID secure driver license law that Montana's Gov. Read more...

Brookings Holds Spirited Debate on Dream Act Variations

By David North, April 21, 2011

There was a spirited debate on variations of the Dream Act at the venerable Brookings Institution in Washington on April 20.

By Washington standards it was a "fair and balanced" session, with both presenters being mass migration sympathizers, as were two of the four panelists. But one of the two restrictionists present was CIS's Mark Krikorian, who suggested that a Dream Act with four major changes could be acceptable public policy, as outlined later. Read more...

Agents Speak Out Against 'No Apprehension' Policy

By Janice Kephart, April 20, 2011

In a strange confluence of news surrounding the activities of the Border Patrol, the agents are speaking out quite loudly – through the conduit of local law enforcement that has repeatedly challenged Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's claims that the "border is as secure as it has ever been." Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu made news that agents in the field are back-channeling complaints to the two sh Read more...

White House Tries to Calm the Waters

By Jerry Kammer, April 20, 2011

Politico has provided a concise explanation of yesterday's White House confab in favor of "comprehensive" immigration reform, reporting that "The meeting itself has been framed as an effort to show Obama supporters that he is trying to make progress on the issue even if it's doomed to stall in Congress." Read more...

The Regrettable Demise of the Journal 'People and Place'

By David North, April 20, 2011

It is sad to report that People and Place, an Australian academic quarterly, has published its last edition. Read more...

61% of Americans Oppose Birthright Citizenship for Children of Illegal Aliens

By Jon Feere, April 19, 2011

The debate over granting automatic birthright citizenship to children born to illegal aliens has had the effect of shifting public opinion in favor of a more narrow application of the 14th Amendment's Citizenship Clause, according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey. Read more...

Immigration Activist Warns of 'Civil War'

By Jerry Kammer, April 19, 2011

Juan Jose Gutierrez, the president of an immigration activist group called Vamos Unidos, predicts that hundreds of thousands of people will march in Los Angeles on May Day, demanding legalization for illegal immigrants. In an appearance Sunday on the Univision program "Al Punto", Gutierrez said that legalization is the only way out of the current policy stalemate. Read more...