Immigration Blog

A Look Inside a USCIS "Stakeholders Meeting"

By David North, April 27, 2012

USCIS convenes "stakeholders meetings" in Washington and its regional service centers as a technique to reach out to what it regards as its "public".

I took part in one such gathering this morning dealing with an intricacy in the EB-5 immigrant investor program; it related to how an investor can — or cannot — use an investment in an office building to claim a green card for his or her half-million-dollar investment. Read more...

Hill's Tourism Bill Likely Made Unnecessary by President Obama

By Janice Kephart, April 26, 2012

Congress is currently reviewing H.R. 3039, the "Welcoming Business Travelers and Tourists to America Act of 2011".

I was asked for my two cents by the Hill, and here are my pennies thrown in the pond.

First, a summary of the bill, dated September 23, 2011 from the Congressional Research Service: Read more...

Once Again, Washington Post Swallows the SPLC's "Hate Group" Hype

By Jerry Kammer, April 26, 2012

There were two errors in one sentence in a story by reporter David A. Fahrenthold in Wednesday's Washington Post. One was a simple error of commission by Fahrenthold or his editor. The other was more serious. It was an error of omission that demonstrated the superficiality and bias that have repeatedly infected the Post's reporting on the Southern Poverty Law Center. Read more...

Senators Waste Time on Chatter at DHS Oversight Hearing

By David North, April 26, 2012

One of the most tightly rationed governmental resources is the allocation of a few minutes for a legislator to question a member of the president's Cabinet.

Both the frequent waste of this time and its expenditure on specific public policy issues were illustrated in Wednesday's appearance of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano before the Senate's Judiciary Committee. Each senator had a single, seven-minute turn at questioning her. (See the hearing notice and screening of the session.) Read more...

National Guard Border Drawdown: The Administration's Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

By Janice Kephart, April 25, 2012

Last week, former presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry blasted the White House for reducing the number of National Guard troops on the country's border with Mexico. Even peak deployment was only 250 troops (Perry asked for 1,000) for the entire 1,200-mile Texas border, which now will have no troops on the ground and a handful of helicopters monitoring the border instead. Read more...

The Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Arizona’s S.B. 1070

By Jon Feere, April 25, 2012

Today the Supreme Court heard Arizona v. United States, the case involving Arizona’s S.B. 1070, also known as the "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act." I was able to watch part of the argument and take the photos and video below. Though the decision will not come out until summer, the Court's questioning has many concluding that the Court is more likely than not to side with Arizona on at least some, if not all of the issues. Here's a sampling of the latest headlines: Read more...

Understanding Illegal Aliens and Illegal Immigration

By Ronald W. Mortensen, April 25, 2012

According to Businessweek, Jose Antonio Vargas, a former Washington Post reporter who admitted he is an illegal immigrant said: "We're not who you think we are and immigration is not who you think it is".

So just who are illegal immigrants and just what is immigration? Read more...

H-1 B Program Grace Notes

By David North, April 25, 2012

There is so much going on with the H-1B program that it's worth taking another look at recent developments.

I-9 "Errors". We learned from a Reuters story written in Mumbai that Infosys, the big software firm and massive user of H-1B workers, is being investigated for I-9 "errors" by the Department of Homeland Security. Read more...

Turnabout Is Fair Play: A Spoof

By David North, April 24, 2012

While the members of the U.S. Congress are busily considering how to bring in more high-tech nonimmigrant workers, a counter movement is afoot.

A band of techies, advocating the interests of unemployed U.S. computer programmers, engineers, and other professionals, is considering the creation of the HR-1 and S-1 visa program, which would increase the productivity of Congress and lower its costs while bringing some of the world's "best and brightest" to the United States as nonimmigrant lawmakers. Read more...

Uncommon Common Sense: LAPD's Union Bucks the Brass

By W.D. Reasoner, April 24, 2012

A short while back, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced, with the support of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, that he was promulgating a new "Special Order 7", under which officers will no longer immediately impound the vehicles of unlicensed drivers for 30 days if they meet certain criteria such as having car insurance and no prior convictions for driving without a license. Read more...