Immigration Blog

Immigration: Comprehensive or Piecemeal?

By Mark Krikorian, November 25, 2013

Democrats are appearing to accept the House Republicans' sensible insistence on addressing immigration issues in separate, targeted bills, rather than the Senate's comprehensive, Obamacare-style approach. You will not be surprised to learn that this acceptance is insincere. Read more...

Echoing Rubio Aide's Gaffe, Bhagwati Throws Black Workers under the Bus

By Jerry Kammer, November 25, 2013

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) took heat last spring when an unnamed aide, explaining Rubio's enthusiasm for a guestworker program as part of immigration reform legislation, made this comment about American workers to Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker: Read more...

A Tale of Two Migrant Populations: One Deserving, One Not

By David North, November 25, 2013

This is a tale of two populations, both seeking U.S. immigration benefits. Both from Asia.

One is numbered in the thousands, the members have risked their lives in wartime for the United States, and they have certifiable linguistic skills.

The other is numbered in the hundreds of thousands, their main "contribution" to the United States has been breaking its laws, and its skill levels are uneven but generally unremarkable.

Which one is more likely to secure the benefits they seek?

Sadly, it is the second.

H-1B Employers Want Quantity, Not Quality

By John Miano, November 25, 2013

In my years working in the computer industry I have encountered many workers on H-1B visas. The most highly skilled among them were of average skill. Nearly all were incompetent. When I hear H-1B workers called "highly skilled" or "the best and brightest" I always chuckle. Read more...

USCIS Announces New E-Verify Security Enhancement

By Jon Feere, November 25, 2013

The free and easy-to-use employment verification program E-Verify has been upgraded with a security feature that will help U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) detect whether a Social Security number (SSN) is being used fraudulently. All too often, American citizens will have their identities compromised by an illegal alien who steals the name and identity of the American in order to acquire a job. If the name and number match up, it can be difficult for E-Verify to detect the fraud. Read more...

Enforcement Metrics Support Case for Detention Bed Mandate

By Jessica Vaughan, November 24, 2013

Anti-enforcement advocates have come up with another manufactured controversy to serve as sob-story bait for mainstream journalists — the detention bed mandate. This is a requirement imposed by congressional appropriators starting in 2009 stipulating that ICE must actually use all of the tax dollars it receives for immigration detention. While it has been portrayed in several recent stories as arbitrary, simplistic, cruel, and wasteful, looking back on the litany of Obama administration executive decrees that have suppressed and undermined enforcement, this mandate now seems downright prophetic. Read more...

EB-5 Middleman Benda's Death Ruled a Suicide by South Dakota AG

By David North, November 21, 2013

The shooting death of onetime EB-5 middleman, Richard Benda, described in a previous blog, was ruled a suicide Thursday by South Dakota's Attorney General, Marty Jackley.

According to the AG's Office, as reported by the Associated Press, an autopsy showed that the death was by a shotgun blast and Benda's own 12-gauge shotgun was the only weapon found at the death site. Read more...

NPR Story Goes for the "Wow", Neglects the "Why" of Immigrant Detention

By Jerry Kammer, November 21, 2013

On NPR's Morning Edition this week, reporter Ted Robbins had the makings of a good story about a congressional mandate that requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hit an expensive target for detention of illegal immigrants.

But the story careened immediately into editorial Never-Never Land with host Steve Inskeep's sophomoric introduction. Then Robbins drove it into the reportorial briar patch with his own editorial slant on a story that should have let the facts speak for themselves. Read more...

DHS Staff Time Wasted as Agency Issues Regulations for Unlikely Alien Situations

By David North, November 21, 2013

This administration bends over backward to stretch the law to cover unlikely situations that might conceivably inconvenience some alien, some day, under some circumstances.

And it spends money hiring regulation writers to provide all the bureaucratic verbiage needed to take care of these obscure situations. Read more...

Immigration Reform: American Bankers Association Chief Calls for Open Borders and Amnesty

By Ronald W. Mortensen, November 21, 2013

Frank Keating, head of the American Bankers Association, has finally come clean about big business' ultimate immigration reform goal — totally open borders with the unrestricted movement of millions of foreign workers into the United States.

In a remarkably candid Op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times, Keating writes:

We cannot support open borders for trade but not for people. ... As Ronald Reagan might have put it, it's time to open the doors.