Immigration Blog

Misadventures in Sarcasm

By Mark Krikorian, June 21, 2011

I was on Fox an hour ago talking about the Obama administration's latest stealth amnesty memo (which CIS's Jessica Vaughan discusses in this news story). In describing the tensions faced by the White House I said it was torn between its natural sympathy for the open-borders views of La Raza, the ACLU, and their ilk, on the one hand, and the need to pretend to be tough on enforcement to placate the "Neanderthals who watch Fox News". I'm afraid the sarcasm was lost on some people, if the slew of e-mails I've already received is any indication. So, just for the record, it's the Obama people who think Fox News viewers are Neanderthals, not me! Read more...

Utah Housewife Deals Devastating Blow to State's 'Guestworker' Law

By Ronald W. Mortensen, June 20, 2011

In a stinging rebuke to political, business, religious and media elites, Republican Party activists led by a Utah housewife have dealt what may well be a deathblow to Utah's misguided and fatally flawed guestworker/amnesty law (HB116). Read more...

Open Borders Types Want "I Am My Own Grandpa" and Other Provisions

By David North, June 20, 2011

The murky area of what the Obama administration might do administratively to open the gates to more migration is a little less murky now, thanks to immigration lawyer Angelo Paparelli.

He suggested in a June 10 article in Immigration Daily that five highly specific gaps be opened in the current system for admitting still more high-tech workers and their relatives. Read more...

Baptists Call for Amnesty

By James R. Edwards Jr., June 20, 2011

The Southern Baptist Convention, which met last week in Phoenix, adopted a resolution endorsing the legalization of virtually all illegal aliens. This action followed the SBC's 2006 passage of a similar pro-amnesty resolution. Read more...

Russian Ad: 'Come Work in the Best Strip Clubs in the U.S., on a J-1 Visa'

By David North, June 17, 2011

To illustrate how loosely the State Department's J-1 foreign-worker program is being administered, the speaker at a Georgetown University Law School session this morning told of this internet advertisement, translated from the Russian:

Come work in the best strip clubs in the United States, on a J-1 visa.

Arizona Fires: Too Hot for Feds to Handle?

By Jerry Kammer, June 17, 2011

For at least two years now, Arizona journalist Leo W. Banks has been writing and speaking about the strange silence of the federal government on the connection between forest fires in southern Arizona and the smugglers of drugs and human beings.

Banks has contrasted the widespread public belief that the fires are caused by the smugglers – either accidentally or in an effort to distract the Border Patrol – with the refusal of federal officials to address the issue. Read more...

Birth Tourism Fraud from China: 'The return on investment is higher than robbing a bank'

By Jon Feere, June 16, 2011

A Chinese news article titled "China's 'Born in the USA' Frenzy" highlights the effort of one of its nationals engaging in birth tourism fraud in the United States. The practice is so troubling that even the Director of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress, Marshall Fitz, recently said the following on CNN in a debate with CIS's Executive Director Mark Krikorian: Read more...

DoJ Judge: It's OK to Fire a Good Man for Doing a Good Deed

By David North, June 15, 2011

This is a story of how a good man who blew the whistle on his own employer for immigration law violations was fired, and how a federal hearing officer said that was OK. Here are the facts and the law.

Fact #1. Daniel Cavazos, Jr. had worked for Wanxiang America Corp., a Chinese-owned auto parts manufacturer, apparently in the Middle West; he told the warehouse supervisor that he was planning to tell federal authorities that the firm was hiring illegal aliens. He was fired. Read more...

A Look Back to 1953

By Jerry Kammer, June 15, 2011

Last week this blog noted a comment by economist Pia Orrenius that U.S immigration policy is effectively "restricting high-skilled immigration, which tends to be legal, and is encouraging low-skilled immigration." Read more...

You Can Tell the Feds How to Change Our Immigration Policy

By David North, June 14, 2011

There is an often overlooked opportunity for individual citizens to give advice to the government about specific parts of the nation's immigration policy, and I want to encourage (and help) the reader to participate.

Frequently various agencies of the executive branch ask for public comments on proposed regulations, fee levels, form changes, and information collection systems; you can be sure that big business and other big pro-mass-immigration groups are well aware of these requests, and respond regularly. Read more...