Immigration Blog

Importing the Uninsured

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 30, 2011

A new report documents that America's "crisis" of the uninsured is to a great extent self-imposed. By reducing immigration, both legal and illegal, to traditional levels, we would derive the benefit of reducing the rising share of the population without health insurance.

The Employee Benefit Research Institute has produced a new study on the uninsured that bears this out. Using Census data for 2010, EBRI presents the facts:

J.A.W.D.?

By Mark Krikorian, September 29, 2011

The Jobs Americans Won't Do phenomenon has reached a level of true absurdity: will Americans really not work as gym teachers? Along these lines, my CIS colleague David North delved into rulings he stumbled across from tax court to get a detailed look at the grim world of a group of Filipino indentured teachers brought in under the guise of a "cultural exchange" program. The sliminess of this whole practice of foreign contract labor never ceases to amaze me. Read more...

Alabama Law Largely Upheld

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 29, 2011

A federal judge's ruling that much of Alabama's immigration-related law may stand marks progress in a number of ways. Here's a brief, first-cut take on the victory for Alabama's citizens and defeat for open-borders zealots. Read more...

287(g): The Wages of Secure Communities Opposition

By Jessica Vaughan, September 28, 2011

If there is any ICE program the open-borders groups hate more than Secure Communities, it's 287(g). How ironic, then, that the result of their intense and hysterical campaign to derail Secure Communities in Massachusetts is the announcement on Wednesday that at least three county sheriffs have been approved and intend to launch 287(g) partnerships. Read more...

Little Fat Cats Get Access to USCIS Adjudicators – Other Citizens Do Not

By David North, September 28, 2011

Those of us on the Left find it all too easy to generalize about Obama bowing to the fat cats of America.

You know, perpetuating the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, being overly nice to Wall Street, etc.

One might be tempted to extend that litany of criticisms to the attempts of the administration to increase the flow of immigrant investors to the U.S. through various means, and there has been a lot of that recently, as illustrated by this USCIS announcement. Read more...

How About a Solo Immigration Visa for Refugees?

By David North, September 26, 2011

One of the largely hidden problems with current U.S. immigration policy is that if we let in an immigrant, refugee, or asylee we set in motion, over time, the admission of that person's (often numerous) relatives.

His or her siblings, parents, nieces and nephews, and ultimately, their siblings, parents, spouses, nieces and nephews, and so on, generation after generation. Chain migration is the cause of much of the expansion of the U.S. population. Read more...

GOP Politics of In-State Tuition

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 25, 2011

The heated exchange between Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, over the issue of in-state college tuition for illegal aliens, illustrates the way different policymakers might approach a problem for which there's no easy answer.

Where someone comes down on this issue shows whether a candidate is able to make tough but right decisions that best serve the citizens of this nation. Perry has been defending Texas's DREAM Act Lite. Read more...

Obama Caves to Ghosts of DeLay, Abramoff on CNMI Migrant Rules

By David North, September 25, 2011

If you had an unruly and obese child in the house would you tell him: "You cannot have more than 15 banana splits today"?

Would you follow that with this order: "Further, you cannot have more than fourteen banana splits tomorrow"?

Probably not, but that is approximately what happened when the Obama administration, apparently caving to the ghosts of ex-Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) and once-jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff, issued new migration rules for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the little U.S. colony just north of Guam, in the western Pacific. Read more...

When Texas Welcomes Illegal Aliens, It Becomes More than a 'State Issue'

By Jon Feere, September 25, 2011

During the last two GOP presidential debates, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has defended his support for in-state tuition breaks for illegal aliens by calling it a state issue. Certainly, many issues are best handled by states. But when a state embraces illegal immigration, the impact is not limited to the state itself. By opposing a border fence, opposing E-Verify, embracing sanctuary cities and tuition breaks, Perry and the Texas legislature have arguably turned the Lone Star State into America's illegal alien welcoming mat. Read more...

Job Growth in Texas – Responding to Criticism

By Steven A. Camarota, September 23, 2011

In our new report on jobs in Texas we showed that newly arrived immigrants got most of the recent job growth in that state. There has been some criticism of the report, some from people who apparently did not read it. The comments below, which were forwarded to us, seem to be representative, so I want to address them. Read more...