Immigration Blog

As Obama Arrives, a Report on El Salvador

By Jerry Kammer, March 22, 2011

The massive headline across the top of the front page of today's Prensa Grafica, published in San Salvador, reads "OBAMA". Just below comes the subhead, "USA President arrives today", followed by a large photo of the president and a caption stating that the visit is expected to produce support both for social programs and for the fight against drug traffickers. Read more...

E-Verify Yourself

By Mark Krikorian, March 22, 2011

A new pilot program was launched Monday allowing people to run themselves through E-Verify and make sure the database has the correct information about them. For now, E-Verify Self-Check is available only to people in Arizona, Colorado, D.C., Idaho, Mississippi, and Virginia. If you live in one of those states, it's definitely worth doing (the whole thing, including confirmation of my identity, took me maybe two minutes). Read more...

'You Can't Tell the Players Without a Scorecard!'

By David North, March 21, 2011

That was the repeated call, if I remember correctly, of the guys selling scorecards at the big league ballparks of my youth.

What they offered was the crucial recording system that they said you really needed to understand the game.

Well, that's often my reaction to Immigration Daily, a publication written for immigration lawyers and other more-migration advocates.

Sometimes a governmental announcement does not make any sense – at least not to me – until you hear what the immigration lawyers, writing for ID, have to say about it. Read more...

Sheriff Joe: Job Creator

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 21, 2011

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona, whom the Obama administration has targeted with intimidation tactics to quash other local law enforcers' resolve, now has effectively become a job creator for Americans. A local TV news report from Phoenix followed up on what happened after the arrests of illegal alien workers that the sheriff made at a string of Pei Wei Asian Diners. Read more...

Looking Carefully at the Proposed Immigrant Entrepreneur Bill

By David North, March 21, 2011

While I am fond of Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Richard Lugar (R-IN), and Mark Udall (D-CO), all valuable members of the Senate, there is an air of unreality about the immigrant entrepreneur bill that they have introduced. Read more...

Pushing the Envelope

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

The Obama administration has been pushing the envelope recently in the culture wars. And this is bleeding over into immigration.

Now, the administration will grant the "same-sex domestic partner" of a foreign diplomat a nonimmigrant visa as an accompanying "immediate family member." Not only may the unmarried "domestic partner" of certain straight and gay aliens get a visa, but so may relatives of the domestic partner. My colleague David North has written on this shift in some detail. Read more...

Prof. Matloff Busts 'Best and Brightest' Ballyhoo for H-1B Workers

By David North, March 18, 2011

Professor Norm Matloff (from the University of California at Davis) quietly demolished the industry-cultivated notion that because H-1B workers are the "best and the brightest" more of them should be admitted to work in America's high-tech industries.

He did so this morning a few blocks from Capitol Hill, at the Georgetown University Law School building at a meeting sponsored by the GU Institute for the Study of International Migration. Read more...

The Criminal Alien Constituency

By W.D. Reasoner, March 18, 2011

I've been thinking about alien criminals. Specifically, I've been pondering with dismay a disturbing trend: it seems that they've begun to develop a constituency in this country. When and how did that start?

Although I don't remember falling asleep, I'm concerned that I may have had a Rip Van Winkle moment and awakened to a dystopic version of America in which personal responsibility no longer counts for anything, and the notion of consequences for bad acts doesn't apply. Read more...

Salt Lake Chamber – Enemy of the Taxpayer and Utah Children

By Ronald W. Mortensen, March 18, 2011

In 2006, the Salt Lake Chamber was designated by Americans for Tax Reform as an "Enemy of the Taxpayer".

"This is not a chamber that is looking after the interests of Salt Lake City, Utah and the business community," said Grover Norquist, the ATR's president.

Since that time the chamber has worked hard to maintain the title bestowed upon it. In 2010, when the Utah economy was still struggling, the chamber recommended that the gas tax be increased by ten cents a gallon. Read more...

Ariz. Sheriff Babeu and His (Not Federal) Immigration Task Force

By Janice Kephart, March 17, 2011

Somewhere in the early hours of 2011, when hospitable temperatures conducive to drug and alien smuggling in Arizona had my hidden camera friends calling me and updating me on curious illegal activity going on in the desert, the mayors of three Arizona border towns – one on the western end of the state's border with Mexico, one in the middle, one in the east – decided that they were tired of their county to the north complaining about surging violence attributed to drug and alien smuggling. Read more...