Immigration Blog

It's The Metrics, Stupid!

By W.D. Reasoner, March 24, 2011

This just in from our You-Can-Have-Your-Cake-and-Eat-It-Too Department.

Very recently, the RAND Corporation examined border effectiveness metrics. The following nugget can be found in Chapter One of the report, entitled "Measuring Illegal Border Crossing Between Ports of Entry: An Assessment of Four Promising Methods": Read more...

A Cloud No Larger than a Man's Hand at the Southern Border

By David North, March 24, 2011

At the moment the cloud at the southern border is no larger than a man's hand, but it has prospects for seriously complicating the nation's immigration control programs.

Observers have long known that if there were a massive number of asylum applications by Mexican nationals, legal and illegal, the entire immigration apparatus would be seriously challenged, if not totally swamped. Read more...

From the Halls of Montezuma

By Mark Krikorian, March 23, 2011

"13 Illegal Immigrants Arrested in California Wearing U.S. Marine Uniforms". Not only was their illegal entry into the U.S. a crime but impersonating a member of the armed forces is also a crime. But don't hold your breath for them to be prosecuted — U.S. Read more...

Wonderland on the Mississippi

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 23, 2011

A recent panel event in St. Louis can only be described as bizarre and mean-spirited. Alice would have felt more at home in Wonderland than a regular American would when several ethnic ideologues and post-American elites convened to decry Missouri's and St. Louis's decline in the share of their populations comprised of foreigners. Read more...

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...