Immigration Blog

Anatomy of a Misleading Immigration Poll, Pt. 1

By Stanley Renshon, February 7, 2014

The president's view and that of his allies is that the real stumbling block to immigration reform is "politics," defined literally as the process by which House Republicans express their views in opposition to the Senate's massive immigration plan. Read more...

Some Principles for Immigration Reform

By John Miano, February 7, 2014

The term "comprehensive immigration reform" has become a euphemism for a package that includes amnesty for illegal aliens plus unlimited cheap foreign labor for business plus money for special interests. The salient feature of comprehensive immigration reform bills is their complete lack of reform.

The focus on amnesty for illegal aliens is a major distraction from actual reform. If your boat springs a leak, the first thing a rational person does is plug the leak. Next he starts bailing. An amnesty as part of immigration reform is like trying to bail while water is rushing in. Read more...

Presumably Stable Business Seeks Passive EB-5 Investors

By David North, February 7, 2014

We at the Center for Immigration Studies write frequently about the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program, and apparently that's why we recently received this (partially redacted) blast e-mail:

Dear Attorney Group.

[redacted name of Brooklyn wholesale grocer] is willing to sponsor EB5 clients. As such we are looking for passive overseas financial investors for our 19 year old establishment.

I can be contacted at [redacted].

It probably was sent to us in error, but it set us to thinking. Read more...

Todd Purdum Grabs 2 Nominations for Immigration Punditry in 1 Day!

By Jerry Kammer, February 6, 2014

"I think the Republicans have to be awfully careful about this issue as not being seen as obstructionist, not being seen as racist or anti-immigrant, but as being in the great American tradition of if you work hard and play by the rules...yes, you can get in line and you can have your path to being part of this country." – Todd Purdum, PBS's "Washington Week", January 31

Amnesty's Not Dead Yet. It'll Soon Be Feeling Better.

By Mark Krikorian, February 6, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner's statement seeming to walk back a little from his commitment to push amnesty and increased immigration probably is a sign of resistance in the GOP caucus, but this isn't over. Chuck Schumer's reaction, for instance, suggests it's just a head fake: "I'm not thrown back by it." Read more...

On Advice of Rights in Removal Cases

By Dan Cadman, February 6, 2014

The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the most liberal circuit in the country, has heard argument in two cases having to do with when, and how, government officers must provide aliens facing deportation proceedings advice of their rights, and what the appropriate remedies should be for failure to do so. The cases are Segovia v. Holder, and (ironically, given the name "Miranda warnings" that is applied to advice of rights in the criminal context) Miranda-Fuentes v. Holder. Read more...

Call to Mike Barnicle: Come Back to Where You Once Belonged

By Jerry Kammer, February 5, 2014

Yesterday's Morning Joe program on MSNBC included a discussion between former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and journalist/pundit Mike Barnicle. I was particularly interested in their exchange on the alleged "anti-immigrant" position of the Republican Party. It prompted me to turn to Googlebooks for a look at the book Crist was promoting. Read more...

Brookings Issues Bland Assessment of the Controversial EB-5 Program

By David North, February 5, 2014

This morning the Brooking Institution issued a bland assessment of the highly-controversial immigrant investor (EB-5) program. Read more...

The Big Sort and the "Anti-Immigrant" Label

By Jerry Kammer, February 5, 2014

A discussion yesterday on NPR concerned research by social scientists who were trying to understand why many Americans move to places where there are more people like themselves. The researchers understood that job opportunities and family considerations play a role in decisions to change address. But they also tested the conclusion that the moves are part of "the big sort," in which Americans uproot themselves to replant themselves in more comfortable political soil. Read more...

Interest Groups Petition Government to Ignore the Immigration Laws

By Dan Cadman, February 4, 2014

Last month I penned a short report for the Center expressing concerns about a policy memorandum issued by Alejandro Mayorkas, then Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), now promoted to the number two spot in USCIS's parent, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Read more...