Immigration Blog

The President's Post-Election Press Conference and the Dog That Didn't Bark

By Stanley Renshon, November 7, 2010

In one of the most widely known deductions in the Sherlock Holmes mysteries oeuvre, the famously logical detective realized that the fact that a guard dog didn't bark meant he must have known the killer.

Which brings us to the president's post election press conference.

Among the many questions he was asked, several had to do with the possibilities of finding common ground with the new Republican Congress: Read more...

Not All Overseas Immigration Policy Ideas Are Good Ones

By David North, November 7, 2010

From time to time I have suggested that some other nations have great immigration policy ideas, as in the case of Australia's linkage of population and migration policies touched on in an earlier blog.

But this is not always the case.

Belize (the former British Honduras) presents an excellent example this week of how not to shape an immigration policy. Read more...

Illegal-Alien Gang Member Convicted for Execution Slayings in N.J.

By Jon Feere, November 7, 2010

The open-border media is reporting, seemingly begrudgingly and with as little detail as possible, the conviction of Honduran illegal alien Melvin Jovel for the execution-style murders of three New Jersey college students in 2007. This horrific crime doesn't fit nicely into the open-border media's amnesty agenda.

According to the Associated Press:

Inept Law Enforcement: A Tale of Two Illegal-Alien Murderers

By David North, November 5, 2010

ICE, like other government agencies, typically issues press releases when it wants the world to know about its accomplishments. (I know, I used to write such material for the U.S. Department of the Interior.)

The apparent narrative, in this instance, is that ICE found two illegal aliens accused of murder in their home countries, and deported them. So far, so good.

But if you dig a little deeper into available public records, the story is less flattering to the law enforcement community. Let's open with what ICE had to say. Read more...

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

By Mark Krikorian, November 4, 2010

The amnesty crowd is hawking a new fable — that a massive margin among Hispanics saved Harry Reid:

Longtime immigration advocate Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) credited Hispanics Wednesday for keeping Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in the Senate.

"Latino citizens responded to Majority Leader Harry Reid's aggressive pursuit of immigration reform by voting for him in overwhelming numbers," he said in a statement. "They were clearly the difference in his victory."

Immigration Decision-Makers: Upcoming Committee Changes

By David North, November 3, 2010

How the election of 2010 will – or will not – alter the nation's immigration policies is not yet known, but we do know that it will shake up the array of decision-makers in the House, and will leave those in the Senate untouched. Read more...

Non-citizen Voting – RIP, Again

By Stanley Renshon, November 3, 2010

Among the many important results yesterday's election is the resounding defeat of two measures that would have allowed non-citizens to vote. In previous entries, here, here, here, and elsewhere, I had taken up the most recent efforts to do away with the requirement that only citizens be allowed to vote. Read more...

Labor Department Does the Right Thing with Exploitative H-2B Program

By David North, November 1, 2010

The U.S. Labor Department is taking steps to raise wages employers are required to pay in the H-2B nonimmigrant worker program. And raising the wages may well mean that employers will be less likely to use it, thus reducing migration. Read more...

Remittance-Senders (Mostly Illegals) Ship $25 Billion a Year Out of the U.S.

By David North, October 31, 2010

The classic labor market focus of restrictionists is on illegal alien workers vs. legal resident workers – but I want to add another question to the conversation: where do the workers spend their money?

Fundamentally, we do not want the labor force to be needlessly expanded by floods of illegal alien workers, disadvantaged by their status, and willing to work for less than the prevailing wage.

Similarly we are opposed to needless flows of legal nonimmigrant workers (such as H-1Bs), who while legal, also tend to depress labor markets, to the detriment of legal resident workers. Read more...

Hidden Good News: Both Judges and DHS (Silently) Zap Religious Worker Fraud

By David North, October 29, 2010

How often does a restrictionist get to write the following sentence?:

"USCIS and the Ninth Circuit both combat fraud in an immigration program."

Not often. The Ninth Circuit and USCIS both tend to lean toward open-border policies, but not in this very specific case. Read more...