Immigration Blog

Amnesty as a Civil Right: Part 2

By Stanley Renshon, October 18, 2013

A Reuters news article on the decision of California Governor Jerry Brown to sign a bill enabling illegal aliens to obtain state driver's licenses contained this sentence: "The law is part of a broader effort to expand immigrant rights in strongly Democratic California, where 2.6 million people - most of them Latino - lack legal status, according to a recent study by the University of Southern California." (Emphasis mine.) Read more...

Infosys Sees Losses from its Hiring Policy

By David North, October 18, 2013

A tiny bit of news appeared in an unlikely source recently – a corporate financial statement.

The news was that IT giant Infosys, one of the biggest of the Indian body shops, or outsourcing firms, has felt it necessary to set aside $35 million to meet costs stemming from investigations and court cases related to its nonimmigrant hiring policies, and to let stockholders know about that in a quarterly report. Read more...

Amnesty as a Civil Right: Part 1

By Stanley Renshon, October 18, 2013

Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan's memorable phrase "Defining Deviancy Down" tartly and honestly captured the irony of the determined, but futile effort to avoid dealing with a breakdown in America's social and legal norms surrounding crime and family life. Faced with behavior that it was unwilling to confront, or perhaps lacking the means to do so, America, he wrote, had simply tried to define the problem away. Read more...

Yelp Gives Five-Star Review to Amnesty; So Do Virgin America,, E-Bay

By Jon Feere, October 18, 2013

More than 450 corporate interests and advocacy groups recently signed a letter calling for doubling legal immigration numbers and legalizing the 11 million illegal aliens currently living in the United States. The letter – available in PDF format – calls for enacting "Immigration Reform NOW". (A similar pro-amnesty letter was recently released by 100 corporate interests from the Cheesecake Factory to Hallmark Cards. An analysis of that letter is available here.) Read more...

Corporate Founders, Apples and Oranges – Revisited

By David North, October 18, 2013

Big business advocates of more immigration love to say that 52 percent of the Silicon Valley startups were associated with immigrants, as mentioned in an earlier blog "Start-up Founders, Patents, Lies, Damn Lies, Statistics and Migration Policy".

As I pointed out then, the 52 percent is not the percentage of Silicon Valley startup founders; it is the percentage of such firms that had one or more immigrants among their founders, and each firm can have one to multiple founders. Such studies never calculate the percentage of founders who are immigrants, a percentage sure to be substantially less than 52 percent. Read more...

Defining Immigration Enforcement Down

By Stanley Renshon, October 17, 2013

In 1993, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Harvard Professor and then U.S. Senator (D-NY), published a seminal and prescient article in the winter issue of the American Scholar entitled "Defining Deviancy Down".

Moynihan's thesis was that, "over the past generation ... the amount of deviant behavior in American society has increased beyond the levels the community can 'afford to recognize' and that, accordingly, we have been re-defining deviancy so as to exempt much conduct previously stigmatized, and also quietly raising the 'normal' level in categories where behavior is now abnormal by any earlier standard." Read more...

Immigration Problems Through the Looking Glass – US and Belize

By David North, October 17, 2013

Here's the astoundingly modest claim of the Immigration Minister from the Central American nation of Belize:

And we do have some honest people in the Immigration Department.

Why the President’s Dual Track Immigration Strategy Failed, Part 2

By Stanley Renshon, October 16, 2013

Read Part I

The president wanted "comprehensive immigration reform", including the legalization of 11.7 million illegal aliens. However, he was stuck because of the public's deep skepticism about government's ability and willingness to be serious about immigration enforcement. He therefore had to demonstrate that the public could trust him.

The president and his advisors hit on what they thought was a shrewd strategy to accomplish this goal. They would argue that because of budgetary constraints, the administration had been forced to set priorities and institute limits. That required them to concentrate their limited resources by focusing their enforcement efforts on America's most dangerous illegal aliens. Read more...

A Whole New Asylum Category?

By Don Barnett, October 16, 2013

White House Director of Immigration Reform Esther Olavarria reportedly told an audience at the September 19 Congressional Black Caucus annual conference that S.744 (the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill) has a number of "important provisions that have stayed under the radar, and we'd actually like to keep them under the radar ... because we want to be able to maintain them as we go through the legislative process." Read more...

Principle of Immigration Reform: It Shouldn't Take a Lawyer to Do a Visa Application

By John Miano, October 16, 2013

Last week I started putting down principles for real immigration reform.

For this week I state the principle that the immigration system should be simple. Read more...