Immigration Blog

Overseas Immigration News Roundup: Good and Bad Case Studies

By David North, June 7, 2011

There are probably about 200 separate and distinct national and insular immigration-control systems around the world – and sometimes they make interesting decisions; some laudable, some not. Here are three of them.

The Philippines. This over-populated set of islands has long sent immigrant and non-immigrant workers to other nations – to the U.S., to the Middle East, and to other East Asian nations. The remittances these workers send back are important to the nation's economy, and the government is also aware that some of its people are treated very badly overseas. Read more...

Fewer Jobs, More Imported (Poverty-Class) Workers

By James R. Edwards Jr., June 6, 2011

The Congressional Budget Office has updated a report on the foreign-born labor force in the United States. It uses census data from 2009. Meanwhile, the U.S. jobs outlook has weakened.

A few nuggets from the CBO report: Read more...

The Story of Q: The Greedy Search for the Most Exploitative Visa Category

By David North, June 5, 2011

It is the latest twist on an old story, the constant hunt through the intricacies of the immigration law for the best way to exploit nonimmigrant workers. As we have previously reported, the INA is chock full of obscure visa categories, most written with the desires of special interests in mind.

Today's story, which actually has a happy ending, is about one firm's efforts to turn Q visas into its own little gold mine. It is based on court and agency records. Read more...

Awakening from the DREAM Act: Sen. Rubio vs. Frank Sharry

By Stephen Steinlight, June 2, 2011

The DREAM Act amnesty, the sole piece of immigration legislation to come before the 111th Congress where it was defeated despite the fact that the Democrats got pretty much everything else they wanted in an unethical Lame Duck session where dead men walking acted as if they had received a fresh mandate, refuses to die, at least die a quiet, seemly death. Read more...

Misrepresentation in the Coverage Claimed for Secure Communities

By W.D. Reasoner, June 2, 2011

Secure Communities (SC) is a sound program that helps protect the law abiding from the effects of crimes committed by aliens.

It's a shame that U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) has made such a muddle of explaining to ordinary Americans what the initiative is and how it works. Worse, they have done the program real harm with a constant stream of misinformation and disinformation put out on a near-daily basis. Nowhere is this more true than in their manipulation of statistics. Read more...

Iraqi Refugee Terrorists

By Mark Krikorian, June 1, 2011

Two Iraqis (apparently Sunnis) have been arrested in Kentucky for conspiring to ship weapons and money to fellow terrorists in their homeland. The two were admitted as refugees, one less than two years ago. And these weren't just blowhards, either; the fingerprints of one of these guys was found on a bomb in the Sunni Triangle, and another told the FBI's informant that he’d been arrested by Iraqi authorities after placing an IED. Read more...

Two Types of Admission Decisions: the Sensible Way and the American Way

By David North, June 1, 2011

When there are more people wanting to migrate to your country than slots for them, there are two ways of resolving that matter.

There is the sensible way, adopted by most of the rest of the world, and then there is the American way. Read more...

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Deserves Our Thanks

By Ronald W. Mortensen, May 31, 2011

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld Arizona's mandatory E-Verify program, the U.S. Chamber deserves a huge vote of thanks.

If the U.S. Chamber had not challenged Arizona's law, opponents of mandatory employment verification would have been able to continue to tell the states that they could not mandate the use of E-Verify. Read more...

Mixing a Sub-Par Deal with a Ticket to the USA

By David North, May 29, 2011

If the job does not pay much, or if the investment is shaky, the way for big business to close the deal is to add a ticket to America to the formula – and the migrant quickly falls in line with a body for the job, or a sum of money for the investment.

For example, many of the exploited guestworkers recruited to work in the Marianas Island sweatshops a dozen years ago were naive young women from rural China; they were sometimes told that "Los Angeles is just a bus ride away from the factory site". Read more...

Obama's Emerging Un-Border Policy: 'Acceptable Levels of Illegal Immigration'

By Janice Kephart, May 27, 2011

The light is getting brighter and the resolution starker on the "no apprehension policy" being imposed on Border Patrol agents by their superiors: it may be part of an emerging "un-border" policy based on a view that we are currently experiencing "acceptable levels of illegal immigration", which logically means we can reduce the numbers of Border Patrol on the ground. Read more...