Immigration Blog

Citizens in 23 Countries View Immigration Unfavorably

By Ronald W. Mortensen, August 26, 2011

Recent polls reveal declining support for illegal immigrants in the United States and for immigration in general around the world. Two Rasmussen polls look at American attitudes towards illegal immigration, while an Ipsos worldwide poll looks at immigration generically without differentiating between legal and illegal immigration. The polls reveal the widening gap between America's political class and the voters who put them in office.

The Rasmussen polls show strong support for enforcing the law and for denying benefits to illegal aliens. Read more...

The Arizona Republic, Wildfires, and John McCain

By Jerry Kammer, August 26, 2011

Probably the most unpleasant part of my job here at CIS is that some people – often well-intentioned, if not well-informed – think ill of us for pointing out the costs of illegal immigration. Many of them believe that immigration, legal or not, should be accepted as an unmixed blessing and supported without question. Some of them respond with disdain to our concerns about illegal immigration's fiscal, labor market, and social effects. They act as if only a racist or a small-minded crank would dare to raise such issues. In their eyes, illegal immigration – and illegal immigrants – must never be subjected to scrutiny or criticism.

That is why it was refreshing to read today's Arizona Republic editorial about the controversy in Arizona over claims that some of the wildfires that have ravaged the state have been caused by illegal immigrants. Read more...

Why 'All Men Are Created Equal' Shouldn't Always Apply

By David North, August 26, 2011

"All men are created equal" is an important principle, but it has its limits.

That's the way it should be regarding relationships among human beings within a democracy, but it should not necessarily apply when a democracy is handling a threat scenario.

A good example of the misplaced use of the equality principal could be seen during the early post-9/11 screenings for would-be terrorists on our passenger planes – everyone was equally subject to random special attention, be they 90-year-old nuns or young men from, say, Yemen.

In many ways that sort of mindless egality is applied to somewhat less dramatic situations, such as our migration-screening procedures, including the way we sort out applicants for F-1 (student) visas. Read more...

Ever Heard of Stratford University? DHS Loves its Foreign Graduates

By David North, August 24, 2011

Have you ever heard of Stratford University? Or the University of Bridgeport?

Well, you should have, because their students are the most numerous and second most numerous in a government subsidy program that is supposed to bring the world's "best and brightest" to our shores. Read more...

Hershey Leaves a Bitter Taste for Foreign Students

By Jerry Kammer, August 23, 2011

The Hershey Company, the iconic candy maker that cultivates an image of all- American goodness and corporate responsibility, has a public-relations problem involving its foreign workforce.

The corporation, which wants to be the world's sweet shop, is being labeled a sweatshop by students from foreign countries who are brought to the U.S. under a State Department program (the J-1 visa) billed as a "cultural exchange". (My colleague Jessica Vaughan has commented on the program here.) Read more...

When in Doubt, Make It Up

By John Miano, August 23, 2011

Advocates for cheap-labor guestworker programs, like H-1B, long ago found a solution to their problem of lacking data to support their position: simply make it up.

The latest example comes in a press release from MonolithIC 3D Inc. That press release states: Read more...

Law Prof on Obama's Administrative Amnesty

By Jon Feere, August 23, 2011

Temple U. law professor (and CIS Fellow) Jan Ting – one of the few in his field to recognize the problems created by Obama's administrative amnesty – has authored a new op-ed in which he writes:

The administration is thus implementing by executive order a policy it could not get Congress to adopt or even consider: amnesty for the millions of foreigners who entered the U.S. illegally or who overstayed their temporary visitor visas in order to work illegally in the U.S.

Case Study: Remembrance of Amnesties Past

By David North, August 23, 2011

It is useful – say, once every six months or so – to be reminded that amnesties of illegal aliens last a long, long time.

Today's case stars one Mohammed Uddin, a Pakistani citizen, who snuck across the border back in 1984, and who last month won an interim decision in the Third Circuit that will keep him from being deported for a while, at least until his next court case is settled.

He has been in the States for more than a quarter of a century, and every so often DHS made an effort to get him removed, but, so far, he has not actually been deported. Read more...

DHS Letter to Congress on Administrative Amnesty

By Jon Feere, August 22, 2011

DHS Secretary Napolitano's letter to congressional Democrats does not confirm whether the administratively-amnestied illegal aliens will receive worker authorization. Nor does it attempt to justify the administration's apparent usurpation of congressional authority.

It does claim that the administrative change will "enhance public safety" by directing ICE to wait until an illegal alien commits a violent crime before considering deportation. Both public safety and logical reasoning have taken a backseat to election politics, it seems. Read more...

Caveat Employer: The Risks of Hiring an H-1B

By David North, August 22, 2011

One of the smaller benefits an employer can obtain from hiring resident workers – i.e., citizens or legal immigrants – as opposed to H-1Bs is that the employer can suffer less when he fires the Americans, rather than the H-1Bs.

We are not writing about the worker's suffering, our usual subject, only the employer's suffering. Read more...