Immigration Blog

Fraud Fishing in Yemen

By Dan Cadman, January 29, 2014

Aljazeera America has kindly brought us the story of Rayman Hussein, a naturalized U.S. citizen who is stuck in Yemen, the country of his birth, after having his passport seized for fraud by officials at the American embassy in the capital city of Sana'a. Apparently, he is one of several snared. Read more...

The Fake Argument Against Immigration Enforcement First

By Mark Krikorian, January 28, 2014

Greg Sargent writes that you'll know the Republicans are serious about passing an immigration bill if the long-promised "principles" permit the legalization of the illegal population before the achievement of enforcement benchmarks. In other words, Enforcement First is flatly unacceptable, and enforcement triggers may only be related to the potential upgrade of amnesty recipients to full green-card status, not the initial grant of legal status. He quotes Frank Sharry, the Professor Moriarty at the center of the web of open-borders lobbying, on why amnesty must precede enforcement: Read more...

Let Illegal Migrants Choose their Status? A Bad Idea

By Stanley Renshon, January 28, 2014

Among the most basic compromise ideas being discussed to help resolve some of the major outstanding immigration issues is the idea of offering legalization in return for real and effective enforcement. For example, immigration scholar Peter Skerry has suggested "splitting the difference on illegal immigration" by legalization for as many undocumented immigrants as possible, but citizenship for none of them. Read more...

Helping the Able, Overlooking the Needy, in Virginia

By Dan Cadman, January 27, 2014

Virginia State Senator Adam Ebbin (D) has introduced a bill into the Virginia Senate that would fund, at the expense of Virginia taxpayers, "an Office of Immigrant Assistance to help Virginia's newcomers navigate the complex process of becoming naturalized citizens," according to the Virginian-Pilot newspaper.

The paper cites Sen. Ebbin as saying "It's an important population to keep here, with a larger percentage of immigrants having college degrees and owning businesses than natural-born citizens."

This seems wrong-headed to me for so many reasons. Read more...

Immigration Reform Principles Worth Considering

By James R. Edwards Jr., January 27, 2014

House Republican leaders seem hell-bent on forcing through amnesty for illegal aliens. They have been huddling with open-borders apologists — big-government liberal ethnic advocates masquerading as conservatives — to come up with "principles" that will supposedly inform their immigration legislative agenda. These principles are expected to be unveiled at the House Republican retreat later this week and begin the marketing campaign to sell their rank and file on going along with mass amnesty. Read more...

Fox News Publishes Push Poll, Pushes Amnesty

By Jon Feere, January 24, 2014

Nearly all of the polls allegedly showing public support for amnesty suffer from the same defect: they are designed to "push" respondents towards a certain answer. In other words, they are written in a way designed to elicit a pro-amnesty result with the use of tired pro-amnesty talking points that are meant to make the "pro-enforcement" option seem less attractive. Read more...

Intriguing Immigration Policies Launched in Island Jurisdictions

By David North, January 24, 2014

One of the attractions of paying attention to other nations' immigration policies is that there are a huge variety of them to examine; there are something like two hundred different jurisdictions that have their own sets of rules; from the likes of China (though few want to migrate there) to tiny island jurisdictions.

President Woodrow Wilson spoke of the American states as laboratories of democracy; some of the immigration policy labs run by island jurisdictions suggest that a mad scientist may be at work. Occasionally the island policies are worth replication, often not. Here are some examples: Read more...

Immigration Reform in the Public's Interest, Part 3: Legislative Principles

By Stanley Renshon, January 24, 2014

There is a tendency in immigration debates to begin with the specifics of proposed legislation. However the principles that cover the public interest purposes of any immigration reform bill, the processes by which they are debated and adapted, and the legislative principles that frame the effort are very important. They are the foundation on which the specifics of a viable immigration reform bill will have to rest.

Here in abbreviated form, to be further developed in a later CIS publication, is a proposed set of legislative principles. Read more...

Turkish H-1B Abuser Continues Tammany Hall Methods in the U.S.

By David North, January 23, 2014

I seen my opportunities and I took 'em.

The quote is from the late Tammany Hall leader, George Washington Plunkitt, as he wrote about graft early in the last century.

That attitude seems, in three recent disclosures, to be shared by the Gulen movement's charter high schools in the United States. Fethullah Gulen, as we noted in a prior blog is — in Turkey — a major religious and political figure, but in the United States (where he lives) he is the leader of a charter school movement that frequently uses the H-1B system to root out U.S. teachers in favor of those from Turkey. Read more...