Immigration Blog

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...

Open-Border Groups in Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting

By Jon Feere, May 27, 2011

For many years the open-border crowd has pushed hard to perpetuate illegal employment throughout the United States, but today, in Chamber of Commerce of the United States v. Whiting, the Supreme Court has put an end to their anti-E-Verify effort. Many amnesty groups submitted briefs to the Court in support of the Chamber of Commerce in an attempt to get Arizona's law blocked. Read more...

Arizona Catches a Break from the Supreme Court

By Janice Kephart, May 26, 2011

Wow. E-Verify. Our hard-working worker authorization program catches a break from the Supreme Court. Let me first be grateful to Supreme Court Justice Kagan; her recusal helped support redemption for Arizona, our national punching bag for the Department of Justice as of late. As Solicitor General, Kagan had authored the (poorly argued) brief stating that the Supreme Court should review the Ninth Circuit decision and questioned whether Arizona's E-Verify law was pre-empted by federal immigration law. Read more...

Creating Facts on the Ground

By Mark Krikorian, May 26, 2011

The Supremes' complete repudiation of the Chamber of Commerce/Obama administration opposition to state E-Verify requirements will likely result in such mandates making more progress in the states' next legislative sessions; Georgia passed a mandate this year, and the Chamber's strategy of scaring lawmakers away from E-Verify with the bogeyman of Arizona's SB1070 won’t work any more. Read more...

The Magnitude of the E-Verify Win

By Mark Krikorian, May 26, 2011

A lawyer friend writes:

By the way, an interesting tidbit – the administration not only supported the Chamber, but had Neal Katyal — the Acting SG [Solicitor General, who represents the federal government before the Supreme Court] — argue the case. The SG normally argues only one, maybe two, cases per sitting, and that's reserved for the cases the gov't sees as the most important/prominent.

Arizona 1, Open-Borders Lobby 0

By James R. Edwards Jr., May 26, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court has come down on the side of federalism, the constitutional principle that states reserve the rights not delegated by them to the federal government (that is, over the vast majority of matters). It has ruled in favor of Arizona and against apologists for illegal foreign workers and the businesses that steal American jobs. Read more...

Musings on Migration Statistics

By David North, May 25, 2011

Judge Mark H. Metcalf's new CIS Backgrounder, "Built to Fail: Deception and Disorder in America's Immigration Courts", reminds me that the four cabinet departments dealing with international migration have totally different ways of handling migration statistics, two in deplorable ways, and two in a more or less acceptable manner.

Department of Justice: Misleading Read more...

Lamar Smith Acts to 'Keep Our Communities Safe'

By Jessica Vaughan, May 25, 2011

Every year, ICE releases about 4,000 criminal aliens back into U.S. communities because their home countries will not accept them for deportation, and because the Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot be detained indefinitely. This group includes murderers, rapists, cop killers, child predators, and gang members who are then free to continue their life of crime here, and they get a work permit in case their crime doesn't pay enough. Read more...

Dear Mr. President: How About a Border Strategy?

By Janice Kephart, May 24, 2011

On May 11, the White House issued "Statements of Support for President Obama's Commitment to Fix our Broken Immigration System", listing business leaders, elected officials, labor unions, and "immigration reform" advocates. The focus of the comments was on the economics of immigration, and the need to rebuild our businesses and universities with foreign workers and foreign students. Read more...