Immigration Blog

USCIS Overturns 'Early Bird Gets the Worm' Rule in H-1B Program

By David North, April 29, 2011

Throughout our lives we are told that "that the early bird gets the worm," that it is a good idea to be "early to bed and early to rise," and that a "stitch in time saves nine," but USCIS has now overruled those mottos in the H-1B program.

It now is about to impose a set of rules in that foreign high-tech worker program to, in effect, make life easier for the late birds, the late risers, and the non-stitchers among the greedy employers who use the H-1B program to lower their labor costs, and deny jobs to American workers. Read more...

State Department Regs Guarantee Loss of 120,000 American Jobs

By David North, April 28, 2011

I suppose it is progress when one of the State Department's alien worker programs decides that foreign college students can no longer be used as rickshaw operators, or in their words: "as pedicab or rolling chair drivers".

It certainly is a refreshing bit of transparency when the department admits that its Summer Work Travel program had sometimes been used to staff "money laundering, money mule schemes and Medicare fraud", though no details are provided. Read more...

SB1070 as Bogeyman

By Mark Krikorian, April 28, 2011

After the passage of Arizona's SB1070 and Republican gains in many state legislatures, there was a lot of talk of similar immigration measures sweeping other states. There has been some real progress, most notably in Georgia, but not as much as you would have thought from the hype. Some of that is because it was hype, and most bills in any legislature never get anywhere. Read more...

Superman Meets His Match: Los Hermanos Ortiz

By Jerry Kammer, April 28, 2011

The blogosphere is abuzz with the news that the latest edition of the Superman comics series has the superhero renouncing his American citizenship, declaring he is "tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy." Read more...

Utah's Actions Analyzed at Immigration Policy Conference

By David North, April 27, 2011

While all the talk was, subtly, in favor of mass immigration, there were some conflicting views regarding the recent Utah developments at the 8th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference in Washington on April 26.

The event, at the Georgetown University Law School, was co-sponsored by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. It is a continuation of a series of such events that, with somewhat different sponsorships but with an identical policy orientation, have been happening every spring since at least 1969. Read more...

Jason DeParle Has the Last Word, for Now

By Jerry Kammer, April 26, 2011

In yesterday's blog, I noted that New York Times reporter Jason DeParle had responded to questions I had emailed him regarding his April 17 front-page story. I did not quote from the response because I had offered to embargo it for a year. I offered the embargo because I thought he might be more comfortable and candid if he knew that the answers would be printed long after the initial controversy of his story had cooled. Read more...

Bahamas Gets It Right on Investment Levels and Streamlining

By David North, April 26, 2011

Sometimes it is downright embarrassing to find tiny Third World nations handling immigration challenges better than the mighty U.S. does.

For example, The Bahamas has just decided to triple the investment needed if you want to get permanent residence there; the bar used to be $500,000 (often used to buy a house) and now it is $1,500,000. These are Bahamas dollars, but they are worth, depending on the mood of the market, a hair more or a hair less than the U.S. dollar. Read more...

A Message from Jason DeParle, and a Response

By Jerry Kammer, April 25, 2011

In Friday's blog post, which responded critically to the previous Sunday's lengthy New York Times article about John Tanton, I noted that on April 17, DeParle had responded to an email from me in which I had questioned the story. As I noted in the blog, while DeParle's email said he would send me a note the next day, I had not heard from him. Read more...

A Misleading Article on Illegal Aliens and Income Tax Payments

By David North, April 24, 2011

For advocates of the illegal alien population the headline seemed to be a winner. It said:

Study estimates that illegal immigrants paid $11.2 B in taxes last year, unlike GE, which paid zero

The news story was by Albor Ruiz and appeared in the New York Daily News on April 20. Read more...

Insecuring the Border

By James R. Edwards Jr., April 24, 2011

Fox News recently made an exclusive report confirming that Border Patrol and Homeland Security officials are manipulating apprehension figures.

That is, border security agencies are forcing Border Patrol officers not to apprehend aliens attempting to cross the Mexican border illegally. You read that right: Let them go, never touch them. Read more...