Immigration Blog

The U.S. Needs a Way to “Score” Immigration Bills

By David North, July 29, 2011

This week’s hearing of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, reported in an earlier blog, suggested to me that the nation needs a neutral system for “scoring” the impact of individual immigration bills on population growth.

In other words, were we to pass a given bill, how many more people would be brought to the nation, over what period of time? Read more...

Three Bright Spots in an Otherwise Dull Senate Hearing

By David North, July 26, 2011

There were three bright spots in an otherwise cut-and-dry immigration policy hearing chaired by Senator Chuck Schumer (D - NY) this morning.

Schumer, chair of the Senate’s Immigration Subcommittee, is an old hand at tilting hearings toward the open borders types, people who argue that more skilled alien workers are needed by corporations, and that refugees are good for the local economy. Predictably, seven of the eight witnesses this morning took one of those approaches. Read more...

All College Student (F-1) Visa Fraud Comes in Three Parts

By David North, July 25, 2011

Recent news reports reminded me that all higher education immigration fraud, through the massive F-1 visa program, is divided into three parts:

  1. There are the individual students who drop out of legitimate universities to become illegal aliens on their own;

  2. There are visa mills which are distinctly illegitimate establishments; they recruit would-be illegal aliens, and, in effect, charge them substantial fees for their F-1 visas; or they operate marginal operations more keyed to profits than to education; and

The Grassroot Latino Concern About Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, July 25, 2011

As President Obama addresses the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza today in Washington, he will face renewed pressure to push for “comprehensive immigration reform” legislation that would not only provide legal status to illegal immigrants but expand future immigration from Latin America and other parts of the world. Read more...

Case History: DHS, In Effect, Grants 2.5 Citizenships to One Illegal Alien

By David North, July 25, 2011

The Department of Homeland Security, in effect, has given two and a half citizenships to one illegal alien from Haiti.

One, or at most two, citizenships should be enough for any single human being, but the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) of DHS, a semi-judicial agency, has ruled in a recent case that a Haitian citizen, who is also a Canadian citizen carrying a Canadian passport, can also enjoy Temporary Protected Status in the U.S. Read more...

Top Ten Immigration Scams

By David Seminara, July 24, 2011

There are anywhere from 11-20 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. When I worked as a consular officer at American embassies overseas I saw so many examples of visa and immigration fraud that it’s hard for me to understand why so many haven’t figured out how to game the system and legalize their status. This is a light-hearted look at some of the most popular scams, in reverse order of their relative popularity. Please do not email me to ask for details on how you can carry out these schemes. Read more...

Top Ten Immigration Scams

By David Seminara, July 24, 2011

There are anywhere from 11-20 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. When I worked as a consular officer at American embassies overseas I saw so many examples of visa and immigration fraud that it’s hard for me to understand why so many haven’t figured out how to game the system and legalize their status. This is a light-hearted look at some of the most popular scams, in reverse order of their relative popularity. Please do not email me to ask for details on how you can carry out these schemes. Read more...

Spinning Immigrant Family Values

By James R. Edwards Jr., July 22, 2011

An interesting Washington Post story cited Census Bureau figures about family make-up in Northern Virginia’s D.C. suburbs, based on the area’s immigrant presence. Read more...

Illegal Jewish Aliens: Too Jewish, Too White for Jewish Establishment Advocates?

By Stephen Steinlight, July 22, 2011

The old leftwing weekly The Forward, like every national Jewish paper and virtually every regional or local one, adheres to the Jewish Establishment’s line on immigration, advocating an unspecified incarnation of the radically subjective policy termed “comprehensive immigration reform,” denoted increasingly by the less menacing-sounding, more user-friendly appellation “immigration reform.” Virtually identical robotized editorials appear ad nauseam in the Jewish press demanding the passage of “immigration reform,” arguing on the basis of the worst eisegesis, out-of-context and mistransla Read more...

Anti-Secure Communities Effort a Case Study in Funding

By Jon Feere, July 22, 2011

The open-border crowd is very well-funded and quite large, as illustrated by a recent anti-Secure Communities effort. Though the media and amnesty advocates often portray those of us promoting sane immigration policies as part of some enormous, far-reaching conspiracy, the reality is we make up a very small portion of the interests involved in the immigration debate. The reason we are influential is because our ideas and arguments are sound and backed with good research. Here at the Center for Immigration Studies, we’re elated when we receive an unsolicited check for $20 from an individual who received one of our reports or heard us on the radio. (We are a true non-profit and, if you’re interested, all donations to CIS are tax-deductible.) Read more...