Immigration Blog

Got Visas?

By W.D. Reasoner, January 22, 2012

As noted by Mark Krikorian and Janice Kephart, President Obama recently toured Disney World in central Florida to announce his determination , via executive fiat in lieu of cooperative action with Congress, to open up America, The Theme Park, to the world's huddled masses by loosening existing restrictions and streamlining issuance of visas. Read more...

President Obama Rolls Out Mickey Mouse Visa Policy

By Janice Kephart, January 22, 2012

Janice Kephart / January 20, 2012

In a speech in the magic Kingdom of Disney World, President Obama this week officially extended his Amnesty by Any Means program to those beyond the traditional boundaries of amnesty discussion – people outside the United States. One key point for immigration control is that visa interviews are being dropped for much of the world. The White House press release focuses on the economics of tourism while the State Department's announcement is scant on details of exactly who will be interviewed, from what countries, and under what process. Read more...

Alabama Punished for not Playing Amnesty Game

By Janice Kephart, January 20, 2012

As part of the Secure Communities strategy, ICE is leveraging a federal biometric information sharing capability to quickly and accurately identify aliens in law enforcement custody. Since this capability was first activated in 2008, biometric information sharing has helped ICE identify and remove more than 114,000 convicted criminals from the United States. As of December 28, 2011, the biometric information sharing capability of Secure Communities is activated in 2,027 jurisdictions in 44 states and territories. By 2013, ICE plans to use this capability nationwide.

Uncle Omar, Visa Lottery Fees, and Other Tidbits

By David North, January 20, 2012

The tone-deafness of the White House on illegal immigration, the congressional decision against charging fees to applicants for the visa lottery, and other immigration policy news deserve note this last day of the week.

Uncle Omar

It is well known that the administration is oblivious to the widespread (but non-elite) concern about illegal immigration; in a related matter, the White House is also showing no self-preservation smarts when it comes to Uncle Omar, the president's drunk-driving-and-illegal-alien relative. Read more...

Big Majority of Foreign PhDs Stay in the U.S. Many Years After Degree

By David North, January 19, 2012

A large majority of a group that can appropriately be called the "best and the brightest," U.S.-trained foreign PhDs in the STEM fields, stay in the U.S. under the current immigration system, according to a new, authoritative study.

Relating that fact to immigration policy, the author of the study that was released today wrote:

The data in this report provide no support for the view that S/E recipients on temporary visas have had declining stay rates because of difficulty obtaining visas that would permit them to say in the United States to work.

Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho, It's Off to America We Go

By Mark Krikorian, January 19, 2012

There's a kingdom where outsiders are welcomed warmly and with open arms, but only if they present the proper credentials. Upon presenting themselves for admission, they are thoroughly inspected to check the validity of their travel documents and ensure that they have no contraband. Once in this kingdom, the outside visitors must follow strict rules of decorum and pay for their own support. When the visitors' time is up, their departure is carefully monitored and the kingdom checked to ensure that no one has improperly stayed behind. Read more...

Haitian Nonimmigrant Farmworkers? But Only if Growers Ask for Them

By David North, January 18, 2012

The relatively small-scale nonimmigrant programs for unskilled workers now have new rules which would allow Haitian workers to come to the U.S. ... if U.S. employers are interested.

USCIS announced on January 17 that Haiti was one of five nations added to the list of countries where recruitment is to be permitted for both the H-2A (farmworker) and H-2 B (nonagricultural, unskilled worker) seasonal nonimmigrant programs. Read more...

Santorum Gets Better on Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, January 17, 2012

Rick Santorum had never been especially distinctive on immigration. He was pretty good on enforcement issues, but his constant invocation of his immigrant father and grandfather suggested to me that he might be one of those people who needs to compensate for the grievous sin of supporting immigration enforcement by calling for increased legal immigration.

I was wrong.

Case Study: One Shady Immigration Lawyer and K-1 Petitions

By David North, January 16, 2012

Some immigration lawyers are brilliant and hard-working; many others are competent and dutiful.

Still others, down the continuum of the immigration bar, are reasonably competent, but do not do well by their clients because they take on too many (of these usually ill-paid) assignments. Other are just well-intentioned bumblers, who should be making a living some other way.

At the very bottom of this range are the lawyers who knowingly file dishonest petitions (thus cheating the government) while misleading their clients by telling them they have a chance for legal status, when they do not, or should not. Read more...

European Allies Get It on Immigration, Why Not America?

By James R. Edwards Jr., January 16, 2012

A couple of interesting news items recently show that the United Kingdom and France "get it" that importing foreign workers hurts their citizens' economic prospects. Read more...