Immigration Blog

Tech Lobby: H-1B Workers Cheaper than Hiring Americans

By John Miano, March 26, 2014

An embarrassing thing happened at an industry lobbyist press conference.

Fox News reports that CompeteAmerica has created a jobs clock that clicks away as imaginary jobs are lost due to immigration restrictions. The Hill also chimed in on the topic. Read more...

The 2014 Congressional Elections and Real Immigration Reform, Pt. 4

By Stanley Renshon, March 26, 2014

The immigration clock is ticking. Whatever the outcome of the 2014 congressional elections, the dynamics that surround the passage of the Senate's 2013 immigration bill, or some real reformist alternative, will be in play. If any immigration legislation fails to be enacted in the next session of Congress, immigration issues will permeate the 2015-2016 presidential campaign. If the House passes some immigration legislation, whether it does or does not become law, immigration will still be a part, though not necessarily a major one, in the presidential campaign themes for both candidates.

It would be prudent for those interested in real immigration reform to be prepared for either eventuality. Read more...

Beware of Treaties in Connection with Immigration Matters

By David North, March 25, 2014

I am frequently being reminded of the non-wisdom of using treaties to sort out immigration and immigrant policies. This occurs to me in the course of some springtime volunteer work I do, helping grad students at a Washington-area university with their income tax returns. (By immigration policy I mean decisions about the admission or non-admission of migrants; immigrant policy, in contrast, deals with how governments handle migrants after they have arrived.) Read more...

Public Advocacy, Victims, and Skewed Moral Compasses
U.S. government refuses to give U.S. citizen maimed by illegal alien information requested under FOIA

By Dan Cadman, March 24, 2014
U.S. government refuses to give U.S. citizen maimed by illegal alien information requested under FOIA

The House of Representatives has taken up a bill, the Immigration Compliance Enforcement Act, that would, among other things, once again require de-funding of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency's alien ombudsman position. Read more...

An Open Letter to President Obama on Income Inequality

By David North, March 24, 2014

Dear Mr. President:

You want to decrease income inequality, and I agree.

You want to increase the minimum wage; yes, that would be helpful for those in the lower-paid parts of the American labor market and would not create costs for run-of-the-mill taxpayers.

You are unlikely to get much help from Congress on either issue, and must rely on your executive powers to bring about change.

With all that in mind, let me make a modest suggestion: impose a minimum wage, of sorts, on foreign workers. Read more...

On Chutzpah, American Oligarchs, and Long-Term Joblessness

By Dan Cadman, March 23, 2014

Do they know no shame? In a post titled "Tech flips the script on immigration foes", The Hill newspaper's "Hillicon Valley" blog, which bills itself as Capitol Hill's online technology information resource, reports: Read more...

Errors Mar Bipartisan Policy Center Report on Enforcement

By Jessica Vaughan, March 21, 2014

A new paper by the pro-amnesty Bipartisan Policy Center, which defends Obama administration claims of "record" deportations, is tainted by errors and mistaken assumptions.

I was most interested in the first section, "Removals (Deportations)", which includes this initial statement:

The common claim that the Obama administration deports unauthorized immigrants in record numbers is true.

The 2014 Congressional Elections and Real Immigration Reform, Pt. 3

By Stanley Renshon, March 21, 2014

If Republicans gain control of the Senate, the chances for real immigration reform will dramatically increase. As Bill Kristol and Richard Lowry understatedly put it, "If Republicans take the Senate and hold the House in 2014, they will be in a much better position to pass a sensible immigration bill."

Kristol and Lowry are even more correct than perhaps they realize. Read more...

Could We Have 13,276,000 Legalization Applicants?

By David North, March 21, 2014

Is there a U.S.-based set of statistics that predicts that more than 13 million illegal aliens might sign up for legalization, were it to be enacted? This would not be a measure of those eligible; it would be a count of those signing up.

Is there such a projection based on official government records?

The answer to both questions is "yes", although the database is an obscure one. Read more...

The Little Agency that Won't (SEVP) Needs a Literate, Honest Budget Writer

By David North, March 20, 2014

I am not sure that I am a fan of deconstructionism, a school of literary criticism that I frankly do not understand very well, but if it means very careful scrutiny of a piece of writing, well, that is exactly what the proposed budget for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program needs, and needs badly.

SEVP is the sleepy government agency that is supposed to manage a million or so foreign students in the nation. Some of these students will become leaders of their nations several decades hence; many will return to their home countries after (one hopes) a good experience in America. Still others will stay on as immigrants, some will become illegal immigrants and the odd one or two have been known to fly airplanes into our tallest buildings. It is quite a mix. Read more...