Immigration Blog

Secure Fences Work at White House

By Jon Feere, May 15, 2009

Open-border advocates often claim that fences don't work. Why, then, does the White House have a secure, dual perimeter fence (both metal and "virtual") and limited points of entry—with officials doing quick background checks at each? Read more...

'Secure'?: Another New Definition

By Janice Kephart, May 14, 2009

On Wednesday, the House Homeland Security Committee conducted a hearing on the 2010 budget priorities of the Department of Homeland Security. The budget was submitted to Congress on May 7, 2009 as part of the President's $3.5 trillion Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Proposal. The ranking Republican on the subcommittee with jurisdiction over U.S. borders and counterterrorism, Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), yesterday during the hearing specifically asked DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano whether she still supported repeal of the REAL ID Act. Read more...

Sauce for the Goose

By Mark Krikorian, May 13, 2009

"India Sends the Foreign Pilots Back Home" — but at the same time their government has temerity to insist that we keep taking more of their entry-level computer programmers? I'm not even arguing the merits of the case (for more on that, see here and here) — but the hypocrisy is interesting. Read more...

On E.J. Dionne's "Buying Time on Immigration"

By Stephen Steinlight, May 12, 2009

Before giving E.J. Dionne two cheers for the quotient of candor in his Washington Post column "Buying Time on Immigration," plus three cheers for calling for greater decency in the immigration debate, and a well deserved rap on the knuckles for playing fast and loose with data, it is worth noting a broad rhetorical shift in the media reflected in his column. This change has been introduced into writing and speaking about immigration policy so quietly and ubiquitously it's easy to miss. Read more...

The Change They Seek

By John Wahala, May 8, 2009

In what has become an annual exercise, activists came together on May 1, International Workers’ Day 2009 to demand a pardon for all those residing illegally in the country. And although last week’s rallies lacked the magnitude and intensity of recent years—when a sweeping legislative amnesty appeared imminent—they were replete with the same conspicuous contempt for the American mainstream that illegal aliens ostensibly seek to join. Read more...

Farm Labor & Food Cost Video

By Philip Martin, May 8, 2009

The video below explains the relationship between farm worker wages and food costs. If you are interested in a more detailed explanation, please visit "Food Costs and Labor Costs: 2007" at the Migration Dialogue website. Read more...

Presentation: State & Local Enforcement

By Jessica Vaughan, May 8, 2009

Download "Immigration Policy and State & Local Law Enforcement" PowerPoint Presentation.

New Presentation: Immigration Policy and State & Local Law Enforcement, given by Jessica Vaughan at Northwestern University's Center for Public Safety. Read more...

Amnesty Without Congress

By Mark Krikorian, May 1, 2009

I've mentioned before (most recently here) the use of Temporary Protected Status as a way for the president to unilaterally give what amounts to permanent amnesty to illegal aliens, granting them work authorization and Social Security numbers. Read more...

Man-Averted Disaster

By Mark Krikorian, April 29, 2009

The five Muslim immigrants who'd plotted to kill American soldiers at Ft. Dix in New Jersey have been sentenced, four to life and one to 33 years. I wrote a while back on how the many weaknesses in our immigration system contributed to this conspiracy. Read more...

No 9/11 Hijackers Came Through Canada, But That Doesn't Mean Canada Is Terrorist-Free

By Janice Kephart, April 29, 2009

How is it that seven and a half years after September 11, and nearly five years after the 9/11 Commission published its 2004 Final Report and the 9/11 and Terrorist Travel monograph whose purpose was to explain in detail how the 9/11 hijackers got in and stayed in the United States, we are still discussing the issue? Read more...