Immigration Blog

ICE, CBP, and USCG Budget Hearing

By CIS, June 12, 2009

Written by Betsey Sauer and Ani Grigorian

On June 11, the House Subcommittee of Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism held a hearing on the FY 2010 Budget for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Coast Guard. The proposed budget allocates $5.77 billion to ICE, $1.3 billion to CBP, and $9.96 billion to the Coast Guard for the 2010 fiscal year. Read more...

First Virtual Fencing, Now a Virtual Raid

By Mark Krikorian, June 12, 2009

From the LA Times:

No immigration agents descended on Overhill Farms, a major food-processing plant in Vernon. No one was arrested or deported. There were no frantic scenes of desperate workers fleeing la migra through the gritty streets of the industrial suburb southeast of downtown Los Angeles.

REAL ID a No-Brainer in Europe

By Janice Kephart, June 11, 2009

Most European countries -- including Croatia, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain -- are among those with compulsory national ID card requirements on their citizenry. Non-compulsory national ID cards are issued by Canada, Finland, Iceland, France (previously compulsory), Sweden, and Switzerland. The European Union offers these ID cards as valid EU travel documents in place of a passport. Denmark, Ireland, Norway, and the United Kingdom are the few holdouts in not offering a national ID card. Read more...

Welcome to America!

By Mark Krikorian, June 10, 2009

Address by Mark Krikorian to 972 new citizens on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, Calif.

Welcome to America!

That may sound a little funny, since you all have lived here for many years already; you can't become a citizen until living here for at least five years, and for most of you, it’s probably been longer than that.

But until two minutes ago, you were in America, but not of America – that's what changed with the oath you've just taken. Read more...

CIS Staff Caught on Video

By Bryan Griffith, June 9, 2009

Three Center staff members were caught on film over the past week. Check out the links and embedded videos below to see what they had to say. Read more...

An End to Immigration?

By Mark Krikorian, June 9, 2009

Michael Barone has a posting at the Examiner site mulling over the implications of the drop in immigration from Mexico:

Both advocates and opponents of comprehensive bills have based their arguments on the assumption that large-scale immigration from Latin America and parts of Asia will continue indefinitely. But what if that assumption is false? Yes, our current recession is presumably temporary. But there is at least one other reason to assume that immigration from Latin America may not resume at previous levels: birth rates in Mexico and other Latin countries fell sharply around 1990.

Can We Retire 'Jobs Americans Won't Do?'

By Mark Krikorian, June 9, 2009

You mean Americans will do farm work?:

Colorado farmers have applied for 13 percent fewer foreign worker visas this year and state labor officials believe the cause is the lagging U.S. economy and the thousands of Coloradans looking for work.

Protect the Public, Not the Illegal Aliens

By Jessica Vaughan, June 9, 2009

The Rhode Island legislature is currently considering a bill to require the state’s employers to verify that all new employees are legal workers. Introduced by two Woonsocket-area Democrats, Sen. Marc Cote and Rep. Jon Brien, it passed the RI House in April, by a vote of 38-33. Massachusetts lawmakers should take note — this is a common sense approach to a problem that burdens our state as well. Read more...

A Study in Irrelevancy: The "Values Downturn" and the Immigration Debate

By Stephen Steinlight, June 8, 2009

The supposed big news and dominant motif in a survey released by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press in May, "Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes 1987-2009," is Americans are far less concerned with "values" when making political choices than four years ago. Respondents who cite "values" as the main reason for choosing a president declined by more than half from 27% in Pew’s post-2004 election survey to a tiny current low of 10%. Read more...

The Sea Within Which the Fish Swim

By Mark Krikorian, June 8, 2009

One of the reasons ongoing mass immigration is a security problem for a modern society is that it creates and constantly refreshes unassimilated immigrant communities that serve as cover for bad guys, whether transnational terrorists or transnational criminals, whose access to modern technologies of communications, transportation, and weaponry makes the threat different in kind from anything we faced in earlier eras.

An illustration from Sunday's Washington Times: