Immigration Blog

The Curious Outrage and "Exoticizing Disdain" of NYT Columnist Timothy Egan

By Jerry Kammer, April 10, 2015

New York Times columnist Timothy Egan last month labeled three prominent Republicans as "traitors to their class", writing that although they have humble beginnings, they have failed to identify with the struggle of workers at the lower end of our economy. Read more...

Just Another Detainer Case, or a Case of Pro Bono Overreach?

By Dan Cadman, April 10, 2015

An interesting case is playing out in a New Mexico federal court, Gutierrez et al. v. San Juan County Board of Commissioners et al.

At first glance, it appears to be "just another" detainer case — the kind where an illegal alien plaintiff, supported on a pro bono basis by an open borders advocacy group (Somos Un Pueblo Unidos), goes after a county government for honoring an immigration detainer with the aim of forcing a shutdown of cooperation between the sheriff's office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

A second look at the case, based on the actual court filings suggests otherwise. (A copy of the complaint is embedded in this news article.) There are a number of oddities that set it apart. Read more...

H-1B Advocate: Don't Believe Your Lying Eyes

By John Miano, April 9, 2015

In the past few months we have learned that hundreds Americans at Southern California Edison have been replaced by H-1B workers. A few hundred more Americans at Walt Disney World have been replaced by H-1B workers. Ditto at Northeast Utilities (now Eversource).

Such replacements have been going on since at least 1994. But a paper from a new Washington, D.C. libertarian think tank claims they could not have happened. Read more...

The Earned Income Tax Credit: Encouraging Work and Rewarding Illegal Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, April 9, 2015

In his Wednesday appearance on C-SPAN's Washington Journal, Marc Rosenblum of the Migration Policy Institute encountered callers who didn't share his enthusiasm for the idea of providing the Earned Income Tax Credit to millions of persons who are now in the country illegally. President Obama's executive action, which is now under challenge in federal court, would allow them access to Social Security Cards, authorized employment, and for many, a chance to tap the EITC. That's why critics hoot that it would be the "amnesty bonus." Read more...

For One Brief Shining Moment, a Federal Court Shut Down H-2B Recruiting

By David North, April 9, 2015

For one brief Camelot moment last month, the H-2B program (for unskilled foreign workers in non-agricultural jobs) stopped recruiting as a result of a court order — but then the Department of Labor, of all entities, revived it.

The H-2B program is the smallest of the three foreign worker programs handled by DoL; it rarely gets as much attention as the larger H-2A farm worker program or the H-1B program, which displaces college graduates with foreign workers, notably in computer programming. (For more on how this exploitative program works, see my colleague David Seminara's Backgrounder on the H-2B program.) Read more...

C-SPAN Callers Challenge Advocate on Immigration's Effects on Blacks

By Jerry Kammer, April 8, 2015

Among the legions of Washington advocates for "comprehensive immigration reform", I've long regarded Marc Rosenblum as one of the best informed and most intellectually honest. Marc, the deputy director of the Migration Policy Institute's U.S. Immigration Policy Program, is also a first-class gentleman.

But Marc is an advocate with a definite point of view, which he developed as a political science professor, adviser to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, member of President-elect Obama's transition team, and immigration policy expert at the Congressional Research Service. Read more...

The Need for Border Controls

By Mark Krikorian, April 8, 2015

The New York Times ran a story this week on Bulgaria's fence on its border with Turkey, designed to keep Middle Eastern illegal aliens from sneaking into the EU (of which Bulgaria is now a member). Mildly interesting but not that unusual in itself, since Greece already has fenced its land border with Turkey.

What makes this barrier notable is that it replaces the one the Bulgarians dismantled in the late 1990s, a remnant of the Iron Curtain designed to keep people in. The story quotes the former government minister who had overseen the dismantling: "The theory then was that it was antidemocratic to have these kind of devices along the border." Read more...

Immigration Lawyers Admit H-1B Employers Discriminate Against Americans

By John Miano, April 7, 2015

Sometimes the truth slips out accidentally. The immigration attorney web site visanow.com has put out a press release about a survey of H-1B employers it conducted. Visanow proclaims in its headline:

U.S. Companies Say H-1B Hires are "Critical" to Success

Words vs. Deeds on Amnesty

By Mark Krikorian, April 7, 2015

Democratic amnesty-pushers, and their Republican collaborators, keep telling us how popular "comprehensive immigration reform" is. But the actions of those same politicians suggest they don't believe their own press releases. Read more...

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program: Slick New Tools or Parlor Tricks?

By Dan Cadman, April 6, 2015

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is looked down upon by much of the agent corps in ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), which styles itself as "the largest investigative arm in the Department of Homeland Security". That's because SEVP is an administrative unit, charged with overseeing the approval of schools that accept foreign students, and monitoring those students and foreign exchange visitors for compliance with the conditions of their admission — violators are referred to the investigative arms of ICE for any enforcement action to be taken. Read more...