Immigration Blog

Univision Reports and Comments on Scuffle at Trump Rally in Richmond

By Jerry Kammer, October 19, 2015

On Thursday evening's Univision newscast, anchorman Jorge Ramos described the scuffle that broke out between Donald Trump supporters and advocates for illegal immigrants at a Trump rally on Wednesday as "an example of the tension created by the campaign and the polarization in the country."

The scuffle began when a small group of protesters, unfurling a banner that read "No Human Life is Illegal", sought to disrupt Trump's speech. There was pushing, shoving, and shouting for a few minutes until police intervened. The incident received little national attention. But for Univision, where immigration reporting is the top priority, it was a major story. Read more...

Don't Look for Truth in Headlines when Reading DHS Press Releases

By David North, October 19, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security press release that went out Friday afternoon — the time a skilled pressie knows that readership will be low — carried this headline: "DHS proposes changes related to on-the-job training program for STEM students".

The word "change" is correct, but there is no training in this program. It is just one more foreign worker program and it has nothing to do with students; it is for recent alien college graduates. Read more...

Reality Check on Immigrant Education
Nearly half of all working-age high school dropouts in the U.S. are foreign-born

By CIS, October 19, 2015
Nearly half of all working-age high school dropouts in the U.S. are foreign-born

The Pew Hispanic Center recently noted an uptick in the education level of recent immigrants vis a vis natives. For example, while 11 percent of recent arrivals in 1990 had a post-graduate degree, 18 percent of new immigrants had one in 2013. The percentage of natives 25 and older with a post-graduate degree also increased during that time period, but only from 7 percent to 11 percent.

While a relative reduction in low-skilled immigration is always welcome news, some perspective is needed here. Read more...

Are DACA Aliens Gang Members? USCIS Does Not Want to Know

By David North, October 16, 2015

Are DACA aliens members of gangs, or were they ever?

The government potentially knows the answer because it is on the application form (I-821D). But in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Center we were told that we could not have any data on the topic because, "The information you seek is not a field that is electronically captured." Read more...

Two Specialized Migration Programs, One Much Better than the Other

By David North, October 16, 2015

Last month I wrote about the four immigration programs that were set to expire on September 30 with the end of the fiscal year. Congress passed a Continuing Resolution extending most spending programs, including these four, until December 11. But two of the immigration programs caught my eye and I started comparing them.

These are the relatively well-known EB-5 program, which sells a set of green cards to alien families investing half a million dollars in DHS-approved, but not guaranteed investments, usually in urban real estate, and the more obscure Conrad-30 program, which brings foreign physicians to under-served (i.e., poverty-stricken) parts of the country. (I should add that it is only the heart of the EB-5 program that runs out soon, this is the provision that allows the use of estimated indirect creation of jobs to fulfill the requirement that 10 jobs must result from each investment.) Read more...

Why Syrian Refugee Vetting Will Be Indisputably Fallible

By Dan Cadman, October 16, 2015

My colleague Nayla Rush has written a posting about the recent testimony of government witnesses at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the administration's intent to admit at least 10,000 Syrian refugees fleeing the dissolution of their country. Read more...

Remittances: What the Beautiful People See and What Actually Happens

By David North, October 15, 2015

When you go to a conference run by the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund or similar entities, you run into lots of beautiful people on the institution's staff.

They are the elite from all over the world; slim, well-tailored, well-educated, well-spoken in several languages, self-confident, and much better looking than your average subway car or bus full of people. I cannot put myself in their shoes, but I can envy them, particularly on the grounds of their linguistic skills and the fact that they do not pay American income taxes on their quite adequate salaries. (There are even special nonimmigrant visa classes for those that live in America, for their families, and for their servants, G-1 through G-5.) Read more...

Hearing on Syrian Refugees: Reassurance and Storytelling

By Nayla Rush, October 13, 2015

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing earlier this month titled "Oversight of the Administration's FY 2016 Refugee Resettlement Program: Fiscal and Security Implications". The hearing followed Secretary of State John Kerry's announcement that the U.S. plans on increasing the number of refugees it admits every year. Read more...

Would a Speaker Ryan Push Through Amnesty?

By Mark Krikorian, October 12, 2015

Right after the Senate passed Marco Rubio's amnesty/immigration-surge bill, the Associated Press ran a story headlined "Dems pin immigration hopes on GOP's Ryan."

They pin them there still.

In his still-hypothetical bid for the Speakership, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has secured the coveted endorsement of Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), probably the most strident voice for amnesty in Congress. Gutierrez told MSBNC: "He would be good for the country. He would be good for the Republican Party. Paul Ryan is the kind of individual that would work with people on the other side of the aisle and that's what we need." Read more...

Foreign Worker Program Could Run Out of Time
Can OMB approve new regs fast enough to meet court's OPT ruling?

By David North, October 12, 2015
Can OMB approve new regs fast enough to meet court's OPT ruling?

This should be an interesting (if Inside-the-Beltway) race to watch.

The federal district court in Washington has ruled that the Department of Homeland Security must rewrite the regulations for the OPT program – which provides scores of thousands of jobs for recent alien college grads without any supporting legislation. The current timetable is that the new proposed regs must be ready for publication by this Thursday, October 15, or else the OPT program will come to a halt in February. Read more...