Immigration Blog

Pressuring Students in the Service of Teaching Diversity

By Stanley Renshon, December 30, 2015

For many years immigration specialists have pointed to the historical success of assimilation in sparing the United States the ethnic, national, and racial conflicts that other counties have experienced. As scholars such as David Hollinger, Peter D. Salins, and Arthur M. Schlesinger have pointed out, this is no accident. Rather it comes from a history in which ordinary Americans and those who headed America's primary governmental and cultural institutions agreed that assimilation to American values and cultural premises were the not-particularly-hidden secret of that success. Read more...

Symmetry in Migration in the Two Hemispheres

By David North, December 30, 2015

If you are as geography buff, as I am, you will notice a strange symmetry in the current migrations through the Balkans and through Central America.

In both cases these are south-to-north movements, with the migrants wanting to leave their sunnier but troubled lands for the prosperous, if chillier countries of the U.S., on one hand, and Germany and Scandinavia on the other. Read more...

Where Have the Democrats Gone, Mr. Robinson? American Workers Turn Their Lonely Eyes to You

By Jerry Kammer, December 30, 2015

The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson seems to delight in the Republican Party's torment. In his latest column, Robinson was aghast that while GOP positions had once "dovetailed nicely with the views of business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce," now it has gone the other way with the populist revolt against proposals to give legal status to illegal immigrants and to increase immigration. Read more...

Central American Countries Agree to Let Stranded Cubans Continue North to U.S.

By Kausha Luna, December 29, 2015

On Monday, Central American governments meeting in Guatemala reached a solution for the U.S.-bound Cubans stranded in Costa Rica because of Nicaragua's refusal to let them through. After several previous failed attempts, officials from Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the International Organization for Migration finally reached a consensus. The United States was not present at the meeting. Read more...

The Slippery, PC Application of "Standing" in the States' Lawsuit against Obama's Amnesty

By John Miano, December 29, 2015

I attended Seton Hall Law School during a period of transition. At that time the professors were divided between those who took an older approach to teaching and the law and those with a newer approach. The old-school professors were people who had significant experience practicing law then went into teaching. The new school of law professor graduated from Harvard or Yale, clerked for a federal judge, then went into teaching and has little to no practical experience in law. The more of the Harvard/Yale professors a school has, the higher the Harvard/Yale network of professors rate the school in the U.S. News peer rankings, producing a high ranking for the school. Read more...

Chinese-Run U.S. School for Indian Foreign Students Reaps Profits of $30 Million a Year

By David North, December 28, 2015

Related: Reporter: 2 Schools Are "Massive Academic Rip-Off" for Foreign Students

Northwestern Polytechnic University – a Chinese-managed entity near San Francisco now apparently being investigated by DHS – managed to make a thunderous profit of close to $30 million on gross receipts of a little more than $40 million in 2014. It has about 2,000 F-1 students, nearly all from southern India. Read more...

Is Iran Dictating Terms of the New Visa Waiver Restrictions?

By Dan Cadman, December 28, 2015

A bright note, if it can be called that, in the recent passage of the omnibus spending bill was that at the last moment, the "Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015" (H.R. 158) was folded into the government funding measure, so it too became law and the visa waiver program (VWP) was significantly tightened up. Read more...

Reporter: 2 Schools Are "Massive Academic Rip-Off" for Foreign Students

By David North, December 28, 2015

Related: Chinese-Run U.S. School for Indian Foreign Students Reaps Profits of $30 Million a Year

Some would-be F-1 students from India have been shipped home, and others barred from taking flights to the U.S., in what may be another visa mill scandal in California's Bay Area. Read more...

Immigration Enforcement as Political Football

By Dan Cadman, December 28, 2015

The Washington Post reported last week on a plan being floated by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials to institute "raids" against aliens who entered the U.S. illegally during the 2014 summer border surge, against whom there are now final orders of removal outstanding.

According to the story, the plan has been kicked around exhaustively in the upper echelons of the administration for some time, with no final decision being made. My own take is that the story was deliberately leaked by administration officials as a trial balloon to gauge public reaction to the proposal. And, although the media suggest that the idea emanated below, either at DHS or its subordinate agency Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which would undertake the raids, that idea is beyond laughable. The leaders at all levels of DHS and its subordinate agencies are minions selected by the White House for their pliability. If this plan emanated anywhere, it arose from politicos at the highest levels who have their eye on the upcoming presidential election. Read more...

Still No Solution for U.S.-Bound Cubans in Costa Rica

By Kausha Luna, December 27, 2015

The member states of the Central American Integration System (SICA), plus Mexico and the United States, met in Mexico last week to explore possible solutions for the U.S.-bound Cubans stranded in Costa Rica because of Nicaragua's refusal to let them pass. The meeting failed to produce a solution but steps were taken in favor of Costa Rica's "humanitarian corridor," which would allow the Cubans to leapfrog over Nicaragua and continue northward.

At the meeting Mexico reiterated that once the Cuban migrants reach the Mexican border with Guatemala, they would be let through so they may continue their transit to the United States. Read more...