Immigration Blog

The Myth of Political Cost-Free Immigration, Pt. 1

By Stanley Renshon, July 8, 2014

The myth of economic cost-free immigration has its political counterpart.

It is the view that massively increasing immigration by tens of millions of new legal immigrants, as proposed in the Senate bill and by its advocates, is simply and unequivocally positive for the United States, its culture, and democracy. To assume or suggest anything less is to immediately open yourself to the charge that you are "anti-immigrant" or worse. Read more...

Two Scenes from Univision on the Border Crisis

By Jerry Kammer, July 7, 2014

As someone who tries to follow how the story of illegal immigration is presented in Spanish-language media, I found two recent scenes on Univision news programs to be especially interesting.

The first provided a rare and fleeting acknowledgement of the fact that many Latinos, including some illegal immigrants, are astonished at how easy it can be to enter the United States illegally. The other, far more common on Univision, presented a lengthy diatribe by a popular Mexican-American singer who denounced resistance to illegal immigration as anti-Latino racism. Read more...

The Myth of Economic Cost-Free Immigration, Pt. 2

By Stanley Renshon, July 7, 2014

The hope that more and more immigration will solve America's economic problems is doomed to disappoint those who tout it and those who believe that is possible. It may add dollars to our GNP, but it comes with substantial costs, both economic and political.

It is simply untrue that there are enormous numbers of Steve Jobs out there waiting to get their green cards. Jobs was quite unique in many ways. Read more...

Influx of Illegal Immigrants Puts Americans' Health at Risk

By CIS, July 7, 2014

The following is by Hannah Nochera, who is an intern at CIS this summer.

At least two minors from Central America who illegally entered the United States have been diagnosed with the swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus. This announcement comes after the media informed us of an outbreak of scabies that went undetected until a number of Border Patrol officers were infected. Due to the highly contagious and dangerous nature of H1N1, thousands of vaccinations are being distributed to detainees where the infected minors are based. It is still unclear exactly how many people have been infected with scabies but we do know that the infection is spreading. Read more...

Let's Reverse the Queue at the Border and Hold Hearings in Spanish

By David North, July 7, 2014

Let's reverse the queue at the southern border among the Central American arrivals and push the most recent of them into immediate hearings, which should lead, routinely, to their rapid return to their home countries.

This is one of a clutch of suggestions I have to try to slow, if not stop, the current influx of families and some unaccompanied children — mostly male teenagers — from Central America. Read more...

Obama Administration: No 'Unaccompanied Alien Children' at Border

By Marguerite Telford, July 6, 2014

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has banned the use of the term "unaccompanied alien children" (UAC). Those familiar with the administration's manipulation of language to subtly influence or stop a debate will not be surprised.

According to an internal June 4 ICE e-mail message distributed widely to managers in headquarters and field offices, personnel were urged to refrain from using the official acronym UAC, in favor of "unaccompanied child". The e-mail reads: Read more...

The Myth of Economic Cost-Free Immigration, Pt. 1

By Stanley Renshon, July 4, 2014

A lie is usually defined as a willful misrepresentation made with the intent to deceive. Read more...

A Reason for Speedy Deportations — It Helps Aliens to Readjust Back Home

By David North, July 3, 2014

Bearing in mind published speculation that many Central Americans now flooding into South Texas will be years in deportation hearings, I recently read about a Lebanese national who has been an illegal in the United States for 20 years.

The Sixth Circuit in Abdelghani v. Holder ruled for the alien's removal after 11 years of court proceedings and two decades of illegal presence. I worry about somewhat similar delays with the current group of Central Americans, and pressures from the Left to keep them in this country. Read more...

Unsecured Border: Interview with a National Border Patrol Council Representative

By Jon Feere, July 3, 2014

Read and view our entire Unsecured Border Series

Along the Rio Grande near Mission, Texas, Albert Spratte, the Sergeant-at-Arms of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307, speaks with the Center for Immigration Studies. Spratte points out a Mexican park across the river which he explains often is the launch point of jet skiers who work as human smugglers. It’s one of the most highly-trafficked areas for people crossing illegally into the United States. In the video, Spratte notes the times of day and types of people who attempt to cross illegally, as jet skiers travel up and down the river, as if on cue. Read more...

Secrecy Permeates Housing Facility for Alien Youth

By Marguerite Telford, July 2, 2014

Yesterday Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) attempted to visit a Health and Human Services (HHS) housing facility occupied by an estimated 1,200 illegal-alien youths relocated from the Texas border. The congressman was denied entry to this facility, located in Ft. Sill. He was told by the HHS official in charge that he would have to make an appointment, which could be scheduled for him in three weeks if he emailed the appropriate person. His phone call was not returned. Read more...