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Secret Payments from U.S. EB-5 Regional Centers to Chinese State-Run EB-5 Agents Violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

By CIS, June 28, 2016

Guest post by Dallas EB-5 attorney Shae Armstrong

The 1992 EB-5 Regional Center Program, a subset of the original 1990 EB-5 Immigrant Investment regulations, is set to expire on September 30, 2016. The EB-5 program permits U.S. companies to raise capital from foreign nationals seeking expedited permanent-residency status ("green card") in the United States. Chinese immigrant investors account for over 90 percent of the EB-5 visa category. Read more...

The PRC's Perversion of an American Immigration Program

By CIS, June 14, 2016

Guest post by Dallas EB-5 attorney Shae Armstrong

Why does the People's Republic of China (PRC) quietly warrant the exporting of over $3 billion a year into U.S. markets while taking with it China's most wealthy and competent citizens who seek to immigrate to the United States? Read more...

An Afternoon at Immigration Court

By CIS, May 3, 2016

By Meredith M. Vaughan, CIS research intern.

The immigration court in the city of Boston is located within a huge, grim, and somewhat dilapidated federal government complex built in the 1960s. The immigration courtrooms are windowless, chilly, and formal, though functional. This juxtaposition between a solid inner layer and the crumbling outer layer is a reasonable metaphor for how the immigration court works: well-intended, capable workers on the inside, but unfortunately saddled with some terribly dysfunctional infrastructure. Read more...

Muslim Assimilation Failed In France. Is It Failing Here, Too?

By CIS, December 3, 2015

As authorities work to uncover the details of yesterday's horrific shooting in San Bernardino — which comes right on the heels of the attacks in Paris last month — the challenge of assimilating Muslim immigrants and their children into Western societies must be addressed. Read more...

It's Hard for Schools to Fix the Problems Caused by Mass Immigration

By CIS, November 4, 2015

Low-skill immigration presents a major challenge to the nation's education system. How much can our schools help first- and second-generation immigrant children who have limited English proficiency and live in poverty because their parents have few years of schooling? The release of the latest scores on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) reaffirm that as much as we want to reduce social inequalities related to immigration, our schools' capacity to do so is limited. Read more...

This Is Not What the Future Was Supposed to Look Like

By CIS, October 21, 2015

Today is Back to the Future Day, the date when Doc Brown and Marty McFly appear in their time-traveling DeLorean in the movie Back to the Future Part II. Their starting date was 1985, the year before the IRCA amnesty was passed that was supposed to solve the illegal immigration problem once and for all.

In the strip below, Marty sees how the future really turned out in the sanctuary city of Hill Valley: Read more...

Reality Check on Immigrant Education

By CIS, October 19, 2015

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...

Facebook Blocks Job Reports Related to Immigration

By CIS, August 24, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Facebook has lifted the ban on the Center's job reports pages. The Center has not heard from Facebook directly, but they did make a statement to Breitbart News:

When asked what happened—and for a response to CIS—a Facebook spokesperson told Breitbart News that it was just a simple error in their system, not a malicious attempt by the social media giant to use censorship to push its founder’s political agenda.

“An error in our system that helps block bad links on Facebook incorrectly marked some URLs as malicious,” the Facebook spokesperson said in an email. “We’ve resolved the issue and apologize for the inconvenience this caused.”

Although the Facebook spokesperson states that the pages were banned due to an error marking them as "malicious", the automated response from Facebook while the ban was in place specifically stated that they were blocked for "abuse". Read more...

John Stossel's Immigration Factoids

By CIS, August 14, 2015

Anyone who debates an open-borders advocate can expect to be hit with a barrage of "factoids" — pro-immigration claims that contain some element of truth, but that obscure the broader picture. That's exactly what columnist Ann Coulter encountered when she debated immigration with John Stossel, a libertarian talk-show host. One of Stossel's factoids was particularly misleading. Here's part of his own summary of the debate:

Coulter says that the new immigrants don't assimilate the way Europeans did. Maybe that's true, but I pointed out that immigrants from Nigeria, Jamaica, and Ghana are more likely to be employed than native-born Americans and twice as likely to get a college degree. "I don't believe it," answered Coulter. (Emphasis added.)

Protocol H-1B

By CIS, August 3, 2015


From: Lord Vader, Development Executive, Walt Disney Co.
To: All staff
Date: August 3, 2015
Subject: Implementing Protocol H-1B

I am here to put you back on schedule. In the search for new ways to motivate you, management has decided to replace American technical staff with cheaper H-1B foreign workers. Read more...

Immigration: The Problem That Must Not Be Named

By CIS, July 16, 2015

It's frustratingly common: The mainstream media discusses a social problem obviously impacted by immigration — overcrowding, low wages, increasing poverty, etc. — but assiduously avoids any mention of immigration. To much of the media, using the word immigration in the context of any social problem has become a taboo, roughly equivalent to saying "Voldemort" in a Hogwarts classroom.

This past Independence Day, the New York Times offered another example. In an article titled, "It's Summer, but Where Are the Teenage Workers?", a Times reporter lamented that teenage summer employment rates have been trending generally downward since the late 1980s. The decrease has been especially sharp since 2000: Read more...

Quality before Quantity

By CIS, March 19, 2015

By Cody Donald, CIS intern

In the Senate Judiciary committee hearing on March 17, 2015, entitled "Immigration Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers", much of the conversation about the H1-B visa program revolved around balancing legitimate business needs to fill vacant positions and the effect of the widespread importation of foreign labor on the plight of the American worker. Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), a Democratic member of the "Gang of Eight", brought up three concerns about the H1-B program as it currently stands. Read more...

Huffington Post Pretends Uncomfortable Truths Are "Myths"

By CIS, February 20, 2015

Most economists see immigration policy as a matter of trade-offs. No matter which policy we choose, there will always be winners and losers, and our political values help us decide how to weigh those competing interests. For some advocates of mass immigration, however, there seems to be no recognition of trade-offs at all. They have developed talking points that falsely portray immigration as a win-win for everyone involved. Read more...

Budgetary Rules Stacked Against Proponents of Low Immigration

By CIS, February 18, 2015

When the federal government issues an "unfunded mandate", it imposes costly regulations without providing the money that states or private-sector entities need to comply. Unfunded mandates reflect an irresponsible "pass the buck" mentality and — perhaps not surprisingly — immigration law offers many examples. One of the most prominent is the Supreme Court decision in Plyler v. Doe, which effectively mandated free public schooling for illegal alien children. Read more...

Vaccination Rates Among Immigrants Are a Legitimate Concern

By CIS, February 9, 2015

The spread of measles in the United States is undoubtedly driven by insufficient vaccination among natives. But this does not mean that the vaccination rate among immigrant groups is unimportant, or that one must be "anti-immigrant" to worry about it. In fact, low vaccination rates in the United States, regrettable as they are, make it all the more important to be vigilant about what diseases may be carried across our borders. Read more...

CBO Report Casts Doubt on Amnesty Benefits

By CIS, January 22, 2015

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report last week on the fiscal effects of immigration. Perhaps because it offers a theoretical discussion rather than new numbers, the report has been mostly overlooked in the media. That's a shame, as this report deserves to be read in conjunction with every numerical analysis of immigration policy that the CBO produces. The report emphasizes the uncertainties associated with fiscal estimates and it should help cast doubt on the CBO's famously positive top-line estimate of the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill from two summers ago. Read more...

Massachusetts' Taxpayers Not Paying the Bill — Yet

By CIS, July 8, 2014

The following is by Malcolm Richards, who is an intern at CIS this summer.

On Monday a federal appeals court ruled that young illegal aliens, “dreamers,” are entitled to driver’s licenses and has ordered Arizona to issue them. This judicial activism circumvents the normal legislative process where state legislatures decide who can and cannot obtain licenses. In late June, lawmakers in Massachusetts voted against advancing a bill to provide illegal aliens with driver’s licenses, making it one of the states where the legislature has listened to state residents. 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...

Still No Solution to Border Crisis

By CIS, July 1, 2014

The following is by Grace McCrocklin, who is an intern at CIS this summer.

As soon as I tell anyone that I am interning for the Center for Immigration Studies, I'm asked about the influx of unaccompanied minors at our southwest border. A crisis situation exists with illegal aliens flooding into America, knowing that as soon as they turn themselves in to Border Patrol agents, they will likely be processed and eventually discharged to family members already in the United States or to foster families. Read more...

'Comprehensive Reform' Backed by Brookings Panel

By CIS, July 13, 2010

Written by intern Russ Doubleday

Adding their voices to the already crowded debate on illegal immigration, a group of panelists presenting at the Brookings Institution last Thursday, July 8th defended a liberal reform of our immigration system, both legal and illegal. Read more...

Napolitano Announces Border Initiatives

By CIS, June 28, 2010

Written by intern Russ Doubleday

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano recently announced several new border protection initiatives in a renewed attempt to secure the Southwest border in Arizona. She laid out these strategies at a symposium sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies last Wednesday, June 23.

"No one is happy with the status quo [on immigration and the border]," Napolitano said. "I'm certainly not and neither is the president." Read more...

Orchowski on new book, immigration politics

By CIS, June 15, 2009
Written by Matt Graham

Nobody disputes that almost all Americans can trace their ancestry to immigrants, but in public debates on immigration, the agreement often stops there. Even catchphrases like "nation of immigrants" are problematic – how should America balance its proud history as the land of opportunity against our nation's security and economic priorities? Read more...

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...

UAFA Senate Hearing

By CIS, June 4, 2009
Written by Matt Graham and edited by Betsy Sauer and Jon Feere

On June 3, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Uniting American Families Act of 2009 (H.R. 1024, S. 424). Under current U.S. immigration law, citizens engaged in a same-sex partnership with a foreigner have no legal channel to sponsor their partner’s attempt to gain legal permanent residence in the United States. In response, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) have introduced the act in their respective chambers. This is the sixth time a version of the bill has been introduced. From 2000 to 2005, it was known as the Permanent Partners Immigration Act. Read more...