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Some More Thoughts on the Intricacies of TPS for Illegal Haitian Migrants

By David North, January 28, 2010

Why should the application period for the Temporary Protected Status for Haitian illegals be extended over 180 days?

This was among my thoughts over the last few days as I attended a DHS "Stakeholders Meeting" on fee waivers for TPS applicants in Washington, and as I was interviewed by both NPR, on the left, and Fox News, on the right, regarding this program. Read more...

Legalization Forever, for the Judges Make It Long*

By David North, January 26, 2010

* With apologies to the late Ralph Chaplin, the I.W.W. organizer who wrote the words to "Solidarity Forever"

Here's a thought: Maybe before we consider another amnesty for illegal aliens, we should complete the last amnesty – the one voted by the Congress a generation ago, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Read more...

Let's Support Higher State Department Fees for Nonimmigrant Visas

By David North, January 25, 2010

One of the perpetual problems with America's efforts to manage international migration is that they are always underfunded.

The State Department has proposed about $84 million a year in increases in its nonimmigrant (i.e., temporary) visa fees, and has asked for public comment. (See the second page in this notice from the Federal Register).

We should all rally around and encourage the State Department in this venture. Read more...

Illegal Use of Welfare Can Justify Fee Waivers for Haitian TPS Applicants

By David North, January 22, 2010

One of the ironies of the new Temporary Protected Status program for Haitians illegally in the country on the date of the earthquake is that they can use illegally obtained welfare benefits to support an application to waive the $470 application fee for the TPS program.

I doubt that there will be much utilization of this quirk – there are some useful bars to the award of such benefits to illegal aliens in these programs – but the Department of Homeland Security seems to be unaware of the possibility of the illicit use of programs such as Food Stamps and TANF (the old AFDC). Read more...

Use TPS Fees Paid by Haitian Illegals to Help Haiti

By David North, January 21, 2010

The Miami Herald tells us that something like 200,000 Haitians, now in the U.S., illegally, are going to be given temporary legal status in the U.S. through grants of Temporary Protected Status. The number is much larger than earlier estimates issued by the government, and might be an over statement. Read more...

Spreading the Inevitable Flood of Haitian Refugees Around the Region

By David North, January 18, 2010

It is highly likely that there will be a flood of Haitian refugees in the next few months, no matter how heroic the Administration‘s efforts are to meet the short- and long-term needs of the people in Haiti.

It is time to make some hard-nosed suggestions about the distribution of those refugees. Read more...

Update on Fuzzy Words in the Immigration Policy Debate

By David North, January 15, 2010

The open-borders supporters continue to push the linguistic boundaries as they seek to impose on all of us new and fuzzier ways of discussing immigration policy, a subject covered in an earlier blog of mine. Read more...

Green Cards for Rich Family Actually Cost Less Than Previously Reported

By David North, January 13, 2010

In an earlier blog I said that it would cost about $100,000 each for a rich alien family of five to secure green cards through the investor visa program. I also said that the program generates jobs for Americans. I was wrong on both accounts. Read more...

Rich Immigrants, in Families of Five, Can Buy Green Cards for $100,000 Each

By David North, January 11, 2010

The headline above was not the headline used by the Washington Post of January 9 over an immigration policy story; the Post's bland take was: "Immigrants invest in U.S. businesses in exchange for visas", but either heading would have been equally accurate. Read more...

New PhDs with Temporary Visas Much Less in Debt than U.S. Counterparts

By David North, December 31, 2009

A comprehensive survey of America's more than 15,000 new PhDs indicates that the ones on temporary visas, such as student visas, have much less debt than their U.S. citizen and permanent-resident (i.e., green-card holding) counterparts. Read more...

Increased U.S. Financial Support for Foreign PhD Students

By David North, December 29, 2009

Hidden within the pages of a newly released, highly regarded federal report on higher education in the U.S. are these facts: in 2008 there were more new PhDs with temporary visas than ever before, and their degree of reliance on American funding, always high, was higher than in earlier years.

The report thus contradicts the claims of academia that foreign students are a boon to the U.S. economy; more on this below. Read more...

Taxpayers Losing Potential Quarter of a Billion Dollars in Casino Visa Program

By David North, December 23, 2009

While I think the Casino Visa program is a terrible idea, as I argued in a previous blog – granting 55,000 totally needless "diversity" visas by lottery to people with no U.S. connections – we taxpayers might as well get something out of it if it has to continue.

How about a quarter of a billion dollars a year? Read more...

Who Profits from Casino Visas? Well, There's Williamsburg, Ky. (Pop. 5,143)

By David North, December 19, 2009

We all know that the benefits of immigration are highly concentrated, on the immigrants themselves, their family members, their lawyers, and their employers – and that the costs of massive (low-income) migration are spread almost invisibly throughout society in terms of lower wages for many workers, and higher costs for many taxpayers. Read more...

Rhymes With Dumb: Legalizing Illegals Before They Even Immigrate

By David North, December 18, 2009

The proposed House amnesty bill (HR 4321) not only grants legal status to virtually all 12 million illegal aliens in the country, it also provides (in Sec. 317) legalization 100,000 wannabe illegals each year for three years who have not yet even set foot in the country. For a summary of the 644-page bill see here, and for the complete text see here. Read more...

Let's Abolish the Casino Visas – a Bit of Targeted Immigration Reform

By David North, December 16, 2009

Restrictionists should call them Casino Visas, and the awarding body, the Visa Casino. The terms are equally as accurate as Visa Lottery, but the negative implications are – appropriately – stronger. Read more...

Marriage Fraud Bill: An Argument for a Targeted Approach to Immigration Reform

By David North, December 15, 2009

Most of the conversation about immigration policy reform these days involves the word "comprehensive", as if this is the best, if not the only, way to tackle the issue. (The latest attempt at a comprehensive bill will be introduced today.) Read more...

The Relative Handful of Self-Starting Immigrants in Our System

By David North, December 9, 2009

Although once-upon-a-time all immigrants were self-starters, only a tiny minority of legal immigrants now are in this category – all because of our peculiar immigration policies.

As promised in a previous blog here is some information on this interesting subset of immigrants. Read more...

Immigrants to the U.S. Were Once Self-Starters – But No More

By David North, December 4, 2009

"Self Starters" are well regarded in the American culture – they create their own careers without help from family or old-school ties. All legal immigrants to the United States used to be self-starters.

But no more. Read more...

Same-Sex Marriage and Immigration Rights – An Issue That Could Tear Apart the Open Borders Coalition?

By David North, December 2, 2009

There is a question in current U.S. immigration policy debate that has the potential for tearing apart the Open Borders coalition: should the U.S. recognize same-sex marriages in the immigration context?

In other words, should we grant marital visas to aliens marrying Americans of the same sex? Read more...

Why Not Place Some Numerical Limits on Nonimmigrant Admissions?

By David North, November 30, 2009

The U.S. has been putting numerical limits on most classes of immigrant admissions since the 1920s. There are qualitative rules but no numerical limits for most classes of nonimmigrants – i.e., temporary visitors, like tourists, students, or businessmen.

Given that roughly 40 percent of the illegal alien population in the U.S. consists of visa abusers – i.e., former holders of once-valid nonimmigrant visas – why not set numerical limits on those particular flows of nonimmigrants that contribute most heavily to our illegal alien population? Read more...

Immigration Facilitators for the Oldest Profession

By David North, November 27, 2009

Among the people making money by encouraging migration to the U.S. are overseas facilitators offering advice – of all kinds to all comers – on how to get into the States. See my earlier blog.

In Thailand this includes observations about the alleged lack of vigor shown in America's ban on prostitutes. Read more...

Abramoff Allies Lose One Immigration Battle, Win Another

By David North, November 24, 2009

It is useful to mention Jack Abramoff from time to time. He's the most lavishly paid, most outrageous, and most jailed of the Open Borders lobbyists.

This week his allies lost one substantive battle, but were victorious in a largely symbolic one.

Abramoff should be remembered for his successful effort to keep the Saipan sweatshops open, and for his advocacy of the job-killing H1-B visas for foreign computer programmers. Read more...

Misguided Energies: An Analysis of the Immigration-Related Theses

By David North, November 22, 2009

CIS does all of us a service by its annual listing of Immigration-Related Theses and Dissertations, such as Matt Graham's most recent edition published earlier this month.

Each of the approximately 360 papers listed for 2008 represents from one to two year's full-time work, sometimes more, and its completion is usually the last step on the way to the writer's securing a Ph.D. In these studies could contain a treasure-chest of highly useful information and insights that could help the nation as it struggles to define its immigration policy. Read more...

Money That Encourages International Migration -- a Typology

By David North, November 20, 2009

Although one would not know it by reading immigration policy debates, money paid to middlemen, mostly Americans, plays a major role in the whole process.

If one seeks to manage, or at least nudge, events in immigration it is useful to visualize the financial transactions involving the non-migratory actors in the field, the people and institutions that shape migration but do not migrate themselves. Read more...

Bizarre Consistency: Obama, Immigrants, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases

By David North, November 18, 2009

Two recent decisions by the Obama Administration suggest a bizarre consistency -- no matter what the pressures are from Left or Right, the government will not do anything to or for immigrants that would discourage sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs).

It is not that there is a giant, well-funded lobby for sexually-transmitted diseases, but there might as well be one. Read more...

Leon Trotsky's Ghost, The Russian Immigration Service, and Me

By David North, November 15, 2009

This is a story about the Russian immigration service, the ghost of Leon Trotsky, and me.

There are three bits of background to bear in mind before I tell the story.

1) Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), founder of the Red Army, was one of the possible heirs to Vladimir Lenin as the dictator of the USSR after Lenin's death; Joseph Stalin won the power struggle and, it is widely believed, caused the murder of Trotsky, by ice pick, in Mexico City. I never met any of them. Read more...

Watch Out for 'Streamlining' in Immigration Policy Debates

By David North, November 12, 2009

It sounds harmless but the word "streamline" spells trouble in immigration policy debates.

Open Borders proponents are always wanting to "streamline" this or that immigration management procedure, all in the name of governmental efficiency. Read more...

Looking at Other Nation's Migration Policies - Canada's Point System

By David North, November 10, 2009

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, most of the other English-speaking nations in the world have adopted a points system as part of their immigrant-screening process. Read more...

The Elections and Immigration Policy

By David North, November 9, 2009

When you look at the November election returns as they impact immigration policy, the results are not just apples and oranges, they are: one apple, two oranges – and in the distant Western Pacific, a split coconut. Read more...

More on Other Nations' Migration Policies

By David North, November 6, 2009

As I suggested in an earlier blog, there is much to be learned from other nations' attempt to rationalize their immigration policies, and one of the good places to find out about such matters is the Australian scholarly publication People and Place.

Sometimes you can read about how other nations have sought to solve problems common to all nations of immigration, and sometimes you can read about problems that they are having that may well descend on the U.S. in the near future. Read more...