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A Look at Other Nations' Migration Policies – In This Case the U.K.

By David North, November 3, 2009

People interested in immigration to the U.S., and the immigration policies of this nation, might find it useful, from time to time, to look at what other democracies do with their immigration policies.

With that in mind I would like to mention People and Place, an academic, peer-reviewed quarterly dealing with immigration and related issues, and published by Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Read more...

Does Little Fiji Have a Migration Management Tool the U.S. Lacks? - Well, Yes

By David North, October 19, 2009

Does poverty-stricken, coup-beset Fiji -- an island nation with less than a million population -- have a technological migration management tool the United States lacks?

As a matter of fact, yes.

A New York Times page-one headline recently reminded us: "U.S. Can't Trace Foreign Visitors on Expired Visas". While we record the arrival of visa-holders, we have no way, currently, of knowing if they have actually left the country, or are still here, perhaps in violation of the terms of their entry document. Read more...

There Ought to Be a Nobel Prize in Demography

By David North, October 14, 2009

There should be a Nobel Prize in demography to go along with those for studies in economics and other fields.

Were there one, it might encourage more attention to studies of what happens to the environment during population increases, and, more pertinently, how international immigration impacts population growth in an area of in-migration. Read more...

Needless Complexities in the Visa System Hinder Migration Management

By David North, October 13, 2009

One of the major sources of illegal immigration is the flow of persons into the U.S. with valid temporary visas who later (often quickly) drop out of legal status. Tourists (usually on B-1 visas) and foreign students (on either F-1 or J-1 visas) produce most of this type of illegal immigrants, the visa-abusers, often called visa-overstayers. Read more...

Fuzzy Words Foul Up the Immigration Policy Debate

By David North, October 7, 2009

The use of deliberately fuzzy terms -– "undocumented worker" is my favorite -– continues to cloud the immigration policy debate, always to the detriment of the restrictionists' position.

A good example popped up in yesterday's New York Times; the headline was "Ideas for Immigrant Detention Include Converting Hotels and Building Models". In the article the term "noncitizens" was used to define the inmates. Read more...

The Immigration Managers - The Departments of Labor and Justice

By David North, October 6, 2009

The principal U.S. migration management agency has done a lot of institutional migrating over the decades. During the late 19th Century, as the Bureau of Immigration, it was first in the Department of the Interior, and then in the Treasury Department. It moved to the no-longer-existing Department of Commerce and Labor in 1903, and then became one of the main parts of the Department of Labor when it was created in 1913. Read more...

The Immigration Managers - The Department of State

By David North, October 5, 2009

The two units within the State Department that deal with migration management are the Bureau of Consular Affairs and its considerably smaller cousin, the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Both are headed by Assistant Secretaries. Read more...

Sen. Grassley's Gold mine of Temporary Worker Data

By David North, October 2, 2009

Senator Charles Grassely (R-IA), or more precisely his staff, has opened up a goldmine of policy and statistical information on the use of allegedly short-term foreign workers holding U.S. white collar jobs.

He and Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) have introduced legislation to curb the wide-spread and little-noted abuses in the H-1B and the L-1 visa programs. Read more...

The Immigration Managers - The Department of Homeland Security

By David North, October 1, 2009

The team of five Presidential appointees working on immigration management in the Department of Homeland Security include two people with substantial resumes in the immigration field, two neophytes, and one in-between. All five have law degrees.

The five positions on the current Departmental organization chart that play leading roles in immigration matters are the Secretary, the Deputy Secretary, and three agency heads with ranks at about the Assistant Secretary level. Read more...

The Immigration Managers - An Overview

By David North, September 29, 2009

The management (or mismanagement) of the flows of immigrants into the United States is, thanks to Congress, an extremely complicated task assigned to at least eight agencies spread over four cabinet departments. If anything, the second Bush Administration's decision to re-organize the immigration process (and dismantle the old Immigration and Naturalization Service) made matters more complex. Read more...

The Who's Who of Immigration Policy Making - the Senate Republicans

By David North, September 28, 2009

There are four Republicans, compared to five Democrats, on the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security, a subset of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Read more...

The Who's Who of Immigration Policy Making - the Senate Democrats

By David North, September 26, 2009

There are five Democrats and four Republicans on the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security, which is part of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

All five Democrats drew grades of F on the immigration policy votes followed by Numbers USA, the restrictionist organization. Read more...

The Who's Who of Immigration Policy Making - the House Republicans

By David North, September 24, 2009

The six Republican members of the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law can be expected to struggle, probably in vain, to bring some restraint into proposed immigration legislation. The subcommittee is part of the House Judiciary Committee. Read more...

The Who's Who of Immigration Policy Making – the House Democrats

By David North, September 23, 2009

A congressional subcommittee may sound like a minor entity, but when it comes to lawmaking it is where much of the action takes place. Most of the provisions of any bill emerging from a subcommittee are likely to be in place when the parent body, the House or the Senate, takes final action on it. Read more...

The Who's Who of Immigration Policy Making

By David North, September 21, 2009

Immigration policy is usually made by politicians, and not presidential ones.

As the Obama Administration shows signs of tackling the subject, it might be helpful to sketch the players who have strongly influenced the immigration policy scene in recent years, which I do in this the first of several blogs on the subject. Read more...

The New York Times' Ode to Illegal Aliens in the Orchards

By David North, September 20, 2009

The New York Times, in an editorial page item on Sunday, describes the use of illegal workers in the ongoing upstate New York apple harvest from the point of view of a poetic apple farmer.

Exploitation of illegal workers, and the exclusion of unemployed legal residents from the harvest, is described thusly: "It was the usual harvest race, under constant threat of disruption from bad weather and the Border Patrol... Read more...

Immigration Reform Finally Comes to Saipan

By David North, September 17, 2009

The very worst sliver of America's immigration policy, one that brought both worker exploitation and a population explosion to an outlying set of U.S.-controlled islands, comes to an end on November 28 after more than a decade of controversy. Read more...

An Irony Within the Immigration Policy Debate

By David North, September 11, 2009

An irony within the immigration policy debate relates to the treatment of incarcerated illegal aliens.

Immigrant advocate groups complain that those being held prior to deportation are sometimes mistreated and sometimes have inadequate medical care.

The irony is that if the immigrant advocate groups had not campaigned so successfully for so much due process for those in the deportation process there would be far fewer detained aliens to worry about in the first place. Read more...