Immigration Blog

Massachusetts Closes Illegal Alien Driving Loophole

By Jessica Vaughan, August 3, 2012

Massachusetts has joined the ranks of states that see the need to compensate for weak federal immigration enforcement by acting at the state level to make life more difficult for illegal aliens. The Bay State legislature has voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill to crack down on unlicensed illegal alien driving by allowing only licensed or legally present individuals to register vehicles. Read more...

"On Point" on the Federal Betrayal of American Workers, Part 1

By Jerry Kammer, August 3, 2012

As a former reporter, I regard the paucity of journalistic attention to the growth of federal programs that bring in foreign workers for temporary employment as an egregious failure of American journalism.

But a recent edition of the "On Point" radio program, which is produced at Boston public radio station WBUR, was a noble effort to fill the information void. In conversation with host Tom Ashbrook, who seemed to grow more incredulous with each example of our government's fecklessness, Ross Eisenbrey of the Economic Policy Institute staked out the story. Then two American contractors called in with details of the ongoing assault on their ability to earn a decent living. Read more...

The Migrant's Prerogative

By John Wahala, August 3, 2012

Peter Sutherland, the UN's Special Representative for Migration and Development, recently argued that "at the most basic level individuals should have a freedom of choice" as to where they wish to live. To this end, he wants the European Union to "do its best to undermine" the sense of homogeneity held by the citizens of its member states so that a global approach will be adopted on immigration. Read more...

Supervisor of H-1Bs Forced Out of Job

By David North, August 2, 2012

One does not often see a headline like the one above, unfortunately.

The boss in question was, in fact, forced from her job, as was reported in the Washington Post the other day, but the thrust of the story was on the official's maladroit use of an automobile, not her organization's abuse of the H-1B program, though the latter was mentioned in passing. Read more...

It's the Immigration, Doctor!

By James R. Edwards Jr., August 2, 2012

Hospitals in areas with lots of illegal aliens fear certain looming cuts in the Obamacare law. The New York Times recently reported on providers' reliance on federal funds for a portion of the care rendered to uninsured illegal aliens. Read more...

Will the DREAM Scheme Bring Millions to J.P. Morgan?

By David North, August 2, 2012

We know that as many as a million young illegal aliens may get amnesty under the President's DREAM Scheme, but how many millions of dollars will J.P. Morgan get out of the deal? Read more...

The Strange Case of the 219 Missing EB-5 Decisions

By David North, August 1, 2012

As I have pointed out earlier, USCIS is not always skilled with numbers. When that trait is mixed with the inherent difficulty of an immigration agency managing an economic development/investment program some peculiar things happen. Read more...

DHS Plans Deep (and Possibly Illegal) Discount on Amnesty Application Fees for DREAMers

By Jessica Vaughan, August 1, 2012

It appears that the Obama administration is planning to offer the DREAM amnesty to many young illegal aliens either deeply discounted or free, charging fees only to those who apply for a work permit, according to an internal DHS memo obtained by the Associated Press. Read more...

New Report: Obama Catch and Release Policies Result in More Crimes, More Victims

By Jessica Vaughan, August 1, 2012

Data provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under subpoena from the House immigration subcommittee show that criminal aliens who were identified through the Secure Communities program, but then released by ICE, went on to be arrested for nearly 58,000 new crimes between October 2008 and July 2011. This report conservatively quantifies the public safety damage inflicted by the Obama administration's catch and release immigration enforcement policies. Read more...

Brookings Claims of H-1B Demand Not Supported by Their Data

By John Miano, July 31, 2012

The Brookings Institution recently released a report on the geographic distribution of workers using H-1B visas. (My colleague David North attended the press event for the report, which he discussed here.) The report itself is rather benign and presents no surprises to anyone familiar with the H-1B data. H-1B workers are highly concentrated in certain metropolitan areas. Read more...

Appeals Body for Would-Be Educators of Foreign Students

By David North, July 30, 2012

The multiplicity and characteristics of the semi-judicial entities dealing with immigration-related matters never fail to amaze me.

Today's blog deals with an organization, previously unknown to me, that hears appeals when an obscure arm of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says "no" to (usually pretty marginal) educational institutions applying for the ICE license to teach F-1 and/or M-1 foreign students. Read more...

Illegal Alien Advocates Push DHS for Leniency in DREAM Amnesty

By Jessica Vaughan, July 27, 2012

A group of 73 organizations has sent DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano a list of their demands -- I mean recommendations -- on how the Obama administration's new DREAM Amnesty should be implemented. Here's what they want: Read more...

Why Were Mexicans Illegally Training to be Pilots in South Texas?

By Janice Kephart, July 27, 2012

While the Hill focused last week on a Government Accountability Office report, "General Aviation Security: TSA's Process for Ensuring Foreign Flight Students Do Not Pose a Security Risk Has Weaknesses", no one seems to remember that this same issue arose last year only to fall on deaf ears. Read more...

Israel and Arizona: Similarities, Differences, Questions

By Jerry Kammer, July 25, 2012

In the July 25 Washington Post, columnist Ruth Marcus writes about the uproar in Israel over what she describes as a "flood" of refugees who have crossed the border illegally from Egypt at the end of the long trek from their homelands in Eritrea and Sudan. Read more...

USCIS Opens New EB-5 Entity AND Predicts Sharp Decline in Applications

By David North, July 25, 2012

USCIS has nearly simultaneously announced, with great fanfare, the creation of a new office to handle immigrant investor (EB-5) applications and (a little more obscurely) has predicted a sharp decline in one of the three basic applications used in that program. Read more...

"Process, Process, Process, but No Action" Sen. Feinstein Fumes at Hearing

By David North, July 24, 2012

Three senators, two Democrats and one Republican, were solidly united Tuesday morning in their frustration with the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) handling of fraud and potential terror threats in the nation's foreign student program. Read more...

How to Break the Immigration Policy Impasse (10): Why Immigration Grand Bargains Fail — The Fairness Dimension of Amnesties

By Stanley Renshon, July 24, 2012

At its most sympathetic, the amnesty trap is predicated on the assumption that it is understandable that those choosing to live and work in the United States in violation of our immigration laws do so because illegal aliens only want a better life for themselves and their families. This resonates with most Americans because as a country and culture we are sympathetic to the plight of those who are struggling. Read more...

Jihadist Gets 17 Years in Prison

By James R. Edwards Jr., July 24, 2012

Would-be American-killing jihadist Rezwan Ferdaus has pleaded guilty to plotting to bomb and assault the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon. He'll spend the next 17 years in prison. His story tells us a lot about the risks and dangers of mass immigration. Read more...

GAO Slams DHS on Lax Controls of Schools with Foreign Students

By David North, July 24, 2012

In its own, understated way a congressional watchdog agency has lambasted the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for sloppy management of widespread fraud in the international student business.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) last month issued a quietly blistering report with a typically bland GAO title: "Student and Exchange Visitor Program: DHS Needs to Assess Risks and Strengthen Oversight Functions" (GAO-12-572). Read more...

H-1B Case Study: The Persistent Liquor Store and the Kazakh Candidate

By David North, July 23, 2012

A recent U.S. district court case — one of the rare ones slapping down a would-be H-1B employer — reminded me that all of the users of that program are not massive corporations or Indian body shops.

In fact, the case involved a not-very-profitable liquor store in a Twin Cities suburbs that wanted to hire an H-1B as an "Operations and Finance Analyst" on a part-time, $22-an-hour basis. That's a very modest wage offer in this program, and from an unusual type of employer. Read more...

America's Immigration Myths

By W.D. Reasoner, July 20, 2012

About a month ago, Center for Immigration Studies Executive Director Mark Krikorian appeared as one of the guest panelists on the PBS show "Need to Know", hosted by Ray Suarez.The episode focused on America's immigration policies. Read more...

Criminal Alien "DREAMer" Assaults ICE Agent, Gets Released on Prosecutorial Discretion

By Jessica Vaughan, July 20, 2012

The ICE enforcement agents' union is reporting an incident from earlier this week that illustrates the perverse results of the Obama administration's DREAM decree and "prosecutorial discretion" policies. An illegal alien, who is described as meeting the criteria for the president's DREAM amnesty, was arrested and jailed in El Paso, Texas, on a domestic assault charge. When ICE agents arrived at the jail for routine inmate screening, the 5'9", 245 lb. Read more...

Four New Threads Appear in Foreign Worker Program Tapestry

By David North, July 19, 2012

Four new threads in the complex picture of America's foreign worker programs have appeared in recent days, two of them at a session July 18 at the Brookings Institution, and two elsewhere in Washington.

Brookings Loads the Dice Read more...

Foreign Students Still Flying High

By W.D. Reasoner, July 19, 2012

Eleven years after the horrific attacks of 9/11, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has just issued a dismaying report, "Weaknesses Exist in TSA's Process for Ensuring Foreign Flight Students Do Not Pose a Security Threat". Read more...

Even Wal-Mart Objects to H-2B Worker Abuse by Supplier

By David North, July 19, 2012

An H-2B employer has obtained a remarkably dismal distinction.

Its record of work exploitation is so dreadful that ultra-conservative, union-busting Wal-Mart has stopped buying its products while a corporate investigation continues. Read more...

Time to Sanction the Sanctuaries

By Jessica Vaughan, July 18, 2012

An article this week on Time.com does a decent job of capturing current developments in one of the most rankling issues in immigration law enforcement — what to do about sanctuary cities — and, atypically, highlights the Obama administration's disinclination to confront them, even as they undermine a key enforcement initiative. Read more...

How to Break the Immigration Policy Impasse (9): Why Immigration Grand Bargains Fail — The Amnesty Trap

By Stanley Renshon, July 18, 2012

The necessity to legalize illegal aliens is one basic, irreducible premise of immigration "grand bargains". This is, when you think of it, a rather odd asymmetric policy and ethical stance. The political, policy, and moral elements of enforcing American immigration laws stand on much firmer ground than efforts to legalize illegal aliens. Read more...

Suro and Washington Post Seek to Fuzz Our Thinking on Immigration Policy

By David North, July 17, 2012

Roberto Suro and the Washington Post are very good at what they do, but what they do is not good for America.

Their skill, as shown in the lead article in the July 13 Outlook section, is to blur our thinking about immigration policy, and to beguile us into avoiding the hard realities that face the nation. Read more...

How to Break the Immigration Policy Impasse (8): Immigration Grand Bargains Fail

By Stanley Renshon, July 17, 2012

The 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) is legitimately seen as a failure by those favoring enforcement of American laws and by many Americans more generally. Additionally, conservatives look back and see themselves as having been deceived. Read more...

STEM Sham

By James R. Edwards Jr., July 17, 2012

Some business and education mouthpieces, along with uncaring, unthinking officials (including President Obama and many on both sides of the aisle in Congress), keep calling for more foreigners to be imported to compete against our fellow Americans for scarce jobs and higher education slots.

This unpatriotic drumbeat continues, despite the fact that some 1.8 million American engineers don't have a job or are working outside of engineering. Read more...