Immigration Blog

Is Secretary Napolitano Running for Secretary of State?

By David North, June 21, 2011

Clarification (7/1/11): Below I speculated that Ms. Napolitano wanted to be U.S. Secretary of State; in describing her other options I said that the incumbent Senator in her state, Jon Kyl (R - AZ), whose term is up in 2012, was “not in trouble” electorally there. That’s correct but what I failed to say is that he is not running for re-election. I have no idea whether Ms. Napolitano will seek that seat, but it looks like an uphill struggle for any Democrat.

Is Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano running for Secretary of State? Read more...

Misadventures in Sarcasm

By Mark Krikorian, June 21, 2011

I was on Fox an hour ago talking about the Obama administration's latest stealth amnesty memo (which CIS's Jessica Vaughan discusses in this news story). In describing the tensions faced by the White House I said it was torn between its natural sympathy for the open-borders views of La Raza, the ACLU, and their ilk, on the one hand, and the need to pretend to be tough on enforcement to placate the "Neanderthals who watch Fox News". I'm afraid the sarcasm was lost on some people, if the slew of e-mails I've already received is any indication. So, just for the record, it's the Obama people who think Fox News viewers are Neanderthals, not me! Read more...

Utah Housewife Deals Devastating Blow to State's 'Guestworker' Law

By Ronald W. Mortensen, June 20, 2011

In a stinging rebuke to political, business, religious and media elites, Republican Party activists led by a Utah housewife have dealt what may well be a deathblow to Utah's misguided and fatally flawed guestworker/amnesty law (HB116). Read more...

Open Borders Types Want "I Am My Own Grandpa" and Other Provisions

By David North, June 20, 2011

The murky area of what the Obama administration might do administratively to open the gates to more migration is a little less murky now, thanks to immigration lawyer Angelo Paparelli.

He suggested in a June 10 article in Immigration Daily that five highly specific gaps be opened in the current system for admitting still more high-tech workers and their relatives. Read more...

Morning News, 6/20/11

By Bryan Griffith, June 20, 2011

1. Changes to Sec. Comm.
2. Sen. McCain critcized
3. Judge to hear GA law
4. GA law could affect enrollment
5. Corruption adds to problems Read more...

Baptists Call for Amnesty

By James R. Edwards Jr., June 20, 2011

The Southern Baptist Convention, which met last week in Phoenix, adopted a resolution endorsing the legalization of virtually all illegal aliens. This action followed the SBC's 2006 passage of a similar pro-amnesty resolution. Read more...

Russian Ad: 'Come Work in the Best Strip Clubs in the U.S., on a J-1 Visa'

By David North, June 17, 2011

To illustrate how loosely the State Department's J-1 foreign-worker program is being administered, the speaker at a Georgetown University Law School session this morning told of this internet advertisement, translated from the Russian:

Come work in the best strip clubs in the United States, on a J-1 visa.

Arizona Fires: Too Hot for Feds to Handle?

By Jerry Kammer, June 17, 2011

For at least two years now, Arizona journalist Leo W. Banks has been writing and speaking about the strange silence of the federal government on the connection between forest fires in southern Arizona and the smugglers of drugs and human beings.

Banks has contrasted the widespread public belief that the fires are caused by the smugglers – either accidentally or in an effort to distract the Border Patrol – with the refusal of federal officials to address the issue. Read more...

Birth Tourism Fraud from China: 'The return on investment is higher than robbing a bank'

By Jon Feere, June 16, 2011

A Chinese news article titled "China's 'Born in the USA' Frenzy" highlights the effort of one of its nationals engaging in birth tourism fraud in the United States. The practice is so troubling that even the Director of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress, Marshall Fitz, recently said the following on CNN in a debate with CIS's Executive Director Mark Krikorian: Read more...

DoJ Judge: It's OK to Fire a Good Man for Doing a Good Deed

By David North, June 15, 2011

This is a story of how a good man who blew the whistle on his own employer for immigration law violations was fired, and how a federal hearing officer said that was OK. Here are the facts and the law.

Fact #1. Daniel Cavazos, Jr. had worked for Wanxiang America Corp., a Chinese-owned auto parts manufacturer, apparently in the Middle West; he told the warehouse supervisor that he was planning to tell federal authorities that the firm was hiring illegal aliens. He was fired. Read more...

A Look Back to 1953

By Jerry Kammer, June 15, 2011

Last week this blog noted a comment by economist Pia Orrenius that U.S immigration policy is effectively "restricting high-skilled immigration, which tends to be legal, and is encouraging low-skilled immigration." Read more...

You Can Tell the Feds How to Change Our Immigration Policy

By David North, June 14, 2011

There is an often overlooked opportunity for individual citizens to give advice to the government about specific parts of the nation's immigration policy, and I want to encourage (and help) the reader to participate.

Frequently various agencies of the executive branch ask for public comments on proposed regulations, fee levels, form changes, and information collection systems; you can be sure that big business and other big pro-mass-immigration groups are well aware of these requests, and respond regularly. Read more...

Morning News, 6/13/11

By Bryan Griffith, June 13, 2011

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1. Feds warn of scammers
2. Democrats losing favor
3. AL law solid, say experts
4. VA Gov. pro-enforcement
5. 300 rounds fired in TX Read more...

Butterflies Are Free, But Immigrants Too?

By Jerry Kammer, June 13, 2011

Last Friday this blog reported the complaint of a member of Mexico's political establishment that "the ignorance and prejudice that there is in the United States about Mexico is staggering. It's mind-boggling."

That observation came from former Mexican Congressman Carlos Heredia, who now directs the international studies program at the Center for Economic Research and Instruction in Mexico City (CIDE). Read more...

A New Way for a State Government to Sabotage Immigration Enforcement

By David North, June 12, 2011

You have heard all about sanctuary cities, and some states' refusal to cooperate with the Secure Communities program, and state-sanctioned tuition breaks and driver's licenses for illegal aliens, but there is a new wrinkle in state-sabotage of immigration enforcement.

It comes to us from Washington State, one of three states that still issue driver's licenses to illegals.

I find it devious; others may find it creative. Read more...

It Takes a Heap of Immigration Law Violations to Keep a Slave at Home

By David North, June 10, 2011

You would not know it from reading a prominent news story in today's Washington Post, but you need to break the immigration law repeatedly if you are going to keep an alien worker as your household slave.

And it helps your slimy cause if the immigration authorities fail to notice violation after violation. Read more...

Morning News, 6/10/11

By Bryan Griffith, June 10, 2011

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1. ICE offers relief to Libyans
2. Sen. Paul raises concerns
3. Drug cartels up efforts
4. AL adopts enforcement
5. Mexican President to speak Read more...

Mexican Complaint of U.S. 'Ignorance and Prejudice'

By Jerry Kammer, June 10, 2011

A prominent member of Mexico's political establishment complained Thursday about "mind-boggling" U.S. disregard for his country.

"The ignorance and prejudice that there is in the United States about Mexico is staggering. It's mind-boggling – starting with Capitol Hill," said Carlos Heredia, a former Mexican congressman who now directs the international studies program at the prestigious Center for Economic Research and Instruction in Mexico City. Read more...

Skills Gap Grows, Even as Immigrants Are More Educated

By Steven A. Camarota, June 9, 2011

A new Brookings Institution study entitled "The Geography of Immigrant Skills: Educational Profiles of Metropolitan Areas" examines the education level of immigrants at the national and local levels. The education level of immigrants is a very important topic because there is no better single predictor of how an immigrant will do in the United States than his or her educational attainment. Read more...

USCIS Is to Be Commended for Taking Action Against Immigration Crooks

By David North, June 9, 2011

USCIS and related agencies are to be commended for their planned joint action against phony practitioners of immigration law and others who prey on migrants seeking help within the morass of the American immigration system. Read more...

Morning News, 6/9/11

By Bryan Griffith, June 9, 2011

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1. New effort to protect immigrants
2. Judge won't dismiss claims
3. Report: skill level shift
4. Latino grocers worry
5. Group files suit in GA Read more...

Mormon Church's Efforts to Save Utah Amnesty Bill Could Pose Problems for Romney and Huntsman

By Ronald W. Mortensen, June 9, 2011

As the Mormon Church sinks deeper and deeper into the battle over amnesty for illegal aliens in Utah, it risks raising questions about the influence that the Mormon Church will attempt to exercise over Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman should one of them eventually be elected President of the United States. Read more...

Secure Communities: Just Do It

By Jessica Vaughan, June 8, 2011

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A vital and effective immigration law enforcement program – Secure Communities – that should have been an easy immigration policy score for the Obama administration is now in a state of disarray, all because the president and his Get Smart-like immigration appointees cannot bring themselves to stand up to sanctuary cities and a trio of governors who would rather see residents of their states killed by illegal aliens (see here and here) than to allow local police and sheriffs to help with immigration enforcement. Read more...

More Troubles for H-1B Users: A Roundup of Enforcement News

By David North, June 7, 2011

It is refreshing to see H-1B users being monitored by various sets of authorities; this is one or our periodic round-ups of H-1B news. (See here for an earlier one.)

While H-1B users routinely get away with little or no monitoring, as they operate under a very loose federal law, today we have four reports of at least some surveillance: one from overseas, two from the federal courts, and a disappointing one regarding the U.S. Labor Department, plus a mention of the use of H-1B visas by a group of Turkish charter schools in the U.S. Read more...

Immigration Policy and Competitiveness: Two Nuggets

By Jerry Kammer, June 7, 2011

The Migration Policy Institute today hosted an interesting discussion on immigration policy and economic competitiveness. Here are two thoughtful nuggets from the discussion that are worthy of consideration. Read more...

Overseas Immigration News Roundup: Good and Bad Case Studies

By David North, June 7, 2011

There are probably about 200 separate and distinct national and insular immigration-control systems around the world – and sometimes they make interesting decisions; some laudable, some not. Here are three of them.

The Philippines. This over-populated set of islands has long sent immigrant and non-immigrant workers to other nations – to the U.S., to the Middle East, and to other East Asian nations. The remittances these workers send back are important to the nation's economy, and the government is also aware that some of its people are treated very badly overseas. Read more...

Fewer Jobs, More Imported (Poverty-Class) Workers

By James R. Edwards Jr., June 6, 2011

The Congressional Budget Office has updated a report on the foreign-born labor force in the United States. It uses census data from 2009. Meanwhile, the U.S. jobs outlook has weakened.

A few nuggets from the CBO report: Read more...

The Story of Q: The Greedy Search for the Most Exploitative Visa Category

By David North, June 5, 2011

It is the latest twist on an old story, the constant hunt through the intricacies of the immigration law for the best way to exploit nonimmigrant workers. As we have previously reported, the INA is chock full of obscure visa categories, most written with the desires of special interests in mind.

Today's story, which actually has a happy ending, is about one firm's efforts to turn Q visas into its own little gold mine. It is based on court and agency records. Read more...

Awakening from the DREAM Act: Sen. Rubio vs. Frank Sharry

By Stephen Steinlight, June 2, 2011

The DREAM Act amnesty, the sole piece of immigration legislation to come before the 111th Congress where it was defeated despite the fact that the Democrats got pretty much everything else they wanted in an unethical Lame Duck session where dead men walking acted as if they had received a fresh mandate, refuses to die, at least die a quiet, seemly death. Read more...

Misrepresentation in the Coverage Claimed for Secure Communities

By W.D. Reasoner, June 2, 2011

Secure Communities (SC) is a sound program that helps protect the law abiding from the effects of crimes committed by aliens.

It's a shame that U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) has made such a muddle of explaining to ordinary Americans what the initiative is and how it works. Worse, they have done the program real harm with a constant stream of misinformation and disinformation put out on a near-daily basis. Nowhere is this more true than in their manipulation of statistics. Read more...