Immigration Blog

Propaganda Against GOP Immigration Control

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 19, 2011

The tell-tale signs of a propaganda campaign are popping up, with pro-amnesty hacks browbeating and trying to intimidate Republican candidates. Saturday's Washington Post front-page story slammed Mitt Romney for his opposition to amnesty. He's a top-tier candidate and consistently taking a principled, control-oriented position on immigration. And Friday's National Journal Daily pursued the same general theme, but without singling out Romney from the GOP field. Read more...

More Gibberish from Newt

By Mark Krikorian, December 19, 2011

On Face the Nation yesterday, Gingrich made clear that he wants to amnesty all illegal aliens, not just church-going grandmothers who wash the feet of the poor and knit socks for our troops in Afghanistan to help them kill the enemies of America. Read more...

Bespoke Visas for the Irish, Aussies, and Disney

By David North, December 18, 2011

One of the avoidable problems with the U.S. immigration system is the presence of too many highly specialized visa programs.

Each is bespoke (tailored) to the very particular needs of some narrow, powerful interest. Each is created by Congress.

Each must have its own set of forms, regulations, policy memoranda, and, if any petitions are denied – its own appeals channel. All of this is expensive. Read more...

Worrying About the Wrong Citizens

By Jessica Vaughan, December 16, 2011

Opponents of Secure Communities have opened up a new front in their campaign to have the program ended. The new rallying cry against SC is that it is leading to the wrongful arrest of some unknown but deeply disturbing number of U.S. citizens. It all started with the release of a deeply flawed study from a group of anti-SC activists, which I've written about with my colleague W.D. Reasoner. Read more...

Congress Acting Dumb

By John Miano, December 16, 2011

The Washington Post documents Rep. Tim Griffin's (R-Ark) difficultly in deciding on a name for a new bill to give green cards to aliens simply because they get graduate degrees in the U.S. He apparently started with the NERDS Act (New Employees for Research & Development and STEM) but settled on BRAIN Act (Bringing and Retaining Accomplished Innovators for the Nation). Read more...

Iran, Hezbollah Also Responsible for 9/11, Rules Federal Judge

By Janice Kephart, December 16, 2011

Federal Judge George Daniels announced in open court in New York City yesterday, in a case filed by families of 9/11 victims, that he was going to be signing an order within 24 hours stating Iran, Hezbollah, and al Qaeda are responsible for the 9/11 attacks. More specifically, the judge found that Iran has provided material support to al Qaeda for the 9/11 attacks. Much of the material witness testimony in the case comes from three Iranian defectors whose affidavits remained under seal during the course of the case. Read more...

Utah Attorney General Unable to Effectively Defend Utah's Enforcement Law

By Ronald W. Mortensen, December 15, 2011

In early 2011, by an overwhelming vote of both houses, the Utah state legislature enacted an illegal immigration enforcement law (HB497) which has been described by its opponents as a "watered down version" of Arizona's SB1070. In spite of this, advocates for illegal aliens still filed suit to prevent it from taking effect.

Unfortunately for the legislature that passed the law, the governor who signed it, and the citizens who support it, HB497 is being defended by Utah's Attorney General, Mark Shurtleff, who is an unwavering advocate for illegal aliens, an unabashed supporter of amnesty, and a key ally of the government of Mexico. Read more...

Wholesome-Sounding Employer Caught Discriminating Against U.S. Citizens

By David North, December 15, 2011

What could sound more wholesome this time of the year?

How about a Christmas tree farm in rural Pennsylvania?

One that also grows corn and pumpkins and squash?

An outfit that is close to the small farming town of Weatherly (population 2,384 in 2010, a decline from the previous census, as so often is the case in rural America)?

Think again.

An obscure arm of the U.S. Justice Department, one that rarely takes such an action, has just settled a lawsuit against Sernak Farms (of Weatherly) for discriminating against eight U.S. citizen workers, in favor of nonimmigrant H2-A workers. Read more...

Law Prof Predicts Supreme Court Will Uphold S.B. 1070

By Jon Feere, December 15, 2011

Temple University law professor (and CIS Fellow) Jan Ting analyzes the Supreme Court's decision to hear Arizona v. United States and predicts that S.B. 1070 will be upheld as constitutional in a new op-ed:

Arizona law will be upheld

Wanted by USCIS: Business Experts to Infiltrate USCIS

By David North, December 14, 2011

In World War II they were called "dollar-a-year men."

They were business executives and they were dispatched to Washington by their firms to help the government organize the procurement side of the defense effort. They stayed on the corporate payrolls, while getting $1 a year from the government.

Many of them worked hard in the war mobilization, and many of them, it was reported at the time, steered federal contracts to their firms. Many probably did both.

USCIS seems to be using that old technique to help that agency become even more business-friendly. Read more...

Beam Me Up Scotty, Our Work Here Is Done

By W.D. Reasoner, December 14, 2011

Our Division of Smoke-and-Mirrors has just sent us a late-breaking article about a new U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposal to post an unmanned border crossing kiosk in the Big Bend National Park. The park is home to some of the most rugged terrain on our shared border with Mexico and is a notorious drug- and alien-smuggling venue. Read more...

Nibbling Around the Immigration Edges in U.S. vs. Big Ideas in U.K.

By David North, December 13, 2011

Here's an across-the-pond contrast in immigration policy-making.

Over here, the House has passed and the Senate is considering HR 3012, a bill which will not add any visas to those currently authorized, but will give some long-term applicants – those from India and China – quicker green cards, while slowing the issuance of those documents to people from other nations, Korea and Mexico, for instance. The mass migration people seem to think this tinkering would be a triumph for them.

In short, a minor change. Read more...

Court: No Green Card from Abuse by Bigamous Spouse

By David North, December 12, 2011

One of the more obscure ways an alien can get a green card is to marry someone who turns out to be an abusive spouse, who is either a permanent resident alien or a USC, and then contend that the spouse abused you.

That's OK generally, the Eleventh Circuit ruled recently in Alhuay v. U.S. Attorney General, but it does not work if you, the alien spouse, had married the abuser bigamously.

The illegal alien woman who tried that argument, and lost, was Maria Gladys Alhuay, who married four different men, one of them twice.

Chronologically, it goes like this:

George Kennan, 2 NYT Alums, and Immigration

By Jerry Kammer, December 12, 2011

On November 28, this blog took note of what I called an "Upper West Side of Manhattan" sensibility about immigration. People with this mindset exhibit views that are both expansive and generous about the value of immigrants, regardless of their numbers and human capital, and narrow and intolerant toward those who want to stop illegal immigration and limit legal immigration.

On Sunday, I had a peculiar encounter with the mindset as I took a long walk while listening to a podcast of Thursday's Diane Rehm show, which originates in Washington D.C.'s public radio station, WAMU. Read more...

Middle Eastern Threats Coming from South of the Border

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 11, 2011

Fresh attention to Islamist terrorism shows why America really should be diligent about controlling immigration.

A report on Univision TV network used investigative journalism techniques to gather the of Iran's pursuit of entrée to the United States via Latin America and plans to carry out attacks. Read more...

Interview with a Filmmaker on the Deportation of a Polish Illegal Immigrant

By David Seminara, December 9, 2011

[Editor's note: The segment with NPR's Michel Martin referenced below was part of a series this week entitled "In Limbo" on the program "Tell Me More". The first four installments were about particular immigrant stories, including one featuring the filmmaker interviewed here by Mr. Seminara, and are available here, here, here, and here. The final installment, broadcast today, was an interview with CIS Executive Director Mark Krikorian, available here.] Read more...

Hiring Foreigners, Not Americans

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 9, 2011

What's the number one issue in America today? It's jobs. But we now have one more indication that U.S. employers are giving Americans desperate for work the shaft. Read more...

Morning News, 12/8/11

By Bryan Griffith, December 8, 2011

1. DOJ presses border agent
2. Dems predict movement
3. Romney, Gingrich differ
4. AL Atty. Gen. questions
5. NC GOP begins push Read more...

Social Security Inspector General, with Blinders on, Looks at H-1B Program

By David North, December 7, 2011

The Inspector-General of the Social Security Administration (SSA) has taken a look at one aspect of the H-1B program.

He brought to bear unlimited access to SSA's huge electronic earnings data system, and deployed a staff of four to dig into it. So far, so good. Read more...

Morning News, 12/7/11

By Bryan Griffith, December 7, 2011

1. DHS disputes TRAC report
2. DOJ sends warning letters
3. Gingrich not hurt by amnesty
4. AL forum explains shortage
5. Illegal alien to stay Read more...

Morning News, 12/6/11

By Bryan Griffith, December 6, 2011

1. State Dept. reviews visa program
2. Director in ethics investigation
3. Fast and Furious probe expanded
4. AL Gov. reassures foreign industries
5. Debate over skilled visas Read more...

Neither Rain Nor Snow Will Stay Amnesty Flacks from Their Appointed Rounds

By Mark Krikorian, December 6, 2011

Mickey Kaus points to a WaPo story from the weekend on how the drop in arrests at the Mexican border is yet another reason to pass on amnesty:

It's always a good time for comprehensive immigration reform, if you listen to its supporters. If it rains it's time for comprehensive immigration reform. If the sun comes out it's time for comprehensive immigration reform.

He demurs: Read more...

Another Look at the Grubby Innards of the H-1B Labor Market

By David North, December 6, 2011

We should all be grateful to a U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge for a peek at what might be called the secondary market or "aftermarket" in H-1 B workers, in this case, physical therapists working in the State of Missouri.

The decision of ALJ Alice M. Craft on why a physical therapy firm owed the workers, all from Philippines, more than one third of a million dollars in back pay was reported in an earlier blog. Read more...

The 1st Immigrant Who Can Qualify for Newt's Amnesty Wins a Free Lecture on American Exceptionalism

By David Seminara, December 5, 2011

Most candidates have an issues tab on their web site. Newt Gingrich has a solutions tab. The very first "solution" on the site features a ten point plan to reform immigration. The first thing I noticed about Newt's 10 point plan is that it actually has 11 points! Most of them are bizarre, misguided, or simply wrong. As someone with experience working in the State Department's visa bureaucracy, I think Newt's plan looks like it was thrown together without any real input from anyone with a detailed understanding of the issue. Some thoughts: Read more...

Employer Proclaims He Profits from H-1B Workers

By David North, December 4, 2011

When employers testify to Congress about why they hire H-1B workers, they routinely say that it is because of a labor shortage in the high-tech fields; they never admit that they like the artificially low wages that are a hallmark of the program. Read more...

Progress on (Somebody's) Border Fence

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 4, 2011

An arid, rough-hewn, desert border area. Open space, easily and often breached by illegal aliens, smugglers, and traffickers of all kinds. Gun-slinging foreign bad guys showing increasing brazenness and cold-bloodedness. A growing threat to national security.

Arizona or Texas? Try Israel. Read more...

Obama's Kafkaesque "New Deportation Policy" Erodes Hispanic Support

By Stephen Steinlight, December 4, 2011

There should be a rung in Dante's Inferno for those, like the president, who violate the oaths they've sworn, in his case upholding the rule of law – immigration law not excluded – but whose attempts to subvert it are so maladroit he's failed to placate the electoral demographic for the sake of whose votes he betrayed his pledge. Since the 2008 election where they may have made the difference in several swing states, his Hispanic support has plummeted from 66 to 50 percent. One thing, at least, is fairly certain about his "new deportation policy": it won't staunch the bleeding. Read more...

Amnesty Creep

By Mark Krikorian, December 2, 2011

When Gingrich lobbed the amnesty bomb in last week's debate, he offered very specific criteria for selecting which illegal aliens he would legalize:

... you've been here 25 years and you got three kids and two grandkids, you've been paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church ...

Morning News, 12/2/11

By Bryan Griffith, December 2, 2011

1. Sen. Grassley blocks bill
2. Gingrich's immigration boards
3. GOP candidates debate
4. AL trains 16,000 cops
5. Dayton welcomes illegals Read more...

Report: Open Borders Groups Spend Millions Lobbying

By Jon Feere, December 2, 2011

A new report by First Street, a CQ Press organization, analyzes two pieces of legislation – the DREAM Act and the Legal Workforce Act – and finds that open-border-oriented groups spend much, much more money lobbying than groups seeking a more rational immigration policy. Read more...