Immigration Blog

Morning News, 10/4/11

By Bryan Griffith, October 5, 2011

1. DHS touts enforcement
2. IL Co. defies Feds
3. PA targets employers
4. No changes to AL law
5. AL student enrollment

Five Questions for Rick Perry on In-State Tuition

By Ronald W. Mortensen, October 4, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he supports in-state college tuition for the children of illegal aliens because that is what people who "have a heart" do. However, in reality he is pulling a cynical, heartless trick on these kids and their parents in an effort to garner the support of Hispanic voters while at the same time doing great harm to American men, women and children. Read more...

From 'Wet Bottoms' to 'Children of Illegal Immigrants'

By David North, October 3, 2011

"You might say I was a 'wet bottom'," he laughed.

My friend, whom I will call Juan, was articulate, brilliant, and a U.S. citizen. He had been born in Mexico and had risen to be the ranking Hispanic officer of a major American labor union. When I met him, some 40 years ago, we each had (separate) grants from the Ford Foundation on migration matters.

It was a private conversation, and I had asked him how he had first come to the U.S. Read more...

Morning News, 9/30/11

By Bryan Griffith, September 30, 2011

1. Obama, Sheriff Arpaio clash
2. DOJ eyes four lawsuits
3. Focus on Sec. Comm.
4. OK lawmaker in law
5. FL GOP backs away

Importing the Uninsured

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 30, 2011

A new report documents that America's "crisis" of the uninsured is to a great extent self-imposed. By reducing immigration, both legal and illegal, to traditional levels, we would derive the benefit of reducing the rising share of the population without health insurance.

The Employee Benefit Research Institute has produced a new study on the uninsured that bears this out. Using Census data for 2010, EBRI presents the facts:


By Mark Krikorian, September 29, 2011

The Jobs Americans Won't Do phenomenon has reached a level of true absurdity: will Americans really not work as gym teachers? Along these lines, my CIS colleague David North delved into rulings he stumbled across from tax court to get a detailed look at the grim world of a group of Filipino indentured teachers brought in under the guise of a "cultural exchange" program. The sliminess of this whole practice of foreign contract labor never ceases to amaze me. Read more...

Alabama Law Largely Upheld

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 29, 2011

A federal judge's ruling that much of Alabama's immigration-related law may stand marks progress in a number of ways. Here's a brief, first-cut take on the victory for Alabama's citizens and defeat for open-borders zealots. Read more...

Morning News, 9/29/11

By Bryan Griffith, September 29, 2011

1. Obama blames GOP
2. Law hurting Perry
3. Tancredo hits Perry
4. DC region demography
5. 'Uncle Omar' in court

287(g): The Wages of Secure Communities Opposition

By Jessica Vaughan, September 28, 2011

If there is any ICE program the open-borders groups hate more than Secure Communities, it's 287(g). How ironic, then, that the result of their intense and hysterical campaign to derail Secure Communities in Massachusetts is the announcement on Wednesday that at least three county sheriffs have been approved and intend to launch 287(g) partnerships. Read more...

Little Fat Cats Get Access to USCIS Adjudicators – Other Citizens Do Not

By David North, September 28, 2011

Those of us on the Left find it all too easy to generalize about Obama bowing to the fat cats of America.

You know, perpetuating the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, being overly nice to Wall Street, etc.

One might be tempted to extend that litany of criticisms to the attempts of the administration to increase the flow of immigrant investors to the U.S. through various means, and there has been a lot of that recently, as illustrated by this USCIS announcement. Read more...

Morning News, 9/28/11

By Bryan Griffith, September 28, 2011

1. Deportation loophole
2. Deaf apply for asylum
3. Sheriff Arpaio launches PAC
4. Ads target CA E-Verify push
5. Murderer had prior arrest

Morning News, 9/27/11

By Bryan Griffith, September 27, 2011

1. Perry faces problems
2. RI gives tuition break
3. MA Senate OKs check
4. NJ group to protest
5. DUI suspect illegal

How About a Solo Immigration Visa for Refugees?

By David North, September 26, 2011

One of the largely hidden problems with current U.S. immigration policy is that if we let in an immigrant, refugee, or asylee we set in motion, over time, the admission of that person's (often numerous) relatives.

His or her siblings, parents, nieces and nephews, and ultimately, their siblings, parents, spouses, nieces and nephews, and so on, generation after generation. Chain migration is the cause of much of the expansion of the U.S. population. Read more...

Morning News, 9/26/11

By Bryan Griffith, September 26, 2011

View the Center's new report concerning Rick Perry's claims on job growth.

1. U-visas gain momentum
2. Perry takes hit
3. Guidelines on deportation
4. MA sheriff considers Sec. Comm.
5. Students question CA Dream Act

GOP Politics of In-State Tuition

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 25, 2011

The heated exchange between Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, over the issue of in-state college tuition for illegal aliens, illustrates the way different policymakers might approach a problem for which there's no easy answer.

Where someone comes down on this issue shows whether a candidate is able to make tough but right decisions that best serve the citizens of this nation. Perry has been defending Texas's DREAM Act Lite. Read more...

Obama Caves to Ghosts of DeLay, Abramoff on CNMI Migrant Rules

By David North, September 25, 2011

If you had an unruly and obese child in the house would you tell him: "You cannot have more than 15 banana splits today"?

Would you follow that with this order: "Further, you cannot have more than fourteen banana splits tomorrow"?

Probably not, but that is approximately what happened when the Obama administration, apparently caving to the ghosts of ex-Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) and once-jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff, issued new migration rules for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the little U.S. colony just north of Guam, in the western Pacific. Read more...

When Texas Welcomes Illegal Aliens, It Becomes More than a 'State Issue'

By Jon Feere, September 25, 2011

During the last two GOP presidential debates, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has defended his support for in-state tuition breaks for illegal aliens by calling it a state issue. Certainly, many issues are best handled by states. But when a state embraces illegal immigration, the impact is not limited to the state itself. By opposing a border fence, opposing E-Verify, embracing sanctuary cities and tuition breaks, Perry and the Texas legislature have arguably turned the Lone Star State into America's illegal alien welcoming mat. Read more...

Job Growth in Texas – Responding to Criticism

By Steven A. Camarota, September 23, 2011

In our new report on jobs in Texas we showed that newly arrived immigrants got most of the recent job growth in that state. There has been some criticism of the report, some from people who apparently did not read it. The comments below, which were forwarded to us, seem to be representative, so I want to address them. Read more...

Morning News, 9/23/11

By Bryan Griffith, September 23, 2011

View the Center's new report concerning Rick Perry's claims on job growth.

1. Rick Perry under fire
2. Bill faces tough road
3. Perry defends tuition
4. Imm. ad airs during debate
5. Sec. Commu. under fire

Students Weren't Innocent Victims at Raided U.S. Visa Mills

By David North, September 23, 2011

When ICE investigators raided two fringe "universities" earlier this year, places with primarily Indian students, the U.S. media tended to regard the students as victims.

You get a different view from India.

The two institutions are Tri-Valley University in California and Northern Virginia University in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. In both instances ICE was concerned about illegal issuances of visa-creating documents, closing down TVU, apparently for good, and suspending some activities at NVU while leaving the "campus" open for classes. Read more...

Morning News, 9/22/11

By Bryan Griffith, September 22, 2011

View the Center's new report concerning Rick Perry's claims on job growth.

1. Few satisfied on immigration
2. Rep. says DOJ undermining probe
3. E-Verify bill clears House panel
4. Conservatives seek Hispanic vote
5. Immigration raid sparks outcry

Government Sometimes Does the Right Thing in Immigration Cases

By David North, September 21, 2011

While this blog is often critical of governmental actions – and inactions – in immigration matters, sometimes the government does exactly the right thing. Here are three recent examples, from three different agencies:

  1. ICE breaks up a wholesale immigration fraud ring of bogus Christians;
  2. USCIS reminds employers not to collect illegal fees from H-class guestworkers; and
  3. State warns against fraud in the diversity lottery program.

Morning News, 9/21/11

By Bryan Griffith, September 21, 2011

1. ICE reviews Haitian's care
2. House E-Verify bill in doubt
3. Report alleges abuse
4. Citizenship of baby questioned
5. Coalition seeks probe in WA

Dubious Casino Investment Linked to Dubious Immigration Program

By David North, September 20, 2011

It's a perfect storm at the nexus of immigration and investment – a proposal to use the EB-5 (buying-green-cards-with-investments) program to start up a huge casino near Washington. Read more...

Taking the Blinders off Social Security's H-1B Audit

By David North, September 20, 2011

To use a rural metaphor regarding the recent Social Security Administration audit of the H-1B program, while blinders are sometimes useful on a riding horse, they are not in a government report. Read more...

State Dept. Seeks to Roll Back Visa Security to 9/10 Standards; DHS Stays Quiet

By Janice Kephart, September 20, 2011

Secretary of State Clinton is now lining up with Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano in quietly continuing the border security backslide to September 10, 2001, standards. None of what you read below will be in press releases. The secretaries are well aware that their policies continue to add to a profusion of amnesty outlets, and now Secretary Clinton is working in tandem with the White House too, where President Obama is pushing for a pullback on any policy pertaining to border security unless a known terrorist is involved. Read more...

Russian News, the Hershey J-1 Protest, and American Values

By Jerry Kammer, September 19, 2011

The reporting of RT, the Russian government-financed English-language news channel, is often characterized by schadenfreude about the social, economic, and political problems of the United States. That dark pleasure was clearly on display in RT's reporting on the foreign college students' protest against working conditions at the Hershey Co.'s distribution center just outside the Pennsylvania town that bears the company's name. Read more...

New Audit on H-1B Visas

By John Miano, September 18, 2011

Social Security Administration's Office of Inspector General has a new report out, "H-1B Workers' Use of Social Security Numbers". The OIG found that about 18 percent of Social Security numbers issued to H-1B workers were being used to report wages from sources other than the approved employer or were reporting no wages at all.

This follows a 2008 report from USCIS that found a violation rate in the H-1B program of over 20 percent.

The most recent Department of Labor Inspector General report on H-1B is available as well.

All of these audits from government agencies provide a striking contrast to the propaganda view of the H-1B program put forth by lobbyists.


Common Sense from Across the Northern Border?

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 18, 2011

A recent study from Canada suggests a common-sense solution to at least part of the economic morass: When the country's in a recession or worse, stop importing more and more foreign workers.

As Canada's National Post has reported:

Violence spurs "Mexodo" to the United States

By Jerry Kammer, September 18, 2011

Friday evening's Univision newscast included a story about the intensifying flight of wealthy Mexicans to Texas. Reporter Brenda Carmona said the migration is often referred to as the "Mexodo" – a play on the Spanish word "exodo," which means "exodus" – the equivalent in English would be "Mexodus". Read more...