Immigration Blog

Ethnic Politicking in El Paso

By James R. Edwards Jr., May 15, 2011

Many commentators and observers, including myself, have analyzed President Obama's El Paso immigration speech this week. In this blog, I want to look at it in political, rather than policy, terms. I mean legislative politics vis-a-vis electoral politics. Read more...

Only 30% of Americans Agree with Obama that Border Is Secure

By Jon Feere, May 15, 2011

According to a new Rasmussen Reports survey only 30 percent of likely voters think the U.S.-Mexico border is even "somewhat secure," while 64 percent disagree and say it is "not very secure." Twenty-nine percent of voters believe the border is "not at all secure." Only three percent said it is "very secure." Read more...

Morning News, 5/13/11

By Bryan Griffith, May 13, 2011

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1. State laws face challenges
2. Enforcement may raise ID-theft
3. GA Gov. to sign bill
4. CA Latinos hope for bills
5. BP agents killed in chase Read more...

No Taxpayer Dollars for Sanctuary Cities, States, or Federal Agencies

By Ronald W. Mortensen, May 13, 2011

Rep. Lou Barletta is drafting legislation that would withhold taxpayer funds from sanctuary cities. This is a good start but it would be even better to go after sanctuary states and sanctuary federal agencies as well. (See here for a list of sanctuary jurisdictions subsidized by Justice Department funds.) Read more...

DHS Raids Social Security System and Zaps U.S. Workers – Again

By David North, May 13, 2011

The Department of Homeland Security has – yet again – decided to raid the Social Security Trust Fund and shoulder aside American college graduates from good jobs, as it announced today a twist on the use of the F-1 student visa to aid big business.

That, of course, was not the way the DHS publicists shaped their press release, which was, headed, innocuously:

ICE announces expanded list of science, technology, engineering and math degree programs
Qualifies eligible graduates to extend their post-graduate training

Huffington Post Skips E-Verify

By Bryan Griffith, May 12, 2011

The Huffington Post published an article yesterday entitled, "Chipotle, Undocumented Workers, And The Trouble With 'Enforcement-Only' Immigration," by Dave Jamieson. It discusses how, through an Obama administration immigration audit, the majority of the Chipotle restaurant chain's illegal alien workers in the Washington, D.C. area have been fired but have not left the country, as they are searching for new jobs or have already found new jobs. Read more...

The Startup Visa Fraud

By John Miano, May 12, 2011

Over the years industry lobbyists have come up with a number of different marketing campaigns for cheap labor in technology fields. In the past we have seen the "best and brightest" campaign and the "We educate them – why send them home?" campaign. The pitch from these used car salesmen is that all these H-1B workers are really entrepreneurs ready to start companies and build up the economy. America just needs to set these H-1B workers loose to revive the economy. Read more...

Measuring Border Security

By Jerry Kammer, May 11, 2011

President Obama's confident assertions Tuesday about his administration's success in securing the Southwest border don't stand up even to casual examination.

An impressive reduction of a huge number of illegal border crossings can still leave an impressive number of illegal border crossings. Read more...

Honduran Woman Tries to Deport Her Own Mother

By David North, May 11, 2011

It's the perfect man-bites-dog story in the immigration field; a 30-ish Honduran woman seeks to deport her own mother, goes to the Honduran consulate in Atlanta to speed it up, and is faced with a demand for a bribe to do so.

The full story has elements of pathos, of irony, of illegal-alien klutziness, as well as some interesting implications for immigration policy, notably that we as a nation should systematically encourage the non-mandatory departure of illegals – something we don't do. Read more...

Credibility Gap

By Mark Krikorian, May 11, 2011

The president still doesn't get it.

If his amnesty speech yesterday in El Paso is any indication, he really believes that the call for "enforcement first" is merely a ploy to avoid amnesty. His crack about alligators suggests he thinks that he's done all the enforcement that can reasonably be expected of him and that further opposition to amnesty is simple demagoguery. Read more...

Obama's Amnesty Speech

By James R. Edwards Jr., May 10, 2011

The president's speech in El Paso this afternoon delivered a whopper in his call for mass amnesty (still referred to by advocates, including Obama, as "comprehensive immigration reform"). In fact, there were several whoppers, examples of stretching of the truth, and hackneyed phraseology. Read more...

The Outcomes of 'Comprehensive' Reform

By Jerry Kammer, May 10, 2011

In her appearance on C-SPAN this morning, Hispanic Federation president Lillian Rodriguez Lopez made it clear that her organization and its allies continue to press President Obama and the Congress for the massive pinata of comprehensive immigration reform. Read more...

Morning News, 5/10/11

By Bryan Griffith, May 10, 2011

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1. Obama to renew push
2. MD Gov. to sign bill
3. GA Gov. to sign bill
4. SB1070 Sup. Ct. appeal
5. UT law gets hearing Read more...

A Roundup of H-1B News

By David North, May 10, 2011

The H-1B program has been creating news recently, and here's a summary of some items of interest:

From USCIS: The 18-month long H-1B hiring season was opened again on April 1 by USCIS, and there were some takers – but not many. This lack of interest was probably due to economic factors, not the opposition to the program from many of us, and not much because some of the fees had been raised last year by congressional action. Read more...

How One Illegal Outwitted Federal, State Authorities for 30 Years

By David North, May 9, 2011

Detective Joe Friday of the long-ago "Dragnet" TV show famously said to female witnesses, "just give me the facts, Ma'am."

ICE publicists might rephrase this as, "just give me the triumphs."

As a recovering federal publicist myself (U.S. Department of Interior, 1997-1999) I have a sense of how this works, and how agencies feed the press (unless challenged) only the best part of the story.

The ICE press release that stimulated these thoughts had a positive heading: Read more...

Where are the H-1B Geniuses?

By John Miano, May 8, 2011

The U.S. imports about 100,000 people a year on H-1B visas. The public is constantly told that this mass of labor imports represent the "Best and Brightest" in the world.

Where are the big accomplishments from those on H-1B visas?

The citations of "H-1B" accomplishments from program supporters illustrate this problem. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that: Read more...

Obama's Rule of Lawlessness

By James R. Edwards Jr., May 8, 2011

The Obama administration seems married to an ideology of willful lawlessness. Attorney General Eric Holder has vacated a ruling of the Board of Immigration Appeals concerning a deportable alien on account of sexual orientation. The next day, a similar deportation was held up on the same grounds.

This is the same administration and Justice Department and attorney general that filed suit against the state of Arizona last year over the state's duly enacted S.B. 1070, which closely paralleled federal laws concerning immigrants. Read more...

Holder Sends Signal Supporting Marriages of Gay Immigrants

By David North, May 8, 2011

Attorney General Eric Holder sent a signal earlier this week, opening the possibility that the Justice Department might view marriages involving gay migrants as comparable to traditional (i.e., one man-one woman) marriages.

The signal came when he – and this is rare – overruled a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA); it had decided that a gay illegal alien could be deported despite the fact that he was in a civil union with a U.S. citizen. Had the alien in question been in a traditional marriage the deportation, presumably, would not have happened. Read more...

Just Another Mafia

By James R. Edwards Jr., May 7, 2011

The Washington Post ran a front-page story Saturday about a Mexican ID forgery ring that had operated in eleven states, from Rhode Island to North Carolina to Arkansas. Read more...

An Intriguing (but Probably Flawed) Idea - the Sacrifice Bunt Visa

By David North, May 6, 2011

I am not at all sure it is a good idea, but it certainly is an intriguing one.

The reference is to the proposed "Sacrifice Bunt Visa." An illegal alien in the U.S. would agree to leave the nation, and in return, he or she would nominate one other illegal alien to be legalized. Thus at a single stroke, the total population of the country would shrink by one, and the population of the illegals in the country would drop by two. Read more...

Illinois Governor Moves to Protect Illegal Alien Criminals

By Jessica Vaughan, May 6, 2011

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has announced his intention to cancel the state's agreement with ICE to allow law enforcement agencies in his state to share arrest information with ICE under the Secure Communities Program, saying he was "not satisfied" with the results. Quinn expressed concern that ICE has removed a large number of illegal aliens who committed minor crimes in addition to dozens of criminal aliens with convictions for serious felonies. Read more...

Republicans and Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, May 5, 2011

The standard line among the high-immigration right (earnestly, if insincerely, seconded by their fellow-travelers on the left) is that Republican opposition to open immigration is driving otherwise-conservative immigrant (and/or Hispanic) voters into the arms of the Democratic Party. Some new research suggests it's actually the other way around. Far from Republican anti-immigration views pushing immigrants further toward the Democrats, it's immigrant anti-Republican views that pushes Republicans further toward restriction. Read more...

U.S. Islands' Immigration Policies Overruled by Mainland Standards

By David North, May 4, 2011

The underlying immigration policy of some U.S. island territories might be characterized as: "Let 'em in, deny 'em political rights, and exploit 'em."

Exploit them, in different ways, but to such an extreme that – eventually – Mainland norms override the islands' policy tendencies.

A decision of the Ninth Circuit on a Northern Marianas immigration issue yesterday reminded me of these island/Mainland tensions, which I once watched from my perch inside the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs. Read more...

USCIS Spends Too Much Time on Tiny Populations, Including Dead Ones

By David North, May 3, 2011

USCIS, thanks to its own inclinations and congressional thoughtlessness, spends too much executive time on tiny populations, including dead ones.

Recently that agency's busy Office of Public Engagement, unwittingly exposed this tiny- population focus when it, usefully, reminded all and sundry of some form revision notices in the Federal Register. Read more...

'You must . . . study for at least part of your time in the USA' for an F-1 Visa

By David North, May 2, 2011

There's an interesting difference between U.S. government rules on the F-1 visa for foreign students and how those rules are described by the visa middlemen in India.

According to USCIS, "you must be enrolled as a full-time student" at the institution. Read more...

An Unusual Voice on Univision

By Jerry Kammer, May 2, 2011

Univision's Sunday Spanish-language news program "Al Punto" gave voice to the sort of Latino not often heard on the network: a conservative Republican who does not favor amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Host Jorge Ramos spoke with Adryana Boyne, an immigrant from Mexico who has long been active in Republican politics. In 2008 Boyne was a delegate to the Republican National Convention and was active in the Mike Huckabee presidential campaign. Read more...

Does Parroting Lobbyists Constitute 'News analysis'?

By John Miano, May 2, 2011

This week provided a wonderful example of why public funding for NPR should be cut off.

In the tech industry it has become routine for Americans to be replaced by lower-paid foreign workers on H-1B visas. The repeating pattern is for the U.S. employer to contract with an H-1B bodyshop to supply labor to replace its American workers. The U.S. employer then requires its American workers train their foreign replacements. Read more...

USCIS Overturns 'Early Bird Gets the Worm' Rule in H-1B Program

By David North, April 29, 2011

Throughout our lives we are told that "that the early bird gets the worm," that it is a good idea to be "early to bed and early to rise," and that a "stitch in time saves nine," but USCIS has now overruled those mottos in the H-1B program.

It now is about to impose a set of rules in that foreign high-tech worker program to, in effect, make life easier for the late birds, the late risers, and the non-stitchers among the greedy employers who use the H-1B program to lower their labor costs, and deny jobs to American workers. Read more...

State Department Regs Guarantee Loss of 120,000 American Jobs

By David North, April 28, 2011

I suppose it is progress when one of the State Department's alien worker programs decides that foreign college students can no longer be used as rickshaw operators, or in their words: "as pedicab or rolling chair drivers".

It certainly is a refreshing bit of transparency when the department admits that its Summer Work Travel program had sometimes been used to staff "money laundering, money mule schemes and Medicare fraud", though no details are provided. Read more...

SB1070 as Bogeyman

By Mark Krikorian, April 28, 2011

After the passage of Arizona's SB1070 and Republican gains in many state legislatures, there was a lot of talk of similar immigration measures sweeping other states. There has been some real progress, most notably in Georgia, but not as much as you would have thought from the hype. Some of that is because it was hype, and most bills in any legislature never get anywhere. Read more...