Immigration Blog

Lithuanian SWT Workers Sweat Their Way Across the USA

By Jerry Kammer, August 23, 2012

The most interesting e-mail I've received since the PBS NewsHour story last Friday about the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program came from a friend who just moved from Baltimore to State College, Pa. It began with a wry comment about my failure to wear a tie for my on-camera interview and ended with a painfully candid description of the program's sweat-shop charms for American employers. Read more...

AAO Records Show that Amnesty Is Forever — or at Least 29 Years

By David North, August 23, 2012

A close look at the records of an obscure immigration-control agency suggest that the current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty created (seemingly out of whole cloth) by the White House will be neither relatively brief nor without appeals, as currently promised. Read more...

Immigration in the GOP Platform

By Mark Krikorian, August 23, 2012

I wrote the other day about an attempt by cheap-labor interests to get a guestworker program inserted into the immigration plank of the Republican platform. The bad news is that a guestworker provision did get added. I don’t have the whole text, but the relevant part says “a Republican administration and Congress . . . Read more...

Deferred Action Could Aid Future Enforcement

By John Miano, August 22, 2012

Keeping on top of the mess that is our guestworker programs keeps me so busy that I do not have enough time to devote to the rest of the immigration system.

The big news there is President Obama's "deferred action" program in which he is granting an amnesty to certain illegal aliens. Through this administrative amnesty, illegal aliens who register can avoid deportation and get a work permit. Read more...

ICE Agents Protest Disciplinary Action for Enforcing Laws

By Jessica Vaughan, August 22, 2012

The National ICE Council, which is the primary union for ICE enforcement agents and officers, is taking the extraordinary step of circulating a petition to draw attention to the threats of punishment some of its members have faced for trying to enforce immigration laws, even when those enforcement actions fall within the Obama administration's stated priorities. Read more...

A Wish List for the State Department's Management of the Summer Work Travel Program

By Jerry Kammer, August 21, 2012

As I walked near Farragut Square on Monday, I could have sworn that the warm breeze from the southwest was the accumulation of all the sighs of relief wafting from the State Department as administrators of the Summer Work Travel program discussed the story that aired on Friday night's PBS "NewsHour".

State — whose years of egregious mismanagement of the program have been chronicled by the GAO, its own inspector general, the Associated Press, the Economic Policy Institute, and by us at the Center for Immigration Studies — got off easy. Read more...

One Victory, but Two Big Losses in Three Unrelated Federal Court Cases

By David North, August 21, 2012

There were three unrelated federal court cases in the news August 20, with two of the three being losses for the limited-immigration people. Read more...

Overstay This Visa!

By Mark Krikorian, August 21, 2012

A friend alerted me to this comment from the Bloomberg/Murdoch “Billionaires for Open Borders” show in Boston last week: Read more...

Maryland May Wake from DREAMing in November

By James R. Edwards Jr., August 21, 2012

Just after the Obama administration has started an illegitimate, de facto amnesty for would-be DREAM Act beneficiaries, the reliably "blue" state of Maryland may reject its state DREAM-type law bestowing in-state college tuition rates on foreign lawbreakers.

Maryland, a state that politically has been reliably in the Democrats' pocket, will likely back Barack Obama's re-election while rejecting this blatant reward for breaking America's immigration laws. Now that's interesting. Read more...

Pro-Amnesty Think Tank Wants Lawbreaking Businesses Protected, ID Fraud Buried

By Jon Feere, August 20, 2012

Amnesties for illegal aliens always end up also being amnesties for unscrupulous business owners who employ illegal aliens. President Obama's controversial use of deferred action for up to two million illegal aliens will result not only in the aliens getting a reprieve from deportation and a pass for past illegal acts, it will also have the effect of rewarding businesses that engaged in illegal hiring practices by legalizing their illegal workforce. Read more...

PBS NewsHour Takes a Look at Summer Work Travel

By Jerry Kammer, August 20, 2012

The PBS NewsHour on Friday covered a lot of ground with its story about the State Department's Summer Work Travel (SWT) program, which over the past decade has brought more than a million foreign college students to the United States for low-wage seasonal jobs.

At the end of his nine-minute piece, economics correspondent Paul Solman said his reporting left him feeling ambivalent about the program, which is intended to engender good will in U.S. relations with foreign countries. Read more...

Revisionist History on Skilled Immigration

By James R. Edwards Jr., August 20, 2012

American exceptionalism and economic achievement would hardly be advanced and could even be placed at greater risk if we did what lots of elites, including leading politicians, keep calling for: "staple a green card to every foreign student's U.S. college or graduate diploma".

This lame claim has been potently countered by many able voices. I recently rebutted this talking point, but it's worth deflating again. Read more...

Californians Need Not Apply — Grim Precedent Set for Grad Students

By David North, August 17, 2012

In-state tuition is designed to help residents of a state get a university education at a reduced cost in a government-supported institution. That's why the open-borders types want illegal aliens to get that break, as they do in many states.

But there's a new twist on in-state tuition coming out of California. One part of the state's higher education system has decided that if you qualify for in-state tuition, and want, for instance, a master's degree in computer science, you will not be admitted. Read more...

DHS Belatedly Launches Mandatory Public Comment Period on DACA Process

By W.D. Reasoner, August 17, 2012

CIS Executive Director Mark Krikorian and others affiliated with the Center (Jessica Vaughan and David North, for instance) have written extensively about President Obama's amnesty-by-fiat. Read more...

GOP Platform: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs — for Illegal Aliens?

By Mark Krikorian, August 17, 2012

The Republican convention platform committee will begin work soon and there’s talk that it might incorporate an amnesty provision that was written into the Texas state GOP platform (see p. 21). It’s called the “Texas Solution” and is the creation of Texans for Sensible Immigration Policy, a project of the state’s construction industry. Read more...

Sometimes a Government Agency LIKES to Be Sued

By David North, August 16, 2012

Typically if an outsider sues a government agency, the agency grinds its collective teeth and prepares to defend its actions.

But we learned this week of the settlement of a court case with a different angle. The agency (the Department of Homeland Security) must have been delighted to settle a federal case filed against it in the Central District of California. Read more...

ABA Expands Its Open-Borders Agenda, Embraces SPLC

By Jon Feere, August 16, 2012

The American Bar Association (ABA) recently held its annual meeting in Chicago and took the opportunity to embrace a more open-borders position than ever before. The ABA angered its membership in 2010 by filing an amicus brief against Arizona's S.B. 1070. Read more...

How to Break the Immigration Policy Impasse (11): Why Immigration Grand Bargains Fail — The Incentive Dimension of Amnesties

By Stanley Renshon, August 16, 2012

In a recent analysis of immigration, Nobel Prize-winning economist Gary S. Becker had this to say about the motivation for immigration: Read more...

Amnesty Kickoff Today

By Mark Krikorian, August 15, 2012

Something I didn't mention in today's piece for National Review Online on the start of Obama's unconstitutional amnesty program for certain illegal aliens claiming to be under 30: If Congress doesn't rouse itself to push back against the president's usurpation of their authority, you can expect a lot more amnesties like this in a second Obama term. Read more...

DACA Eligibility Widens Again, Mayorkas Confirms

By David North, August 15, 2012

The definition of just who is eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty was opened a little more broadly yesterday by USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas during a stakeholders' teleconference.

This is the program of delayed (perhaps forever) deportations for aliens who arrived illegally in the States prior to their 16th birthdays and who meet other criteria. Read more...

DACA Watch: Maybe the Devil Creates Those Details

By David North, August 14, 2012

The concept that "the devil is in the details" sounds passive on examination; it's as if someone sighs and says: "Yes, that is the way of the world."

But I am convinced that in the latest amnesty (aka, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) the devil has created the details. In other words, parts of the program have been deliberately designed to quietly expand the number of eligibles beyond what might be expected otherwise. Read more...

While the Flood Gates Are Opening, a Small Spigot May Be Tightening

By David North, August 14, 2012

While tomorrow (August 15) is the day that the flood gates open for the new DACA amnesty (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), there is a genuine possibility that a small spigot creating a modest flow of illegal aliens is about to be tightened a bit — though it will not be closed completely.

Both deal with the relatively young, but the flood gates are expected to open for a primarily low-income Hispanic population, while the closing spigot will deal with a rather more prosperous, probably more Asian population. (These ethnic distributions are not deliberate, but are predictable given the nature of these flows.) Read more...

Cleaning Up a Dirty Business

By W.D. Reasoner, August 13, 2012

The Reuters news agency, among other media outlets, reported last week on a decision of the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Zavala et al. v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

The circuit court decision, favorable to Wal-Mart, declined to certify a proposed class action lawsuit against the corporation. The lawsuit alleged unfair labor conditions approaching peonage used against janitors, many if not most of them illegal aliens working for subcontractors to Wal-Mart, cleaning stores after hours throughout the nation. The would-be plaintiffs were the janitors themselves. Read more...

No One Will Say "You Don't Look 30" – A DREAM Scheme Note

By David North, August 10, 2012

One of the few potential fraud-curbing provisions of the DREAM Scheme is that you have to be younger than 31 to apply.

This is the program, now called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), that will (or at least can) give temporary legal status to an estimated 1.75 million young illegal aliens. Applicants are supposed to have arrived illegally before the age of 16, and have spent at least five years in the States since they got here.

So, if someone comes in looking to apply for DACA, and looking like they are 40, they get tossed out of the program, right?

Wrong! Read more...

Olympic Visa Overstayers

By David Seminara, August 10, 2012

While many Olympic athletes are apparently busy picking up on members of the opposite sex, others are busy finding ways to overstay their visas.

Foreign Policy and various other news outlets report that at least eight Olympic athletes, all from developing countries, have gone AWOL in London. Seven of the missing athletes are from Cameroon, five of them boxers, and the eighth was the 15-year-old torchbearer for Ethiopia who was there as part of the International Olympic Committee's International Inspiration program, which is supposed to enrich the lives of young people through sport or, in this case, provide them with a nicer country to live in. Read more...

Firms Get a Bonus for Hiring Aliens with Degrees in Undersea Warfare

By David North, August 9, 2012

Suppose your firm needs an analyst with training in combat systems engineering, or in low-observable and stealth technology, or in undersea warfare. Do you think the U.S. government will pay your firm a bonus for hiring an alien, rather than a U.S. citizen, for the job?

How about a job in military applied sciences, strategic intelligence, or military information systems technology? Is there a financial plus for hiring an alien for these jobs?

The answer is yes. Read more...

On Nationwide Tour, Documentary Film Stirs Discussion in a Washington, D.C., Suburb

By Jerry Kammer, August 9, 2012

Dennis Lynch, the director of a provocative documentary about illegal immigration, led a brief but spirited discussion last night in the Washington suburb of Rockville, Md.

First came the 100-minute film, They Come to America, which is decidedly against illegal immigration but also respectful of the issue's complexity and mindful of its swirling human cross currents. Its main characters are Americans upset by illegal immigration and a young Latin American man who works as a day laborer on Long Island, N.Y. Read more...

Rewarding Illegal Alien Identity Thieves, Sacrificing Innocent American Children

By Ronald W. Mortensen, August 8, 2012

How many times have we been told by the business, religious, media, law enforcement, and political elites that illegal aliens are just honest, good, hard-working people?

And haven't we recently been told by President Obama that somewhere in the neighborhood of one million illegal aliens who came illegally to the United States will be granted quasi-legal status as long as they haven't been convicted of any really, really, really serious crimes? Read more...

DREAM Scheme: 25% Bigger and with New Initials!

By David North, August 7, 2012

On August 7 the DREAM Scheme grew larger than previously expected, and secured for itself a new set of "user-friendly" initials: DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

Announcing the newly expanded size of the program, and the new initials, was not the government, but the administration's consistent immigration ally, the well-funded, Washington-based Migration Policy Institute. Read more...

The Two Big Fig Leaves on the DREAM Scheme Revealed

By David North, August 7, 2012

The education/military "requirement" of the DREAM Scheme has been strongly emphasized by the White House as it seeks to persuade America of the benefits of this amnesty program for some one million illegal aliens.

Yet, when you examine the fine print you will find that: Read more...