Immigration Blog

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...

Iraqi Refugee Terrorists

By Mark Krikorian, June 1, 2011

Two Iraqis (apparently Sunnis) have been arrested in Kentucky for conspiring to ship weapons and money to fellow terrorists in their homeland. The two were admitted as refugees, one less than two years ago. And these weren't just blowhards, either; the fingerprints of one of these guys was found on a bomb in the Sunni Triangle, and another told the FBI's informant that he’d been arrested by Iraqi authorities after placing an IED. Read more...

Two Types of Admission Decisions: the Sensible Way and the American Way

By David North, June 1, 2011

When there are more people wanting to migrate to your country than slots for them, there are two ways of resolving that matter.

There is the sensible way, adopted by most of the rest of the world, and then there is the American way. Read more...

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Deserves Our Thanks

By Ronald W. Mortensen, May 31, 2011

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld Arizona's mandatory E-Verify program, the U.S. Chamber deserves a huge vote of thanks.

If the U.S. Chamber had not challenged Arizona's law, opponents of mandatory employment verification would have been able to continue to tell the states that they could not mandate the use of E-Verify. Read more...

Mixing a Sub-Par Deal with a Ticket to the USA

By David North, May 29, 2011

If the job does not pay much, or if the investment is shaky, the way for big business to close the deal is to add a ticket to America to the formula – and the migrant quickly falls in line with a body for the job, or a sum of money for the investment.

For example, many of the exploited guestworkers recruited to work in the Marianas Island sweatshops a dozen years ago were naive young women from rural China; they were sometimes told that "Los Angeles is just a bus ride away from the factory site". Read more...

Obama's Emerging Un-Border Policy: 'Acceptable Levels of Illegal Immigration'

By Janice Kephart, May 27, 2011

The light is getting brighter and the resolution starker on the "no apprehension policy" being imposed on Border Patrol agents by their superiors: it may be part of an emerging "un-border" policy based on a view that we are currently experiencing "acceptable levels of illegal immigration", which logically means we can reduce the numbers of Border Patrol on the ground. Read more...

Open-Border Groups in Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting

By Jon Feere, May 27, 2011

For many years the open-border crowd has pushed hard to perpetuate illegal employment throughout the United States, but today, in Chamber of Commerce of the United States v. Whiting, the Supreme Court has put an end to their anti-E-Verify effort. Many amnesty groups submitted briefs to the Court in support of the Chamber of Commerce in an attempt to get Arizona's law blocked. Read more...

Arizona Catches a Break from the Supreme Court

By Janice Kephart, May 26, 2011

Wow. E-Verify. Our hard-working worker authorization program catches a break from the Supreme Court. Let me first be grateful to Supreme Court Justice Kagan; her recusal helped support redemption for Arizona, our national punching bag for the Department of Justice as of late. As Solicitor General, Kagan had authored the (poorly argued) brief stating that the Supreme Court should review the Ninth Circuit decision and questioned whether Arizona's E-Verify law was pre-empted by federal immigration law. Read more...

Creating Facts on the Ground

By Mark Krikorian, May 26, 2011

The Supremes' complete repudiation of the Chamber of Commerce/Obama administration opposition to state E-Verify requirements will likely result in such mandates making more progress in the states' next legislative sessions; Georgia passed a mandate this year, and the Chamber's strategy of scaring lawmakers away from E-Verify with the bogeyman of Arizona's SB1070 won’t work any more. Read more...

The Magnitude of the E-Verify Win

By Mark Krikorian, May 26, 2011

A lawyer friend writes:

By the way, an interesting tidbit – the administration not only supported the Chamber, but had Neal Katyal — the Acting SG [Solicitor General, who represents the federal government before the Supreme Court] — argue the case. The SG normally argues only one, maybe two, cases per sitting, and that's reserved for the cases the gov't sees as the most important/prominent.

Arizona 1, Open-Borders Lobby 0

By James R. Edwards Jr., May 26, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court has come down on the side of federalism, the constitutional principle that states reserve the rights not delegated by them to the federal government (that is, over the vast majority of matters). It has ruled in favor of Arizona and against apologists for illegal foreign workers and the businesses that steal American jobs. Read more...

Musings on Migration Statistics

By David North, May 25, 2011

Judge Mark H. Metcalf's new CIS Backgrounder, "Built to Fail: Deception and Disorder in America's Immigration Courts", reminds me that the four cabinet departments dealing with international migration have totally different ways of handling migration statistics, two in deplorable ways, and two in a more or less acceptable manner.

Department of Justice: Misleading Read more...

Lamar Smith Acts to 'Keep Our Communities Safe'

By Jessica Vaughan, May 25, 2011

Every year, ICE releases about 4,000 criminal aliens back into U.S. communities because their home countries will not accept them for deportation, and because the Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot be detained indefinitely. This group includes murderers, rapists, cop killers, child predators, and gang members who are then free to continue their life of crime here, and they get a work permit in case their crime doesn't pay enough. Read more...

Morning News, 5/25/11

By Bryan Griffith, May 25, 2011

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1. Border Patrol doubles in size
2. Amnesty label is sticking point
3. PA bill requires E-Verify
4. SC House approves bill
5. CT Senate passes tuition bill Read more...

Dear Mr. President: How About a Border Strategy?

By Janice Kephart, May 24, 2011

On May 11, the White House issued "Statements of Support for President Obama's Commitment to Fix our Broken Immigration System", listing business leaders, elected officials, labor unions, and "immigration reform" advocates. The focus of the comments was on the economics of immigration, and the need to rebuild our businesses and universities with foreign workers and foreign students. Read more...