Immigration Blog

Morning News, 11/4/10

By Bryan Griffith, November 4, 2010

1. House to emphasize enforcement
2. Hispanic Caucus loses members
3. Survey: Latinos key in election
4. Poll: Hispanics mixed on Obama
5. AZ Sheriff Babeu reaches deal Read more...

Immigration Decision-Makers: Upcoming Committee Changes

By David North, November 3, 2010

How the election of 2010 will – or will not – alter the nation's immigration policies is not yet known, but we do know that it will shake up the array of decision-makers in the House, and will leave those in the Senate untouched. Read more...

Non-citizen Voting – RIP, Again

By Stanley Renshon, November 3, 2010

Among the many important results yesterday's election is the resounding defeat of two measures that would have allowed non-citizens to vote. In previous entries, here, here, here, and elsewhere, I had taken up the most recent efforts to do away with the requirement that only citizens be allowed to vote. Read more...

Morning News, 11/3/10

By Bryan Griffith, November 3, 2010

1. GOP to take control of House
2. SSA holds no-match letters
3. AZ Gov rides support of SB1070
4. Pro-enforcement PA mayor wins
5. GOP may stall immigration Read more...

Morning News, 11/2/10

By Bryan Griffith, November 2, 2010

1. Obama backtracks on 'enemies'
2. Court support for AZ law
3. New GOP could include hard-liners
4. UN uses AZ law as example
5. Hispanic voters' priorities Read more...

Labor Department Does the Right Thing with Exploitative H-2B Program

By David North, November 1, 2010

The U.S. Labor Department is taking steps to raise wages employers are required to pay in the H-2B nonimmigrant worker program. And raising the wages may well mean that employers will be less likely to use it, thus reducing migration. Read more...

Morning News, 11/1/10

By Bryan Griffith, November 1, 2010

1. Reid vows lame duck action
2. Many GOP Latinos to running
3. SB1070 appeals case begins
4. I-9 audits result in warnings
5. ICE working with CA town Read more...

Remittance-Senders (Mostly Illegals) Ship $25 Billion a Year Out of the U.S.

By David North, October 31, 2010

The classic labor market focus of restrictionists is on illegal alien workers vs. legal resident workers – but I want to add another question to the conversation: where do the workers spend their money?

Fundamentally, we do not want the labor force to be needlessly expanded by floods of illegal alien workers, disadvantaged by their status, and willing to work for less than the prevailing wage.

Similarly we are opposed to needless flows of legal nonimmigrant workers (such as H-1Bs), who while legal, also tend to depress labor markets, to the detriment of legal resident workers. Read more...

Hidden Good News: Both Judges and DHS (Silently) Zap Religious Worker Fraud

By David North, October 29, 2010

How often does a restrictionist get to write the following sentence?:

"USCIS and the Ninth Circuit both combat fraud in an immigration program."

Not often. The Ninth Circuit and USCIS both tend to lean toward open-border policies, but not in this very specific case. Read more...

Big Prison — Call Me!

By Mark Krikorian, October 29, 2010

I haven't jumped on the anti-NPR bandwagon following Juan Williams' firing — yes, it was wrong, and yes, there should be no government funding of news operations, but I like NPR and I and CIS have always been treated fairly, both by reporters and talk shows, at both the national level and regional stations. Read more...

Morning News, 10/29/10

By Bryan Griffith, October 29, 2010

1. Controversy in NM
2. Dems see Latinos as key
3. AZ law not up to par
4. Report on Puerto Ricans
5. Whitman: Enforce law Read more...

New Hispanic Poll on Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, October 28, 2010

The Pew Hispanic Center has a new poll out of Hispanic attitudes related to immigration. Maybe most interesting is this: Read more...

Morning News, 10/28/10

By Bryan Griffith, October 28, 2010

1. Sen. Reid touts work
2. GA lawmakers convene
3. MD tuition questioned
4. Judge denies new trial
5. Man behind 'Don't Vote' Read more...

Morning News, 10/27/10

By Bryan Griffith, October 27, 2010

1. Appeals court overturns AZ law
2. Jesse Jackson says vote Dem
3. ALIPAC drops support for Dems
4. Immigration lacks impact
5. MA taxpayers cover $35.7M Read more...

'I Do' – Wink-Wink, Nudge-Nudge

By James R. Edwards Jr., October 27, 2010

The political uproar over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's staffer who committed marriage fraud with an immigrant highlights a very serious type of immigration offense. Fake marriages to enable undeserving foreigners to get a visa under false pretenses are just as wrong as sneaking across the border. (CIS has written about marriage fraud here.) Read more...

Shades of Richard Nixon: Obama to Latinos – 'Punish Our Enemies'

By Stanley Renshon, October 27, 2010

In what can only be described as a very ugly exhortation, President Obama called on Latinos to "punish our enemies." That remark, reported by the New York Times, was part of the president's full-scale effort to motivate Latinos to come back to the Democratic fold and help buttress their cause in the elections next week. Read more...

Labor Department Takes Restrictionist Position, Gets Zapped by the Courts

By David North, October 27, 2010

Every so often the U.S. Labor Department does the right thing vis-a-vis immigration, but gets reversed by the courts.

It happened the other day with a Fifth Circuit decision to, in effect, lower wages for H-2B workers to below levels set by the Labor Department, thus indirectly encouraging employers to use more of these workers, and thus to expand legal migration. Read more...

There They Go Again: Non-Citizen Voting Arguments: Round II – 'Fairness'

By Stanley Renshon, October 27, 2010

Moral arguments are central to the American immigration debate. Whatever side of the various immigration policy debates Americans find themselves on, questions of fairness, right and wrong, morality, and appeals to basic ethical principals are never very far away. Moral and ethical terms like, "justice" and "fairness" permeate immigration debate. If you Google the terms "fairness" and "immigration" together, you come up with 1.8 million items. Read more...

Wonder of Wonders

By Mark Krikorian, October 26, 2010

Tevi Troy wrote in a recent Politico piece on Republican trends among Jewish voters at the state level: "Jewish voters, like other voters, are worried about the economy, the deficit, and health care." Add immigration to that list — an American Jewish Committee survey has found that a majority of American Jews support the Arizona immigration law, 52 to 46. Read more...

There They Go Again: Non-Citizen Voting Arguments: Round I

By Stanley Renshon, October 26, 2010

One of the frustrations, perhaps to be expected, in debates about American immigration issues is how often the same hackneyed arguments are repeated. Take the question of whether non-citizens should be allowed to vote. Read more...

Morning News, 10/26/10

By Bryan Griffith, October 26, 2010

1. Possible chairs of Judiciary
2. Latino GOP candidates poised
3. Aide to Sen. Reid lied to Feds
4. Latino immigrants sue CT
5. Issue central to Hispanics Read more...

Bureau of Land Management Covers Its Tracks

By Janice Kephart, October 26, 2010

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), usually a quiet and somewhat backwater federal agency, has now taken its position as a placeholder for an Obama administration desperate to keep appearances up that the southwest border is secure. In a small but politically divisive move, the BLM last night did an operation in the Casa Grande area of the Sonora National Monument about a mile south of the major east-west corridor Interstate 8. The operation? Read more...

An Immigration Policy Puzzle: Peruvians vs. Dominicans, Why So Different?

By David North, October 26, 2010

While scrolling through the most recent Pew Hispanic Center data, dealing with country-of-origin profiles of the various Hispanic communities in the United States, I encountered a real puzzle:

Why are the Peruvians in the U.S., (median household income: $51,734) so much more successful than the Dominicans (median household income: $35,644)? Of the 10 Hispanic communities in the U.S. listed by Pew, the Peruvians were at the top of this and several other scales, and the Dominicans were at the bottom. Read more...

Déjà Vu All Over Again: Non-Citizen Voting

By Stanley Renshon, October 25, 2010

Like the corpse that won't stay buried, efforts to resurrect non-citizen voting this Halloween and election season are again making news. The AP story headline reads: "States Weigh Letting Noncitizens Vote," but the headline itself misinforms. Actually, it's not states that are considering allowing non-citizen voting, but two cities, Portland, Maine, and San Francisco, and this makes a difference. Read more...

American Apparel Learns Breaking Immigration Law Is Bad for the Bottom Line

By Jon Feere, October 25, 2010

Last year, the amnesty-advocating, Arizona SB 1070-opposing, and garment-manufacturing company American Apparel was the focus of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation. It was discovered that up to 1,800 of the company's employees were likely illegal aliens. Read more...

Prospects Are Dim for More Data on USCIS' Immigration Appeals Cases

By David North, October 23, 2010

USCIS has announced a tiny bit of additional visibility regarding decisions on immigration cases decided by its Administrative Appeals Office, but any wholesale reduction of the existing secrecy does not appear to be likely. Read more...

It's Not Illegal, But ...

By Stanley Renshon, October 22, 2010

The Washington Post headline is certainly startling: "In WA, illegal immigrants canvassing for votes."

The story reports on one Maria Gianni, who overstayed her visa permit 13 years ago, and others like her, who is now campaigning in Washington State for Democratic senate candidate Patty Murray. Gianni, "one of dozens of volunteers – many of them illegal immigrants," works for an immigrant advocacy organization called OneAmerica Votes. Read more...

Morning News, 10/22/10

By Bryan Griffith, October 22, 2010

1. Virtual fence to be discontinued
2. DREAM Act has supporters, detractors
3. Counties push for non-citizen voting
4. Whitman accuses opponent of lying
5. NY rushes immigrant pardons Read more...

Immigration Court Caseload Climbs – and Offers New Data Source

By David North, October 22, 2010

Newly released data show huge and growing numbers of cases caught up in the immigration courts, while providing an intriguing (to me, at least) way of tracking the geographic distribution of illegal aliens within the U.S. by their nation of birth.

The numbers are numbing. As of the end of September, 261,083 cases were pending in these courts, all waiting for individual hearings before the judges, virtually all facing deportation if they lose. Read more...

GAO's Shoddy Report on Border Patrol Operations on Federal Land

By Janice Kephart, October 21, 2010

The Government Accountability Office, the mandated congressional audit watchdogs, issued a report this week concluding that the Border Patrol needs more timely access and training when operating on federal lands subject to "federal land management laws." Most interesting about this report, from my standpoint, is that the GAO, which generally does an excellent job of twisting bureaucratic arms to obtain information, barely did any useful homework on this piece. Read more...