Immigration Blog

New Book Seeks Fewer Family-Based Visas

By Jerry Kammer, September 29, 2010

A new book that was discussed Wednesday at the American Enterprise Institute proposes to redirect U.S. immigration policy away from its heavy emphasis on family reunification.

"We couldn't find another nation in the world that's as generous as we are with regard to family immigration," said Pia Orrenius, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and co-author of Beside the Golden Door: U.S. Immigration Reform in a New Era of Globalization. Read more...

The Ubiquity of Illegal Immigration, Even unto Puerto Rico

By David North, September 29, 2010

You rarely hear about international migration to Puerto Rico, for the simple reason that people are much more likely to leave that island than migrate to it.

But, as a recent ICE press release indicated, illegal immigration is so widespread in the American system that there are illegal aliens even in that perpetually depressed territory. Read more...

A Reform Proposal with Promise?

By Jerry Kammer, September 29, 2010

One of the many vexing aspects of the immigration debate is that economists differ sharply about how immigration affects the earnings of other workers.

The Urban Institute has summarized the dispute this way: "Some economists argue that immigration accounts for a 3 to 4 percent decline in the earnings of native-born workers, with losses concentrated at the low end of the income distribution; others find negligible or positive impacts." Read more...

Morning News, 9/28/10

By Bryan Griffith, September 28, 2010

1. SoCal US Attorney tough
2. Colbert raises profile
3. Emanuel criticized
4. CA Rep. apologizes
5. CA city schools offer guide

... Before the Truth Can Get Its Boots on

By John Miano, September 27, 2010

I recently wrote about how two separate newspapers ran nearly word-for-word identical editorials on H-1B visas. The piece at issue he was published as an opinion of the newspaper without attribution to another source.

It has happened again with the same text. This time at September 26 editorial in the Ventura County Star: Read more...

Morning News, 9/27/10

By Bryan Griffith, September 27, 2010

1. Hidden camera documentary
2. Labor Department in lawsuit
3. 'Colbert was an embarrassment'
4. Massive backlog in courts
5. Texans favor a variety

Private Immigration Bills = Congressional Earmarks = Executive Pardons

By David North, September 26, 2010

A recent issue of Immigration Daily reminded me that there is yet another way to thwart the enforcement of the immigration law, one that is available to only a select few.

This is through the introduction of private immigration bills in the Congress. These are a sort of migration-oriented version of the congressional earmarks we hear so much about, the appropriations for members' pet projects that get funded outside the normal budget process. Read more...

Blowing Holes in Latino Vote Mythology

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 26, 2010

The Wall Street Journal – whose editorial position is for open borders – reports that more Republican candidates for federal and state office this year are Latino. Furthermore, many prominent GOP Hispanic candidates are taking a hard line on immigration. Read more...

Comedian Colbert Tips Hearing Towards Farmworkers' Amnesty

By David North, September 25, 2010

You could tell by the title of Friday morning's hearing "Protecting America's Harvest" that the House immigration subcommittee's agenda was tilted towards agri-business. Read more...

Congressional Immigration Hearings as Comedy Central

By Stanley Renshon, September 24, 2010

It's not quite the aura of seriousness and purpose that House members, and especially Democratic House members, might want to convey shortly before what is shaping up to be an historic midterm election.

Comedy Central comedian Stephen Colbert testified before a House immigration subcommittee hearing by chairwoman Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) titled, "Protecting America's Harvest." He was invited because he had taken up United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez on a challenge to experience life as a field worker. Colbert did so for one day and used that experience as a comedy segment on his show. Read more...

Morning News, 9/24/10

By Bryan Griffith, September 24, 2010

1. DREAM Act may go forward
2. Stephen Colbert testifies
3. Many receive deferrals
4. MA governor criticized
5. Union ends AZ boycott

Fraud-Ridden Refugee Program May Restart

By Don Barnett, September 24, 2010

Most of the "family reunification" provisions in the U.S. refugee program have been suspended for the past 2 years. The Priority 3 (P-3) resettlement category was closed for refugees since summer 2008 when U.S. officials found that most refugees from Africa using the P-3 program were not related at all. The fraud rate among Somali refugees was reported to be as high as 90 percent. Read more...

BALCA Lets It All Hang Out, OAA Never Does

By David North, September 24, 2010

There's a nice contrast between two of the sets of administrative courts handling immigration cases – the Labor Department's Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) and the DHS' Office of Administrative Appeals (OAA).

BALCA is considerably less secretive than OAA as this instance shows.

The case before the DOL panel involved an employer who wanted a labor certification, and thus a green card, for Donaciano Miranda, one of his workers. Read more...

Book Tells of 'The Migrants Who Don't Matter'

By Jerry Kammer, September 24, 2010

A new book about the abuses suffered by Central American migrants passing through Mexico reports that one man visits a Western Union office in the state of Veracruz up to 35 times a day to pick up money sent to ransom those kidnapped by local gangs.

"It is clear evidence of the failure of the authorities to stop the abuses," said Salvadoran journalist Oscar Martinez, author of "Los Migrantes Que No Importan," or "The Migrants Who Don't Matter." The book is published by the Spanish publishing house Icaria. Read more...

USCIS Spends Inordinate Resources on Tiny Populations

By David North, September 23, 2010

DHS continues to spend substantial staff resources on the alleged problems of tiny migrant populations, while giving short shrift to bigger issues.

It hides its priorities by never discussing in public the size of the populations involved. Read more...

Morning News, 9/22/10

By Bryan Griffith, September 23, 2010

1. Sen. proposes closing crossing
2. Comedian Colbert to testify
3. FL Gov. proposes pathway
4. MA delays Sec. Comm. decision
5. 18 arrested for fraud

Intricacies of Immigration Enforcement and Its Lingo Exposed

By David North, September 23, 2010

Would you pay $37,000 to obtain a "letter of refusal"?

Probably not, but if you were in the topsy-turvy world of immigration enforcement and immigration linguistics you might be tempted to do so.

Several illegal aliens living in California bought such letters from diplomats employed by Armenia, according to an ICE press release about the arrest of five people involved in the scheme. Read more...

Abuses of the Diversity Visa Program Hidden in ICE Press Release

By David North, September 22, 2010

Publicists working for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have carefully hidden the central role of the Diversity Visa program (the visa lottery) in an extensive and brutal forced labor case involving young women from Africa.

The Diversity Visa program brings 50,000 people to the U.S. every year; people with no connections to the U.S., people without either needed skills, or refugee status, or money to invest; people who have simply won a free government lottery. For more on this program see this blog. Read more...

Does It Pay to Enforce the Law?

By Steven A. Camarota, September 22, 2010

Recently a blog posting at the American Enterprise Institute web site included an excerpt from a new AEI book by Gordon Hanson. The book is entitled, Regulating Low-Skilled Immigration in the United States. The excerpted passage attempts to make the case that making illegal immigrants return home is probably not good idea. The passage itself uses percentages of GDP to make it case. Read more...

Stirring Latino Anger Against 'Enemies'

By Jerry Kammer, September 21, 2010

For the past several years, advocates of illegal immigrants have complained -- often justifiably -- of the hostile tone of some of their opponents, particularly on talk radio. Read more...

Hurricane Karl and the Mexican State of Veracruz

By Jerry Kammer, September 21, 2010

The lead story on last night's newscast on Univision, the Spanish-language TV network, reported on Hurricane Karl's devastation of widespread coastal areas of the Mexican state of Veracruz, whose northern border is just 250 miles south of Texas.

Reporter Edgar Munoz narrated scenes reminiscent of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina five years ago. Aerial shots showed entire communities under water. Families sat atop roofs waiting for aid.

"The people are desperate," said Munoz. "They are hungry. They are thirsty." Read more...

H-1B Program Gets Two (Well-Deserved) Kicks in the Ribs

By David North, September 21, 2010

The exploitative H-1B program for permitting corporations to hire nonimmigrant high-tech workers at cut-rate wages got a couple of unrelated but well-deserved kicks in the ribs last month.

A federal court ruled in favor of a USCIS memorandum designed to limit some of the worst abuses of the program, and the U.S. Labor Department forced a software firm to pay $1 million in back wages to 135 of its workers. Read more...

Morning News, 9/21/10

By Bryan Griffith, September 21, 2010

1. DREAM Act back in Senate
2. BP overhauls communication
3. Brown criticizes Democrats
4. WA Senate race divided
5. Police defend checks

Morning News, 9/20/10

By Bryan Griffith, September 20, 2010

1. Dems press for DREAM Act
2. Policy has encouraged illegals
3. Mormon paper supports illegals
4. Powell backs amnesty
5. LA shooting protests continue2

Menendez Wants CIR During Lame Duck Session

By Jerry Kammer, September 20, 2010

On yesterday's "Al Punto," the Spanish-language TV network Univision's Sunday morning news program, Sen. Robert Menendez said he will introduce "comprehensive immigration reform" legislation in hopes of getting it passed during the upcoming lame duck session of Congress. Read more...

Birthright Citizenship Discussion on PJTV

By Jon Feere, September 20, 2010

I was recently interviewed by Joe Hicks, host of PJTV’s (Pajamas Media) Minority Report, on the issue of birthright citizenship for illegal aliens. My full report on the subject, "Birthright Citizenship in the United States: A Global Comparison," includes an overview of the history of the 14th Amendment’s Citizenship Clause as well as the most current list of the few countries which grant automatic citizenship to children of illegal aliens.

The video of the interview is available at the PJTV website. Read more...

A National Immigration Auction, Part III: Predictably Bad Consequences

By Stanley Renshon, September 19, 2010

Rounding out the fantasy of a national immigration auction is the touted allure of having a system that, "wouldn't rely on the judgment of [government] bureaucrats." Unfortunately, the actual proposal immediately negates that likelihood. The proposal states that, "When prices rose, the government could react by increasing the number of permits, better syncing immigration with the business cycle" (emphasis added). So much for keeping government bureaucrats out of the process. Read more...

Farfetched? Does Illegal Immigration Facilitate Teenage Obesity?

By David North, September 19, 2010

Can we logically link the following three phenomena:

  • massive illegal immigration,
  • historic high rates of teenage unemployment, and
  • historic high rates of teenage obesity?

A National Immigration Auction, Part II: Illegal Immigration

By Stanley Renshon, September 17, 2010

The authors of a new proposal laid out in the New York Times for a national immigration auction tout its many virtues. They herald, "The good news is that there is a way to replace [the current system] that will promote economic growth while reducing the flow of illegal workers." It sounds almost too good to be true… and it is. Read more...