Immigration Blog

Flashback: Sen. Reid on Birthright Citizenship

By Jon Feere, January 4, 2011

In 1993, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) introduced legislation to clarify the scope of the 14th Amendment's Citizenship Clause and to end the practice of granting U.S. citizenship to children born to illegal immigrants.

Specifically, in a section titled "Basis of Citizenship Clarified," Reid's bill explained: Read more...

A View from Manhattan

By Jerry Kammer, January 4, 2011

During a visit to New York last week, I had the opportunity to speak with a few of the Mexican immigrants who are ubiquitous workers in Manhattan's countless restaurants, delis, cafes, corner markets, pizzerias, bagel shops, and hotels. Read more...

Morning News, 1/4/11

By Bryan Griffith, January 4, 2011

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1. States target 14th amendment
2. CO Gov. reverses course
3. New AZ AG to defend SB1070
4. FL lawmaker pushes enforcement
5. UT man sentenced for ID fraud

Foriegn Workers and the Mismatch Theory

By Stanley Renshon, January 4, 2011

The idea that the United States needs a temporary worker program is fast becoming conventional wisdom. The logic underlying this supposed need is well captured in an article by Daniel Griswold of the Cato Institute. He writes, "The fact that 400,000 to 500,000 foreign born workers were joining the U.S. labor force illegally in years past indicates the general magnitude of the need for additional legal workers when the U.S. economy resumes normal growth. Read more...

The More-Workers-Needed Fallacy

By Stanley Renshon, January 3, 2011

With the decreasing likelihood of "comprehensive immigration reform," at least as it has been formulated to date, and the defeat of the so-called DREAM act, interested parties on all sides of the immigration debate are searching for new policy initiatives that can stand on their own and not be dependent on any "grand bargain" of amnesty and increased immigration in exchange for promises of enforcement. Read more...

New Bomb Manual + Open Borders = Danger

By Janice Kephart, January 3, 2011

The British based think tank located at King's College London has helped focus attention on the worldwide online dissemination of an English-language explosives manual endorsed and written by Al Qaeda's bomb-making leadership. An article in Britain's Telegraph newspaper says the manual is so detailed and so widely distributed that intelligence personnel the world over will have a tremendously difficult time harnessing security capabilities to cut off access to stand-alone radicals persuaded by Al Qaeda or other anti-western propaganda. Read more...

USCIS Does the Right Thing on Immigrant Investor Scam in the Mojave

By David North, January 2, 2011

Once in a while – if the situation is both very, very bad and very well-publicized – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) does the right thing regarding its bizarre immigrant investor program.

It did that recently regarding a dicey investment scheme involving the City of Victorville, on the edge of the Mojave Desert in Southern California. Read more...

Obama's Immigration Warning

By Stanley Renshon, January 2, 2011

What a difference a lame duck makes. At his press conference after the midterm elections, the president appeared subdued, acknowledged a "shellacking," and promised a renewed search for common ground.

Then, at his post-lame duck news conference, the president, according to one wag, went "from shellacking to swashbuckling." More importantly, the president clearly had recovered both his usual high level of self-confidence and his transformational ambitions. Read more...

Medical Cost Exposure Forcing States' Hands

By James R. Edwards Jr., January 1, 2011

Obamacare is already forcing states to make hard decisions in order to stay out of bankruptcy. Health "reform" cheerleader Norman Ornstein decries in the Washington Post how states are approaching the federally mandated health costs they will see skyrocket over the next several years. However, with massive loopholes cynically intended to allow illegal aliens to get taxpayer-funded health care, states have little choice but to start curbing their overall health spending now. Read more...

How to Revise the DREAM Act, Part II: The Permanent Administrative Visa

By Stanley Renshon, January 1, 2011

Removing the most egregious loopholes in any revised dream act still leaves complex and difficult problems to be solved. Read more...

How to Revise the DREAM Act, Part I: Remove Egregious Loopholes

By Stanley Renshon, December 30, 2010

Debra Saunders makes the very good suggestion in her column on the most useful starting place for revising the DREAM Act: "If Republicans write the bill, [is that] they can make sure the Dream does not include egregious loopholes." She doesn't name the offending culprits, but they are obvious: Read more...

Morning News, 12/30/10

By Bryan Griffith, December 30, 2010

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1. Progress on amnesty unlikely
2. More states could follow AZ
3. Economic impact of illegals
4. VA rule complicates courts
5. AZ activists prepare to fight

Morning News, 12/29/10

By Bryan Griffith, December 29, 2010

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1. Court rules for incapacitated
2. 12 Chinese arrested with fakes
3. 2.3m re-entered without proper ID
4. 100K enter US under pilot program
5. AZ lawmakers ready to continue

Non-Accredited Language Schools Given More Time for F-1 Admissions

By David North, December 29, 2010

The enormous difficulty getting Congress to close even the most glaring loopholes in our immigration system was shown again this month in its feeble action regarding the controversial, visa-creating, English-language instruction schools.

One can study the English language in virtually every nation of the world, but the American immigration system insists on granting student (F-1) visas to nonimmigrants who have enrolled in just about any American institution that says it provides instruction in the language. Read more...

Housing Prices' Upside from Local Enforcement

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 29, 2010

The latest Case-Shiller index of home prices in 20 of the nation's cities worries homeowners, people in the construction industry and those involved in the real estate sector. This composite index from the Standard & Poor's unit shows the price of houses in 16 of 20 U.S. markets has fallen since May. Read more...

Why a Revised DREAM Act Might Help American Immigration Policy

By Stanley Renshon, December 29, 2010

The DREAM act, as I noted in yesterday's posting, speaks to the circumstances of the group of illegal immigrants most likely to draw sympathy from across a wide spectrum of political views. The problem, sympathetic conservative columnist Debra Saunders notes, is to find "a middle way that unites the right thing to do with smart politics." Read more...

Preserving the Border Insecurity Environment

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 28, 2010

The latest flare-up of border security versus environmental preservation is happening along the southwest border in New Mexico. The pernicious proposal to consolidate 250,000 acres of wilderness preserve would worsen things for border enforcement, ease the lawbreaking of illegal border crossers, and actually put the area's natural resources at greater risk. Read more...

USCIS Further Waters Down Requirements for Investor Visas

By David North, December 28, 2010

The already pallid rules for investor (EB-5) visas have been watered down, yet again.

As I pointed out in an earlier blog, a whole family can get a full set of green cards if one member of it makes a half-million dollar investment in the U.S. for two years. Read more...

Dangerous Compassion? Conservatives on a Revised DREAM Act

By Stanley Renshon, December 28, 2010

Those who accuse conservatives with heartless and unshakable antipathy to immigrants, devoid of any understanding of the human and moral complexities that are part of our nation's immigration dilemmas, don't bother to know much about conservative thinking. Case in point: Debra Saunders' heartfelt column supporting a future GOP written version of the so-called "DREAM Act." Read more...

Morning News, 12/28/10

By Bryan Griffith, December 28, 2010

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1. Judiciary head considers objectives
2. Audit: ID policy not implemented
3. Conflict of wilderness, security
4. Immigration adds to growth rate
5. Hispanic groups tout lout

Mexican Senators Want Safe Passage for U.S.-Bound Central Americans

By Jerry Kammer, December 27, 2010

Upset at the abuses suffered by Central Americans illegally crossing Mexico, a group of Mexican senators is proposing a law that would offer safe passage for migrants headed for the United States.

The proposal would require Mexico's Interior secretary to establish safe routes for the migrants to ravel by land, sea, and air. According to an article in the December 24 Excelsior newspaper, it has the support of senators from across the political spectrum, including members of the conservative PAN, the centrist PRI, and the leftist PRD. Read more...

Immigrant Entrepreneur Visas: A Solution in Search of a Problem?

By Stanley Renshon, December 27, 2010

In a burst of ironic serendipity, the Wall Street Journal published two articles on the perilous state of the American economy and the idea, now gaining traction, that immigrant entrepreneurs are one solution to our economic problems. Read more...

Case Study: When Klutz and Chutzpah Combine in the Immigration Business

By David North, December 27, 2010

Once upon a time there was an illegal alien with a remarkable imagination, unlimited nerve, but limited intelligence. This is a story of what happened to him, and what did not, in the immigration decision-making process. (I stumbled on the case while researching something else.) Read more...

No Big Surprise: Obama Administration Not Fully Implementing Border Passport Requirements

By Janice Kephart, December 22, 2010

Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) internal watchdog, the Office of Inspector General (OIG), began investigating whether DHS had fully implemented a rule concerning secure travel documents known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). Read more...

The Center's Negative Christmas List

By David North, December 22, 2010

He's making a list and checking it twice,
He's going to find out who's naughty and nice . . .
-- From "Santa Claus is coming to town"

As a public service, the Center for Immigration Studies is providing you with a negative shopping list, so that you will not patronize any of the enumerated firms, ones with really grim records of abusing foreign worker programs. Read more...

Amnesty Advocates Continue the Battle, Offer Differing Approaches

By David North, December 21, 2010

Despite the DREAM Act defeat, different amnesty advocates continued the argument this week, using different approaches.

There was the raw political approach reported in a blog by my colleague Jerry Kammer, "NCLR to Republican Senators: 'Watch Out'," in which the National Council of La Raza threatened political repercussions for DREAM Act opponents, including the two GOP Senators from Texas. (And when is the last time that the Republicans lost a U.S. Senate race in Texas? – the answer is below.) Read more...

Morning News, 12/21/10

By Bryan Griffith, December 21, 2010

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1. Gibbs: amnesty or nothing
2. Obama to meet with Caucus
3. Audit shows strict ID rules
4. Critics challenge Sec. Comm.
5. 60K Haitians apply for TPS

NCLR to Republican Senators: 'Watch Out'

By Jerry Kammer, December 20, 2010

After the Senate vote on the Dream Act on Saturday, a spokeswoman for the National Council of La Raza issued a warning to the Republicans who voted against the measure.

"The most immediate repercussions are that – particularly those members in states where the Latino population has political influence – they'd better watch out," said Clarissa Martinez, NCLR's director of immigration and national campaigns. "I am talking about persons like Hutchison and Cornyn of Texas, LeMieux in Florida, Kirk in Illinois." Read more...

Illegal Aliens Less Attractive to Senators than Gay Service People

By David North, December 20, 2010

It is obvious, by now, that allowing gays to serve in the armed forces is more attractive to the U.S. Senate than encouraging illegal aliens to do so. (I suspect that the Senate would not have voted to terminate don't ask-don't tell (DADT) 20 years ago.)

That broad mindset is probably good news for the restrictionists, but what intrigues me even more are the 19 members of the Senate who bucked their parties' leadership in the votes for ending DADT or initiating the DREAM Act, or both. Among these 19 are the votes that will swing the Senate one way or the other in the two years to come. Read more...

Requiem for a DREAM

By Mark Krikorian, December 19, 2010

As my colleagues have noted below, the DREAM Act has finally been put out of our misery. (Here's how everyone voted, and see analysis of the vote from Roy Beck and Mickey Kaus.) But it's bigger than that. Read more...