Immigration Blog

GAO's Bland Review of H-1B Scheme Mostly Ignores Impact on Workers

By David North, January 30, 2011

A recently released report on the controversial H-1B program is a disappointment on several levels – mostly because it plays down or ignores the program's negative impact on resident workers.

The report was written by the ultra-cautious Government Accountability Office (GAO) and is entitled "H-1B Visa Program: Reforms Are Needed to Minimize the Risks and Costs of Current Program".

Though this is not spelled out in the text, the "risks" and the "costs" of the program appear – in GAO's eyes – to rest on the employers. Read more...

Ariz.-Style Immigration Law Proposed in Calif.; Republican Strategists Channel La Raza

By Jon Feere, January 29, 2011

California is gearing up for a legislative attempt at discouraging illegal immigration, this time following Arizona's lead. If it becomes law, Assembly Bill 26, or the "Secure Immigration Enforcement Act," will end sanctuary cities, add licensing laws that would discourage businesses from hiring illegal aliens and require use of E-Verify, strengthen the state's human smuggling laws, discourage illegal alien day labor, among other things. Read more...

Technical Note: The Estimate of about 650,000 H-1Bs as of 9/30/09

By David North, January 28, 2011

A previous blog argued that the Government Accountability Office had hidden the size of the total H-1B population in its recent report, either out of political expediency or maybe laziness, and thus blurred the debate over the appropriateness of that controversial program. Read more...

GAO Hides Total Numbers of H-1Bs; I Say There are About 650,000

By David North, January 28, 2011

Suppose you have a suburban front yard of about 3,000 sq. feet (60 feet x 50 feet), and you have 30 dandelions in it, or one for every 100 sq. feet. Not to worry, enjoy the bright yellow flowers in the springtime. On the other hand, you could have 30,000 of them, or ten per square foot; they would shortly obliterate any grass you had left. You probably should make a policy decision about the dandelions, based on the numbers, because numbers matter. Read more...

Your 'Jewish Priorities,' Not Ours: Establishment Responses to the SOTU

By Stephen Steinlight, January 27, 2011

Though Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was mostly right if overly optimistic when he said, "no lie can live forever," many that eventually succumb don't die easily. Some cheat death for a long time because of extraordinary life-support. Read more...

USA Today Op-ed: Keep SBInet

By Janice Kephart, January 26, 2011

From the USA Today, January 20, 2011

The Obama administration's unbelievable message that our border with Mexico is "as secure now as it has ever been" puts public safety and U.S. sovereignty increasingly at risk. Today's border is ravaged by violence spilling from Mexico that is already a U.S. national security emergency. Read more...

The Jewish Establishment Seeks Consolation in Pointless Activity

By Stephen Steinlight, January 24, 2011

The incongruence between the grimly inhospitable political climate in the new Congress for the robotic liberal agenda of the Jewish Establishment and what comes across as equanimity about a minor focal readjustment in some and delusionary myopia among other "Jewish groups adjusting agendas for new GOP-led Congress" recalls Albert Camus' closing observation in The Myth of Sisyphus, his classic essay on life's inescapable meaninglessness. Read more...

Department of Error-Riddled Immigration Op-Eds

By Stanley Renshon, January 23, 2011

In reading through the many commentary pieces related to our national immigration debates, it's worthwhile to start to draw some distinctions. There are those rare successful efforts to make sense of a specific immigration issue whose analysis leaves you more informed than when you started. There are those with which you essentially agree, but which are not much help in advancing your understanding because they essentially restate conclusions you have already reached. Read more...

The Price of L.A.'s Illegals – and Then Some

By James R. Edwards Jr., January 23, 2011

An estimate by a Los Angeles County supervisor finds that his county spent more than $600 million in 2010 on welfare for the children of illegal aliens. That's up more than $30 million over the previous year. Read more...

Why Not a Hispanic-American Identity?

By Stanley Renshon, January 21, 2011

Hyphenated American identities have helped many millions of new legal immigrants to the United States, from every continent in the world, find their way eventually to becoming full-fledged members of our national community. So why do we seem to have discarded that unparalleled record of success when it comes to America's largest and fastest grown new immigrant groups – "Hispanics"/"Latinos" ? Read more...