Immigration Blog

Obama vs. States and Federalism

By James R. Edwards Jr., October 10, 2011

The Obama administration is considering ramping up its lawsuits against states' immigration-related laws. This indicates a profound misunderstanding of, or a disregard for, the principle of federalism. Read more...

Green Cards for Al Qaeda features CIS Staffer

By Janice Kephart, October 7, 2011

A new documentary, now available on Netflix and through a couple dozen movie distribution houses, features CIS's National Security Director and former 9/11 Commission counsel Janice Kephart on a film regarding the porousness of our physical borderlands.

Please order your copy here.

Feds to Make It Easier to Smuggle in Arizona’s Pinal and Maricopa Counties

By Janice Kephart, October 7, 2011

Without incorporation of federal or state law enforcement needs and based on five-year-old data, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a Department of Interior agency, has issued a Lower Sonoran and Sonoran Desert National Monument Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement that will make it easier for smugglers to pass through Arizona’s Read more...

USCIS Makes It Easier for Aging Juvenile Delinquents to Get Amnesty

By David North, October 7, 2011

Not everyone benefiting from a currently proposed USCIS rule-change is an aging juvenile delinquent, but I suspect most of the people in the Special Immigrant Juvenile category fit that description. Most of the beneficiaries, if not all, are probably illegal aliens, as well.

The proposed USCIS regulation makes it easier for the applicants to get green cards, as explained subsequently. Read more...

More Green Cards for Alien STEM Grads with Advanced Degrees, Advances

By David North, October 6, 2011

Thanks in part to two strong performances by two strong women, the cause of more green cards for foreign students with advanced U.S. high-tech degrees seemed to advance at a House of Representatives hearing yesterday.

The pro-migration tone of the hearing of the House Subcommittee on Immigration had been set by the catchy title of the event: “STEM the Tide: Should America Try to Prevent an Exodus of Foreign Graduates of U.S. Universities with Advanced Science Degrees?” Read more...

Five Questions for Rick Perry on In-State Tuition

By Ronald W. Mortensen, October 4, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he supports in-state college tuition for the children of illegal aliens because that is what people who "have a heart" do. However, in reality he is pulling a cynical, heartless trick on these kids and their parents in an effort to garner the support of Hispanic voters while at the same time doing great harm to American men, women and children. Read more...

From 'Wet Bottoms' to 'Children of Illegal Immigrants'

By David North, October 3, 2011

"You might say I was a 'wet bottom'," he laughed.

My friend, whom I will call Juan, was articulate, brilliant, and a U.S. citizen. He had been born in Mexico and had risen to be the ranking Hispanic officer of a major American labor union. When I met him, some 40 years ago, we each had (separate) grants from the Ford Foundation on migration matters.

It was a private conversation, and I had asked him how he had first come to the U.S. Read more...

Importing the Uninsured

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 30, 2011

A new report documents that America's "crisis" of the uninsured is to a great extent self-imposed. By reducing immigration, both legal and illegal, to traditional levels, we would derive the benefit of reducing the rising share of the population without health insurance.

The Employee Benefit Research Institute has produced a new study on the uninsured that bears this out. Using Census data for 2010, EBRI presents the facts:

J.A.W.D.?

By Mark Krikorian, September 29, 2011

The Jobs Americans Won't Do phenomenon has reached a level of true absurdity: will Americans really not work as gym teachers? Along these lines, my CIS colleague David North delved into rulings he stumbled across from tax court to get a detailed look at the grim world of a group of Filipino indentured teachers brought in under the guise of a "cultural exchange" program. The sliminess of this whole practice of foreign contract labor never ceases to amaze me. Read more...

Alabama Law Largely Upheld

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 29, 2011

A federal judge's ruling that much of Alabama's immigration-related law may stand marks progress in a number of ways. Here's a brief, first-cut take on the victory for Alabama's citizens and defeat for open-borders zealots. Read more...