Immigration Blog

What Cole Porter Didn't Know about International Marriages

By David North, October 21, 2011

Lithuanians and Letts do it
Let's do it, let's fall in love
– Cole Porter

While those wonderful old lyrics suggest the possibility of dreamy international marriages, some of the realities of such arrangements are less than attractive, as the current British discussion of forced marriages reminds us. Read more...

Three Latinos on the American Dream: a Brain Surgeon, a Migrant atop a Train, and a College President

By Jerry Kammer, October 21, 2011

Some late-night time with Tivo this week provided three compelling Latino perspectives on the state of the American dream. The first came from a former illegal immigrant from Mexico who is now a brain surgeon; the second from an unidentified Central American migrant riding atop a train rumbling toward the U.S. border; the third from a former Cuban refugee who is now president of Miami-Dade College. Read more...

Good News: 15 B-1 Russian Engineers Aiming for Boeing, Stopped by CBP

By David North, October 20, 2011

Here's a rare bit of genuine good news on the nonimmigrant worker front: the immigration inspectors at the Seattle-Tacoma Airport turned back 15 Russian engineers that Boeing had wanted to work full time on a visa (B-1) that prohibits such behavior.

With the exploitative H-1B program not as generous as some employers want, several have turned to the B-1 visa for business visitors as a substitute. B-1 visa holders can attend training sessions, go to conferences, and sell stuff but are not supposed to take full-time jobs in the American economy. Read more...

Obama: Deportation Numbers 'Actually a Little Deceptive'

By Jessica Vaughan, October 19, 2011

According to President Obama, the allegedly record-breaking deportation numbers released this week by ICE Director John Morton are "a little deceptive." I agree. They give the impression that this administration is enforcing the law more than, say, the previous administration. But other ICE numbers suggest that immigration enforcement is declining, not increasing. Read more...

ICE Press Release: Portrait of a Triumph or a Confession?

By David North, October 19, 2011

The press release from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) caught my eye for two reasons: 1) because the bad guys had fraudulently filed an eye-popping 25,000 phony immigration documents, and because 2) Earl Seth David had such a memorable last name.

On deeper examination, however, this ICE- told tale "Head of New York law firm charged with immigration fraud" had some deeper and, for me, disturbing meanings. Read more...

Little Pieces of Paper

By W.D. Reasoner, October 19, 2011

As I imagine many did who are interested in the subject of immigration, I watched the show "Lost in Detention," even knowing in advance that it would not likely advocate a pro-immigration enforcement point of view (I was not wrong). The show aired last night as a part of the PBS Frontline series, and for at least some period of time, it can still be viewed on the internet. Read more...

CIS Study in the GOP Debate

By Mark Krikorian, October 19, 2011

We're still looking for the video, but last night's Republican presidential debate included reference to the Center's analysis of job growth in Texas, which found that about 40 percent of job growth there from 2007 to 2010 went to illegal aliens, with another 40 percent going to legal immigrants. Here's the exchange between Romney and Perry from CNN's transcript: Read more...

Hollow Deportation Boast

By Mark Krikorian, October 19, 2011

The administration released the preliminary FY 2011 statistics for "removals" (the largest part of which is deportations), described as "the largest number in the agency's history." But when you look at history, the "largest number" is only about 1,700 more than two years ago; in fact, once the final numbers came out last year, the total had actually dropped slightly from the previous year, even though the agency had also touted those preliminary numbers as the "largest ever" and had Read more...

But How Much Legal Immigration?

By Mark Krikorian, October 19, 2011

In last night's debate, Romney was right when he said:

I think it's important for us as Republicans on this stage to say something that hasn't been said, and that's that every person here loves legal immigration. We respect people who come here legally.

Both true and necessary to say amidst the back and forth about illegal immigration. Americans are uniquely accepting of newcomers whom we've admitted to join our city on a hill; as Teddy Roosevelt put it: Read more...

The Alternative to Immigration Detention: Fugitives

By Jessica Vaughan, October 18, 2011

ICE's "smart and effective" immigration enforcement policies again have proven to be neither. It was reported this week that ICE's New England office lost track of a key witness in a high-profile illegal alien drunk driving fatality case because ICE officials decided to release the witness, Luis Acosta, an Ecuadoran illegal alien who had fled twice before and also faced state charges, on an electronic monitoring bracelet rather than detain him. Read more...