Immigration Blog

Utah Likely to Push Back E-Verify Mandate (Again)

By Jon Feere, February 28, 2014

Two facts have been missed by media outlets reporting on Utah's plan to push back the start date of the state's controversial (and unlikely) guestworker program: (1) this is the second time that Utah has delayed the guestworker program's start date, and (2) the state's E-Verify mandate is contingent on the guestworker program coming into effect, and thus will also be delayed. Read more...

For Real Immigration Reform, Beat the Clock, Pt. 1

By Stanley Renshon, February 28, 2014

In the early days of television, quiz shows were a staple, and none was more popular or enduring than "Beat the Clock". In that show contestants were required to perform tasks within a certain time limit. Their time remaining was counted down on a large 60-second clock in front of a live audience. If they succeeded at the task within the prescribed time limit, they "beat the clock". If not, the clock beat them.

Real immigration reform also is in a race to "beat the clock", but in this case the clock is an unfolding election calendar, whose results at each stage will present a series of opportunities and dangers. Read more...

On Dual Citizenship

By Dan Cadman, February 27, 2014

Last month, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report titled "U.S. Naturalization Policy", by CRS Immigration Policy Analyst William Kandel.

In the report, Mr. Kandel makes passing reference to birthright citizenship, a matter of some controversy these days given a booming business in "birth tourism" among Chinese nationals and others, but, as he notes, delving into it at any depth was beyond the scope of a report on naturalization. I agree, but hope that a future CRS report does focus on the subject. (CIS has explored birthright citizenship at some length. See here, here, here, and here, for example.) Read more...

Canada, UK, and China All Blast Immigrant Investor Programs — but Not U.S.

By David North, February 27, 2014

Three major players in the immigrant-investor field — Canada, China, and the United Kingdom — have all made major moves to kill, limit, or increase the price of these programs, while the Obama administration continues to promote the EB-5 program in its current form.

To the best of my knowledge, the three nations did not coordinate these moves and I have seen no other writer link the three nations' positions on these programs, but they all are certainly in sharp contrast to the Obama administration's mindless cheerleading. Read more...

On Profiling, Irony, and Hypocrisy

By Dan Cadman, February 26, 2014

A federal district court judge has thrown out a lawsuit against New York City officials alleging that a secret New York City Police Department (NYPD) program of spying on Muslim businesses and mosques violated the constitutional rights of business owners and members of those mosques. Read more...

Mexico Irate Over Border Patrol Use of Force Against Rock Attack

By Jessica Vaughan, February 25, 2014

Following the shooting death last week of a Mexican illegal alien with an extensive criminal record who assaulted a U.S. Border Patrol agent with rocks (one reportedly the size of a basketball), the government of Mexico is demanding that the Obama administration prohibit Border Patrol agents from using lethal force to protect themselves. Reports CNN: Read more...

Judy Woodruff's Unfortunate Use of the "Anti-Immigrant" Label

By Jerry Kammer, February 24, 2014

I wish that journalists who are linguistically sensitive enough to speak of "undocumented immigrants" rather than "illegal immigrants" would be equally sensitive to the concerns of people who do not want to be denigrated as "anti-immigrant" because they want to limit immigration.

That concern came to mind recently as I watched Judy Woodruff's introduction of a PBS NewsHour story on the success of a Swiss referendum aimed at scaling back the immigration that has brought dramatic change to the country's demographics. Immigrants now represent about 27 percent of Switzerland's population. Read more...

On License Plates and Metadata

By Dan Cadman, February 24, 2014

This just in from our Department of Non Sequiturs and Oxymorons: The Associated Press reports that Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, citing privacy concerns, has canceled a contract that would have given agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) access to a national registry of vehicle license plate data. Read more...

An Autopsy of the Senate Immigration Bill, Pt. 3: The Question of Limits

By Stanley Renshon, February 24, 2014

Read Part Two

Most immigration discussions totally avoid the subject of immigration limits or assume there are no limits to the number of immigrants the United States can or should take in every year.

A recent Washington Post editorial, for example, complained about what it called an "absurdly long backlog" that exists "because of annual limits that are out of sync with demand."

Well, yes, almost any limits of immigration to the United States will be out of sync with demand. Read more...

Taking TRAC to Task — Again

By Dan Cadman, February 21, 2014

About a month ago, I wrote a blog about Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).

In it, I expressed my admiration for the clearinghouse and its daily teeth-pulling work with the administration to obtain data that is being obscured (or downright hidden) from the public by various federal agencies — most especially those in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) involved with immigration matters. Read more...