Immigration Blog

How About a Solo Immigration Visa for Refugees?

By David North, September 26, 2011

One of the largely hidden problems with current U.S. immigration policy is that if we let in an immigrant, refugee, or asylee we set in motion, over time, the admission of that person's (often numerous) relatives.

His or her siblings, parents, nieces and nephews, and ultimately, their siblings, parents, spouses, nieces and nephews, and so on, generation after generation. Chain migration is the cause of much of the expansion of the U.S. population. Read more...

GOP Politics of In-State Tuition

By James R. Edwards Jr., September 25, 2011

The heated exchange between Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, over the issue of in-state college tuition for illegal aliens, illustrates the way different policymakers might approach a problem for which there's no easy answer.

Where someone comes down on this issue shows whether a candidate is able to make tough but right decisions that best serve the citizens of this nation. Perry has been defending Texas's DREAM Act Lite. Read more...

Obama Caves to Ghosts of DeLay, Abramoff on CNMI Migrant Rules

By David North, September 25, 2011

If you had an unruly and obese child in the house would you tell him: "You cannot have more than 15 banana splits today"?

Would you follow that with this order: "Further, you cannot have more than fourteen banana splits tomorrow"?

Probably not, but that is approximately what happened when the Obama administration, apparently caving to the ghosts of ex-Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) and once-jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff, issued new migration rules for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the little U.S. colony just north of Guam, in the western Pacific. Read more...

When Texas Welcomes Illegal Aliens, It Becomes More than a 'State Issue'

By Jon Feere, September 25, 2011

During the last two GOP presidential debates, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has defended his support for in-state tuition breaks for illegal aliens by calling it a state issue. Certainly, many issues are best handled by states. But when a state embraces illegal immigration, the impact is not limited to the state itself. By opposing a border fence, opposing E-Verify, embracing sanctuary cities and tuition breaks, Perry and the Texas legislature have arguably turned the Lone Star State into America's illegal alien welcoming mat. Read more...

Job Growth in Texas – Responding to Criticism

By Steven A. Camarota, September 23, 2011

In our new report on jobs in Texas we showed that newly arrived immigrants got most of the recent job growth in that state. There has been some criticism of the report, some from people who apparently did not read it. The comments below, which were forwarded to us, seem to be representative, so I want to address them. Read more...

Students Weren't Innocent Victims at Raided U.S. Visa Mills

By David North, September 23, 2011

When ICE investigators raided two fringe "universities" earlier this year, places with primarily Indian students, the U.S. media tended to regard the students as victims.

You get a different view from India.

The two institutions are Tri-Valley University in California and Northern Virginia University in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. In both instances ICE was concerned about illegal issuances of visa-creating documents, closing down TVU, apparently for good, and suspending some activities at NVU while leaving the "campus" open for classes. Read more...

Government Sometimes Does the Right Thing in Immigration Cases

By David North, September 21, 2011

While this blog is often critical of governmental actions – and inactions – in immigration matters, sometimes the government does exactly the right thing. Here are three recent examples, from three different agencies:

  1. ICE breaks up a wholesale immigration fraud ring of bogus Christians;
  2. USCIS reminds employers not to collect illegal fees from H-class guestworkers; and
  3. State warns against fraud in the diversity lottery program.

Dubious Casino Investment Linked to Dubious Immigration Program

By David North, September 20, 2011

It's a perfect storm at the nexus of immigration and investment – a proposal to use the EB-5 (buying-green-cards-with-investments) program to start up a huge casino near Washington.

According to today's Washington Post, investors in China are lapping it up. Each family would put up half a million dollars. None of the families would have any other way to get to the U.S. on a permanent basis. Read more...

Taking the Blinders off Social Security's H-1B Audit

By David North, September 20, 2011

To use a rural metaphor regarding the recent Social Security Administration audit of the H-1B program, while blinders are sometimes useful on a riding horse, they are not in a government report. Read more...

State Dept. Seeks to Roll Back Visa Security to 9/10 Standards; DHS Stays Quiet

By Janice Kephart, September 20, 2011

Secretary of State Clinton is now lining up with Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano in quietly continuing the border security backslide to September 10, 2001, standards. None of what you read below will be in press releases. The secretaries are well aware that their policies continue to add to a profusion of amnesty outlets, and now Secretary Clinton is working in tandem with the White House too, where President Obama is pushing for a pullback on any policy pertaining to border security unless a known terrorist is involved. Read more...