Immigration Blog

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...

Cancellation of SBI on FOX News

By Janice Kephart, January 19, 2011

Late Friday night, with information only briefed to a few key figures on Capitol Hill and the littlest fanfare possible, the Obama administration deleted more security from our southwest border by canceling the Security Border Initiative (SBI), commonly referred to as the "virtual fence". Relying on year old information from a faulty prototype developed by SBI's contractor, Boeing, the administration dissed SBI stating that it is fails to support a "one size fits all" border security measure. Read more...

A Sad Little Announcement: Some Nations Want the Crumbs of Our Economy

By David North, January 19, 2011

You had to read between the lines to get the full meaning, but USCIS issued a sad little immigration announcement last week.

It was about the H-2A (agricultural) and H-2B (non-ag) foreign worker programs run by our government to benefit employers who would rather not cope with the demands of the American labor market. Or, as USCIS says of the H-2A program, it "allows U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary agricultural jobs." Read more...

The Value of a Hyphenated Identity

By Stanley Renshon, January 19, 2011

Hyphenation helps new immigrants resolve a very personal and consequential set of questions: How can I acknowledge who I am while at the same time recognizing the reality of a fresh start in a new country of whose community I would like to be a part? But it does more than this. Read more...

Supreme Stop Sign

By James R. Edwards Jr., January 18, 2011

The Virginia Supreme Court has struck a blow for common sense. And its recent ruling is the first rational measure to check some of the worst ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court's overreaching Padilla v. Kentucky decision. Read more...

The Hyphen as a Bridge to an American Identity

By Stanley Renshon, January 18, 2011

New legal immigrants have chosen the United States as their home in which to live and work, but it is not yet fully their country. Nor, can we expect it to be right away.

The new immigrant arrives having spent his childhood and formative years in his country of origin. She has absorbed its language, culture, and outlook, while at the same time having had an uncountable number of experiences that reinforce and deepened the connections among these elements. So that immigrant arrives here with an already formed identity. He or she is a Nigerian, a Chilean, a Vietnamese, and so on. Read more...

The Big Lie Never Dies: The Washington Post on Mass Deportation

By Stephen Steinlight, January 17, 2011

Despite execrable historical roots, the primary rhetorical strategy employed in the Washington Post editorial "Immigration impasse ahead" (given a different title online) is the Big Lie. Whether consciously or not, its authors effectively turn George Orwell's critique of mass disinformation in 1984 into praxis to make their central point. Read more...

A Small Hyphen's Large Assimilation Results

By Stanley Renshon, January 17, 2011

To understand the role of the hyphen in helping legal immigrants become Americans it is important to keep in mind its role in managing the emotional currents of the immigration process.

Immigration begins with the decision to give up a great deal to make a fresh start in a new country. For most immigrants this requires adjusting to a new culture, a new language, unknown economic prospects, and a lonely existence apart from family, friends, and community. Read more...

Hyphenation vs. Dual Citizenship

By Stanley Renshon, January 16, 2011

Theodore Roosevelt's hyphen animus was as mistaken as it was understandable. He had a country about to go to war and 23 million new immigrants, most of them from the very continent where the war was being fought. And some of these immigrants had mixed feelings about plunging into a conflict that reignited complex feelings about their former home countries. Read more...

Just How Does an Anchor Baby Anchor the Illegal Alien Parent?

By David North, January 16, 2011

A reader asked: "Just what is the mechanism that allows an anchor baby to keep his or her illegal alien parents in the U.S.?"

There are four different mechanisms at work here, as my CIS colleague, Jon Feere, and I see it: Read more...