Immigration Blog

European Allies Get It on Immigration, Why Not America?

By James R. Edwards Jr., January 16, 2012

A couple of interesting news items recently show that the United Kingdom and France "get it" that importing foreign workers hurts their citizens' economic prospects. Read more...

The Welcome Arrival of a New, Clear-Eyed Reporter

By David North, January 15, 2012

One of the continuing problems in the immigration policy field has been the general posture of the mainstream media that international migration is, almost without exception, a great thing and as American as apple pie.

With this in mind, I would like to note the arrival of a clear-eyed reporter who takes a refreshing look at immigration policy. I have never met or talked with her, but have only read her penetrating coverage of the recent report of the DHS Inspector General, described in a previous blog. Read more...

U.S. Immigration Policy Often Rewards Failure

By David North, January 13, 2012

Many parts of U.S. immigration policy reward failure. This is usually not recognized.

Whether the failure is in the labor market, the investment market, or the marriage market, bits and pieces of our immigration system are there to shore up those who cannot make the grade.

The more-migration people, needless to say, avoid thinking about this truth.

Let me be specific.

Cutting Sign at ICE: Tracking Current Enforcement Priorities

By W.D. Reasoner, January 12, 2012

In the unique and often insular world of immigration law enforcement, "cutting sign" is the phrase used to describe tracking illegal alien border crossers through natural, often hostile desert or mountain, terrain. These tracking skills, still used by Border Patrol Agents today, primarily along our Southwestern border with Mexico, were originally learned from Native Americans many decades ago and have been passed on since through training and on-the-job experience. Read more...

Those Private Sector Immigration Lawyers: Part II

By David North, January 12, 2012

In an earlier blog I reported that a survey of immigration judges sitting in New York said that almost half of the private sector immigration lawyers they saw were not doing their job adequately.

In fact, the 31 IJs surveyed (of the 33 on that bench) said that 33 percent of the lawyers they worked with were inadequate at their jobs, and 14 percent were grossly inadequate, for a total of 47 percent. That's pretty damning. Read more...

Low-Skill Immigration and the Decline in Social Mobility

By Jerry Kammer, January 12, 2012

The topic of Monday's "On Point" public radio program was the decline in social mobility in the United States. Host Tom Ashbrook and guests expressed alarm that the United States now trails such countries as Canada, Germany, France, Denmark, and Sweden in important metrics of the ability of citizens to rise on the economic ladder. The U.S. ladder, they agreed, has become steadily stickier, making those at the bottom more likely to stay at the bottom and those at the top to stay there. Read more...

National ICE Council Freezes the Obama Blitz

By Stephen Steinlight, January 11, 2012

His eyes fixed on November 6, President Obama is desperately trying to stop hemorrhaging political support in a Hispanic community outraged by the success of his administration's data-based deportation policy and whose vote is potentially critical in several swing states he won by a razor's edge in 2008. It has sent some 400,000 illegal aliens home a year for a total of about a million during his time in office. A frenetic effort is now on to shift gears and show results well before the election. Read more...

DHS Inspector-General Writes a Stunning Report on USCIS

By David North, January 11, 2012

In rare act of political courage, the Acting Inspector General of DHS – Charles K. Edwards – has filed a scathing report on the inner workings of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The report, released in full on Monday and previewed in a recent blog of mine, discusses how the new leadership of that agency has pressured staff decision-makers to say "yes" to various immigration petitions, sometimes of a questionable nature. Read more...

Those Private Sector Immigration Lawyers: Part I

By David North, January 10, 2012

It is often said that the immigration system is broken.

The open-borders advocates use that phrase to mean that people who should be allowed to enter, cannot do so.

We restrictionists, on the other hand, use it to mean that people who should be kept out of the country are allowed to enter and to stay, when that should not happen.

These are both pretty straightforward policy observations about the utility of the immigration system.

But what about elements of the system that are broken in favor of one side or the other? Read more...

Caution: Watch for Farmers' Fibs on "Labor Shortages"

By David North, January 9, 2012

I was reminded by an article in a recent Immigration Daily about the claims that farmers make when the wages they offer do not attract the workers they say they need.

The item was headed "Bringing In the Peaches" and it related to an earlier news article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in which farmers complained about Georgia's new state immigration law, and how it had apparently impacted its labor force. Read more...