Immigration Blog

Provisions for Sibling Immigrants in English-Speaking Nations

By David North, March 19, 2013

The United States is very much alone in granting immigration visas to siblings of citizens, as this table shows: Read more...

Sliver of a Silver Lining?

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 19, 2013

The Senate Gang of Eight has apparently considered one sliver of rationality in its daily dose of planning America's national assisted suicide. The sliver of sanity is curbing chain migration. Read more...

More Birth-Tourism Births Than Indigenous Births in CNMI

By David North, March 15, 2013

There were more births to Chinese tourists in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands last year than there were to the indigenous population, the Marianas Variety is reporting in its March 14 edition. Read more...

We Should Remember the Bracero Program ... and Shudder

By David North, March 12, 2013

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, was recently quoted in an ABC News story about the dangers of nonimmigrant worker schemes:

"Programs like the bracero program or temporary guest-worker programs where individuals were tied to an employer, they got exploited", he said. "They got cheated out of wages [and] they weren't given what was rightfully due to them. They were forced to work under unsafe conditions. They were forced to accept substandard wages. They couldn't say anything, because if they did, [the employer] would jerk their permit and deport them."

Natural Conservatives? Really?

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 11, 2013

Ever heard the claim that Latinos are "natural conservatives"? The person repeating the conventional wisdom of the Beltway apparently hasn't examined the evidence.

That's why, for Republicans, to buy that canard spells disaster. The most recent evidence comes from a new Latino Decisions poll. It shows two-thirds of Latinos support "comprehensive immigration reform" that includes special immigration privileges for foreign-born gays and lesbians. Read more...

EB-5 Investors Can Use IOU to Gain Residency

By David North, March 8, 2013

It is now apparent that an immigrant investor in the EB-5 program can secure at least some immigration benefits without actually investing any money. Read more...

9th Circuit Analysis of Arizona's Day Labor Law Lacking

By Jon Feere, March 8, 2013

Day laborers – individuals who line the streets across the country on a daily basis looking for work in low-paying, low-skill professions – are becoming increasingly visible throughout the United States and are perhaps the most vivid example of our government's failure to adequately enforce immigration laws. The Los Angeles metropolitan area alone has more than 27,000 day laborers on about 125 street corners on any given day. Read more...

Five More States Submit REAL ID Compliance Packages

By Janice Kephart, March 8, 2013

With states facing a new REAL ID compliance deadline of July 15, 2013, and DHS enforcement action tentatively set to begin as early as autumn 2013 (DHS hopes), DHS tells me that five more states have submitted compliance packages to the DHS REAL ID Office that DHS says meet the law's certification requirements. These five all have submitted the compliance packages since the December 21, 2012, DHS press release setting forth its compliance and enforcement policy. Read more...

The Negative Hat Tricks of the Immigration Business

By David North, March 8, 2013

Within our immigration system there are three negatives to avoid:

  1. Bad public policy;
  2. Fraud against the United States and its citizens; and
  3. Fraud against individual aliens.

One often encounters a single negative, such as someone seeking to enter the United States with bad documents; he would be in Class B. Read more...

Fighting Words for Republicans from Notre Dame Sociology Professor

By Jerry Kammer, March 7, 2013

As the Republican Party looks to improve its image among Hispanics, it probably shouldn't consult Notre Dame sociology professor and immigration expert Jorge Bustamante.

In a column last month for La Reforma, one of Mexico's most prominent newspapers, Bustamante said those who hope Congress will approve legislation to legalize illegal immigrants are in for a disappointment when the debate reaches the Republican-dominated House of Representatives. Read more...