Immigration Blog

The Yin and Yang of Immigration Debate Extremes

By Stanley Renshon, January 7, 2011

Two recent pieces of commentary on the extremes of the immigration debate deserve recognition for casting light on immigration rhetoric that has no legitimate place in our discussions. Read more...

Guam Employer of Foreign Workers Caught in Quadruple Abuse Scheme

By David North, January 6, 2011

A Guam employer, using the H-2B foreign worker program, has just been caught in a quadruple abuse scheme.

Were there such a thing, he would have won the title of World Champion Ignoble Employer, hands down.

The employer's name is Shui Cheng (aka Steven Wang). He is in construction, a booming business on Guam because of the U.S. military build-up there. He managed, all at once, to:

  • break the U.S. labor and immigration laws;
  • exploit and abuse his countrymen;
  • cheat legal workers out of available jobs; and

Department of Very Bad Immigration Ideas: 'Every child in the United States should learn Spanish'

By Stanley Renshon, January 6, 2011

Some ideas are so astoundingly bad that it is not only hard to take them seriously, but also to understand how they could be seriously made. Which brings us to Nicholas Kristof's recent column entitled "Primero Hay Que Aprender Espanol, Ranhou Zai Xue Zhongwen," which translates to "First, one must learn Spanish. Then Learn Chinese." Read more...

Amnesty Advocates Interrupt Birthright Event, Tackle Senior Citizen

By Jon Feere, January 5, 2011

While attending a discussion on birthright citizenship held by the State Legislators for Legal Immigration at the National Press Club in Washington this morning, I was able to witness the true face of the pro-amnesty, pro-illegal immigration crowd. On at least four occasions, the so-called "pro-immigrant" activists attempted to stop discussion by rudely interrupting the speakers and shouting down state legislators and professors. Read more...

Mexican Education's Sad Legacy in the U.S.

By Jerry Kammer, January 5, 2011

Yesterday I described the situation of a Mexican couple who are illegal immigrants in New York and who have been saving their money to pay a $2,000 fee to a smuggler prepared to bring them their 11-year-old daughter, who is living with relatives in the state of Puebla. I noted the traumatic changes the young girl is likely to experience during the journey and after she arrives. Read more...

Decision Maker: Justice Appoints Osuna to Head EOIR

By David North, January 5, 2011

Juan P. Osuna, formerly Associate Deputy Attorney General, had been appointed Acting Director of the Justice Department's Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR). Who succeeds Osuna in the policy job in the AG's office may be more interesting than the acting EOIR appointment. Will we get an immigration enthusiast (like USCIS Director Mayorkas) or another sober careerist, like Osuna? Read more...

Education as Patriotism: A Novel and Dubious Defense of the DREAM Act

By Stanley Renshon, January 5, 2011

Gregory Rodriguez put one of the most novel defenses of the recently defeated DREAM Act in a Los Angeles Times op-ed piece. He does not, of course, take up any of the glaring and egregious loopholes contained in the bill as written, but his argument is unusual enough to be considered on its own merits, or lack thereof. Read more...

Flashback: Sen. Reid on Birthright Citizenship

By Jon Feere, January 4, 2011

In 1993, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) introduced legislation to clarify the scope of the 14th Amendment's Citizenship Clause and to end the practice of granting U.S. citizenship to children born to illegal immigrants.

Specifically, in a section titled "Basis of Citizenship Clarified," Reid's bill explained: Read more...

A View from Manhattan

By Jerry Kammer, January 4, 2011

During a visit to New York last week, I had the opportunity to speak with a few of the Mexican immigrants who are ubiquitous workers in Manhattan's countless restaurants, delis, cafes, corner markets, pizzerias, bagel shops, and hotels. Read more...

Foriegn Workers and the Mismatch Theory

By Stanley Renshon, January 4, 2011

The idea that the United States needs a temporary worker program is fast becoming conventional wisdom. The logic underlying this supposed need is well captured in an article by Daniel Griswold of the Cato Institute. He writes, "The fact that 400,000 to 500,000 foreign born workers were joining the U.S. labor force illegally in years past indicates the general magnitude of the need for additional legal workers when the U.S. economy resumes normal growth. Read more...