Immigration Blog

President Obama's Big Bang Theory of Hispanic Reelection Support: Part 2

By Stanley Renshon, July 1, 2013

Richard Neustadt's classic analysis Presidential Power and the Modern Presidents: The Politics of Leadership from Roosevelt to Reagan emphasized that presidents, for all their advisors and supporters, ultimately must rely on themselves to accomplish their policy purposes. He called this need self-help and every successful president has made use of it.

In Neustadt's analysis, self-help is used to further the president's major policy preferences, not the president's primarily personal and political self-interest. Where the latter begins and the former ends, however, is not always easy to discern. And that is especially the case for presidents like Mr. Obama, who consider themselves to be great historical figures. Read more...

House Committee Votes to Admit More STEM Workers than the Supply of Them

By David North, July 1, 2013

The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted last week to admit more high-tech foreign workers in some categories than the annual supply of them.

In its eagerness to meet the wishes of the high tech industry — and steal jobs from qualified American workers — the Republican majority on the committee, with the single, commendable exception of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), voted to allow as many as 55,000 green cards to be issued annually to aliens with advanced science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degrees from American universities. Read more...

Castaneda Blasts Border Fence

By Jerry Kammer, June 30, 2013

In an interview broadcast Sunday on Univision's "Al Punto" program, former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda sharply criticized the just-passed U.S. Senate bill's provisions to lengthen the border fence and limit the number of temporary worker visas. His comments, together with those of Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, contradicted the claim by many advocates of the Senate bill that emigration from Mexico is declining rapidly. Read more...

President Obama's Big Bang Theory of Hispanic Reelection Support: Part 1

By Stanley Renshon, June 30, 2013

The president's reelection and historical legacy were hanging in the balance. Half measures wouldn't do and hadn't worked.

President Obama had tried to build his credibility by presenting himself as being serious on immigration enforcement in order to get Republican help on passing major immigration reform. But he undercut that effort by putting into place a series of executive actions that narrowed and limited immigration enforcement: Read more...

NY Times Photographer Grasps What NY Times Text Denies

By David North, June 28, 2013

Shown below is an older, unemployed American engineer (white hair, no jacket, apparently kneeling, perhaps pleading, on the outside of the circle) and a younger Asian, presumably a high-tech executive (dark hair, jacket, sitting at the table, presumably listening) at a Silicon Valley gathering. The photo, from today's New York Times, was taken by Noah Berger, and was used to illustrate an article headlined (in the paper version) "The Idled of Silicon Valley: A Bill Allowing More Foreign Workers Stirs a Tech Debate". It is on the first page of today's business section, page B1. Read more...

A Critical Look at What the Senators Said

By Jerry Kammer, June 28, 2013

Before yesterday's vote on the Senate immigration bill (which passed 68-32), many senators made final comments to wrap up the discussion. Here's a look at some of the more interesting comments, followed by some commentary:

Chuck Schumer: "If the bill passes, anyone who wants to try to cross the border illegally will have to get over an 18-foot steel pedestrian fence, past border agents standing every thousand feet apart from Brownsville to San Diego. Future waves of illegal immigration will be prevented if this bill is passed. And that’s not a wish. It's not a hope. It's a fact." Read more...

How Obama Finally Solved His Hispanic Reelection Problem

By Stanley Renshon, June 28, 2013

President Obama's August 2011 enforcement statement and policy were misleading because he couched this major policy change as a response to "limited resources". This was not true, but that did not keep it from being repeated. For example, in December 2011 a DHS spokesperson was quoted as saying that his agency "has implemented immigration enforcement priorities that focus limited resources on convicted criminals, repeat immigration law violators, fugitives, and recent entrants." (emphasis added) Read more...

H-1B Workers Pay Consultant Fees Hoping to Win Jackpot

By John Miano, June 28, 2013

Thursday's Washington Post has an article on H-1B visas that addresses a red herring that H-1B supporters often throw out: Why would an employer use an H-1B for cheap labor when they have to pay several thousand dollars in fees to get the visa?

The Washington Post gives the answer: Read more...

Some Shadows

By Mark Krikorian, June 27, 2013

Illegal aliens are living so deep in the shadows that they were on hand in the Senate galleries for this afternoon's 68-32 vote for the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill, and they yelled out Obama's campaign chant when the vote was announced.

Lots of bloviation beforehand about how "historic" the vote was. No one mentioned that the Senate passed an amnesty in 2006 that wasn't approved by the House. Was that "historic", too? Read more...

How the President Resolved His Deportation Dilemmas: Part 2

By Stanley Renshon, June 27, 2013

Caught between his ambitions and his circumstances, the president tried to present himself as unusually strict on immigration enforcement.

However, he failed to convince Republicans whose help he needed to pass an immigration bill in order to cement his appeal to the Spanish-speaking-descent community. They saw the administration's increasing use of discretion as questionable, at minimum. Read more...