Immigration Blog

H-1B Question: What Is the Real Demand for High School Turkish Teachers?

By David North, February 29, 2012

The H-1B program damages America in a number of ways, directly and indirectly, discouraging young American from following high-tech careers and shunting aside skilled U.S. citizens and green-card holders because of their "advanced age", i.e., anything over 35.

This has been widely reported by many, including my CIS colleague John Miano, and Professor Norm Matloff at UC/Davis. Read more...

Sheriff Joe on Sheriff Joe

By Jerry Kammer, February 29, 2012

The biggest divide in Arizona south of the Grand Canyon may be the angry chasm between supporters and opponents of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Supporters are particularly enthusiastic about his enforcement of the state's law against illegal immigration. Opponents claim he is racist and anti-immigrant. Read more...

The Rodney Dangerfield of Professions?

By John Miano, February 28, 2012

Last week the National Academy of Engineering awarded the Charles Stark Draper Prize to George H. Heilmeier, Wolfgang Helfrich, Martin Schadt, and T. Peter Brody for developing the liquid crystal display.

The Draper Prize is the most prestigious award in the world for engineering achievement.

No major mainstream media outlet covered the award. Read more...

Two New Takes on "Birth Tourism"

By David North, February 28, 2012

Two different aspects of "birth tourism" have come to light recently.

The birth tourism issue is a subset of the broader birthright citizenship matter; birth tourism involves pregnant alien women visiting a nation briefly to have a child that acquires that nation's citizenship instantly. The mother and the baby then leave, at least for a while. Read more...

Return of the Pharisees

By James R. Edwards Jr., February 28, 2012

Self-proclaimed religious experts on immigration policy browbeat the good, law-abiding, Christian citizens of Alabama again. At a conference last week, modern-day Pharisees took Alabama's civil authorities to task over the state law designed to restore the rule of law against illegal aliens who have overrun the state. Read more...

US-VISIT About to Be Another Obama Casualty

By Janice Kephart, February 27, 2012

As the Obama administration continues to try to convince the American people they are securing the borders, their most recent budget request makes clear that "Amnesty by Any Means" remains the consistent mission. The latest installment is a buried in the president's homeland security budget, which includes provisions dotted throughout that, put together, would result in the dismantling of arguably the best border-related program that exists in federal government, US-VISIT, burying its capabilities in two of the most politicized of all government agencies, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Read more...

"The Hispanic Vote": An Insult Latinos Can Do Without

By Otis Graham, February 26, 2012

Everybody I talk to is in a foul mood about the condition and performance of American politics and government. And my topic in this blog does start out as another of the many discouraging malfunctions that would earn our politics a formal downgrade if political systems had to face the equivalent of a Standard and Poor's review. But read on. I argue in the end for the real possibility of corrective reform from within. Read more...

Two Hidden Themes at the Recent House Immigration Hearing

By David North, February 22, 2012

There were two underlying themes at a recent House Immigration Subcommittee hearing that deserve a little more attention.

The hearing, on February 15, dealt with the explosive report by the Acting Inspector General of DHS, Charles K. Edwards, in which he explored the extent to which USCIS, during the Obama administration, has pushed rank-and-file staff members to approve marginal applications for immigration benefits. Read more...

Bursts of Dubious Creativity in the Immigrant Investor (EB-5) Program

By David North, February 21, 2012

When you dangle prospects of investment money before some capital-starved businessmen, you can be assured that the creativity juices will be stimulated.

This is certainly the case with the USCIS's immigrant investor program, called EB-5, because it deals with the fifth class of employment-based immigrants in the Immigration and Nationality Act. For more on the program generally, see CIS's recently-published Backgrounder on the subject. Read more...

Case History: 32 Years Later and Fernando Arango is Still in Court

By David North, February 21, 2012

Some aliens' battles with the U.S. government go on for 10, 12, even 15 years.

Then there is Fernando Arango.

He started his relations with the government successfully, but on the wrong foot, when he arrived in the U.S. from Columbia in 1980 with a green card obtained through a fraudulent marriage. (It ran in the family. His sister arrived in the same manner.) Read more...