Immigration Blog

USCIS Is to Be Commended for Taking Action Against Immigration Crooks

By David North, June 9, 2011

USCIS and related agencies are to be commended for their planned joint action against phony practitioners of immigration law and others who prey on migrants seeking help within the morass of the American immigration system. Read more...

Mormon Church's Efforts to Save Utah Amnesty Bill Could Pose Problems for Romney and Huntsman

By Ronald W. Mortensen, June 9, 2011

As the Mormon Church sinks deeper and deeper into the battle over amnesty for illegal aliens in Utah, it risks raising questions about the influence that the Mormon Church will attempt to exercise over Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman should one of them eventually be elected President of the United States. Read more...

Secure Communities: Just Do It

By Jessica Vaughan, June 8, 2011

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A vital and effective immigration law enforcement program – Secure Communities – that should have been an easy immigration policy score for the Obama administration is now in a state of disarray, all because the president and his Get Smart-like immigration appointees cannot bring themselves to stand up to sanctuary cities and a trio of governors who would rather see residents of their states killed by illegal aliens (see here and here) than to allow local police and sheriffs to help with immigration enforcement. Read more...

More Troubles for H-1B Users: A Roundup of Enforcement News

By David North, June 7, 2011

It is refreshing to see H-1B users being monitored by various sets of authorities; this is one or our periodic round-ups of H-1B news. (See here for an earlier one.)

While H-1B users routinely get away with little or no monitoring, as they operate under a very loose federal law, today we have four reports of at least some surveillance: one from overseas, two from the federal courts, and a disappointing one regarding the U.S. Labor Department, plus a mention of the use of H-1B visas by a group of Turkish charter schools in the U.S. Read more...

Immigration Policy and Competitiveness: Two Nuggets

By Jerry Kammer, June 7, 2011

The Migration Policy Institute today hosted an interesting discussion on immigration policy and economic competitiveness. Here are two thoughtful nuggets from the discussion that are worthy of consideration. Read more...

Overseas Immigration News Roundup: Good and Bad Case Studies

By David North, June 7, 2011

There are probably about 200 separate and distinct national and insular immigration-control systems around the world – and sometimes they make interesting decisions; some laudable, some not. Here are three of them.

The Philippines. This over-populated set of islands has long sent immigrant and non-immigrant workers to other nations – to the U.S., to the Middle East, and to other East Asian nations. The remittances these workers send back are important to the nation's economy, and the government is also aware that some of its people are treated very badly overseas. Read more...

Fewer Jobs, More Imported (Poverty-Class) Workers

By James R. Edwards Jr., June 6, 2011

The Congressional Budget Office has updated a report on the foreign-born labor force in the United States. It uses census data from 2009. Meanwhile, the U.S. jobs outlook has weakened.

A few nuggets from the CBO report: Read more...

The Story of Q: The Greedy Search for the Most Exploitative Visa Category

By David North, June 5, 2011

It is the latest twist on an old story, the constant hunt through the intricacies of the immigration law for the best way to exploit nonimmigrant workers. As we have previously reported, the INA is chock full of obscure visa categories, most written with the desires of special interests in mind.

Today's story, which actually has a happy ending, is about one firm's efforts to turn Q visas into its own little gold mine. It is based on court and agency records. Read more...

Awakening from the DREAM Act: Sen. Rubio vs. Frank Sharry

By Stephen Steinlight, June 2, 2011

The DREAM Act amnesty, the sole piece of immigration legislation to come before the 111th Congress where it was defeated despite the fact that the Democrats got pretty much everything else they wanted in an unethical Lame Duck session where dead men walking acted as if they had received a fresh mandate, refuses to die, at least die a quiet, seemly death. Read more...

Misrepresentation in the Coverage Claimed for Secure Communities

By W.D. Reasoner, June 2, 2011

Secure Communities (SC) is a sound program that helps protect the law abiding from the effects of crimes committed by aliens.

It's a shame that U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) has made such a muddle of explaining to ordinary Americans what the initiative is and how it works. Worse, they have done the program real harm with a constant stream of misinformation and disinformation put out on a near-daily basis. Nowhere is this more true than in their manipulation of statistics. Read more...