Immigration Blog

William Finnegan of the New Yorker Defends the Facts on Immigration and Wages – His Version, Anyway

By Jerry Kammer, June 3, 2013

William Finnegan, the accomplished New Yorker writer with an unfortunate tendency to denigrate those who resist large-scale immigration of low-skilled workers, did it again this week. This time he questioned the character and competence of those who claim that an oversupply of immigrant labor has suppressed wages among unskilled workers.

Finnegan called that concern "a venerable argument against immigration, with unfortunate nativist echoes and only a glancing association with the facts." Read more...

Whistling Past the Fiscal Graveyard

By James R. Edwards Jr., June 3, 2013

Some amnesty proponents on the right have made the ludicrous suggestion that we somehow can wave a magic wand and reduce the U.S. welfare state. That, they suggest, would reduce the humongous costs of amnesty to our country and American taxpayers. Well, don't hold your breath for this cost liability reduction to happen. Read more...

MSNBC'S Alex Wagner Visits the Border, Delivers Nothing

By Jerry Kammer, May 30, 2013

Over the past month an interesting debate has involved liberal commentator Matt Yglesias, who defends large-scale immigration of poor people from Third World countries, and conservative Ross Douthat, who suggests that immigration should be limited in order to avoid overwhelming our ability to provide poor immigrants with the opportunity to incorporate themselves economically and civically into American society. See, for example, here and here.

Their debate has contrasted the liberal tendency to regard national identity as subordinate to our common human identity with the conservative inclination to believe that the nation state and national boundaries are both natural and necessary. Read more...

NY Times Prints Apples vs. Oranges Study on Medicare Costs and Income

By David North, May 30, 2013

This morning's New York Times carries another one of those stories on biased academic studies that suggest that immigrants financially help support federal programs, in this case Medicare.

It is one of those studies where the numbers quoted are probably accurate, but they are totally misleading. Read more...

"Dog Logic" and the Senate's Immigration Bill

By W.D. Reasoner, May 30, 2013

Two dogs share my home; they're wonderful companions for empty-nesters such as my wife and me. They have worked their way into our hearts in ways we didn't expect. Our grown children get a big charge out of that. They accuse use of having let the dogs become surrogate kids and suggest half-seriously that they won't be surprised when we begin calling the dogs by their names. Read more...

Proof that Senate Bill Is Comprehensive: Visa Pork!

By Jerry Kammer, May 29, 2013

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) was so determined to ensure that the immigration bill now being debated was "comprehensive" that he added the perfect touch: visa pork for his Irish friends. Now Schumer, long known as the senator from Wall Street for his courting of the big money boys who finance campaigns while they're not throwing the economy into the abyss, is jockeying to be known as the senator from Ireland. Read more...

Trust the Obama Administration on Immigration? Caveat Emptor

By Stanley Renshon, May 28, 2013

The revelations concerning the Obama administration's dissembling regarding its preparedness and response to the tragic and avoidable American deaths at Benghazi, the substantial efforts to secretly comb though reporters' communications — both personal and professional — and the IRS' blatant efforts to single out conservative groups for broad and intrusive scrutiny has justifiably called attention to how important it is that the government "do what's right" to borrow a phrase from a trust in government poll question. Read more...

How Many Amnestied Illegals Will There Be in Your State?

By David North, May 28, 2013

The proposed legalization of some 10 million illegal aliens has been debated as a national issue, as it should be, but the on-the-ground impact will vary tremendously from place to place within America.

To get estimates of the likely state-by-state distribution of those to be amnestied should S.744 become law I turned to an existing data set that, to my knowledge, has not been used for that purpose. Read more...

Irish Report: Senate Bill Would Jeopardize Summer Work Travel Program

By Jerry Kammer, May 28, 2013

According to a story in Ireland's largest daily paper, the Senate immigration bill would put the State Department's Summer Work Travel program in jeopardy by imposing a $750 fee on employers or sponsors of the foreign students who come to the United States with J1 visas. Read more...

Ibragim Todashev, Asylum, and S.744

By W.D. Reasoner, May 27, 2013

Ibragim Todashev, a Russian national of Chechen origin and the Islamic religion, was killed last week after an interview with police and FBI turned violent and he allegedly attacked an FBI agent. According to reports, Todashev was being questioned about his part in a drug-related triple homicide in Massachusetts and had just admitted complicity. Read more...