Immigration Blog

Preserving the Border Insecurity Environment

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 28, 2010

The latest flare-up of border security versus environmental preservation is happening along the southwest border in New Mexico. The pernicious proposal to consolidate 250,000 acres of wilderness preserve would worsen things for border enforcement, ease the lawbreaking of illegal border crossers, and actually put the area's natural resources at greater risk. Read more...

USCIS Further Waters Down Requirements for Investor Visas

By David North, December 28, 2010

The already pallid rules for investor (EB-5) visas have been watered down, yet again.

As I pointed out in an earlier blog, a whole family can get a full set of green cards if one member of it makes a half-million dollar investment in the U.S. for two years. Read more...

Dangerous Compassion? Conservatives on a Revised DREAM Act

By Stanley Renshon, December 28, 2010

Those who accuse conservatives with heartless and unshakable antipathy to immigrants, devoid of any understanding of the human and moral complexities that are part of our nation's immigration dilemmas, don't bother to know much about conservative thinking. Case in point: Debra Saunders' heartfelt column supporting a future GOP written version of the so-called "DREAM Act." Read more...

Mexican Senators Want Safe Passage for U.S.-Bound Central Americans

By Jerry Kammer, December 27, 2010

Upset at the abuses suffered by Central Americans illegally crossing Mexico, a group of Mexican senators is proposing a law that would offer safe passage for migrants headed for the United States.

The proposal would require Mexico's Interior secretary to establish safe routes for the migrants to ravel by land, sea, and air. According to an article in the December 24 Excelsior newspaper, it has the support of senators from across the political spectrum, including members of the conservative PAN, the centrist PRI, and the leftist PRD. Read more...

Immigrant Entrepreneur Visas: A Solution in Search of a Problem?

By Stanley Renshon, December 27, 2010

In a burst of ironic serendipity, the Wall Street Journal published two articles on the perilous state of the American economy and the idea, now gaining traction, that immigrant entrepreneurs are one solution to our economic problems. Read more...

Case Study: When Klutz and Chutzpah Combine in the Immigration Business

By David North, December 27, 2010

Once upon a time there was an illegal alien with a remarkable imagination, unlimited nerve, but limited intelligence. This is a story of what happened to him, and what did not, in the immigration decision-making process. (I stumbled on the case while researching something else.) Read more...

No Big Surprise: Obama Administration Not Fully Implementing Border Passport Requirements

By Janice Kephart, December 22, 2010

Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) internal watchdog, the Office of Inspector General (OIG), began investigating whether DHS had fully implemented a rule concerning secure travel documents known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). Read more...

The Center's Negative Christmas List

By David North, December 22, 2010

He's making a list and checking it twice,
He's going to find out who's naughty and nice . . .
-- From "Santa Claus is coming to town"

As a public service, the Center for Immigration Studies is providing you with a negative shopping list, so that you will not patronize any of the enumerated firms, ones with really grim records of abusing foreign worker programs. Read more...

Amnesty Advocates Continue the Battle, Offer Differing Approaches

By David North, December 21, 2010

Despite the DREAM Act defeat, different amnesty advocates continued the argument this week, using different approaches.

There was the raw political approach reported in a blog by my colleague Jerry Kammer, "NCLR to Republican Senators: 'Watch Out'," in which the National Council of La Raza threatened political repercussions for DREAM Act opponents, including the two GOP Senators from Texas. (And when is the last time that the Republicans lost a U.S. Senate race in Texas? – the answer is below.) Read more...

NCLR to Republican Senators: 'Watch Out'

By Jerry Kammer, December 20, 2010

After the Senate vote on the Dream Act on Saturday, a spokeswoman for the National Council of La Raza issued a warning to the Republicans who voted against the measure.

"The most immediate repercussions are that – particularly those members in states where the Latino population has political influence – they'd better watch out," said Clarissa Martinez, NCLR's director of immigration and national campaigns. "I am talking about persons like Hutchison and Cornyn of Texas, LeMieux in Florida, Kirk in Illinois." Read more...