Immigration Blog

How to Revise the DREAM Act, Part II: The Permanent Administrative Visa

By Stanley Renshon, January 1, 2011

Removing the most egregious loopholes in any revised dream act still leaves complex and difficult problems to be solved. Read more...

How to Revise the DREAM Act, Part I: Remove Egregious Loopholes

By Stanley Renshon, December 30, 2010

Debra Saunders makes the very good suggestion in her column on the most useful starting place for revising the DREAM Act: "If Republicans write the bill, [is that] they can make sure the Dream does not include egregious loopholes." She doesn't name the offending culprits, but they are obvious: Read more...

Non-Accredited Language Schools Given More Time for F-1 Admissions

By David North, December 29, 2010

The enormous difficulty getting Congress to close even the most glaring loopholes in our immigration system was shown again this month in its feeble action regarding the controversial, visa-creating, English-language instruction schools.

One can study the English language in virtually every nation of the world, but the American immigration system insists on granting student (F-1) visas to nonimmigrants who have enrolled in just about any American institution that says it provides instruction in the language. Read more...

Housing Prices' Upside from Local Enforcement

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 29, 2010

The latest Case-Shiller index of home prices in 20 of the nation's cities worries homeowners, people in the construction industry and those involved in the real estate sector. This composite index from the Standard & Poor's unit shows the price of houses in 16 of 20 U.S. markets has fallen since May. Read more...

Why a Revised DREAM Act Might Help American Immigration Policy

By Stanley Renshon, December 29, 2010

The DREAM act, as I noted in yesterday's posting, speaks to the circumstances of the group of illegal immigrants most likely to draw sympathy from across a wide spectrum of political views. The problem, sympathetic conservative columnist Debra Saunders notes, is to find "a middle way that unites the right thing to do with smart politics." Read more...

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...