Immigration Blog

As U.S. Gets More Like Mexico, More Mexicans Stay in Mexico

By David North, July 6, 2011

The New York Times' lead story this morning made an interesting case for what it sees as a decline in illegal migration from Mexico to the U.S.

But it played down a central element of the picture: the fact that the U.S., with its widespread poverty and huge wages gaps between the rich and the poor, is rapidly getting to be more like Mexico than in the past, so the Mexican poor no longer have as many reasons to want to come here. Being sensible, they stay home. Read more...

On Turning E-Verify 'Sprinkles' into 'Icing'

By Janice Kephart, July 5, 2011

President Obama has half-heartedly stated that "E-Verify can be an important enforcement tool". This simple commentary, although riddled with predictable qualifications, is a huge step forward for a president silent on the subject until after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold Arizona's E-Verify compliance law. Read more...

H-1B Cluelessness in the Shadow of Lady Liberty

By David North, July 5, 2011

School systems all over the country – well, some school systems – are deciding that it was not a good idea to hire nonimmigrant teachers from overseas in the H-1B program, and are not only not seeking new ones, but are beginning to think about laying off the old ones, as we noted in a recent blog. Read more...

Today, as in 1950: Keeping Wages at Rock Bottom

By Jerry Kammer, July 5, 2011

As I was doing research over the weekend, I read a New York Times story with a dateline of Los Angeles, August 12, 1950. Here is the lead:

Much of the economic distress among seasonal farm workers results from a concerted, long-term effort by big "corporation farms," particularly in California, to keep wages at rock bottom by the use of foreign labor, the President's Commission on Migratory Labor was told today.

Addicted to Illegal Labor

By Ronald W. Mortensen, July 5, 2011

"Business lobby helps scuttle immigration curbs in Texas" reads the headline of a Reuters news report.

This is not an isolated incident of businesses that rely on illegal immigrant labor intervening to protect their source of cheap, illegal alien labor. Business interests in Arizona scuttled anti-illegal immigration legislation during this year's legislative session and the Salt Lake Chamber ensured that Utah passed a state "guestworker" program that turns Utah into a sanctuary state and makes illegal aliens virtual indentured servants. Read more...

H-1B Applicants: Purer than Ivory Soap?

By David North, July 4, 2011

Ivory Soap is famously "99.44% pure", but as far as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is concerned, its H-1B applicants seem to be even more pristine – they are 99.52 percent pure, or at least approvable.

USCIS is widely known as the agency that loves to say "Yes!" to aliens seeking benefits, but the extent of that enthusiasm was not clear until the Center for Immigration Studies obtained – after waiting more than a year – some statistics through the agency's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process. Read more...

Immigration Common Sense North of the Border

By James R. Edwards Jr., July 4, 2011

Even with its point system, which reduces unskilled, uneducated immigration, Canada has still seen immigrants imposing a sizable fiscal burden on citizens. A recent report by the Vancouver-based Fraser Institute found that Canada's immigrant population collected more than $6,000 per person more than each immigrant paid in taxes in the 2005-06 fiscal year. Read more...

Immigration Footnotes to Non-Immigration Stories, Like that of Strauss-Kahn

By David North, July 2, 2011

The question is: will the Department of Homeland Security admit its mistakes in the asylum case of the woman who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of rape, as the New York District Attorney's Office admitted its mistakes – a painful and honorable decision? Read more...

Roundup of Developments in Nonimmigrant Worker Programs

By David North, July 1, 2011

There have been a series of interesting developments in the usually ignored nonimmigrant worker programs which continue to flood America’s already over-staffed labor markets:

  • Our embassy in India is giving some major H-1B operators fits;
  • An Asian financial organization has downgraded the economic prospects of some big users of the H-1B visa program;
  • An H-1B school teacher in California, denied renewal of her visa, has taken her employers to court;
  • The J-1 program has received some (well-deserved) negative press.

E-Verify Bills: Legislative Perspective

By James R. Edwards Jr., July 1, 2011

A lot of questions, concerns, and even arguments have broken out over House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith’s H.R. 2164, the Legal Workforce Act. Here and here are two looks at the issue with legislative politics in mind. Read more...