Immigration Blog

Who's Manning the Shovels?

By W.D. Reasoner, March 27, 2012

The current dysfunctional state of our nation's immigration processes, and the large number of illegal aliens present in the United States, is a matter of interest and deep concern to me. (You're probably thinking to yourself, "Well, duh, if it weren't, you wouldn't be writing for the Center for Immigration Studies." Fair point.) Read more...

Inner Workings of the H-1B Program Parallel Those of Marital Relations

By David North, March 27, 2012

Many think the H-1B temporary worker program is overused and does harm to many skilled Americans who might otherwise hold these high-tech and other professional jobs. This examination may be helpful to those of us who study the program .

Critics of the program notice, appropriately, how it has lowered wages for both U.S. residents and foreign workers in high-tech industries, how it has discouraged Americans from doing graduate work in these fields, and how it puts foreign workers into a virtual indentured worker status. Read more...

New York State's "Dream Act": Dollars and Sense

By Stanley Renshon, March 27, 2012

In this time of enormous government debt and spending, economic hardship for many Americans, and public distress about these circumstances, no political leader wants to go on record as exacerbating these problems. And that includes sponsors of the proposed "Dream Act" bills before the New York State legislature. Read more...

Pondering a Sexual Predator's Case

By W.D. Reasoner, March 26, 2012

On Wednesday, the Daily Caller published the story of an accused child molester, one Amado Espinoza-Ramirez, who was arrested by Chicago police last August and charged with 42 counts of predatory sexual acts. He was booked into the Cook County Jail, which is operated under the auspices of the Cook County Sheriff's Office. Because the suspect was an alien, the bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filed a detainer against him once they became aware of the arrest. Read more...

New DHS Estimates Confirm that Illegal Immigrant Population Stopped Declining Under Obama

By Steven A. Camarota, March 26, 2012

In February of this year, the Center for Immigration Studies issued a press release reporting that preliminary analysis of Census Bureau data showed the illegal population held roughly steady from January 1, 2009 (the month Obama took office), to January 1, 2011. The just-released Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimates for 2011 confirm our prior observations. Read more...

Rethinking TPS for the Syrians: Let's Make It a Freeze, Not a Bonanza

By David North, March 26, 2012

The Department of Homeland Security is about to create Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians in this country, legally and illegally, because of the near-civil war in that nation.

Now is the time to re-think our reaction to such situations. Read more...

Sadly Laughable and Laughably Sad: ICE Plans for Improving Employee Morale

By W.D. Reasoner, March 26, 2012

On Thursday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the testimony of the agency's Director for Homeland Security and Justice Issues, David C. Maurer, before the House of Representatives' Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management. The topic was "Preliminary Observations on DHS's Efforts to Improve Employee Morale". Read more...

State Department's OIG Rips the Summer Work Travel Program

By Jerry Kammer, March 23, 2012

News reports have revealed that both of Alaska's U.S. senators are pressuring the State Department to back off from proposed regulations that would put Alaska's seafood processing plants on a list of job sites off-limits to the controversial Summer Work Travel program. Read more...

New York State's "Dream Act": "Good Character" Equals No Violent Felony Conviction

By Stanley Renshon, March 23, 2012

New York State ranks its felonies from Class A to Class E, with Class A the most serious and Class E the least. Class A felonies are divided into Class A-I and Class A-II and the others are labeled either violent or nonviolent. There also are misdemeanors (Class A or Class B) and violations, the least serious criminal offenses. Read more...

Medieval Farm Labor Practice OK'd by USCIS

By David North, March 23, 2012

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
— Luke 2:8.

The worker has been, literally, out in the wild and living in a trailer or tent seven days a week, 365 days a year. He does it in all kinds of weather.

He's been guarding a valuable herd of sheep, helping with their births, tending their every need, and fighting off varmints. Sometimes, for months on end, he rarely sees another human being. Read more...