Immigration Blog

The Tale of Two Immigration-Related Freedom of Information Act Requests

By David North, July 11, 2011

Last year the Center for Immigration Studies filed formal requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) with two different federal agencies, and we got answers of vastly differing quality. Both requests related to operations of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Read more...

Immigration News: Some Good, Some Bad, Some Really New

By David North, July 8, 2011

There has been an abundance of immigration news lately, some good, some bad, and some reflecting genuine new thinking. All related to issues covered in our previous blogs.

Good News. Perhaps the best news was the abject surrender of one of the largest H-1B users in the nation's school systems, that of Prince George's County Md., a Washington, D.C., suburb. Read more...

State Dept. Policy: No Mexican Left Behind

By Jessica Vaughan, July 7, 2011

The recent New York Times article celebrating the supposed end of illegal Mexican migration to the United States offers little to inform a discussion of the illegal immigration problem, but does usefully illustrate the extent to which legal and illegal immigration feed off of one another. Read more...

Napolitano Is Releasing a Border Strategy Tomorrow; Does Anyone Care?

By Janice Kephart, July 6, 2011

Local TV in Arizona has reported that on Thursday, July 7, 2011, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, with Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin and Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske, will be announcing the 2011 Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy in Nogales, Ariz. Read more...

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...