Immigration Blog

Two New Takes on "Birth Tourism"

By David North, February 28, 2012

Two different aspects of "birth tourism" have come to light recently.

The birth tourism issue is a subset of the broader birthright citizenship matter; birth tourism involves pregnant alien women visiting a nation briefly to have a child that acquires that nation's citizenship instantly. The mother and the baby then leave, at least for a while. Read more...

Return of the Pharisees

By James R. Edwards Jr., February 28, 2012

Self-proclaimed religious experts on immigration policy browbeat the good, law-abiding, Christian citizens of Alabama again. At a conference last week, modern-day Pharisees took Alabama's civil authorities to task over the state law designed to restore the rule of law against illegal aliens who have overrun the state. Read more...

US-VISIT About to Be Another Obama Casualty

By Janice Kephart, February 27, 2012

As the Obama administration continues to try to convince the American people they are securing the borders, their most recent budget request makes clear that "Amnesty by Any Means" remains the consistent mission. The latest installment is a buried in the president's homeland security budget, which includes provisions dotted throughout that, put together, would result in the dismantling of arguably the best border-related program that exists in federal government, US-VISIT, burying its capabilities in two of the most politicized of all government agencies, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Read more...

"The Hispanic Vote": An Insult Latinos Can Do Without

By Otis Graham, February 26, 2012

Everybody I talk to is in a foul mood about the condition and performance of American politics and government. And my topic in this blog does start out as another of the many discouraging malfunctions that would earn our politics a formal downgrade if political systems had to face the equivalent of a Standard and Poor's review. But read on. I argue in the end for the real possibility of corrective reform from within. Read more...

Two Hidden Themes at the Recent House Immigration Hearing

By David North, February 22, 2012

There were two underlying themes at a recent House Immigration Subcommittee hearing that deserve a little more attention.

The hearing, on February 15, dealt with the explosive report by the Acting Inspector General of DHS, Charles K. Edwards, in which he explored the extent to which USCIS, during the Obama administration, has pushed rank-and-file staff members to approve marginal applications for immigration benefits. Read more...

Bursts of Dubious Creativity in the Immigrant Investor (EB-5) Program

By David North, February 21, 2012

When you dangle prospects of investment money before some capital-starved businessmen, you can be assured that the creativity juices will be stimulated.

This is certainly the case with the USCIS's immigrant investor program, called EB-5, because it deals with the fifth class of employment-based immigrants in the Immigration and Nationality Act. For more on the program generally, see CIS's recently-published Backgrounder on the subject. Read more...

Case History: 32 Years Later and Fernando Arango is Still in Court

By David North, February 21, 2012

Some aliens' battles with the U.S. government go on for 10, 12, even 15 years.

Then there is Fernando Arango.

He started his relations with the government successfully, but on the wrong foot, when he arrived in the U.S. from Columbia in 1980 with a green card obtained through a fraudulent marriage. (It ran in the family. His sister arrived in the same manner.) Read more...

Finding Skilled Workers for U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

By James R. Edwards Jr., February 20, 2012

The good news is American manufacturing jobs appear to be on the rise. After years of offshoring followed by the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression, which contracted employment severely, some corporations are returning to the U.S. Other manufacturing firms are expanding operations. The bad news is those cackle-raising assertions about not being able to find qualified workers are back, too. Read more...

Closing Immigration Loopholes That Benefited Capitol Bomber

By James R. Edwards Jr., February 20, 2012

The case of would-be suicide bomber Amine el-Khalifi, who targeted the U.S. Capitol on Friday, highlights a number of fixes we need to make in order to keep the United States free of immigrant threats. Read more...

Homeland Security Pork

By David North, February 18, 2012

Most people are not aware that the fine print of the Department of Homeland Security's new budget includes a set of grants "to help strengthen the nation against risks associated with potential terrorist attacks and other hazards" . . .

. . . to be awarded to Indian tribes.

A total of $6 million has been set aside for this purpose; it even has its own initials, which are THSGP, for the Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program. It is a small part of a much larger activity. Read more...