Immigration Blog

Proposal: Let's Let the Spouses Help Finance the "Best and the Brightest"

By David North, February 6, 2012

On the one hand, the mass migration lobbyists say that we must admit more of the "best and brightest" alien workers and should expand the H-1B program to do so. The economy needs them, they say.

On the other, their friends in the administration are now tacitly admitting that the wages offered in the same H-1B program are inadequate to support the "best and brightest" already in the program.

A little cognitive dissonance, maybe? Or just a wonderful example of a tin ear, or maybe a tin brain? Read more...

Abuses in Summer Work Travel Program Extend far Beyond Hershey and CETUSA

By Jerry Kammer, February 6, 2012

Last week, the New York Times reported on the State Department's decision to bar the Council on Educational Travel USA (CETUSA) from sponsoring young foreigners who come to the United States in the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program. Read more...

Attrition Through Enforcement: A Workable Plan

By Jon Feere, February 6, 2012

Mass legalization and mass deportation are two unworkable, unrealistic means of addressing the nation's illegal immigration problem. Mass legalization — aka amnesty — was tried in 1986 and it resulted in more illegal immigration, significant fraud, and facilitated the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, just to name a few problems. Read more...

Another Precinct Reporting – Cayman Islands Ups Investments Needed for Visas

By David North, February 5, 2012

If America is going to sell legal status to immigrant investors – a subject I explored in a recent Backgrounder – then what is the appropriate price?

The U.S. charges $500,000 for a full set of green cards for the entire family. I am not at all sure that this is a good idea.

As noted in the Backgrounder, most English-speaking nations require rather larger investments in return for the visas than does the U.S. The Bahamas, for example, has a de facto minimum of $1.5 million. Read more...

The Kansas Amnesty Plan

By James R. Edwards Jr., February 5, 2012

Following Utah's misguided lead, a group of illegal-alien-dependent Kansas business types has hatched the latest whacko state-level amnesty plan, the Associated Press reports.

Kansas dairies, feedlots, construction, landscaping, and roofing companies supposedly can't find enough workers. They also want to keep their current illegal foreign workers around, depress pay levels, and get a pass for legally questionable conduct. Read more...

When Lobbyists Write Bills

By John Miano, February 3, 2012

Those of us who went through the H-1B expansion battle in 1998 know well that industry does not have good faith when it comes to H-1B visas. Now that the H-1B visa has again come to the attention of the public, let me take this opportunity to describe how things work in Washington. Read more...

The Food Stamp Program Rewards Households with Illegal Aliens

By David North, February 3, 2012

Readers, let us immerse ourselves in the convoluted language and thinking of the immigration policy world.

You know, where "parole" is a good thing (you can, despite your apparent disqualifications, enter the country), and where "voluntary departure," which might sound positive actually means that you have to leave, albeit without shackles.

Similarly, the double negative verdict of "cancellation of removal" is good news, because it means you can stay here (though you probably should have been thrown out). Read more...

More Drivel from the Crank

By Mark Krikorian, February 3, 2012

Ron Paul's immigration speech to a Hispanic group in Las Vegas Thursday was a remarkable blend of incoherence and pandering, spiced with a little America hatred. Read more...

The President and a Senator Join the H-1B Controversy

By David North, February 2, 2012

Both Barack Obama and Mark Warner have won elections to the U.S. Senate, both are Democrats, both are graduates of Harvard Law, and both have figured in the H-1B controversy in recent weeks, the president more prominently than the Virginia senator.

While the president's statement during a video chat session that "industry tells me that they do not have enough highly-skilled engineers" was contradicted by data from his own Census Bureau, as CIS pointed out today, and was fairly widely reported, the senator's off-stage involvement in the program was not well known. Read more...

Fact-Free Fact Check on H-1B

By John Miano, February 2, 2012

The recent incident where a woman asked president Obama why we are importing foreign workers on H-1B visas has attracted much attention to the issue...and has brought out the worst in American media. Read more...