Immigration Blog

Agitprop in Chi-Town

By W.D. Reasoner, July 12, 2012

In the 1930s, Soviet apparatchiks in Stalinist Russia coined the phrase, "agitprop". The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines agitprop as political propaganda promulgated chiefly in literature, drama, music, or art and goes on to provide us the Russian etymology of the word — a truncated combination of agitatsiya (agitation) and propaganda. Read more...

Making Sure the Indian Tribes Are on OUR Side in the War Against al-Qaeda

By David North, July 12, 2012

The cliche is that generals are always fighting the last war.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is doing exactly that, a couple of centuries later after the war.

As some history buffs recall, American Indian tribes were not on our side in the French and Indian War, or in the American Revolution, or in the War of 1812. Most of them sided with the French in the first one, and with the British in the second and third. Read more...

House Judiciary Chairman Has 32 Questions for John Morton About the DREAM Decree

By Jon Feere, July 11, 2012

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has sent a lengthy letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton questioning many aspects of the Obama administration's plan to grant work permits to millions of illegal aliens via the president's controversial DREAM decree. Read more...

IT Employers' Coded Ads: "No Americans Need Apply"

By David North, July 11, 2012

Suppose you are a computer programmer, and a citizen, and you are looking for a job. You are reading the classified ads where information technology firms advertise for people with your skills. You see an ad with this headline: "Hiring OPT/CPT/L2 EAD/TN/H1 candidates for Full Time".

You will probably ignore the ad because the initials mean nothing to you, even though had you looked closely in the small print you would have found a reference to your skills. Read more...

Sheriffs Skeptical of "Chilling Effect" from Secure Communities

By Jessica Vaughan, July 11, 2012

I recently participated in a panel discussion at the National Sheriffs' Association annual conference in Nashville on the topic of ICE's Secure Communities (SC) program and immigrant community safety and trust. Read more...

Good Intentions and the Road to Perdition

By W.D. Reasoner, July 11, 2012

The California legislature is inching toward an "anti-Arizona" measure that would permit law enforcement agencies to ignore detainers filed by federal immigration authorities and prohibit police from questioning individuals pulled over during traffic stops, for instance, about their immigration status.

Two slightly different bills have passed each house of the legislative branch; they will have to be reconciled before a final vote. But no matter how you slice it, the bills are misguided and will do nothing but impede public safety, and quite possibly national security. Read more...

Obama Spreads Misinformation at Naturalization Ceremony

By Jon Feere, July 10, 2012

Immigrant (noun): "a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence"
— Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Work-Load Data Revealed for Secretive USCIS Agency

By David North, July 10, 2012

The in-house appeals agency that reviews many USCIS staff decisions is noted for its penchant for secrecy. Unlike similar entities in other departments, it issues no statistical summaries of its activities (known to me anyway) and, as we have noted before, redacts such basic items from its decisions as the names of the applicants, the lawyers, the employers, and even the adjudicators involved.

That organization, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), does, however, publish redacted copies of its orders. Read more...

Congress Pushes for More Foreign STEM Students Despite Surplus

By John Miano, July 9, 2012

The Washington Post ran an interesting article on July 7 that, when examined in context, illustrates just how much dysfunction there is in Congress.

The title sums up the situation well: "U.S. pushes for more scientists, but the jobs aren't there". Read more...

False Prophets of Open Borders

By James R. Edwards Jr., July 9, 2012

"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves." So warned Christ in the Sermon on the Mount. So came forth such false prophets recently at a press conference held on Capitol Hill. Read more...