Immigration Blog

Prometheus Unhinged

By W.D. Reasoner, January 3, 2012

The ancient Greeks gave us the story of Prometheus, one of the Titans, who was punished by Zeus for giving the gift of fire to mere mortals.

Residents of Los Angeles County received their own (unwelcome) gift of fire during a long and terrifying extended New Year's weekend when a disgruntled German immigrant named Harry Burkhart allegedly set ablaze a sizeable number of vehicles, many of them in garages attached to, or underneath, densely populated apartments and condos. By a miracle, no one was killed or seriously injured. Read more...

Looking to One's Own Backyard

By W.D. Reasoner, January 2, 2012

Quite recently, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama took to the Senate floor to chastise Sen. Dick Durban of Illinois, after the latter criticized the state of Alabama for having passed an immigration enforcement statute. Read more...

Three Developments in Nonimmigrant Worker Programs

By David North, December 30, 2011

Three developments, two grim, and one intriguing – and all relating to nonimmigrant worker programs – deserve a few lines of type as the year closes. The first relates to high-skilled workers, and the last two with low-skilled ones. Read more...

Old News About Latino Voters

By James R. Edwards Jr., December 30, 2011

A new Pew Hispanic Center poll relays some old news: Latino voters favor the Democratic presidential candidate by better than 2-to-1. Read more...

Criminals Start Small

By Mark Krikorian, December 29, 2011

I don't know how much national attention it got, but earlier this year there were a spate of attacks in Northern Virginia (where I live) where a man would slash a young woman's buttocks in a department store or mall and then run off. The injuries were superficial but the randomness (not to mention weirdness) of it caused a lot of concern, kind of like a farcical replay of the Beltway Sniper shootings in 2002. Read more...

Bipartisanship in Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, December 29, 2011

The new-ish editor of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has spent the past year telling anyone who would hear that "Our goal is broader discourse" so that in the opinion pages "no single voice dominates the conversation."

Today the paper ran two pieces on Newt Gingrich's amnesty proposal and … well, you can guess what I'm going to say, but I'll go ahead anyway. The two pieces not only fail to broaden the discourse but they say the same thing and are written by members of the same pro-amnesty lobbying group. Read more...

"You Can Fool Some of the People..."

By W.D. Reasoner, December 29, 2011

Every once in a while, some little newsy tidbit comes along that warms the cockles of even my cynical heart.

In this case, it's a realization that perhaps Honest Abe Lincoln (or P.T. Barnum, or whoever actually uttered the words) was right when he said that "you can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." Read more...

Mexico Protects Its Interests with a Friend of the Court Brief, and a Friend in Court

By Ronald W. Mortensen, December 29, 2011

Last week, Mexico and 13 other Latin American countries filed a friend of the court brief asserting that Utah's immigration enforcement act (HB497) "threatens the human rights" of their nationals.

According to a press release issued by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, "The Mexican Government will continue to make use of all available means and channels in order to firmly and immediately respond to any violation of the fundamental rights of Mexicans, regardless of their migratory status." Read more...

Let's Focus on Aliens and Jobs, Less So on Aliens and Voting

By David North, December 28, 2011

Any advocacy movement – such as the one calling for not-too-much-immigration – has limited resources and must set priorities if it is to achieve any of its goals. Read more...

Editors: Let's Take Immigration/Marriage Fraud Seriously

By David North, December 27, 2011

One of the continuing challenges to those of us who want some limits on immigration is the slippery language used by the other side.

You know all about "undocumented workers" for illegal aliens, and, more recently, in connection with the DREAM Act, "children of illegal immigrants" for illegal aliens arriving as young people.

Not quite as prominent as those just mentioned is the use of the term "marriage of convenience" for marriage fraud. This is the activity in which both participants know what they are doing, being aware that they are jointly lying to the government so that one of them can get an immigrant visa. Read more...