Immigration Blog

Between Calderon's Rhetoric and Border Reality

By Jerry Kammer, November 12, 2010

A column in today's Reforma newspaper highlights the troubling gap between Mexico's rhetorical commitment to the human rights of migrants and the abuses suffered by Central American migrants within Mexico. The column in the Mexico City daily is authored by Navi Pillay, United Nations high commissioner for human rights.

Pillay cites a recent statement by Mexican President Felipe Calderon that, "We don't want to do to the migrants who come to Mexico, whatever their legal status, that which we don't want to be done to our migrants in the United States." Read more...

Paying Illegal Immigrants to Go Home

By Mark Krikorian, November 11, 2010

Gallup reports that 18 percent of Hispanic immigrants in the United States want to emigrate to another country, a third of them to Mexico and the rest to other Latin American countries or Canada or Europe. They are more likely than other Hispanic immigrants to be poor and not speak English well — i.e., almost certainly disproportionately illegal aliens, though the survey didn't ask about legal status. Read more...

Dean Baker on Immigration's 'Mixed Bag'

By Jerry Kammer, November 11, 2010

Some straightforward comments on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program this morning from Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Said Baker: Read more...

About That Recent Decline of Illegal Immigrants... Part II: Illegal Tide Rising Again?

By Stanley Renshon, November 11, 2010

So, do the new Pew numbers mean that even with only a small uptick in the American economy, the number of illegal immigrants is beginning to rise again? If this were the case, it would undercut administration claims that it was its tough enforcement policies that were responsible for decline in illegal immigration that Pew had found in an earlier study. Read more...

Good News: The Department of Justice Hires 24 More Immigration Judges

By David North, November 11, 2010

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that it has hired 24 additional Immigration Judges. That's an increase in that judicial work force of about 10 percent.

That's good news; it means that there will be many more deportations, some more judgments that aliens can stay in the country, and, one hopes, fewer aliens, on average, in detention centers, thus saving the taxpayers about $100 a day per detainee. Read more...

About That Recent Decline of Illegal Immigrants... Part I: Illusionary Hiatus?

By Stanley Renshon, November 10, 2010

It seems like only yesterday that news reporters, legalization supporters, and the Obama administration were touting the new Pew study that reported, "U.S. Unauthorized Immigration Flows Are Down Sharply Since Mid-Decade." Read more...

Running, Not Running from, Hispanics in 2012

By Stephen Steinlight, November 10, 2010

My blood up, I was anticipating the prospect of tearing to shreds the astoundingly specious social analysis and "political lessons" allegedly to be derived from the mid-term elections about "the Hispanic vote" in 2012, as well as the ugly appeal to herd instinct to be found in Politico's piece "Hispanic vote a 2012 wild card". Read more...

'Let My People Stay!' – Iraqi Prime Minister Discourages Emigration

By David North, November 10, 2010

Usually it is the receiving countries that play the dominant roles in immigration policy discussions.

But that is not the case right now in Iraq.

Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has issued an unusual appeal, saying to France, in effect, "Let my people stay." He is asking the West not to accept Christian Iraqi refugees, despite the recent Muslim violence against them.

The Prime Minister's pitch came in the wake of a bloody attack by Muslim extremists on a Christian church in Baghdad. The initial attack and the police action that followed killed 53 people. Read more...

The White House Should Welcome Arizona's Assistance

By Jon Feere, November 10, 2010

States regularly assist the federal government in making sure federal laws and regulations in a whole host of areas are followed. The feds generally welcome the support. But when it comes to immigration, the Obama administration has signaled opposition to states that wish to provide assistance. The administration argues that states are preempted from getting involved in immigration policy, but this argument is overbroad and ultimately incorrect. Read more...

Politico's Advice Regarding Wooing Hispanics, Part II: Tokenism

By Stanley Renshon, November 9, 2010

The recent Politico story entitled "Hispanic vote a 2012 wild card" does not present a very attractive picture of "Hispanics." It presents them as having a narrow, self-interested focus on the almost total advancement of their group in the immigration process with little regard to the possible needs of other groups or the United States more generally. Read more...