Immigration Blog

Why 'All Men Are Created Equal' Shouldn't Always Apply

By David North, August 26, 2011

"All men are created equal" is an important principle, but it has its limits.

That's the way it should be regarding relationships among human beings within a democracy, but it should not necessarily apply when a democracy is handling a threat scenario.

A good example of the misplaced use of the equality principal could be seen during the early post-9/11 screenings for would-be terrorists on our passenger planes – everyone was equally subject to random special attention, be they 90-year-old nuns or young men from, say, Yemen.

In many ways that sort of mindless egality is applied to somewhat less dramatic situations, such as our migration-screening procedures, including the way we sort out applicants for F-1 (student) visas. Read more...

Ever Heard of Stratford University? DHS Loves its Foreign Graduates

By David North, August 24, 2011

Have you ever heard of Stratford University? Or the University of Bridgeport?

Well, you should have, because their students are the most numerous and second most numerous in a government subsidy program that is supposed to bring the world's "best and brightest" to our shores. Read more...

Hershey Leaves a Bitter Taste for Foreign Students

By Jerry Kammer, August 23, 2011

The Hershey Company, the iconic candy maker that cultivates an image of all- American goodness and corporate responsibility, has a public-relations problem involving its foreign workforce.

The corporation, which wants to be the world's sweet shop, is being labeled a sweatshop by students from foreign countries who are brought to the U.S. under a State Department program (the J-1 visa) billed as a "cultural exchange". (My colleague Jessica Vaughan has commented on the program here.) Read more...

When in Doubt, Make It Up

By John Miano, August 23, 2011

Advocates for cheap-labor guestworker programs, like H-1B, long ago found a solution to their problem of lacking data to support their position: simply make it up.

The latest example comes in a press release from MonolithIC 3D Inc. That press release states: Read more...

Law Prof on Obama's Administrative Amnesty

By Jon Feere, August 23, 2011

Temple U. law professor (and CIS Fellow) Jan Ting – one of the few in his field to recognize the problems created by Obama's administrative amnesty – has authored a new op-ed in which he writes:

The administration is thus implementing by executive order a policy it could not get Congress to adopt or even consider: amnesty for the millions of foreigners who entered the U.S. illegally or who overstayed their temporary visitor visas in order to work illegally in the U.S.

Case Study: Remembrance of Amnesties Past

By David North, August 23, 2011

It is useful – say, once every six months or so – to be reminded that amnesties of illegal aliens last a long, long time.

Today's case stars one Mohammed Uddin, a Pakistani citizen, who snuck across the border back in 1984, and who last month won an interim decision in the Third Circuit that will keep him from being deported for a while, at least until his next court case is settled.

He has been in the States for more than a quarter of a century, and every so often DHS made an effort to get him removed, but, so far, he has not actually been deported. Read more...

DHS Letter to Congress on Administrative Amnesty

By Jon Feere, August 22, 2011

DHS Secretary Napolitano's letter to congressional Democrats does not confirm whether the administratively-amnestied illegal aliens will receive worker authorization. Nor does it attempt to justify the administration's apparent usurpation of congressional authority.

It does claim that the administrative change will "enhance public safety" by directing ICE to wait until an illegal alien commits a violent crime before considering deportation. Both public safety and logical reasoning have taken a backseat to election politics, it seems. Read more...

Caveat Employer: The Risks of Hiring an H-1B

By David North, August 22, 2011

One of the smaller benefits an employer can obtain from hiring resident workers – i.e., citizens or legal immigrants – as opposed to H-1Bs is that the employer can suffer less when he fires the Americans, rather than the H-1Bs.

We are not writing about the worker's suffering, our usual subject, only the employer's suffering. Read more...

DHS Admits: "Non-legislative amnesty" would be "controversial, not to mention expensive."

By Jon Feere, August 22, 2011

The White House and the Department of Homeland Security remain tight-lipped about any details on the Obama administration’s attempt at an administrative amnesty, more than three days after the news story first broke. Read more...

An Unhappy Hershey Experience

By Jessica Vaughan, August 21, 2011

The recent guestworker protests at the Hershey chocolate plant in Palmyra, Penn. provide welcome exposure of the State Department’s cultural exchange visa charade. Billed as a form of public diplomacy to help foreigners better understand America, in fact most of these are cheap guestworker programs, wrapped up in the pretense of a cultural exchange. Read more...