Immigration Blog

Arizona Prop 100 Upheld

By James R. Edwards Jr., April 9, 2011

No thanks to the American Civil Liberties Union, Arizona's law to keep criminal aliens behind bars has won in federal court. At the bull's eye of a failed legal strategem stands the lawman the open-borders crowd loves to hate, Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Read more...

Viewing the H-1B Program from a Different Angle

By David North, April 8, 2011

Usually foreign worker programs are viewed from a distance by observers, as useful or destructive activities, or by employers as good ways to cut wage costs. Sometimes they are seen through the eyes of U.S. workers displaced by the program. Sometimes, when abuses are severe, one sees the program from the point of view of the exploited worker.

In the case of the H-1B program – which I think should be reduced drastically and reformed – I have had an opportunity to see the program through eyes of the willing participants, people who are either in the program or who are headed towards it. Read more...

Birthright Citizenship Report Sparks Debate

By Jessica Vaughan, April 7, 2011

Last week I appeared on a CNN news program to discuss our recent report on the national security implications of the U.S. practice of granting citizenship to the children of foreign temporary visitors. This is related to, but distinct from the issue of citizenship for the children of illegal aliens. Read more...

USCIS Shoots Self in Foot Trying to Streamline an Application Process

By David North, April 7, 2011

As noted here in the past, USCIS desperately wants to "streamline" its application processes.

Even if eligibility rules are not changed a bit, modifying an application process to make it faster, or less expensive, or more convenient to the applicant, inevitably makes that process more attractive, and thus it is used more often, and that creates more migration.

A clumsy process, however, tends to discourage marginal applicants. Read more...

DoL Adds Big D.C.-Area School System to List of H-1B 'Willful Violators'

By David North, April 6, 2011

One of the nation's major educational users of the H-1B program has been cited as a "willful violator" of that program by the U.S. Department of Labor. Read more...

'A Special Political Responsibility of Protection and Nourishment'

By Jerry Kammer, April 6, 2011

Yesterday, CIS hosted a panel discussion on a new report about welfare use by immigrants, which was written by Steven Camarota, our director of research. (The video and transcript of the discussion will be posted next week.) The report has obvious significance in the national debate about immigration policy. The goal of social justice, which welfare programs seek to advance, requires an effort to limit eligibility for those programs. Below is an excerpt from a fascinating discussion of this and related issues. Read more...

Importing Poverty

By Mark Krikorian, April 5, 2011

In news sort of related to today's new CIS welfare report comes this disturbing information in the latest Rural Migration News: Read more...

On Decoding ICE Press Releases; or, Why Was That Farmer Criminally Charged?

By David North, April 5, 2011

The ICE press release headline read:

"Upstate New York dairy farmer charged with harboring illegal aliens"

I had two reactions: first, why should this be news – shouldn't ICE being doing this all the time? My sense is that many farms hire and harbor illegals, and that few are fined, much less charged with a criminal offense.

Secondly, why was this farmer sorted out for this treatment? The full text of the press release, which follows, spoke to neither of those concerns: Read more...

USCIS Waives Fees at the Rate of at Least $44 Million a Year

By David North, April 4, 2011

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, understandably, is funded largely by fees levied on corporations and individuals seeking immigration benefits.

It also can waive some of these fees when it decides that the applicant has a sufficiently low income, and it has just released some data that seems to indicate that it is losing at least $44 million a year in those fees. Read more...

Illegal Immigration Profiteers

By Ronald W. Mortensen, April 4, 2011

When employers exert their power and influence to safeguard their access to an unlimited supply of illegal alien labor, they put profits ahead of principle and sacrifice millions of American children to identity theft. These employers are like war profiteers who put profits ahead of the interests of their nation and its people. Read more...