Immigration Blog

An Intriguing (but Probably Flawed) Idea - the Sacrifice Bunt Visa

By David North, May 6, 2011

I am not at all sure it is a good idea, but it certainly is an intriguing one.

The reference is to the proposed "Sacrifice Bunt Visa." An illegal alien in the U.S. would agree to leave the nation, and in return, he or she would nominate one other illegal alien to be legalized. Thus at a single stroke, the total population of the country would shrink by one, and the population of the illegals in the country would drop by two. Read more...

Illinois Governor Moves to Protect Illegal Alien Criminals

By Jessica Vaughan, May 6, 2011

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has announced his intention to cancel the state's agreement with ICE to allow law enforcement agencies in his state to share arrest information with ICE under the Secure Communities Program, saying he was "not satisfied" with the results. Quinn expressed concern that ICE has removed a large number of illegal aliens who committed minor crimes in addition to dozens of criminal aliens with convictions for serious felonies. Read more...

Republicans and Immigration

By Mark Krikorian, May 5, 2011

The standard line among the high-immigration right (earnestly, if insincerely, seconded by their fellow-travelers on the left) is that Republican opposition to open immigration is driving otherwise-conservative immigrant (and/or Hispanic) voters into the arms of the Democratic Party. Some new research suggests it's actually the other way around. Far from Republican anti-immigration views pushing immigrants further toward the Democrats, it's immigrant anti-Republican views that pushes Republicans further toward restriction. Read more...

U.S. Islands' Immigration Policies Overruled by Mainland Standards

By David North, May 4, 2011

The underlying immigration policy of some U.S. island territories might be characterized as: "Let 'em in, deny 'em political rights, and exploit 'em."

Exploit them, in different ways, but to such an extreme that – eventually – Mainland norms override the islands' policy tendencies.

A decision of the Ninth Circuit on a Northern Marianas immigration issue yesterday reminded me of these island/Mainland tensions, which I once watched from my perch inside the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs. Read more...

USCIS Spends Too Much Time on Tiny Populations, Including Dead Ones

By David North, May 3, 2011

USCIS, thanks to its own inclinations and congressional thoughtlessness, spends too much executive time on tiny populations, including dead ones.

Recently that agency's busy Office of Public Engagement, unwittingly exposed this tiny- population focus when it, usefully, reminded all and sundry of some form revision notices in the Federal Register. Read more...

'You must . . . study for at least part of your time in the USA' for an F-1 Visa

By David North, May 2, 2011

There's an interesting difference between U.S. government rules on the F-1 visa for foreign students and how those rules are described by the visa middlemen in India.

According to USCIS, "you must be enrolled as a full-time student" at the institution. Read more...

An Unusual Voice on Univision

By Jerry Kammer, May 2, 2011

Univision's Sunday Spanish-language news program "Al Punto" gave voice to the sort of Latino not often heard on the network: a conservative Republican who does not favor amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Host Jorge Ramos spoke with Adryana Boyne, an immigrant from Mexico who has long been active in Republican politics. In 2008 Boyne was a delegate to the Republican National Convention and was active in the Mike Huckabee presidential campaign. Read more...

Does Parroting Lobbyists Constitute 'News analysis'?

By John Miano, May 2, 2011

This week provided a wonderful example of why public funding for NPR should be cut off.

In the tech industry it has become routine for Americans to be replaced by lower-paid foreign workers on H-1B visas. The repeating pattern is for the U.S. employer to contract with an H-1B bodyshop to supply labor to replace its American workers. The U.S. employer then requires its American workers train their foreign replacements. Read more...

USCIS Overturns 'Early Bird Gets the Worm' Rule in H-1B Program

By David North, April 29, 2011

Throughout our lives we are told that "that the early bird gets the worm," that it is a good idea to be "early to bed and early to rise," and that a "stitch in time saves nine," but USCIS has now overruled those mottos in the H-1B program.

It now is about to impose a set of rules in that foreign high-tech worker program to, in effect, make life easier for the late birds, the late risers, and the non-stitchers among the greedy employers who use the H-1B program to lower their labor costs, and deny jobs to American workers. Read more...

State Department Regs Guarantee Loss of 120,000 American Jobs

By David North, April 28, 2011

I suppose it is progress when one of the State Department's alien worker programs decides that foreign college students can no longer be used as rickshaw operators, or in their words: "as pedicab or rolling chair drivers".

It certainly is a refreshing bit of transparency when the department admits that its Summer Work Travel program had sometimes been used to staff "money laundering, money mule schemes and Medicare fraud", though no details are provided. Read more...