Immigration Blog

Silicon Valley Insider Tells the Unpleasant Truth about the H-1B Program

By David North, August 7, 2016

In a happy change, a Silicon Valley insider – whose resume includes the ownership of a yacht docked in the San Francisco Bay – describes the H-1B program in this manner:

The American immigrant visa system amounts to indentured servitude, a type of peonage.

This is in a newly-published, much-reviewed, tell-it-all book on the IT industry entitled Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley, by Antonio Garcia Martinez. See articles on the book in the New York Times and the Washington Post. Read more...

Sanctuaries Update: 1 Down, 305 to Go

By Jessica Vaughan, August 5, 2016

One of Sheriff Mark Garber's first acts upon taking office in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, last month was to rescind the controversial and misguided sanctuary policy that had been implemented by his predecessor. The approximately 300 other jurisdictions around the country that have similar policies obstructing immigration enforcement would be wise to follow suit. Read more...

What to Do When They H-1Boot You

By John Miano, August 5, 2016

You notice that people from India are poking around your work place – and their numbers are growing. It is time to smell the coffee and realize that you are your coworkers are about to be replaced by foreign workers on H1B visas. You're going to get the "H-1Boot."

What should you do now?

Get Organized. Exchange contact information with your coworkers. Exchanges names, home phone numbers, home emails, and addresses of everyone likely to be affected. Do this while you are all together. Once you get fired, this information is hard to gather. Read more...

"On the Media" Shreds the NPR Ethics Handbook

By Jerry Kammer, August 5, 2016

In 2004, Daniel Okrent, the public editor of The New York Times, flatly acknowledged that The Times is a liberal paper. "If you think The Times plays it down the middle" on its coverage of social issues, "you've been reading the paper with your eyes close," he wrote.

Well, if you listen to your NPR station's broadcast of the "On the Media" program and you think its work on immigration reporting lives up to standards for fairness, accuracy, and impartiality that are spelled out in the NPR Ethics Handbook, then you've been listening with your ears closed. Read more...

Another Crack in the Veneer of the Government's Immigration Security Vetting

By Dan Cadman, August 4, 2016

Sometimes the most newsworthy items come out in the most unlikely places. The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the appellate tribunal of the immigration courts, has published an opinion sustaining an immigration judge's decision to continue the detention of one Hussam Fatahi, allegedly a native of Iraq and citizen of Syria. The facts revealed by the opinion prove, once again, just how vulnerable the nation's immigration security vetting is.

Let me backtrack for a moment though. In October of last year, I wrote a blog post, "Why Syrian Refugee Vetting Will Be Indisputably Fallible". In that blog, I laid out reasons potential security threats could penetrate screening procedures, including: Read more...

Administration Reaches Out to Help the 1% – of Syrians

By David North, August 4, 2016

The U.S. government, which portrays itself as the defender of the little guy, has just reached out to another elite group (within an admittedly severely disadvantaged population).

This time it is to give Temporary Protected Status to a very lucky bunch of Syrians – people who had arrived in the United States on Monday, or earlier, either legally or illegally. Read more...

Interesting Migration Flows: Those from What Used to be British India

By David North, August 4, 2016

Stimulated by the remarkable level of ethnic discrimination in the hiring practices of the big Indian outsourcing firms – they hire up to 99 percent of their H-1Bs workers from the Republic of India – I decided to take a look at other streams of migration from what the Brits call the Subcontinent. Read more...

Haitians Pretend to Be Africans to Make Their Way to the U.S.

By Kausha Luna, August 4, 2016

Forty-five Haitians claiming to be African arrived in Tijuana last week, to then make their way to the United States.

The 45 Haitians were part of a group of 52 that were given a 30-day transit permit by Mexico's National Institute for Migration (INM). The permits were granted after the migrants were found on the side of the road in Sonora, where their smuggler abandoned them after their bus crashed. Read more...

The Irony of a Sanctuary Sheriff Presiding over a Moment of Silence for Fallen Cops

By Dan Cadman, August 3, 2016

A few days ago at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez rose to the podium, resplendent in her uniform with four gold stars on each collar, to ask for a moment of silence to honor fallen law enforcement officers. The moment was disrupted by delegates on the floor, some of whom shouted “Black lives matter!” Read more...

"On the Media" Goes Off the Cliff

By Jerry Kammer, August 3, 2016

I can think of one positive thing to say about Donald Trump's presidential campaign, which otherwise is becoming a national embarrassment. Trump has forced the national media to consider the plight of working-class Americans who have suffered from mass immigration and free trade. Even David Brooks, writing that "people across America have been falling through the cracks," acknowledges that "Trump, to his credit, made them visible." Read more...