Immigration Blog

Mainstream Media Finally Notices Workers Displaced by H-1Bs

By John Miano, June 5, 2015

I am pleasantly surprised to see that the news media is taking an interest in Americans being replaced by foreign workers on H-1B visas.

In the 1990s, the media published such stories without restraint. However, as political correctness grew, those stories disappeared. The story the media wants the public to believe now is that foreign workers don't take American jobs — they create them. When the facts do not fit that politically correct narrative, the media tends to ignore the story altogether.

But maybe change is in the wind.

Barbara Jordan Award Presented to — Hillary Clinton?

By Jon Feere, June 5, 2015

The memory of civil rights leader Rep. Barbara Jordan was sullied yesterday as Texas Southern University presented cheap-labor enthusiast Hillary Clinton the first-ever "Barbara Jordan Public-Private Leadership Award". In the mid-1990s President Bill Clinton appointed former Texas congresswoman Barbara Jordan to chair the bipartisan U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, which called for a reduction in immigration to protect the interests of American workers. The Center for Immigration Studies has produced a number of reports and blogs about the commission and Jordan's work, some of which can be found here and here. A helpful outline of the Commission's conclusions is available from NumbersUSA, while the commission's reports are at the University of Texas. Read more...

What the H–**?
A guide to the H visa categories

By David North, June 5, 2015
A guide to the H visa categories

Given the alphanumeric soup of the temporary alien worker programs, it may be helpful to identity the H programs, all of which have some to a lot of Department of Labor involvement. (In addition to these categories, there are more than a score of other visas that allow alien holders to work in the United States, such as F-1 and J-1). Read more...

Seeking Answers About DHS's Priority Enforcement Program with FOIA

By Dan Cadman, June 4, 2015

An open-borders group, the National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON) has joined forces with the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University and the Asian Law Caucus to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The FOIA request seeks information on the new Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) announced by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson in one of his series of November 2014 memos implementing the president's constitutionally dubious "executive actions" on immigration — the one that ended the successful Secure Communities (SC) program designed to detect criminal aliens at the front end of the criminal justice system, instead of afterward when they are free to roam the streets finding more victims. Read more...

Truth on H-1B Program Starts to Appear in the Mainstream Media

By David North, June 4, 2015

The grim truth about the H-1B program is starting to ooze out into the mainstream media.

A story on the front page of today's New York Times carried this all-too-accurate headline on its web version:

"Last Task After Layoff: Train Foreign Replacements"

In it, Julia Preston, a normally pro-migration reporter, writes: Read more...

Skewed Priorities in Homeland Security

By Dan Cadman, June 3, 2015

Toward the end of November last year, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson issued a series of memos to initiate the president's "executive actions" on immigration — some of which are on hold due to federal court injunction, and all of which were destructive to a meaningful regimen of immigration controls and enforcement.

One of those memos ended the program known as Secure Communities, designed to provide to immigration agents, in near real-time, notice that aliens had been arrested by police for criminal offenses. Johnson directed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents initiate instead his "new and improved" program with the trivial and childish acronym PEP (Priority Enforcement Program), whose details were and are shrouded in mystery, and which have decidedly not filled ICE agents with much enthusiasm or pep. Read more...

Obama Amnesty Supporters Don't Let Facts Get in the Way of a Good Story

By John Miano, June 2, 2015

I have refrained from writing about DACA and DAPA because most of the legal analysis in the media (including that of noted constitutional law scholars) is total garbage and I did not want to get into a fight with fools.

However, this post from the tin-foil hat crowd illustrates the growing connection between my own lawsuits and these two programs — but in a different way than portrayed here. Read more...

Immigration Lawyers Website Disses the EB-5 Program

By David North, June 1, 2015

If a New York Times editorial called for outlawing all abortions all the time, there would be an earthquake felt all over the United States.

Well, the Times has not done that, but the little shudder you felt recently was because the routinely pro-immigration website Immigration Daily had an unsigned editorial recently that said some pretty derogatory things about the EB-5 (immigrant investor program). The website is published for immigration lawyers and routinely carries bitter criticisms of attempts to enforce the immigration law. Read more...

Bringing Terrorists to the U.S. for Training

By Dan Cadman, June 1, 2015

Gulmurod Khalimov, a special police forces commander from Tajikistan who disappeared from his country in April, resurfaced recently in an Islamic State propaganda video. It's unclear what triggered the defection of a man formerly charged with protecting the political leaders and government elites of tightly ruled, autocratic Tajikistan.

News accounts tell us that he was well-trained, courtesy of both the American and Russian militaries. He was in the United States several times for such training; likewise with Russia. Read more...

Obama's 'Rock-Solid' Legal Argument for Granting Work Permits

By John Miano, June 1, 2015

I have yet to see any description of Obama's "rock solid legal argument", as the learned folks at the New York Times editorial page describe DAPA, so I thought I would create one now that I am running into it in other cases.

You may have noticed that the Constitution confers all powers over immigration to the Congress. You might then expect that the way the immigration system is supposed to work is that Congress defines the classes of aliens eligible work in the United States and that DHS has the broad authority to determine the individual aliens within those classes who are authorized to work.

That is not how Obama's DHS sees things.