Immigration Blog

El Salvador: True Friend or Frenemy?

By Dan Cadman, January 8, 2016

Dictionary.com defines "frenemy" as "a person or group that is friendly toward another because the relationship brings benefits, but harbors feelings of resentment or rivalry". The Urban Dictionary goes a step further and defines frenemy as "an enemy disguised as a friend".

This word has been on my mind lately in regard to the United States' erstwhile ally in Central America, El Salvador. The country has been the recipient of massive amounts of American economic, military, and security aid in the past several decades — $3.5 billion just between 1980 and 1990, according to the Government Accountability Office, and tens of millions per year since ($57.2 million in 2012 alone) — not all of it wisely spent, nor well accounted for by a series of governments in which corruption is endemic. Yet the money keeps on flowing. Read more...

First Group of U.S.-Bound Cubans Will Leave Costa Rica January 12

By Kausha Luna, January 8, 2016

On Wednesday, the Costa Rican government announced the first group of U.S.-bound Cuban migrants will be flown to El Salvador on January 12, allowing them to continue their journey north.

According to an agreement between Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and the International Organization of Migration (IOM), the approximately 8,000 Cubans – stranded in Costa Rica after Nicaragua refused to let them pass – will be flown to El Salvador and bused through Guatemala and to Mexico. Once in Mexico, they will have to make their own way to the Rio Grande. The islanders are expected to cover the costs of the transfer. Read more...

"If You Are From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Please Dial 8"

By David North, January 7, 2016

"If you are from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, please dial 8" is the recorded message you hear if you call (510) 592-9688, the telephone number of the embattled Northwestern Polytechnic University in Fremont, Calif.

It's a sign of the nervousness of NPU's administration — and its chintzy-ness. Read more...

Setting the Record Straight: NPR Corrects Mischaracterization of CIS Stance on ICE Operation

By Jessica Vaughan, January 7, 2016

On January 6, NPR's "Morning Edition" ran a story on the recent ICE operation to remove Central American adults and children who arrived illegally in the surge of 2014, who have failed in their request for legal status and been ordered removed in person by an immigration judge, but who have not departed. The story included comments from me that were over-edited and presented an incomplete and therefore misleading impression of my opinion on ICE's operation. Read more...

Three Immigration Issues Unresolved in 2015

By Jon Feere, January 6, 2016

Though there are many immigration issues that came into greater focus in 2015 — from the highly controversial H-1B cheap labor agenda, to the H-2B controversies — the following still-unresolved issues were on the forefront of everyone's mind and must be addressed in 2016: (1) Kate Steinle’s death in sanctuary city San Francisco, (2) America’s inability to vet refugees, deter terrorists, and (3) the Central American border rush. Read more...

No Evidence of Labor Shortage in H-2B Occupations

By Steven A. Camarota, January 6, 2016

Buried in the omnibus spending bill was an expansion in the H-2B visa program for less-skilled seasonal workers outside of agriculture. The changes will not increase the current H-2B visa cap, but instead will exclude from the cap workers who have received an H-2B visa in the last three years. As John Miano has pointed out, the provision could theoretically quadruple the number of visas for this year, to 264,000, though the actual increase is likely to be smaller. (David North reports that last time this provision was passed, in 2007, the number more than doubled.)

In a recent radio interview, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) justified the insertion of this provision on the grounds that without it businesses would face shortages of seasonal workers of the kind covered by the program.

Is there evidence for Ryan's claim of a labor shortage? Read more...

On Immigration and Assimilation

By Dan Cadman, January 5, 2016

Audrey Singer has written a piece for Fortune magazine titled "What Everyone Is Missing About the Immigration Debate". It is, on the whole, a paean to unbridled immigration to the country and, at least in my view, doesn't live up to its title. Read more...

Social Security Data Points to Growth in 2nd-Generation Muslim Population

By David North, January 5, 2016

Given the fact that some U.S.- or European-born Muslim terrorists (such as Syed Farook in San Bernardino) have been menacing Western societies, are there any statistics on the growth of the second-generation Muslim populations?

About a tenth of the total flow of new immigrants and about three tenths in the diversity lottery are from predominantly Muslim countries. But how about the next generation, the ones born here? Our government, unlike many in Europe, religiously avoids counting people by religion, so we must look for indirect measures. Read more...

Will the Supreme Court Take the DAPA Case?

By John Miano, January 4, 2016

There is a lot happening on the immigration legal front right now, including the government's petition to the Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari to review the preliminary injunction over DAPA; DHS's new proposed regulations to effectively hand out green cards in excess of the annual limits; DHS's request for a delay of the District Court's vacatur of its guestworker program created through regulation out of student visas; and, on the horizon, a court decision on allowing spouses of guestworkers to work in the United States as well. Read more...