Immigration Blog

C-SPAN Callers Challenge Advocate on Immigration's Effects on Blacks

By Jerry Kammer, April 8, 2015

Among the legions of Washington advocates for "comprehensive immigration reform", I've long regarded Marc Rosenblum as one of the best informed and most intellectually honest. Marc, the deputy director of the Migration Policy Institute's U.S. Immigration Policy Program, is also a first-class gentleman.

But Marc is an advocate with a definite point of view, which he developed as a political science professor, adviser to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, member of President-elect Obama's transition team, and immigration policy expert at the Congressional Research Service. Read more...

The Need for Border Controls

By Mark Krikorian, April 8, 2015

The New York Times ran a story this week on Bulgaria's fence on its border with Turkey, designed to keep Middle Eastern illegal aliens from sneaking into the EU (of which Bulgaria is now a member). Mildly interesting but not that unusual in itself, since Greece already has fenced its land border with Turkey.

What makes this barrier notable is that it replaces the one the Bulgarians dismantled in the late 1990s, a remnant of the Iron Curtain designed to keep people in. The story quotes the former government minister who had overseen the dismantling: "The theory then was that it was antidemocratic to have these kind of devices along the border." Read more...

Immigration Lawyers Admit H-1B Employers Discriminate Against Americans

By John Miano, April 7, 2015

Sometimes the truth slips out accidentally. The immigration attorney web site visanow.com has put out a press release about a survey of H-1B employers it conducted. Visanow proclaims in its headline:

U.S. Companies Say H-1B Hires are "Critical" to Success

Words vs. Deeds on Amnesty

By Mark Krikorian, April 7, 2015

Democratic amnesty-pushers, and their Republican collaborators, keep telling us how popular "comprehensive immigration reform" is. But the actions of those same politicians suggest they don't believe their own press releases. Read more...

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program: Slick New Tools or Parlor Tricks?

By Dan Cadman, April 6, 2015

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is looked down upon by much of the agent corps in ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), which styles itself as "the largest investigative arm in the Department of Homeland Security". That's because SEVP is an administrative unit, charged with overseeing the approval of schools that accept foreign students, and monitoring those students and foreign exchange visitors for compliance with the conditions of their admission — violators are referred to the investigative arms of ICE for any enforcement action to be taken. Read more...

House Democrats Issuing 'Get Out of Jail' Cards to Illegal Aliens

By Dan Cadman, March 31, 2015

In the everyday vernacular we Americans use, there are a lot of flotsam-and-jetsam phrases we've picked up over the years, including one from the ever-popular game Monopoly. We often refer to someone having a "get out of jail" card, usually in a figurative sense, to describe a situation where that someone is in a position to duck the consequences if in trouble. Read more...

Influx of Central American Teen and Family Arrivals Continues

By Jessica Vaughan, March 31, 2015

More than 2,000 illegal alien juveniles have been apprehended and taken into federal custody in each of the last several months, according to DHS statistics. While Obama administration officials emphasize that these numbers are lower than last year, they are still the second highest level ever for arrests of illegal alien minors, about midway between 2013 and 2014 levels. Most of those apprehended are male teenagers, with the largest number from Guatemala. Read more...

Give Me Your Tired Arguments, Your Poor Reasoning
Another one-sided piece on immigration from the New York Times

By Steven A. Camarota, March 30, 2015
Another one-sided piece on immigration from the New York Times

From my March 28 article in National Review Online:

In a very one-sided recent article for the New York Times Magazine, Adam Davidson tries to make the case for massive increases in immigration. He starts out by dicussing the racial prejudice of an older relative who always thought that Hispanics "were stealing jobs." Davidson believes this man's story is illustrative of the current debate over immigration.

Constant Activity on the California Border

By John Wahala, March 27, 2015

The Center's fifth annual border tour began in San Diego earlier this month. On our week-long itinerary we saw most of the California border, from both sides of the fence, and made it as far as Yuma, Ariz. In five trips, we have now seen almost the entire 1,993-mile southwest border, from Brownsville to the Pacific. These excursions are mere snapshots of a particular area, but we meet with enough people to get a sense of current trends. Our most recent trip underscored the ever changing nature of cross-border traffic and why managing it requires sustained political will and vigilance. Read more...

New Data Show Immigrant Gang Arrests
Disproportionately associated with the most violent Central American gangs

By Jessica Vaughan, March 27, 2015
Disproportionately associated with the most violent Central American gangs

Violent immigrant and transnational gangs such as MS-13, the Sureños, and 18th Street continue to present a significant public safety threat in many parts of the United States, according to arrest records released by ICE to the Center for Immigration Studies.

In 2013 (the most recent year available), ICE arrested significant numbers of gang members in California, Texas, Chicago, and the New York City and Washington, DC, metropolitan areas. Large concentrations also were arrested by ICE agents in Atlanta, Charlotte, and south Florida. Read more...