Immigration Blog

Unlike Their Leaders, Christian Laity Are Wise as Serpents, Yet Innocent as Doves on Immigration

By James R. Edwards Jr., March 4, 2014

If you've suspected that the elites heading Big Religion, who push so hard for mass amnesty, are out of touch with their parishioners, you're absolutely right. The leadership of many evangelical denominations (plus the Catholic Church) lacks a flock when it comes to immigration issues. More importantly, the leaders seem farther removed from sound scriptural teachings.

The immigration-reduction group NumbersUSA recently released an opinion poll of evangelical Christians. The survey, conducted by Pulse Opinion Research of 1,000 evangelicals who are likely voters, was unveiled at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville. Read more...

On Fines, Worksite Enforcement, and Cost-Benefit Analysis
Homeland Security's IG issues a report that offers little and measures less

By Dan Cadman, March 3, 2014
Homeland Security's IG issues a report that offers little and measures less

The Homeland Security Inspector General's office issued a report on February 11 titled "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Worksite Enforcement Administrative Inspection Process".

It is full of interesting factoids that one would probably find impossible to obtain even through the filing of a Freedom of Information Act request, given this administration's reticence to share information and data of even the most fundamental nature. Read more...

Of Terrorists, Failed Immigration Vetting Systems, and Running to Catch Up

By Dan Cadman, February 28, 2014

The media and blogosphere have been alive with the story about a convicted terrorist who was working as a "navigator" for the Obamacare website maintained by the state of Illinois.

Given the controversy over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — the official name for the statute giving birth to Obamacare — it is perhaps inevitable that many are focused on that portion of the story. Read more...

Anomalies Abound in the Economics of Illegal Immigration

By David North, February 28, 2014

The three-dimensional interface among illegal aliens, the labor market, and government programs contains a number of anomalies, some good public policy and some not. Read more...

Why the Double Standard?

By John Rhodes, February 28, 2014

I am just now noticing a pattern, a pattern that displays a double standard (Please tell me if I am wrong in my observation I may be tardy in seeing the obvious). A double standard is intellectual dishonesty. It took a recent article in the New York Times article about immigration in Norway for me really to notice a consistent inclination to view with suspicion those who espouse controlled immigration.

In other words, without being simplistic and without excessively generalizing, I have noticed that many of those who, in practice and actual articulated philosophy, are generally inclined to open borders (whether or not they admit this is a separate issue) tend to view immigrants with optimism, as basically good people with no ill will. At the same time, they tend not to view their fellow citizens who dare question the free-flowing influx of immigrants as basically good people with no ill will. Read more...

Utah Likely to Push Back E-Verify Mandate (Again)

By Jon Feere, February 28, 2014

Two facts have been missed by media outlets reporting on Utah's plan to push back the start date of the state's controversial (and unlikely) guestworker program: (1) this is the second time that Utah has delayed the guestworker program's start date, and (2) the state's E-Verify mandate is contingent on the guestworker program coming into effect, and thus will also be delayed. Read more...

For Real Immigration Reform, Beat the Clock, Pt. 1

By Stanley Renshon, February 28, 2014

In the early days of television, quiz shows were a staple, and none was more popular or enduring than "Beat the Clock". In that show contestants were required to perform tasks within a certain time limit. Their time remaining was counted down on a large 60-second clock in front of a live audience. If they succeeded at the task within the prescribed time limit, they "beat the clock". If not, the clock beat them.

Real immigration reform also is in a race to "beat the clock", but in this case the clock is an unfolding election calendar, whose results at each stage will present a series of opportunities and dangers. Read more...

On Dual Citizenship

By Dan Cadman, February 27, 2014

Last month, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report titled "U.S. Naturalization Policy", by CRS Immigration Policy Analyst William Kandel.

In the report, Mr. Kandel makes passing reference to birthright citizenship, a matter of some controversy these days given a booming business in "birth tourism" among Chinese nationals and others, but, as he notes, delving into it at any depth was beyond the scope of a report on naturalization. I agree, but hope that a future CRS report does focus on the subject. (CIS has explored birthright citizenship at some length. See here, here, here, and here, for example.) Read more...

Canada, UK, and China All Blast Immigrant Investor Programs — but Not U.S.

By David North, February 27, 2014

Three major players in the immigrant-investor field — Canada, China, and the United Kingdom — have all made major moves to kill, limit, or increase the price of these programs, while the Obama administration continues to promote the EB-5 program in its current form.

To the best of my knowledge, the three nations did not coordinate these moves and I have seen no other writer link the three nations' positions on these programs, but they all are certainly in sharp contrast to the Obama administration's mindless cheerleading. Read more...

On Profiling, Irony, and Hypocrisy
Federal lawsuit against NYPD dismissed

By Dan Cadman, February 26, 2014
Federal lawsuit against NYPD dismissed

A federal district court judge has thrown out a lawsuit against New York City officials alleging that a secret New York City Police Department (NYPD) program of spying on Muslim businesses and mosques violated the constitutional rights of business owners and members of those mosques. Read more...