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Different Labor Market Impacts from Two Different Kinds of Visa Mills

Marginal foreign students, i.e., those who have secured an F-1 visa to work, not to study, impact the U.S. labor markets in different ways, depending on their course of study.

Are they in a general-purpose visa mill, probably nominally seeking a master's degree, or are they, and this is less common, attending an ESL school (ESL being English as a Second Language)?

"Low-Skill Immigration: A Case for Restriction" Published in American Affairs

Last fall, I participated in a CIS panel entitled "Immigration and Less-Educated American Workers", alongside University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax and political scientist Charles Murray. The panel was perhaps most notable for Murray's revelation that, despite his libertarian instincts, he had come around to the position that we should "shut down low-skill immigration for a while" to encourage more Americans to rejoin the labor force.

Haitian TPS Ends, Eventually

An outcome that won't make anyone happy

On November 20, 2017, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced the end of temporary protected status (TPS) for Haiti, but with a caveat: It comes "with a delayed effective date of 18 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on July 22, 2019."

On the Responsibilities of Nations to Accept Their Citizens, and the Public's Right to Know When They Don't

Canada's immigration issues have been in the forefront of many Canadians' minds of late, particularly with their discovery that our shared, generally peaceful, but nonetheless porous border can work against them when aliens such as Haitians or Somalis start flowing northward from the United States and claiming asylum.

A Spate of Unethical Practices at the University of California from Former DHS Executives

A few days ago, the Daily Californian reported that two senior executives of the University of California (UC) resigned after getting caught having skewed a state auditor's survey of the UC system: "The executives who resigned were Seth Grossman, chief of staff to UC President Janet Napolitano, and Bernie Jones, Napolitano's deputy chief of staff."

Half of the Illegal Population Are Overstays?

The State Department needs to do a better job

In my last post, I briefly discussed a November 15, 2017, decision from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, The City of Philadelphia v. Sessions, which was brought in response to efforts by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to deny $1.6 million in funding to the city because of its refusal to fully cooperate with ICE.

Sanctuary Policies Finance Crime and Death, Here and Abroad

The consequences of living in a bubble

Probably the strongest argument against sanctuary cities, lax credible-fear standards for asylum, in-state tuition for illegal aliens, and paid counsel in removal proceedings is the fact that each of these programs encourages aliens (and especially women and families) to enter illegally, which usually requires that they put their lives in the hands of smugglers.

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