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A Rave Review for a Justice Dept. Report on Immigration Decisions

We at CIS are often highly critical of the government, but a Justice Department publication just appeared that is worthy of high praise.The praise is for the publication itself, the FY 2009 Statistical Year Book of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), not necessarily for the program being discussed. The 129-page report is online as a pdf here.

Univision Steps Up

Last month this blog criticized Univision for profiteering from commercials for narcocorridos, which have been described as "stories of bandits and outlaws updated to the age of drug cartels and AK-47s, and known to some, because of their grim authenticity and bad reputation, as 'the rap of modern Mexico.'"So now it's good to send kudos to Univision for its commitment to a new campaign that aims to reduce the dropout rate among Latino students. A principal focus will be to encourage parents to appreciate the long-term value of an education and to insist that their children stay in school. Too often, organizers say parents encourage their children to drop out in order to help with short-term financial problems.

Homeschooling Asylum

The New York Times writes about a family from Germany which has received asylum in the U.S. because homeschooling is prohibited in their country. This is yet another example of misuse of asylum, as we see our domestic culture wars bleed over into asylum policy; first it was feminists and homosexual-rights campaigners, then disabilities-rights activists, and now homeschoolers.

How Does USCIS' Appeals Body Handle Disputes about Religious Visas?

What happens when an obscure USCIS appellate body handles disputes about visas for religious workers?In my review of the 62 decisions made in 2009 made by the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) the answer appears to be – carefully and narrowly.Bearing in mind the definitions I am using discussed below, it looks like 32 of the decisions went against the churches and/or religious workers, and 30 were more or less in their favor.

Professor Investigates Corporate Rhetoric on H-1Bs

We often read about how the nation's high-tech corporations say they use the H-1B program to bring the world's best and brightest to the U.S.But is that how they really use the program? Only some of them do, according to Prof. Ron Hira of the Rochester Institute of Technology; the rest use it as a handy source of relatively low-cost talent.

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