Enhanced Rapture: Crackdown on Crappy Colleges Is More Useful than Reported Earlier

Typically a writer hates to report that something he had written needs to be revised, but in this case I am delighted to declare that I understated the impact of a government decision regarding marginal colleges, as I did last month under the heading "Mild Rapture: a Federal Agency Cracks Drown on Crappy Colleges".I now realize that "Enhanced, if Not Total, Rapture" would be a better description.

H-1B Hiring: Bias within Bias, Discrimination within Discrimination

The employers in the H-1B program (for foreign college grad workers, mostly in IT) say that they must have unlimited access to the world's best and brightest or else America's advances in technology will come to a screeching halt. But what they, do, in fact, is to hire a remarkably high percentage of their workers who just happen to be: - Young, - Male, and - From just three southern Indian states.

Draft Order Overlooks Largest Source of Payments to Aliens

A reporter called and asked me about two draft executive orders dealing with immigration that had been located by the Washington Post. Both orders were dated January 23, and were signed by Andrew Bremberg, the new White House policy director. One was a largely useful, if not always very precise, document dealing with the various ways that American workers should be protected from alien competition, which may be discussed in a later posting.

Obscure Universities (One Now Closed) Got Far More OPTs than the Ivies

In a previous posting, we suggested that the new president could open up 180,000 jobs for U.S. resident by closing down the Optional Practical Training program, which gives recently graduated foreign students up to three years of legal working status after they finish their studies. While most of the 180,000 jobs would be reasonably well paid, there are several thousand exceptions as the loosely-managed OPT program gave legal working status to many graduates of questionable institutions.In the table below, we show some university-specific data on the award of the longest of the OPT working permits; they had 29-month durations at the time. These valuable permits went to alien alums with STEM degrees, i.e., in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

TPS Program Conflicts with the Pause in Migration from Seven Countries

One of the ironies of the president's ban on the admission of aliens from seven Muslim-majority nations is that it does not seem to touch the ability of illegal aliens from four of those countries, assuming that they are in the United States, from signing up for temporary legal status under the TPS program, and getting permits that would allow them to work legally in America. So a non-troubling alien with a brand-new visa cannot enter the nation immediately, but someone who has broken our immigration laws successfully is given benefits.

How Illegal Aliens Can Pay for the Wall

The president has proposed that the big wall at the southern border should be funded by imposing a 20 percent tariff on all imports from Mexico. Let's think about that a bit. I totally agree with the overtone of the president's proposal — let's get someone other than American citizens to help fund the wall (and other migration enforcement activities). To some extent a tariff would do that, but it would lead to higher prices to Americans for products made in Mexico. But the significant by-product of such a policy would be a less prosperous Mexico — and when that happens illegal immigration increases.

Trump Can Create 180,000 New Jobs for Americans — by Using that Pen!

President Trump saved several thousand factory jobs by brow-beating some CEOs, but he could also do something much more useful: He could create about 180,000 new jobs for American college grads just by abolishing an obscure bit of the immigration machinery. Here's a way to help the middle class without dealing with Congress; the president can do it with a stroke of the pen. It would not be a question of saving existing jobs (as in the case of the factory workers) it would lead to the creation of an additional 180,000 jobs for U.S. residents. Good jobs, too.

Here's an Idea: Fly Those Stranded Cubans Home and Pay Them $2K Each

We are reading about Cubans who thought they could use the wet foot-dry foot program to secure legal status in the United States after an illegal entry. Now they are stranded on the other side of the U.S. border, or on the way to it, thanks to the last-minute decision of the Obama administration to (appropriately) end the earlier policy toward Cuban illegals.
Topics: Cuba