Nation Of Immigrators

Nation Of Immigrators

A public policy blog on America's dysfunctional immigration system

Tag Archives: “GOP on Immigration”

Revanchist Immigration: The Aftermath of “Buy American, Hire American”

Posted in Employment-Based Immigration, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Discrimination, Immigration Protectionism, Immigration Regulations, USCIS

“It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.”

~ An unidentified U.S. major, referring to the February 7, 1968 bombing of the South Vietnamese town of Ben Tre that killed hundreds of noncombatants, as recounted by Associated Press reporter, Peter Arnett.

US 1965 Stamp Celebrating the 750-Year Anniversary of the Magna Carta

I’ll admit I foolishly allowed … Continue Reading

Tinker Bell’s Immigration Solution

Posted in Obama Administration on Immigration

[Blogger’s Note:  In light of President Obama’s announcement of executive actions on immigration last Thursday, this post, first published on May 7, 2010, is worth a second read.  I enjoyed the President’s address to the nation, especially his mention of Astrid Silva, the student carrying a three-degree university course-load. Still, he should have given Tinker Bell her due.]Continue Reading

Pants on Fire over Immigration

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Constitutional Law, Democrats on Immigration, General Immigration, GOP on Immigration, Homeland Security, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration

In the 1997 film, Liar Liar, Jim Carrey starred as Fletcher Reede, a scruples-free lawyer whose young son, Max, wishes that, for just one day, his dad would tell the truth.  Max’s wish is granted. Fletcher flips from mendacity to veracity.  He tries persistently to lie; his Silly-Putty® face contorts wildly, but he can only blurt out truths.  Hilarity … Continue Reading

The Immigration Pony in Eric Cantor’s Defeat

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Employment-Based Immigration, Family Immigration, Foreign policy, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Reform

The usual voices said trite things when a sliver of Richmond, Virginia Republican primary voters last Tuesday rejected Eric Cantor’s bid to continue as Majority Leader in the House of Representatives.  With a margin of just over 7,200 votes out of roughly 62,000 cast, David Brat, a college economics professor and Johnny-one-note who beat the anti-amnesty drum with gusto, eked … Continue Reading

RNC Hoisted on Its Own Immigration Petard in Opposing Path to Citizenship

Posted in GOP on Immigration, Immigration Reform

Last Friday the Republican National Committee (RNC) passed a resolution opposing a path to citizenship for the 11 million people living among us without immigration status. Viewing these individuals as gate-crashers or overstayers, the resolution claimed that a majority of Americans “oppose any form of amnesty that would propose a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens.” Inexplicably, however, the RNC … Continue Reading

House GOP Says Immigrant Suffering Hurts Less Than Citizen Suffering

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Family Immigration, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Reform, VAWA - Violence against Women Act

Bipartisan outrage erupted in the House last week, with usually loyal Republicans among the most furious and outspoken in the GOP-controlled chamber. Rep. Peter King, a Long Island Republican, chastised House leaders for conduct that is “absolutely inexcusable . . . absolutely indefensible.” Declaiming that “we cannot just walk away from our responsibilities,” King said that “anyone . . … Continue Reading

Rethinking Immigration: Stop the Alienation of Affection

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Democrats on Immigration, Global Migration, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Discrimination, Immigration Protectionism, Immigration Reform, Immigration terminology, Obama Administration on Immigration

With the Obama Administration and lawmakers in both parties promising to fix our dysfunctional immigration system, it’s time for a reality-based understanding of global migration and a fresh choice of words.  

As Prof. Fariborz Ghadar, Senior Advisor and Scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Affairs, observes:

Just as a teenager grows up and dismisses the simplistic … Continue Reading

Immigration by Chance — Save the DV Green Card Lottery

Posted in Democrats on Immigration, DV Lottery, Family Immigration, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Reform

Despite all the post-election talk of a chastened GOP promising flexibility on comprehensive immigration reform (CIR), Republicans seem more determined than ever to reduce the number of green cards issued annually.  They would do so by eliminating the Diversity Visa lottery.  Their latest ante is a miserly family-unity sweetener to the failed STEM bill which would additionally benefit a population … Continue Reading

The Democrats’ Immigration Position: Better But Blemished

Posted in Democrats on Immigration, Deportation - Removal, GOP on Immigration, Immigrant Visas, Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration

The Democratic Convention in Charlotte ended last week. The media has now turned to measuring and marveling at President Obama’s post-convention bounce despite weak Labor Department data revealing persistent joblessness.

The inevitable comparisons of the two parties’ convention performances give the edge to the Democrats’ oratory, production values, crowd enthusiasm and diversity.  On immigration policy, the Dems offered more substantive messaging, while … Continue Reading

The GOP Position: Immigration under Glass

Posted in Foreign policy, Global Migration, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Reform

Labor Day, the quaintly traditional start of the Presidential election season, arrived this year with the memory still fresh of self-mortification Republican style — the projection of Second Amendment rights squarely into their collective feet.

Rather than enjoying a customary post-convention bump in the polls, GOP candidate Mitt Romney received “easily the worst rating given to any of the Continue Reading

Guest Post: DREAM or NIGHTMARE? Why Congress Should Reject a Military-Only Version of the DREAM Act

Posted in Congress on Immigration, DREAM Act, Immigration Reform

[Blogger’s note:  This week’s guest blog is by Steve Yale-Loehr, a good friend who teaches immigration law at Cornell Law School and co-authors the leading U.S. immigration treatise. Steve has just finished co-editing Green Card Stories, a book that features dramatic narratives of 50 recent U.S. immigrants—each with permanent residence or citizenship—in compelling essays by nationally recognized journalist Saundra Continue Reading

The Immigration Appeaser-in-Chief Should Try Some New Ammunition

Posted in Border Issues & CBP, Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, Foreign policy, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS

President Obama had a macho moment this week when he suggested, rhetorically, a poll of ghosts. “Ask Osama Bin Laden” and the “22 out of 30 top al-Qaeda leaders who’ve been taken off the field,” he proposed, “whether I engage in appeasement.”  The storied bugaboo of foreign-policy appeasement, best typified by the flaccidity of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in the … Continue Reading

Immigration Magnetized, Privatized and Depersonalized

Posted in Congress on Immigration, DREAM Act, Enforcement/USICE, Foreign policy, I-9s, Obama Administration on Immigration

The recent CNN GOP debate on foreign policy surprised many for what it included and excluded.  Amazingly, nothing was said of the European debt crisis that threatens to create severe financial blowback in America.  The surprise by inclusion came from Republican flavor of the month, Newt Gingrich, who responded to a domestic policy question on immigration, specifically, what America should do … Continue Reading

Entrepreneurs in Immigration Residence Are Set to Occupy USCIS

Posted in Congress on Immigration, DREAM Act, Employment-Based Immigration, General Immigration, Immigration Reform, Labor Unions, USCIS, USCIS Ombudsman

The Occupy Wall Street movement began with a poster, a word cloud, a QR Code and three lines of text:

#OCCUPYWALLSTREET

September 17th. Bring tent.

www.occupywallst.org

Steve Jobs launched his massively successful “Think Different” rebranding campaign for Apple in 1997 with a TV commercial and this script:

Here’s to the Crazy Ones. The misfits. The rebels. The … Continue Reading

Suffer the Children: Immigration Heartlessness and Hypocrisy

Posted in DREAM Act, Hate speech, Immigration Reform, State Immigration Laws

A recent televised debate revealed an immigration fault line within the GOP. Texas Governor Rick Perry’s many challengers for the Republican presidential nomination railed against his decision to extend in-state tuition rates to undocumented college students, brought to the U.S. as children, who graduate from the Lone Star State’s high schools. His initial reply:

“If you say that we should … Continue Reading