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Norm Matloff’s Neat Summary of the H-1B Problem

The nation’s leading critic of the H-1B program is professor Norm Matloff of UC-Davis — he teaches computer science there.

This gem is taken from a recent posting at his new-ish blog:

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A Gratuitous Insult from the Mexican President

Ordinarily when a foreign leader visits the United States you can expect platitudes, not insults. Yet insults are what Americans got when Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto recently visited California.

The young (48) president, with what one biography touts as “movie-star good looks”, was on his first state visit to the United States since being sworn in as president of Mexico two years ago. His first and only stop was described, with no irony intended, as the “immigrant-friendly [state of] California”, where he held meetings with the state’s Democratic governor, Jerry Brown.

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Two Small Bits of Good News on the Marriage Fraud Front

Two bits of good news — if you look hard enough — have emerged recently regarding marriage-based immigration fraud.

As we noted a year ago, there are fundamentally two kinds of marriage-related immigration fraud. There are what might be called the Class C (for Cash) cases, in which an alien and a citizen conspire for payment to enter a sham marriage so that the alien can become a legal resident of the United States. This is the most common form.

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Who Got the Jobs in North Carolina?

Natives accounted for most of the growth in population, but all employment growth went to immigrants

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Panel Transcript: Local Impact of Illegal Border Surge

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Moderator:
Mark Krikorian,
Executive Director,
Center for Immigration Studies

Speakers:
Judith Flanagan Kennedy, Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts

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No More EB-5 Visas for Chinese Nationals – For a Month

There will be no more immigrant investor (EB-5) visas for Chinese nationals for the next month, the government has announced – then a fresh supply will come into play.

The Obama administration has been hyping this program for years and the number of applicants has finally bumped into the statutory ceiling. Since immigration law has ceilings within ceilings, only Chinese investors will be given a “time out” this time around; investors from other nations are still being granted visas.

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Panel Video: Local Impact of Illegal Border Surge

Related Publications: Press Release, Transcript
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Summary

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Table of Contents

Mark Krikorians Introduction
Judith Flanagan Kennedys Statement
Jessica Vaughans Statement
Question and Answer Statement

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BIA Makes Expansive Decision in Asylum Case

Unless it is overturned by a higher authority (or unless I am misreading it completely) the Justice Department’s Board of Immigration Appeals has just made a remarkably expansive decision on America’s asylum program.

It looks like the BIA has ruled that all abused women, anywhere in the world, are potentially eligible for asylum in the United States provided that they can get into this nation and file a claim. They would have to prove their individual cases, however.

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The “Octopus” Tries to Expand Immigration

The August edition of Harper’s Magazine has an excellent article by Rebecca Solnit in the “Easy Chair” column of the magazine entitled, "The Octopus and Its Grandchildren".

As Ms. Solnit explains, the “Octopus” of the title originally was the derogatory moniker given to railroads and their robber baron owners, who wrapped their tentacles around everything in sight, squeezing them dry for maximum profit, often at the expense of the public. Later, the phrase came to be used more generically to other equally rapacious organizations, such as Standard Oil, and even recently was applied to Goldman Sachs for its greedy, unethical behavior leading up to the Great Recession.

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American Immigration Council Floats a Petition to Sway the President on Executive Amnesty

Honest disclosure No. 1: Before I began this blog, I promised the lawyer who made me aware of the subject matter that I wouldn’t make any of those typical tasteless lawyer jokes that are always making the rounds (often over some of Guinness’s finest), though in retrospect I can’t imagine why I’d agree to tie one hand tied behind my back, especially with this subject, which is (or would have been but for my promise) casting for fish in a barrel.

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