Center for Immigration Studies Blog

09/25/2017 05:01 PM
Rough Estimates of Refugee Literacy

In light of the renewed debate over the fiscal impact of refugees, and given the importance of English skills to getting ahead in the United States, it may be useful to explore the intersection of literacy and refugee status in more detail.

Patrick McHugh September 25, 2017 - 5:01pm Jason Richwine
09/22/2017 05:13 PM
Why Is Trump Losing the Sanctuary Battle?

In June, I wrote about the possible consequences of California's Senate Bill 54 (SB 54). On Saturday, September 16, 2017, that bill passed the California Senate, and has been sent to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.

Patrick McHugh September 22, 2017 - 5:13pm Andrew R. Arthur
09/22/2017 11:03 AM
Nancy Pelosi: A Legislator Whose Comments Make Her Unworthy for Office

So Nancy Pelosi has said at a press briefing that the parents of so-called "Dreamers" "did a great thing" when they had their children smuggled to the United States. You know, the same Nancy Pelosi who is the minority leader in the House of Representatives and one-time speaker of the House, who was third in line to the presidency.

Patrick McHugh September 22, 2017 - 11:03am Dan Cadman
09/21/2017 04:40 PM
Leaked Refugee Report Suffers Significant Flaws

The start of my recent piece at National Review Online: 

The New York Times has posted an unfinished report by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that examines the fiscal impact of post-1980 refugees. Its preliminary finding is that refugees who have arrived since 1980 created a net fiscal benefit of $63 billion (taxes paid minus costs created) over the 10 years from 2005 to 2014.

Patrick McHugh September 21, 2017 - 4:40pm Steven A. Camarota
09/21/2017 02:14 PM
Never Underestimate the Wiles of Visa Mill Operators

Two marginal educational facilities with foreign students, in two different states and each apparently endangered by government regulators, have either postponed or eluded efforts to close or limit their activities by finding new owners.

Patrick McHugh September 21, 2017 - 2:14pm David North
09/21/2017 01:55 PM
Into the Breach: The Ninth Circuit Rides Again!

A few days ago, Politico published a piece by Josh Gerstein exposing the latest in novel legal theories from those jocose judicial jokesters at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, one which had slipped my attention.

Patrick McHugh September 21, 2017 - 1:55pm Dan Cadman
09/21/2017 08:22 AM
New England Resort Owners Crying "Shortage" Did Not Use All H-2Bs Available

Remember the hullabaloo last summer about the alleged "need" for more foreign workers, notably in some of New England's posh resorts?

Remember the horror stories about how some of these resort owners actually had to resort to paying higher wages to get some of the workers they wanted?

Patrick McHugh September 21, 2017 - 8:22am David North
09/20/2017 01:48 PM
President Trump to UN: Help Refugees Return Home and Rebuild their Countries

In his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Trump explained the United States' approach to the current refugee crisis:

Patrick McHugh September 20, 2017 - 1:48pm Nayla Rush
09/20/2017 01:24 PM
New Book: What Happened to Worksite Enforcement?

A new book offers the most comprehensive and detailed account yet of three decades of failed workplace enforcement to weaken the magnet of jobs that pull illegal immigrants to the United States.

Patrick McHugh September 20, 2017 - 1:24pm
History of failed immigration reform looms over today's debate
09/20/2017 08:49 AM
Apprehensions and Credible Fear Numbers Creeping Back Up

Back in May, I wrote about the positive effect that President Trump's rhetoric was having on immigration enforcement, and in particular on dissuading aliens from entering illegally along the Southwest border.

That effect appears to be waning, however, at least to a degree.

Patrick McHugh September 20, 2017 - 8:49am
Is the "Trump Effect" Wearing Off?
Andrew R. Arthur