Center for Immigration Studies Blogs and Publications


04/19/2019 06:14 PM
The Skill Level of the Average College Graduate Varies Enormously Across Countries

About half of recent immigrants in the United States have a four-year college degree, up from about a third before the Great Recession. Although this trend is encouraging, three recent studies from the Center show that higher levels of education among immigrants do not necessarily translate to higher levels of skill. First, despite their faster educational gains, recent immigrants have not improved relative to natives on measures of income, poverty, and welfare consumption.

Patrick McHugh April 19, 2019 - 6:14pm
Results provide more evidence that educational credentials are not sufficient for selecting 'high-skill' immigrants
Jason Richwine
04/19/2019 06:01 PM
Twenty-One Percent of Aliens in BOP Custody Are Known or Suspected Aliens

Keep these statistics in mind when you hear talk of "peaceful" immigrants entering illegally who are simply seeking a better life in the United States. Most aren't are dangerous criminals, but those who are spread pain and death, and their crimes are preventable.

Patrick McHugh April 19, 2019 - 6:01pm
Almost half have serious drug convictions
Andrew R. Arthur
04/19/2019 04:56 PM
Why an Immigration Czar?

If Trump were to create such a position and vest it in someone who is known to speak with the president's voice, can there be any doubt that he or she would be closely attended by whoever is either permanently or acting in the positions of DHS secretary, or deputy secretary, or head of the three agencies within DHS that exist to administer and control immigration?

Patrick McHugh April 19, 2019 - 4:56pm
Until a cabinet-level Department of Immigration is created, it might help.
Dan Cadman
04/19/2019 11:34 AM
CIS Sues CBP for Release of Data
Bryan Griffith April 19, 2019 - 11:34am
The Center for Immigration Studies seeks information on potential terrorists crossing U.S. borders

04/17/2019 01:35 PM
Aliens in Expedited Removal Not Eligible for Bond

Hindsight is 20-20, of course, but if the BIA had ruled correctly on this matter almost 14 years ago, today's border disaster might never have taken place, or would have been significantly mitigated. Many aliens would not, logically, have claimed credible fear if they had known they would be detained until they were either granted asylum or removed.

Patrick McHugh April 17, 2019 - 1:35pm
AG reads statute, reverses BIA
Andrew R. Arthur
04/17/2019 01:22 PM
Expand Expedited Removal, Mr. President

While your new DHS team is still being reassembled to your satisfaction, and McAleenan and others are casting about for ideas, why not direct them to publish the rule in the Federal Register declaring, once and for all, that ER will be applied to the full extent contemplated by the law?

Patrick McHugh April 17, 2019 - 1:22pm Dan Cadman
04/17/2019 11:59 AM
Inanity Thrives in the Washington Post

Washington Post political analyst Phillip Bump penned a column last week captioned "Trump thinks sending migrants to immigrant-heavy, immigrant-friendly cities is a punishment". That column is confusing, conflates very different concepts, and in places is just plain wrong.

Patrick McHugh April 17, 2019 - 11:59am
Confusing or wrong? Why not both!
Andrew R. Arthur
04/17/2019 10:30 AM
Laying EB-5 to Rest
Patrick McHugh April 17, 2019 - 10:30am Dan Cadman
04/16/2019 10:17 PM
There Is No ‘Labor Shortage’
Patrick McHugh April 16, 2019 - 10:17pm
04/16/2019 01:01 PM
USCIS Improves Its Position on the Review of Teenage Marriages

Until this new rule, there was no automatic, early-on government interview in an immigration case where, say, a 14-year-old citizen was arranged to be married to a 45-year old alien.

Patrick McHugh April 16, 2019 - 1:01pm David North
04/16/2019 12:51 PM
An Immigration Opportunity in the Infrastructure Bill

It is incumbent on all parties when crafting a $2 trillion roads-and-bridges bill to be sure that the jobs go only to lawfully authorized workers.

Patrick McHugh April 16, 2019 - 12:51pm Dan Cadman
04/16/2019 09:00 AM
Maps: Sanctuary Cities, Counties, and States
Bryan Griffith April 16, 2019 - 9:00am
04/16/2019 06:29 AM
Why Cutting Aid to Central America Is Right and Good

The real purpose of most foreign aid is and always has been to pay off mostly corrupt receiving governments to do the bidding of wealthy donor nations.

Patrick McHugh April 16, 2019 - 6:29am Todd Bensman
04/16/2019 04:00 AM
Ninth Circuit Temporarily Allows DHS's 'Remain in Mexico' Plan to Proceed

The Ninth Circuit's decision to temporarily allow the Remain in Mexico program to continue likely reflects the strength of the government's arguments, and its recognition of the deteriorating conditions at the border.

Patrick McHugh April 16, 2019 - 4:00am
Had been enjoined by a district-court judge
Andrew R. Arthur
04/15/2019 05:03 PM
It's Tax Day — And Another Year Without Migration-Related Tax Reform

It's tax filing day and it marks yet another year in which changes in the tax code and its administration that could yield billions in revenue have not been made. We could, without charging legal residents of the United States one red cent, save billions by correcting tax breaks now lavished on illegal aliens.

Patrick McHugh April 15, 2019 - 5:03pm David North
04/15/2019 01:45 PM
A Chance to Amend the Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is one of those unusual laws that includes a sunset, after which it self-destructs. It has been that way since first enacted. Most recently, VAWA sunsetted at the end of last year and has lain dormant since that time, awaiting re-ratification by passage through Congress and signature by the president.

Patrick McHugh April 15, 2019 - 1:45pm
Instilling fundamental fairness into the self-petitioning system
Dan Cadman
04/15/2019 08:58 AM
Getting Even Tougher on Recalcitrant Countries

China balks at taking back its own citizens who have committed crimes in the U.S., forcing their release onto America's streets. Threatening to cut off its access to student visas might well be sufficient to convince the Chinese government to cease its recalcitrance.

Patrick McHugh April 15, 2019 - 8:58am
More can be done to return criminal aliens
Matthew Sussis
04/15/2019 08:28 AM
The Border Disaster Goes from Bad to Worse

If historical trends hold, the problem is just going to get worse.

Patrick McHugh April 15, 2019 - 8:28am
The hockey stick that keeps going up
Andrew R. Arthur
04/14/2019 11:33 PM
We Get Some Rich Immigrants, but Not from Rich Countries

If you are prosperous in a peaceful, prosperous place, you're likely to stay there. But if you are prosperous in a nervous-making nation, you will try to find a better place to live, and hence the high scores for India and, particularly, China in these proxy measures of well-to-do migrants.

Patrick McHugh April 14, 2019 - 11:33pm David North
04/12/2019 05:00 AM
Steve McCraw: Sleeper Candidate for DHS Secretary?

With the resignation of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the biggest question in Washington is: "Who's next?" Washington is a town of rumors, and one of the most interesting names that I have heard as a replacement for Nielsen is that of a man whom I have known for several years: Steve McCraw, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Patrick McHugh April 12, 2019 - 5:00am
Or border czar?
Andrew R. Arthur