1. Immigration and the U.S. Economy (Testimony)
2. Coverage of ‘Hidden Cameras on the Arizona Border 3’ (FOX – 9/29/10 and 9/30/10) (Video)
3. Hidden Cameras on the Arizona Border 3: A Day in the Life of a Drug Smuggler (Video)
4. Department of Unhelpful Immigration Metaphors (3): ‘Comprehensive Immigration Reform’ (Blog)
5. More on Migration, Marriage, and Money (Blog)
6. Department of Unhelpful Immigration Metaphors (2): ‘Out of the Shadows’ (Blog)
7. Senator Hatch Drops a Helpful and Thoughtful Border Security Bill (Blog)
8. Department of Unhelpful Immigration Metaphors (1): ‘The System is Broken’ (Blog)
9. Whitman’s Illegal-Immigrant Maid – A Case Study in Document Fraud and Perjury (Blog)
10. New Book Seeks Fewer Family-Based Visas (Blog)
11. The Ubiquity of Illegal Immigration, Even unto Puerto Rico (Blog)
12. A Reform Proposal with Promise? (Blog)
13. … Before the Truth Can Get Its Boots on (Blog)
— Mark Krikorian]
Coverage of ‘Hidden Cameras on the Arizona Border 3’ (FOX – 9/29/10 and 9/30/10)
CIS Video, October 1, 2010
Excerpt: Rounding out the top three favorite unhelpful immigration metaphors, along with ‘the system is broken’ and ‘out of the shadows’ is ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’ That phrase carries with a double metaphorical imperative.
It is ‘comprehensive’ which Webster’s defines as ‘covering completely or broadly.’ It lists its antonyms as ‘imperfect, incomplete or partial.’ Who could be against comprehensiveness, especially when its definitional alternatives are defined as spotty in their efforts or results?
Excerpt: Just about the quickest way to secure a permanent visa in another nation is to marry someone who lives there.
You do not have to have a good education, or marketable skills, or be persecuted; all you need is a willing marriage partner. Money often helps.
Excerpt: Second in popularity only to ‘the system is broken’ among unhelpful immigration metaphors is the hackneyed meme of helping illegal immigrants come ‘out of the shadows.’
President Obama promises that his proposals will ‘Bring People Out of the Shadows.’ An immigration groups advocating a ‘pathway to citizenship,’ another rhetorical favorite, sponsored a national ‘Coming Out of the Shadows’ week. ABC news presented a special entitled ‘Out of the Shadows’ that ‘speaks to ten undocumented immigrants and families at the center of the U.S. immigration debate, examining who they are, why they came to the U.S. and what their lives here mean for America’s future.’
Excerpt: Amongst all the chit-chat by the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and President Obama about it being time for Congress to ‘step up and do something on immigration,’ Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has. That being said, I’m pretty sure Sen. Hatch’s bill does not reflect this administration’s checklist of priorities, but it should. Why? The bill is thoughtful and provides remedies to problems either swept under the rug by this administration or exacerbated by Obama administration policy changes.
Excerpt: Anyone who spends more than a few minutes on immigration matters will soon realize that the debate abounds in shallow metaphors whose cant recitation suggests knowing knowledge, but are actually meant to substitute for thought and analysis.
The case in point today is the assertion that ‘the system is broken.’ That phrase is a metaphor of choice for political office holders and pundits of varied partisan views. Recently New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and News Corp. chief executive Rupert Murdoch testified before Congress on the need to fix ‘our broken system of immigration.’ Former President George W. Bush and current President Barack Obama agree: ‘The system is broken.’ Pundits write pieces entitled ‘How to fix our broken immigration system.’
Whitman’s Illegal-Immigrant Maid – A Case Study in Document Fraud and Perjury
By Ronald W. Mortensen
CIS Blog, September 30, 2010
Excerpt: Documents released by Republican California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman reveal that her former maid, Nicandra (Nicky) Diaz Santillan, made liberal use of fraudulent documents in order to obtain employment.
On her fraudulently obtained Social Security card and other employment documents, Diaz uses the name Nicandra Santillan. On the I-9 form completed in 2000, she lists Nicky as a nickname and Diaz as her maiden name and middle initial.
Excerpt: A new book that was discussed Wednesday at the American Enterprise Institute proposes to redirect U.S. immigration policy away from its heavy emphasis on family reunification.
‘We couldn’t find another nation in the world that’s as generous as we are with regard to family immigration,’ said Pia Orrenius, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and co-author of Beside the Golden Door: U.S. Immigration Reform in a New Era of Globalization.
Excerpt: You rarely hear about international migration to Puerto Rico, for the simple reason that people are much more likely to leave that island than migrate to it.
But, as a recent ICE press release indicated, illegal immigration is so widespread in the American system that there are illegal aliens even in that perpetually depressed territory.
Excerpt: One of the many vexing aspects of the immigration debate is that economists differ sharply about how immigration affects the earnings of other workers.
The Urban Institute has summarized the dispute this way: ‘Some economists argue that immigration accounts for a 3 to 4 percent decline in the earnings of native-born workers, with losses concentrated at the low end of the income distribution; others find negligible or positive impacts.’
Excerpt: I recently wrote about how two separate newspapers ran nearly word-for-word identical editorials on H-1B visas. The piece at issue he was published as an opinion of the newspaper without attribution to another source.
It has happened again with the same text. This time at September 26 editorial in the Ventura County Star