1. It’s Not All about Nativism: Historian John Higham’s Widening Views on Modern Efforts to Limit Immigration

Excerpt: Historian John Higham was long known as the dean of American immigration scholars. He is best known as the author of Strangers in the Land: Patterns of American Nativism, 1860-1925, a masterful book on the history of nativism.1 As one scholar noted after Higham’s death in 2003, the book “remains the classic work on the hostility native-born Americans showed toward immigrants outside the Anglo-Saxon fold.’

Strangers in the Land was published in 1955. This Backgrounder is a study of Higham’s views on nativism and immigration policy as he expressed them in the remaining decades of his long career. It draws from his statements to Congress and a federal commission on immigration reform. It also draws from essays published in books and scholarly journals and from Higham’s previously private files at Johns Hopkins University. The author was granted special access to the files by Higham’s widow, Dr. Eileen Higham.


2. 2010 Eugene Katz Award
Presented to Arnold Shapiro, Executive Director of ‘Homeland Security USA’


3. Corporations, not Citizens, Get the Fastest Service from USCIS

Excerpt: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of DHS is reluctant to issue statistics about many of its operations, but it does – as a service to aliens, citizens, corporations, and their lawyers – publish somewhat out-of-date information on the processing times of some of the petitions it handles, but not all of them.

These waiting times have dropped considerably, and commendably, in the last couple of years, but it is interesting to see where USCIS priorities lie. Which classes of petitions do they handle quickly, and which less quickly?


4. More Importation of Poverty

Excerpt: Robert Samuelson, in his weekly column in the Washington Post, highlights a key factor in why U.S. poverty rates seem not to improve. Jesus warned that the poor will always be there. But after concerted efforts and giant leaps over more than half a century, surely America is doing better than the statistics show.

Samuelson’s column, titled ‘Why Obama’s poverty rate measure misleads,’ primarily addresses a questionable poverty calculation the administration has proposed. However, he cites ‘the apparent lack of progress’ in reducing poverty as ‘misleading,’ with one reason being that ‘it ignores immigration.’


5. The Staff-Level Problems with Saying No to Migration Applicants

Excerpt: A news article in Sunday’s New York Times reminded me of a conversation I had long ago with a retired diplomat.

He had been our Consul-General in Manila, one of the busiest centers of visa applications in the world:

‘What you may not understand, David, is the enormous amount of work an adjudicator heaps upon himself when he says ‘no’ to a visa application. If he says ‘yes’ to someone who turns out later to be an ax-murderer, for example, the adjudicator likely will be long gone from where the visa was issued, and it will cause him no problems. But if he says ‘no’ to an applicant it is sure to create extra correspondence, immediately, often from politically well-connected people both near the post and back home, conversations with his boss, numerous phone calls, and the like.


6. The Bogus Blue Line

Excerpt: In the immigration debate, you hear a lot of outlandish claims, unsupported assertions, and loud warnings so questionable they make Chicken Little sound like a calm, reasoned, level-headed voice. But the new claim by big-city police chiefs looks about as bogus as anything put forth in this debate in a while.

The Washington Post reported this bald-faced claim: ‘The new Arizona law will intimidate crime victims and witnesses who are illegal immigrants and divert police from investigating more serious crimes, chiefs from Los Angeles, Houston and Philadelphia said.’ These police chiefs, who are often more politician than policeman, claim that Arizona’s new state law will cause crime to rise in American cities because illegal aliens won’t report crimes.


7. N.Y. and Arizona; Different Approaches to State-level Immigration Policy

Excerpt: They are both border states, both with substitute governors, but the immigration-related policies of New York State and Arizona could not be more different.

At opposite corners of the country, and with totally different political bents, Arizona is at the forefront of the movement to control illegal immigration, while New York has adopted a much less-well-publicized program to help certain criminal aliens escape deportation.


8. The Currency Is a Federal Responsibility, Too, Right?

Excerpt: The new law in Arizona addressing immigration enforcement has produced the predictable response from the drive-by media. The Denver Post tells us, ‘that the U.S. Constitution gives the federal government, not states, authority over immigration’


9. Forget Diplomatic Immunity — How about ‘Illegal-Alien Immunity’?

Excerpt: Most Americans have heard of diplomatic immunity — it provides accredited diplomats with protection from legal action in the foreign countries where they live and work.

Seizing on this concept, illegal immigrants and their supporters now claim what amounts to ‘illegal-alien immunity’ for millions of foreign nationals who live and work unlawfully in the United States.

When campus police stopped Georgia college student Jessica Colotl for a traffic violation, she eventually admitted to officers that she did not have a valid driver’s license. When she was later booked into jail, officers learned that she was illegally in the United States and she was turned over to federal immigration authorities for deportation.


10. Just In from New Zealand, a New Way to Beat Immigration Laws

Excerpt: There are lots of ways to use money to beat the immigration laws; some are blessed by Congress (as in investor visas), others are out-right criminal bribery.

I thought I could count all the ways to outwit the system, but learned of a new one (at least new to me) while reading the most recent edition of CIS’ e-news roundup, CISNEWS.

The story caught my eye because it was from New Zealand, where I had spent a lovely year as an alien decades ago (I had a Fulbright) and it was in the Auckland paper, the New Zealand Herald, for which I had written a couple of op-ed pieces.

The above is a press release from from Center for Immigration Studies. 1522 K St. NW, Suite 820, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 466-8185 fax: (202) 466-8076. Email: center@cis.org. The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent research institution which examines the impact of immigration on the United States. The Center for Immigration Studies is not affiliated with any other organization