If Immigrant Entrepreneurs Can’t Comply With Immigration Law, What Others Will They Ignore?

CNN profiles an immigrant who started a business after coming to the U.S. on an H-1b visa. “In Darash’s case, he initially came as a visiting scholar, which allowed him to start the business. He then applied for an H-1B, the standard professional worker’s visa. The catch is, there has to be an employer-employee relationship. Although Darash is the employer, he would also need to prove he’s an employee. For example, that might work if he could show that he can be fired by his board of directors. But that detail wasn’t in the company’s bylaws.”

What Is Comprehensive Immigration Reform? Total Amnesty and Open Borders

Bill Ong Hing provides a useful reminder for anyone thinking that comprehensive immigration reform doesn’t entail massive uncontrolled legal immigration in addition to an amnesty.

“However, for many immigrants, their relatives, and their supporters, comprehensive reform entails much more. Consider the family immigration categories. The waitlist for many relative categories, particularly for those from Mexico and the Philippines, can be 10 to 20 years. Providing extra immigrant visas to clear the backlogs would do much to alleviate the pressure for some individuals to enter in violation of immigration laws. In fact, coming up with a different formula for family immigration categories that would alleviate backlogs altogether would be an important innovation,” he says at the Huffington Post.

Another Study Confirms: Moving to the U.S. Makes People Fat

“A new study finds that the longer immigrants from Mexico, and their U.S.-born offspring, spend in the United States, the greater their odds of becoming obese. Compared to similar individuals living in Mexico, researchers found the grandchildren of immigrants to the U.S. from Mexico were three times more likely to be obese adults,” Yahoo News reports.

“Florez and her fellow researchers said it’s also been established that U.S.-born Mexican Americans have greater odds of being obese than their family members who originally migrated from Mexico. But the team wanted to extend that comparison to people who are still living in Mexico, in an attempt to tease apart and identify factors in the U.S. environment, or in the fact of being a migrant, that might influence obesity risk.”

Inequality and Wages Are The Reason Why We Need Lower Immigration

Martin Hutchinson says that the U.S. competitive advantage is being eroded, in part by too much immigration. “This is why calls for the Republicans to abandon their opposition to immigration controls are especially misguided. High-skill immigration in moderation is highly beneficial to the economy. But very heavy immigration, even of the highly skilled, depresses job prospects and earnings for those in professions especially subject to it—which is why median earnings for college-trained software engineers are lower than those for college-trained lawyers, where professional restrictions to immigration apply. Mass low-skilled immigration, legal or illegal, inevitably puts pressure on living standards at the bottom of the scale.”