Today’s Immigration Headlines – April 6, 2015

Economist: Poor Immigrants Prove Economic Mobility

Economist Tyler Cowen says that the fact that so many poor immigrants have bettered their economic condition by moving to the U.S. means we shouldn’t worry about income inequality.

“Emphasizing mobility also suggests a less bleak perspective on the recent course of American history. While it’s sadly true that productivity and income growth have lagged since the 1970s, to the extent that we’re concerned primarily with relative progress through the income ranks, the best research suggests that income mobility in America has been flat for at least 20 years. Upward mobility hasn’t increased, but at least it hasn’t declined.

“Furthermore, actual mobility has been much more robust than the numbers indicate. The statistics do not count the gains of people who have come from another country for a new and higher salary in the United States. The percentage of foreign-born Americans has been rising for decades and that suggests significant unmeasured mobility gains.”

Cities, Counties Ask Appeals Court To Let Obama Immigration Programs Move Forward

“Leaders from more than 70 cities and counties, some going against their states, joined a legal brief filed Monday asking an appeals court to allow President Barack Obama’s deportation relief policies to move forward,” the Huffington Post writes.

“‘Continuing to delay implementation of the president’s executive action on immigration hurts our economy and puts families at risk,’ New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), who spearheaded the effort with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) as part of Cities United for Immigration Action, said in a statement.”

State Department Now Flying Children to U.S. from Central America

“A new State Department and Department of Homeland Security Program will fly immigrant children from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to their parents in the U.S. for free. Parents can apply to have their children picked up and flown over the border to them on the taxpayer’s dime, as long as they have some kind of legal immigration status, The Daily Caller reported Wednesday. The program was created in response to a surge of unaccompanied Central American children making the perilous trek to illegally cross the U.S. border that began last summer,” the Washington Times reports.

Members of Congress Warn DHS Against Releasing TB Infected Detainee

“On Friday, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, along with Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) and Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), sent a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and ICE Deputy Assistant Secretary Saldaña warning them not to release an illegal immigrant with drug-resistant tuberculosis into the general public,” Breitbart News reports.

ACLU Sues DHS to Compel Abortion Funding

“The American Civil Liberties Union will seek a federal court order compelling the U.S. government to release documents related to federal contracts with religious relief agencies that assist illegal immigrants,” the Daily Caller says.

“Does the ACLU want to clamp down on the massive border surge of the Obama era to prevent such intolerable human rights violations? No. Of course not. Don’t be ridiculous. Instead, the ACLU wants to force religious organizations to pay for abortions for illegal immigrants who have been raped and become pregnant.”

Denver Schools Hiring Illegal Aliens Given Amnesty by Obama

“Like many sojourners to this country, Alejandro Fuentes Mena lives with uncertainty as U.S. immigration policy is debated in the courts, Congress and the White House. But as he awaits a final ruling on his own future, he’s helping other young people build their dreams,” the New York Times reports.

“Fuentes, who settled in the United States illegally as a child, is a Denver elementary school teacher under a pilot program that recruits young immigrants like him to teach disadvantaged students. Teach for America, a national nonprofit running the program, believes people like Fuentes can be role models for students.”

Four Charts About the H-1B Visa Program

“Applications for specialty worker visas opened Wednesday, kicking off a high-stakes race for foreigners hoping to enter or temporarily stay in the U.S.” Bloomberg News reported.

“The U.S. allots 85,000 new H-1B visas per year, mostly to workers in technology, engineering, science and research. Demand far exceeds the cap: last year, employers filed 172,500 petitions during the application window, which was closed after one week. The available visas were allocated through a random lottery, meaning many people were turned down.”

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Dan is FAIR's President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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  2. Are These the same Economists That Tell Us to Diversify Investments

    LOL….financial planners ranting to invest with lower risk in 0% fund mix and you’ll make more money? Where were the financial advisors telling us the best investment was just American stocks the last 8 years….none of them. They were all wrong.

    Same with amnesty, they tell us let 0% income [amnesty overpopulation] contaminate your portfolio [country] and somehow you’ll make more money. What a bunch of buffoons.

  3. avatar SecBorders says:

    The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission held a hearing on China’s Offensive Missile Forces April 1, 2015. Prof. Dennis M. Gormley of the University of Pittsburgh testified about China’s conventional missile forces.

    He stated that China is using our Universities to train its weapons designers.

    —-“China’s long-term quest is to build a wholly indigenous defense industrial base that would benefit greatly from joint ventures in the civilian sector, an ever-growing body of intellectual capital derived from students studying abroad in the best engineering universities, and extensive military and civilian efforts at industrial espionage. “

    Think it might be a good idea to reduce the number of citizens of China studying in our universities? I wonder if there are any Iranians studying nuclear engineering in our universities?

  4. avatar Leland says:

    So, according to Tyler Cowen, we need to celebrate the fact that foreigners have improved their economic situation by moving to the US [duh], and that somehow makes up for the fact that in the case of native born Americans their income growth has “lagged since the seventies”. Why are we responsible for the economic well being of citizens of other countries?

    And further, he totally ignores the many billions of money sent back to their home countries which is lost to our local economies. At the same time, those same American workers are shelling out a lot of money to support welfare programs for the families of immigrants, legal and illegal. Cowen is just another guy whose “analysis” of immigration doesn’t rise above the level of a high school class paper.