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@CatoInstitute Associate Director of Immigration Studies. Cato, not CATO. "Beer," not Buyer. Libertarian views are my own 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
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Sep 14 6 tweets 3 min read
Fentanyl Is Smuggled for U.S. Citizens By U.S. Citizens, Not Asylum Seekers. Facts:
-Fentanyl trafficking is funded by US consumers: ~99% are U.S. citizens.
-US citizens were 86.3% of fentanyl traffickers in 2021, 10 times more than illegal immigrants cato.org/blog/fentanyl-… >90% of fentanyl seizures happen at ports of entry. That U.S. citizens account for most fentanyl trafficking convictions is not surprising since U.S. citizens can easily cross through ports and are subject to less scrutiny than others.
Jul 29 4 tweets 2 min read
Aside from his selectively quoting the Founders & ignoring their actual policies, is Nate suggesting that Jefferson was actually right here? That 18th and 19th century immigrants to the U.S. did not assimilate and corrupted American liberty? B/c he wasn't The Founders' actual policies were as close to open borders as you can get, and Nate can't get around that by appealing to occasional misgivings. He can't ignore they wrote the Constitution to give immigrants the chance not just to vote but to become senators & congressman
Jul 27 4 tweets 2 min read
US Foreign‐​Born Share Ranks Low & Is Falling Among Wealthy Countries. Despite the "extra credit" that comes from having a large illegal population, the U.S. foreign-born share is at the 26th percentile among wealthy countries, down from the 43rd in 2000 cato.org/blog/us-foreig… Image For recent growth, the U.S. is 6th from the bottom among the wealthiest countries. The median increase per capita was nearly three times greater than it was in the U.S. from 2015-2020. Image
Jun 2 5 tweets 1 min read
I've heard consulates reject workers for reasons not in regs, such as paying agents to find employers, having no experience, supposedly filing for an immigration (rather than employment) purpose, making a 12-month commitment, doubting "intent" to work Of course, they also deny for reasons that are in regs. It's easy to see where consular officers could get confused when they are trying to enforce other agencies' rules, and there's no correction mechanism because you can't appeal an IV denial.
Jun 1 7 tweets 3 min read
The U.S. Department of State is denying an astounding 61% of employer-sponsored immigrant visa applicants because it claims to have found a problem with their job offers, even though those offers have already been reviewed and approved both by DOL and DHS. cato.org/blog/consulate… This is not a new issue. The State Department dramatically ramped up denials for employer-sponsored immigrants in the 1990s. It has never publicly explained why, and no one has reported on the phenomenon before. Image
May 25, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
State Dept. official explains that the department is not prioritizing cap subject cases, even though they face a deadline at the end of the year at which point the numbers will be lost (to the category for FB or forever for EB-DV) I don't understand how he can just say "Oh well, we won't make it, sometimes that happens." You have the ability to do whatever you want. Waive the interviews. Do remote interviews. Whatever. It's ridiculous to think you can't do 50K DV cases...
May 25, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
USCIS has 262,000 EB green cards to issue for this year. It approved just 27,485 adjustments in the 1st quarter of FY2021. That'd be 109,000 for the year, with consulates, say 110. Even if USCIS doubles its approval rate, it won't come close to using them all. Absolute disaster. It's especially bad because, unlike FB unused numbers, EB unused numbers get flushed at the end of the year. There's no rollover, and so no one will benefit. The Biden admin will just have reduced green cards permanently unless it reconsiders its position on recapturing them.
May 25, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
I'm so glad that @RebeccaBeitsch did this story. There's not enough coverage or pressure on the State Department to change its visa processing policies that are hindering the economic recovery and punishing legal immigrants. The situation grows worse each month: "There were more than 500,000 immigrant visa applicants ready for interviews at the end of April, with 22,000 scheduled for this month. That’s roughly a third of the average of 60,000 visa appointments pre-pandemic." thehill.com/policy/nationa…
May 21, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
What's your least favorite most annoying #I485 question? This one is truly nuts uscis.gov/sites/default/… Why are there so many questions about things that appear to me to be unrelated to someone's eligibility for adjustment of status? Why are you asking about activities and conduct that aren't related to your eligibility for a visa?
May 21, 2021 10 tweets 4 min read
Unbelievable! USCIS delayed the #H2B rule for 55 days past employer's start dates. Then tells them all that their labor certifications are "out of date" if the start date was more than 45 days ago, forcing them to redo the whole process. Wonder why we've got illegal immigration? I'm certain that #H2B employers will do this, but it is absolutely ridiculous and unfair to employers that are trying to follow the law. They met all the requirements. They did everything right, and now USCIS says they have to redo it b/c the agency messed up. Unbelievable.
May 21, 2021 8 tweets 3 min read
In addition to our previously published regulatory reform ideas, Cato's comment included three additional proposals for USCIS on H visas. First, USCIS increase the H-2 status limit to 6 years. The 3-year limit is not supported in the statute cato.org/blog/uscis-sho… 6 years would harmonize with H-1B. More importantly, the 3-year limit reduces the number of available H-2 workers (particularly for H-2B), while also decreasing the bargaining power for all H-2 workers who have reached the 3-year limit since employers know they can't change jobs
May 21, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
He says there is no labor shortage b/c all companies need to do to get workers is raise wages. But then he says that companies are raising wages and concludes by giving several reasons why "shortages" are happening anyway nytimes.com/2021/05/20/bri… In the technical sense, of course, the fact that McDonalds can't find workers at whatever wage isn't a "shortage." But the idea that it'll ever make financial sense for McDonalds to pay $25/hour to take burger orders is absurd.
May 20, 2021 50 tweets 19 min read
I'm reading the comments on USCIS's "comment box" for all the ways they could be a better agency. Here's the first one from @GSiskind. I love it! There's so much to love in this next one. Why are EADs necessary at all?
May 19, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Imagine how much suffering would have been avoided, how much bigger, better, stronger, and more interesting the United States would be today, how much more freedom and prosperity there would be on this continent if the US had maintained free immigration at least in North America. The millions of arrests, incarcerations, deportations. Tens of thousands of deaths in the deserts and rivers, and many more at the hands of cartels and criminals. Families torn apart. Homelessness. So much poverty and suffering and lost prosperity for us and them.
Apr 16, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read
Some expected effects of letting migrants come legally rather than illegally:

-Immigrants would travel to the US on reputable airlines.
-Human smuggling networks would lose billions of dollars in revenue.
-Thousands of deaths of immigrants would be prevented along the journey. -Thousands of crimes against migrants would be prevented.
-Many more immigrants would free themselves from all manner of despotism.
-Freedom of religion, speech, association, property ownership, education, etc. would increase.
-People living in poverty would fall.
Apr 15, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
Please comprehend how incredible this is: These kids who came in 2014 have faced a political & legal environment intended to cause their deportations for nearly every day of the last 7 years. Obama said point blank: "They'll get sent back." DOJ created a "rocket docket" for kids to carry out Obama's deportation promise. There was intense pressure on IJs to deny. Some prominent lawyers were even telling kids to give up and accept voluntary return. Obama's DOJ had 3-year-olds in courts alone to kick them out.
Apr 13, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
We don't need new laws to end the "border crisis." In fact, we already have laws on the books right now that *require* an end to the "border crisis." 8 USC 1158(a) explicitly allows any immigrant arriving here to apply for asylum legally at a port of entry law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8/… Image 8 USC 1225(b)(A) explicitly *requires* that 1) inspectors at ports of entry cannot immediately remove someone seeking to apply for asylum and 2) requires that they refer those applicants for an interview with an asylum officer in the United States. Image
Apr 13, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Amid Crisis, Biden Admits 0.2% of Central American Families & Kids Legally. Biden is not only making no efforts to encourage migrants to apply at legal crossing points. He is actively preventing them from doing so and working with Mexico to keep them away cato.org/blog/amid-cris… Every administration has had a policy of trying to keep asylum seekers from applying to ports of entry in furtherance, but under Obama in 2016 and Trump in 2017, nearly 1 in 5 Central American kids & families came through legal ports of entry. Trump ended that. Biden's kept it. Image
Mar 18, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
Why didn't Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act, the bill that received the most votes last times, get a vote before or with these other bills? Obviously partly b/c it's not as high priority for the Dems as these other bills, but it's more complex than that. Work is ongoing A reason these bills saw a vote when they did is b/c they had an April 1 deadline to get a floor vote w/o a hearing. Fairness has the votes to pass on suspension of the rules so there's no worry about that issue with this bill. So no deadline ultimately delayed the vote...
Mar 18, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
My latest long piece that explains how the Biden admin let the child migrant crisis develop. It chose to:
-keep kids in border cells
-separate kids from extended family
-expel kids w/ parents, causing them to come back
-keep legal crossings closed
cato.org/publications/i… 1. It chose to keep kids in CBP jails in double the numbers of 2019's kids-in-cages disaster in order to maintain social distancing at ORR shelters. This made no sense and led directly to children languishing days-weeks in CBP jail cells. The space was there the whole time
Mar 1, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
In the same breath, Sec @AliMayorkas denounces Trump's "cruel" remain in Mexico while telling those wanting to come to "wait in Mexico" or be forced back to wait. Naturally, "wait in Mexico" isn't "cruel" in his opinion c-span.org/video/?509417-… He continues to cite the CDC's bogus border declaration with a straight face as being about COVID-19. Even though health experts say it is baseless. apnews.com/article/virus-…