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Immigration Enforcement and Its Unintended Consequences

The Impact on America's Children Study of Three Raid Sites Finds One Child Affected for Every Two Adults

As the number of worksite immigration raids has increased in recent years, the number of families affected by the raids continues to grow.  The number of undocumented immigrants arrested at workplaces increased more than sevenfold from 500 to 3,600 between 2002 and 2006.  The Urban Institute and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) closely examined the sites of three workplace raids – in Greeley, Colorado; Grand Island, Nebraska; and New Bedford, Massachusetts.  Their recent report, Paying the Price: The Impact of Immigration Raids on America’s Children, highlights one of the most harmful unintended consequences of the raids – the devastation to families and children, many of whom are U.S. citizens.  The report does not address whether enforcement activities should take place.  Rather, it questions how enforcement is done and the impact that enforcement policies have on Americans.  The focus is on children “because they have strong claims to the protection of society, especially when they are citizens and integrated into their schools and communities, and the Unites States is the only country they have known and consider home.” Read more...

Published On: Mon, Mar 31, 2008 | Download File

Rep. Sam Johnson's "New Employee Verification Act": Another Version of the Shuler-Tancredo Bill

Provides a summary of the Johnson EEVS bill (HR5515) and its negative impact on U.S. citizens, employers, and the Social Security Administration.

Published On: Fri, Mar 21, 2008 | Download File

Why DHS's Supplemental Rule Regarding Social Security “No-Match” Letters is Bad for Workers, Employers, and the Economy

Information on the impact of DHS's rule on U.S. citizens, authorized workers, and the economy.

Published On: Fri, Mar 21, 2008 | Download File

The SSA Taking on Immigration and Employment Eligibility: Not Ready for Prime Time

Many who support deportation-only immigration measures are advocating for a universal electronic employment verification system (EEVS). Bills such as the “Secure America Through Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act” (H.R. 4088) and the “New Employee Verification Act of 2008” (H.R. 5515) would place enormous additional responsibilities on the Social Security Administration (SSA)—a critical but overburdened agency. In fact, H.R. 5515, authored by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), would saddle the SSA with the job of administering the new mandatory and massive employment verification system.

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Published On: Thu, Mar 13, 2008 | Download File

The "EEV" of Destruction

With the failure of Congress to reform the immigration laws last year, political leaders are searching for election-year achievements in this area. But the emerging consensus in favor of "electronic employment eligibility verification" will collapse when Americans learn the details of the technical and regulatory contraption being proposed. By the fall, Congress will decide whether to renew, expand, or perhaps discard such a program. The lines of debate are being drawn now.

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Published On: Wed, Mar 12, 2008 | Download File

Basic Pilot / E-Verify: Not a Magic Bullet

Background on the Basic Pilot/E-Verify program and its weaknesses.

Published On: Sat, Mar 01, 2008 | Download File

Immigration Enforcement in the Wake of Immigration Reform

This paper describes some of the government's enforcement actions and a handful of government rules issued in 2007 affecting immigrant rights.

Published On: Fri, Feb 01, 2008 | Download File

Understanding the Role of Police Officers in Immigration Enforcement and the Memorandum of Agreement with DHS

This fact sheet covers the role of state and local police in enforcing federal immigration laws, including information Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs).

Published On: Fri, Feb 01, 2008 | Download File

Talking Points: Oppose State and Local Proposals to Make Basic Pilot/E-Verify Mandatory

Talking points that cover the pitfalls of states and localities making Basic Pilot/E-Verify mandatory.

Published On: Fri, Feb 01, 2008 | Download File

Why States and Localities Should Not Require Employers to Participate in the Basic Pilot/E-Verify Program

The Basic Pilot/E-Verify electronic employment verification system is often portrayed as the magic bullet that would curb unauthorized employment.

Published On: Tue, Jan 15, 2008 | Download File