Recent data from New Jersey and California which once again confirms what researchers have found repeatedly over the past 100 years: immigrants are less likely than the native-born to be in prison, and high rates of immigration are not associated with higher rates of crime.
Lack of evidence is no obstacle for the Heritage Foundation, which on July 10 issued a rambling memorandum claiming that an unknowable yet large number of non-citizens are voting illegally and subverting the electoral process. Rigorous research has shown that voter fraud in the U.S. is almost non-existent and that most allegations of voter fraud by non-citizens stem from faulty records, partisan politics, and common-place error.
Although the recent downturn of the U.S. economy has caused unemployment to rise in some industries, like construction, it has done little to dampen the perennially strong demand for skilled workers in high-tech companies, universities, and research institutes.
June 2008 marks the two-year anniversary and the end of Operation Jump Start, a joint program by the Border Patrol and Department of Defense. Yet, the persistence of undocumented immigration indicates that Operation Jump Start is anything but a success. Instead, it has been a costly and ineffective approach to border control that was incorporated into a larger, self-defeating strategy of enforcement-without-reform.
At this weekend's annual meeting in Miami of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the leaders of three prominent West Coast cities—Mayors Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, Ron Dellums of Oakland, and Greg Nickels of Seattle—plan to introduce a resolution denouncing the workplace raids being carried out around the country by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
As lawmakers keep trying to "deport their way out" of a dysfunctional immigration system that has fueled a growing undocumented population, they would do well to consider the approximately 1.8 million undocumented students in the United States, whose deportation would be traumatic not only for the students themselves, but for the American workforce as a whole.
A briefing with experts recently featured in the PBS series "Frontline," who have interviewed thousands of experienced and potential migrants, studied U.S. immigration enforcement up close at the border, and reached important conclusions about our current border-enforcement efforts.
Next week, the House Immigration Subcommittee will hold a hearing to discuss the challenges and problems of a mandatory, nation-wide, electronic employment verification system (EEVS). EEVS is the centerpiece of the "SAVE Act," introduced in Congress in November of last year by Reps. Heath Schuler (D-NC) and Tom Tancredo (R-CO), which proposes a host of deeply flawed deportation-only immigration measures. This week, Immigration OnPoint highlights the many serious shortcomings of current federal and state legislative proposals to implement a mandatory EEVS for all employers.
On Thursday, May 22, the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism will hold a hearing on "The Border Security Challenge: Recent Developments and Legislative Proposals."