November 2009


A poll released last night shows the two in three UK voters feel that immigration is bad for Britain. The survey, which looked at a range of policies regarding border control, revealed that 67 percent of voters feel that there was a negative effect on the UK from immigration. The majority of pollsters expressed concerns that immigration was resulting in foreign workers and illegal migrants taking jobs from British nationals, with calls for deportation high on the feedback.

Research company Angus Reid Public Opinion carried out the poll which once again shows that immigration will be a key issue in next year’s general election. The poll also revealed widespread scepticism over all of the main political parties’ immigration policies.

Labour was backed by just 12 percent of voters as the best political party to control British borders as opposed to the Tories which gathered 30 percent of the voting support. The Liberal Democrats were supported by just 8 percent.

The poll data comes just two weeks after Prime Minister Gordon Brown made his first major speech about the topic of immigration policy. In that speech Brown said the issue of immigration was not one for fringe parties and nor was it a taboo subject.

A spokesman for Angus Reid said the survey clearly shows how important the issue of immigration is right now within the UK, with numerous recent rule changes and open debates keeping the topic firmly in the limelight.

Over 2,000 people were quizzed in the survey, with 57 percent saying that deportation should be mandatory for all illegal newcomers. A further 56 percent were convinced that British workers were suffering from job losses to illegal immigrants. Only 23 percent of Britons said that illegal immigrants should be allowed temporary work in the UK and just 13 percent were in favour of them eventually having the opportunity to become citizens.

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Many of those who left will have been Britons of high economic productivity seeking a better life — and many who arrived will be unskilled. Only a Labour Party government would think that is a good deal. With less overcrowding and other migration-related problems in Britain, many of the Britons who went might well have stayed

A record number of people left the UK last year amid the recession – but the arrival of almost 700 foreign migrants a day meant the population still increased, according to new figures.

Eastern European workers returning home was behind the sharp rise in emigration but hundreds of thousands of new migrants continued to flock to the country. It meant, on balance, more people still arrived than left during 2008 and critics said the population remained on course to pass 70 million within two decades. Foreign migrants now account for a third of the population of London, the Office for National Statistics revealed.

The figures show that while the recession is having an impact the UK continues to be a major attraction for foreign workers and migrants, pushing the population up yet further. It will pile further pressure on local authorities and communities already facing a heavy strain on resources by large and sudden influxes of people.

And it came as a poll showed three quarters of the public are concerned about the impact immigration is having on Britain and a similar proportion do not believe the Government is open and honest about the scale.

A record 427,000 people left the country during 2008, around two thirds of whom had not been born in the UK, which was a 25 per cent increase on the 341,000 who left the previous year. However, at the same time, some 590,000 came to live in the UK in 2008, a rise of 16,000 on the previous year and just short of the record 596,000 arrivals in 2006. It meant a net immigration to the UK of 163,000, which was down by almost half on the previous year but still well above the 50,000 figure needed if the population is not to reach 70 million by 2029. Once Britons are removed from the figures, there was a net inflow of non-UK born migrants of 251,000 during the year – the equivalent of 688 foreign arrivals adding to the population every day.

Damian Green, the shadow immigration minister, said: “Ministers should apologise for the years in which they have given us a chaotic immigration system with numbers coming in at levels which put unacceptable pressure on public services. “To make the Points Based System effective in cutting immigration to sensible levels, we need to have an annual limit on the numbers coming here, as well as much more effective measures against those who abuse the loopholes in, for example, the student visa system.”

The rise in emigration was mainly driven by Eastern Europeans, 69,000 of who left last year compared to just 25,000 in 2007 but the former Eastern Bloc citizens, such as Poles and Slovaks, continue to arrive as well and there was a net inflow of 20,000 over the year. As for those leaving the UK, Poland was the most popular country of residence for foreign departees while Australia was top for British emigrants.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the think-tank Migrationwatch, said the fact it was EU citizens, who have free movement, who were the main drivers in the departures made a mockery of the Government’s claims of controlling immigration. A YouGov poll for his organisation found 72 per cent of people want net migration cut to 50,000 a year. Sir Andrew said: “Today’s immigration figures confirm that unless we change direction, immigration will add another seven million to our population in the next 25 years – that’s equivalent to seven cities the size of Birmingham.”

MPs Frank Field and Nicholas Soames, who chair the cross party balanced migration group in Parliament said Government policies were having “little or no effect” on immigration. They said the 30% fall in net immigration was “almost entirely” due to Eastern European migrants. “These migrants are not affected by government immigration policies which appear to have had little or no effect on the overall scale of immigration,” they said. “The time has come for all parties to stop ducking the issue and develop serious measures to reduce immigration to acceptable levels, not dish out yet more spoonfuls of spin.”

Phil Woolas, the immigration minister, said: “Our new flexible, points-based system gives us greater control over those coming to work or study from outside Europe, ensuring that only those that Britain need can come.”

Separate Home Office statistics showed the number of people removed from the UK between July and September this year fell six per cent to 17,055.

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By Mark Krikorian

Rich tells a great story about the brief period years ago when he toyed with the idea of running for mayor:

Shortly after the mayoral speculation began, a woman stopped me in my apartment building to ask if I were going to run. It turned out that she was that rarity, a right-wing Manhattanite. But soon enough she was asking me what I thought of rent control. I tried to dodge, saying I needed to study the issue further. She pressed me, then said she’d never vote for me if I wanted to end rent control since she lived in a rent-controlled apartment. Watching perhaps my only vote in Manhattan disappear, I immediately told her that any solution would have to grandfather in current residents of rent-controlled apartments. So there I was, about 48 hours into my mayoral flirtation, already selling out. The temptation to tell people what they want to hear is just extremely powerful, especially if you want their support.

Apropos of that, the Wall Street Journal reports today on Lou Dobbs’s nascent campaign for Senate (or president):

In a little-noticed interview Friday, Mr. Dobbs told Spanish-language network Telemundo he now supports a plan to legalize millions of undocumented workers, a stance he long lambasted as an unfair “amnesty.” . . .

Mr. Dobbs twice mentioned a possible legalization plan for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., saying at one point that “we need the ability to legalize illegal immigrants under certain conditions.”

Mr. Dobbs couldn’t be reached Tuesday. Spokesman Bob Dilenschneider said Mr. Dobbs draws a distinction between illegal immigrants who have committed crimes since arriving in the U.S. and those who are “living upright, positive and constructive lives” who should be “integrated” into society. He said Mr. Dobbs recognizes the political importance of Latinos and is “smoothing the water and clearing the air.”

Now, this isn’t quite as surprising as it may seem. Dobbs has always been a supporter of mass immigration, it’s just illegal immigration that he used to complain about — that was better than anyone else in the MSM, for sure, but if you keep following the string you’ll end up supporting either mass immigration, regardless of status, or low immigration, likewise regardless of status. Dobbs’s (and many others’) approach to immigration of “legal, good/illegal, bad” is logically untenable.

The amusing thing is that his “growth” isn’t going to help him in any case — the open-borders crowd won’t believe him and immigration hawks will dismiss him as just another McCain-style phony maverick.

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The German government wants immigrants to sign an ‘integration contract’ binding newcomers to German ‘values,’ the country’s commissioner for immigration, refugees and integration said on Monday. “Anyone who wants to live here for a long time and who wants to work has to say “yes” to our country,” Maria Boehmer told the Stuttgarter Nachrichten local daily. “This includes learning the German language as well as the readiness to participate in society,” she said. In exchange, immigrants “can expect help and support.”

She said that common values that immigrants would have to pledge to uphold included freedom of speech and equality of the sexes.

Boehmer added that there were parts of large German cities with “parallel societies” where there are “significant deficits” when it comes to speaking German and school performance.

But she added that success stories among Germany’s 15.1-million strong population of immigrants and their descendants had to be better publicised, such as those who create firms or become engineers, doctors or lawyers.

Last year, in common with some other European countries, Germany introduced a test on key facts about the country for people wanting to gain German citizenship.

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I am guessing that this is in part driven by a hope that most of those caught will be Tamils. Sri Lankan Sinhalese have a hatred of Tamils created by many years of ferocious Tamil terrorism — and a desire for some degree of payback is very understandable

As a further 52 asylum seekers were brought ashore on Christmas Island [Australia] yesterday, a fleet of fishing boats carrying 142 Sri Lankans bound for Australia was intercepted. Sri Lanka’s navy last night said it seized the four fishing trawlers off the island nation’s southern coast and handed them over to local police.

“The passengers had paid large sums of money to people smugglers to take them abroad,” navy spokesman Athula Senarath said. In recent months there has been an increase in the number of Sri Lankans trying to enter Australia, many claiming political asylum – most famously the 72 who ended up aboard Australian Customs vessel Oceanic Viking.

At Christmas Island yesterday, however, the 52 new arrivals – brought to land under the watchful eye of an Australian Federal Police contingent – were Afghans.

They were transferred from an Australian Customs vessel standing off the island and conveyed by barge to the public wharf in Flying Fish Cove, where interpreters were waiting with buses to take them to the island’s detention centres. Sources said the latest group comprised 39 adult males, one adult female and 10 minors, plus two crew.

Extra security precautions have been in place since Saturday night’s violent riot at the island’s principal immigration detention centre – where the men will be housed while their identity and security checks are carried out.

The women will be put in temporary accommodation of prefabricated huts behind barbed wire in the grounds of the recreation centre and at an adjacent construction camp. The male arrivals will put further stress on the already overcrowded camp, which was built to hold 400, expanded to cope with 800 and has recently held more than 1000. On Monday, nearly 70 people who were processed on Christmas Island were informed they were to be granted permanent visas and taken to Australia. [A reward for forcing the gates!]

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Spain is helping Mauritania fight the illegal immigration of Africans trying to reach Europe. The number of those trying the dangerous ocean crossing are down, but many young Africans remain determined to make the trip. The northern city of Nouadhibou is Mauritania’s commercial capital. But its proximity to the Spanish-controlled Canary Islands also makes it a center for illegal immigration in West Africa.

Bamba Zoumana traveled overland from his home in Mali to join other West Africans trying to make the nearly 1,000 kilometers to the Canary Islands on a small wooden boat. They were turned back to Nouadhibou. But Zoumana says he will try again. Zoumana says in his own country no one respects you because you have no money. So he made the final decision to leave for his family. It is a choice between reaching Europe and dying in the ocean. If you die, your family loses. But if you reach Europe, Zoumana says, your family wins. Some of the people who do not make it to Europe then decided to stay at home. But not Zoumana. He says he should be there. But if he does not succeed, he says he is obliged to do his best for his son to reach Europe.

The Spanish and Mauritanian governments have stepped up patrols along the coast to stop that illegal immigration. Madrid is helping Nouakchott with an annual budget of nearly $750 million and a small plane to keep watch on immigration routes.

Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Miguel Angel Moratinos was the first European foreign minister to visit Mauritanian President Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz after his election earlier this year. Moratinos announced plans to strengthen development assistance for fishing, agriculture, and health as well as strategic cooperation on fighting illegal migration, terrorism, and smuggling.

Ahmed Ould Khayer runs a non-governmental organization in Nouadhibou that helps illegal immigrants who are waiting to be returned to their home countries. Because most of the people trying to emigrate illegally from Nouadhibou are not Mauritanians, Khayer says they live in the country in secret, making their cases difficult to follow. Khayer says his group’s research shows the number of people trying to get to Europe illegally has fallen by nearly 80 percent as a result of renewed efforts to secure the coastline.

Malian Diara Oumaro knows it is a dangerous trip. But he is in Nouadhibou getting ready to go. Oumaro says illegal immigrants are paying boatmen between $700 and $1,000 for passage to the Canary Islands. Many of his friends and neighbors died at sea in 2006 and 2007. But he is determined to try. Everyone loves Europe, Oumaro says. In Africa now, if you have a job you are saving money to try to get to Europe. If you don’t have money, you take small jobs in construction, and as soon as you have enough money, you try to reach Europe because in Europe, Oumaro says, you can make a lot of money and come back home.

Yahya Cisse, who heads a group of young Malians in Nouadhibou, says illegal immigration is a problem for everyone – for the home countries of migrants, for Mauritania, and for Spain. Cisse says people in Mali know nothing about the ocean. If they knew how dangerous it was, he says, maybe they would not take the risk. In Mauritania, he says Malians must be better informed about the dangers and better prevented from trying the ocean crossing. As for Spain, he says there are some Spanish nationals who are accomplices in illegal immigration who play down the risks of the trip to get money from people desperate for what they hope will be a better life in Europe.

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1. Immigration and Crime: Assessing a Conflicted Issue

Excerpt: This study examines academic and government research on the question of immigrant crime. New government data indicate that immigrants have high rates of criminality, while older academic research found low rates. The overall picture of immigrants and crime remains confused due to a lack of good data and contrary information. However, the newer government data indicate that there are legitimate public safety reasons for local law enforcement to work with federal immigration authorities.

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2. Immigration-Related Theses and Dissertations, 2008

Excerpt: It is the mission of the Center for Immigration Studies to examine, inform, and critique American immigration policy. In the pursuit of this goal, the Center seeks to provide the latest immigration news and research for all involved in the debate over this complex issue. In addition to its e-mail news services, reports, and books, the Center disseminates an annual list of doctoral dissertations and theses which relate to immigration in order to keep those involved abreast of the most recent developments in emerging scholarship. This compilation contains dissertations completed in 2008.

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3. Immigration’s Impact on U.S. Workers

Excerpt: There is some disagreement among economist about the size of the impact on American workers. However, almost all economists agree that less-educated workers have done very poorly in the labor market over the last four decades as immigration has increased. This testimony examines trends in wages and employment and finds no evidence of a shortage of less-educated workers. Moreover, there is significant research showing that immigration has reduced employment and wages for less-educated natives.

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4. Labor Market Effects of Immigration Enforcement at Meatpacking Plants in Seven States

Excerpt: Thank you, ranking member Smith and Republican members, for the invitation to testify about two reports on how local labor markets were affected by immigration enforcement at seven meat packing plants in seven states.

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5. Hate Groups, Nativists, and Vigilantes

Excerpt: But if I might put myself in their heads for a moment, this kind of caution is irrelevant to the organizers of the hate campaign against amnesty opponents. And it’s not because La Raza and the rest are cynically trying to taint pro-enforcement voices. On the contrary, they sincerely believe that support for any kind of immigration enforcement or limit on immigration is, by definition, hateful and an incitement to violence. Despite occasional pious acknowledgments that a nation has a right to control its borders, open-borders groups (on both the left and right) oppose all existing immigration-control measures and any prospective ones. This is because they reject the moral legitimacy of immigration controls, borders, sovereignty, and nationhood itself. Thus, unyielding opposition to amnesty and illegal immigration — however measured the tone, however sober the argument — is necessarily the equivalent of an act of violence in their eyes. And so they perceive their vilification campaign simply as a matter of self-defense, a response to our provocation.

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6. Latest Senate Health Bill’s Immigration Smoke and Mirrors

Excerpt: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s ‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’ gives the appearance of going further to bar illegal aliens from taxpayer-funded health benefits than the House-passed legislation or other Senate bills. But a closer read exposes loopholes, flaws, and the very tools for quickly undoing whatever merits the Reid measure contains.

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7. Misguided Energies: An Analysis of the Immigration-Related Theses

Excerpt: CIS does all of us a service by its annual listing of Immigration-Related Theses and Dissertations, such as Matt Graham’s most recent edition published earlier this month.

Each of the approximately 360 papers listed for 2008 represents from one to two year’s full-time work, sometimes more, and its completion is usually the last step on the way to the writer’s securing a Ph.D. In these studies could contain a treasure-chest of highly useful information and insights that could help the nation as it struggles to define its immigration policy.

Unfortunately, this is not the case.

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8. Audit or Arrest?

Excerpt: The audit strategy is a reprise of a Clinton-era effort tried one time at Nebraska’s meatpacking plants and then discontinued. The employers and politicians were so crazed at the sucess of the initiative that they got Janet Reno to fire the INS official who came up with the idea. It shows how much things have changed that this strategy, so controversial ten years ago, is now touted by the open-borders crowd as their answer to the evil Bush-era policy (at least at the very end of the Bush term) of actually arresting illegal aliens and sanctioning employers. And the only reason the debate has shifted so much is that the political class didn’t get its amnesty and was forced to get progessively more serious about enforcement. If we keep denying them amnesty, maybe they’ll eventually start enforcing the law in earnest.

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9. Napolitano Calls E-Verify ‘Centerpiece of Immigration Reform’

Excerpt: Cooking up Thanksgiving-style metaphors, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano stated yesterday that ‘E-Verify is at the centerpiece of our efforts to maintain a legal workforce both for large and small businesses.’ She quickly added that ‘employers need to be held accountable for maintaining a legal workforce” and “our commitment to this approach is growing.’ It seems that E-Verify has made its way onto the menu for immigration fixings, so much so it holds a prominent position in the center of the immigration reform table.

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10. Money That Encourages International Migration — a Typology

Excerpt: Although one would not know it by reading immigration policy debates, money paid to middlemen, mostly Americans, plays a major role in the whole process.

If one seeks to manage, or at least nudge, events in immigration it is useful to visualize the financial transactions involving the non-migratory actors in the field, the people and institutions that shape migration but do not migrate themselves.

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11. Federal Employment Verification Requirements: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Excerpt: So, how did ABM Industries end up with huge numbers of illegal aliens on its payroll? Well, probably by fully complying with the letter of a law that is the employer’s equivalent of the military’s don’t ask, don’t tell policy.

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12. Bizarre Consistency: Obama, Immigrants, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Excerpt: Two recent decisions by the Obama Administration suggest a bizarre consistency — no matter what the pressures are from Left or Right, the government will not do anything to or for immigrants that would discourage sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs).

It is not that there is a giant, well-funded lobby for sexually-transmitted diseases, but there might as well be one.

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13. Imagine That — Fact-Checking on TV

Excerpt: The unfortunate reality is that anyone can do a study and that few news organizations question what is in them. Not so with Lou Dobbs.

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14. The Big Lie Behind H-1B Visas

Excerpt: A Big Lie that has been prominent in the immigration debate has been the existence of a shortage of tech workers. The repeated claims a tech worker shortage has been the rallying cry for industry calls for more cheap foreign labor, generally on H-1B visas.

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15. Immigration and Nepotism Revisited

Excerpt: You wouldn’t know it from much of the news coverage, but the ‘comprehensive’ immigration reforms favored by many immigration advocates would do far more than provide legal status to the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States.

Two other giant programs would offer a path to citizenship to many more newcomers who, like most of the illegal immigrant population, tend to be unskilled and poorly educated. This means that the demographic effect of ‘comprehensive’ reforms would be an enormous increase in the population of the working poor.

The above is a press release from from Center for Immigration Studies. 1522 K St. NW, Suite 820, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 466-8185 fax: (202) 466-8076. Email: center@cis.org.

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