1. Immigration Raids at Smithfield
How an ICE Enforcement Action Boosted Union Organizing and the Employment of American Workers
By Jerry Kammer
CIS Backgrounder, July 13, 2009

Excerpt: In January 2007, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents raided the Smithfield pork plant in Tar Heel, N.C. Seven months later, ICE agents made more arrests at workers’ homes in surrounding areas. Other illegal workers, fearing they might be detained, left the plant on their own.

If they are concerned about working-class Americans, partisans on either side of the immigration debate can find something to support their positions in the events at Tar Heel.


2. Hidden Cameras on the Arizona Border: Coyotes, Bears, and Trails
By Janice Kephart and Bryan Griffith
CIS Video, July 15, 2009

Excerpt: Wildlife populations are increasingly threatened by illegal immigration and the alien smugglers who are cutting paths through federally protected lands. While environmental groups put out study after study detailing potential negative effects of a border fence on the environment, the story of the negative effects of not stopping illegal immigration across the Mexican border is a story that has remained untold, until now.


3. A Story of Kidnapping in Mexico
By Jerry Kammer
CIS Blog, July 16, 2009

Excerpt: The report by Mexico s National Commission on Human Rights about the kidnapping of thousands of mostly Central American migrants on their way through Mexico is a remarkable catalog of abuses committed not only by gangs but also by Mexican law enforcement officials who carry out the kidnappings. I learned of such a case in 2005. It involved two Salvadorans who told me of being detained by Mexican immigration officials as they approached the border city of Reynosa.


4. Top Visa Lottery Countries for 2010
By Jessica Vaughan
CIS Blog, July 16, 2009

Excerpt: The visa lottery serves no purpose other than to increase immigration for immigration’s sake. It offers green cards to people who offer no particular skills and who lack close family ties here. Fraud is rampant. It creates demand in countries where there was no demand before. It has been exploited by organized crime groups – several years ago, a crime syndicate in Eastern Europe hacked into a university ID card system and manufactured electronic entry forms, complete with photos, unbeknown to the individual students. Then it hijacked the winner notification letters at the post office, contacted the winners, and provided them with spouses to accompany them to the United States, where the lucky winners were coerced into working for the syndicate here. It’s not hard to see why this program has had a target on its back for some time, and few will mourn its passing if Congress ever gets around to ending it.


5. Sotomayor to Make Immigration Policy from the Bench?
By Jon Feere
CIS Blog, July 15, 2009

Excerpt: Evidence suggests that Judge Sonya Sotomayor has repudiated over a century of Supreme Court jurisprudence aimed at limiting judicial involvement in immigration matters.

A simple analysis of Sotomayor’s post-2000 immigration-related holdings shows that she has ruled against the government – and for the alien – over 60 percent of the time.


6. REAL ID v. PASS ID Powerpoint Presentation
By Janice Kephart
CIS Blog, July 14, 2009

Excerpt: Today I participated in a REAL ID v. PASS ID event at the Heritage Foundation. For the Heritage event, I created a Powerpoint presentation covering the following topics:

* the key flaws of PASS ID including the elimination of identity verification;

* the one benefit of PASS ID in enabling Enhanced Driver Licenses to be deemed compliant (which could
simply be an add-on to REAL ID); and

* the importance of birth record digitization and interstate connectivity mandated by REAL ID but eliminated by PASS ID, resulting in a tremendous loss for every state’s anti-fraud measures.


7. The Shame of Migrant Kidnapping in Mexico
By Jerry Kammer
CIS Blog, July 14, 2009

Excerpt: Sen. John McCain and other advocates of a guest worker program to ensure an ample supply of low-wage labor for U.S. employers know that such a program would need the cooperation of workers’ home countries, especially Mexico.

So they have reason to be alarmed at the stunning report of Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission about the kidnapping in that country of 10,000 illegal immigrants from other countries in the six months between last September and last February.

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 http://www.cis.org