1. Statement on Faith Traditions and Immigration Policy: A Jewish Perspective

Submitted to the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Citizenship, Senate Judiciary Committee

Excerpt: Dr. Steinlight has previously held senior positions in the American-Jewish Establishment and in interfaith and human rights organizations. He was Director of National Affairs (domestic public policy) and Senior Fellow at the American Jewish Committee; Vice President of the National Conference of Christians and Jews; Director of Education, United States Holocaust Commemoration Council; and Executive Director, American Anti-Slavery Group.


2. Webcast on 287(g): Law Enforcement Group Moderated by CIS Analyst


Details: The Center for Immigration Studies and the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Channel hosted a webcast on the 287(g) program. The webcast, moderated by CIS Director of Policy Studies Jessica Vaughan, features representatives of three local law enforcement agencies that have successful 287(g) programs in place: Harris County, Texas; Collier County, Fla.; and Whitfield County, Ga.


3. Illegal Immigration: A Culture of Corruption

Excerpt: At a time when 83% of Americans view government corruption as a very important problem, isn’t it time that we stop fostering a culture of corruption by failing to control illegal immigration?

Most illegal aliens come from countries where corruption is rampant. In 2008, the average corruption score of the ten countries with the largest number of their citizens residing illegally in the United States was 3.43 out of a possible ten signifying a serious to rampant level of corruption.


4. The Human Toll of Meat Packing

Excerpt: In visits to the communities around six Swift meat packing communities for a CIS report published earlier this year, I was struck at how often I heard workers and former workers use similar language to express their bitterness about safety conditions. They would say, ‘This plant doesn’t just kill animals. It kills people, too.’


5. ‘Another Such Victory Will Undo Me!’*

Excerpt: The Hill newspaper, in ‘Appropriators deal blow to border fence,’ reports House conferees killed a $42.8 billion appropriation in the Senate’s version of the 2010 Homeland Security spending bill, an amendment inserted in July by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) adopted with majority Republican support and the votes of 21 Democrats.


6. Mexico’s Internal Walls

Excerpt: Mexican government officials complain bitterly about the wall that the U.S. has constructed along sections of the southern border to discourage illegal immigration. Today, writing in the Mexican newspaper El Universal about the brutal social and economic inequalities that propel much illegal immigration, columnist Ricardo Rocha notes the construction of ‘stately versions of Chinese walls so the poor don’t bother the rich’ in the city of Monterrey.


7. An Inside Look at Three Sheriff’s Departments Using 287(g)

Excerpt: DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano took a swipe at her erstwhile rival, the popular Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, by unceremoniously yanking his investigative 287(g) program late last week. Since previous audits found no serious problems, DHS seems to be throwing a bone to the many ethnic and civil liberties groups who resent Arpaio’s unapologetic attention to addressing the crime problems resulting from illegal immigration, and who are constantly clamoring for the program to be ended entirely. To their dismay, DHS definitely wants to keep Arpaio’s jail removal program, which has so far identified more than 18,000 criminal aliens, and dozens of other 287(g) programs remain intact around the country. Representatives of these programs report that it’s still “business as usual” in their jurisdictions. You can find out what that means, and how the 287(g) program enhances public safety while reducing criminal justice costs by viewing the first installment in a series of “webinars” on 287(g), produced by LEAPS.TV, and hosted by the Center.


8. California Senate Embraces Lawlessness

Excerpt: The California state Senate recently passed a resolution in support of non-enforcement of immigration law. It was authored by State Senator Gilbert Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), a man who has made a name for himself by constantly pushing for driver’s licenses for illegal aliens. The resolution’s purpose is to “urge Congress and the President of the United States to declare an immediate moratorium” on the enforcement of certain immigration laws until an amnesty is passed on the federal level. While the resolution does not have the force of law, it does illustrate how radical some lawmakers are in their support for open borders. It passed the Senate by a margin of 23-14.


9. Fuzzy Words Foul Up the Immigration Policy Debate

Excerpt: The use of deliberately fuzzy terms -– ‘undocumented worker’ is my favorite -– continues to cloud the immigration policy debate, always to the detriment of the restrictionists’ position.

A good example popped up in yesterday’s New York Times; the headline was ‘Ideas for Immigrant Detention Include Converting Hotels and Building Models’. In the article the term ‘noncitizens’ was used to define the inmates.


10. Martinez’s Warning to Republicans

Excerpt: As someone who lived in Arizona in the 1990s, when a large influx of illegal immigrants were met with a backlash that continues today, I agree with the warning from recently retired GOP Sen. Mel Martinez in today’s Washington Post. It comes in a column from Michael Gerson, who writes of the electoral risks to Republicans if they are associated with virulent criticism of illegal immigrants.


11. Lou Dobbs Segment on 287(g) Changes

Excerpt: I appeared on CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight for a segment on the Obama administration’s changes to 287(g), a highly-successful program that allows state and local law enforcement officers to assist ICE in carrying out immigration enforcement. Many activist groups opposed to enforcement of our immigration laws are seeking to end the program.


12. Catch and Release Redux

Excerpt: The Obama Administration is ignoring hard and unpleasant lessons learned from decades of prior failed immigration policies. ‘Alternatives to Detention’ (ATD) is just another way to say ‘Catch and Release,’ which was the thorn in the side of the prior administration until they stopped it and put rule of law in place. Although managing detention facilities and their population well is a good goal, simply doing it by reducing the illegal population and dispersing them back into American communities does not help enforce immigration law or make our communities more secure.


13. More Illegal Aliens, More House Seats and Electoral Votes

Excerpt: Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution mandates that a census be conducted every ten years in such manner as Congress shall direct. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution further states that ‘Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed.’


14. The Immigration Managers – The Departments of Labor and Justice

Excerpt: The principal U.S. migration management agency has done a lot of institutional migrating over the decades. During the late 19th Century, as the Bureau of Immigration, it was first in the Department of the Interior, and then in the Treasury Department. It moved to the no-longer-existing Department of Commerce and Labor in 1903, and then became one of the main parts of the Department of Labor when it was created in 1913. It stayed in Labor for a long time, by now as the Immigration and Naturalization Service, until World War II, when it was moved to Justice, where it remained until the passage of the Homeland Security Act of 2002.


15. Sacrificing American Children for Illegal Alien Health Insurance

Excerpt: When Senate Finance Committee Democrats defeated an amendment last week that would have required photo identification for health benefits on a straight party-line vote, they joined their House colleagues in defending a culture of corruption that results in millions of American children having their identities being used by illegal aliens to obtain benefits that they are not entitled to.


16. Heritage Homeland Security University

Excerpt: The following is an overview of Border ID Programs and a comparison of where these program were under the Bush Administration and where they stand today under the Obama Administration.

Most of these programs are based on the 9/11 Commission recommendation that we must assure that people are who they say they are and are authorized to gain the privilege they are seeking, whether it is to enter the country, work, or get a driver license, for example. A few of these programs have been on the books since 1996, like E-Verify, but most of them are post-9/11 programs. You will see the programs listed in blue down the left column and a series of columns describing the programs and their current status, broken down by the shift in U.S. leadership. The chart is meant to be a take-away from this talk, and for now, I just want to highlight some important nuggets.

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