1. Raul Grijalva: From Chicano Radical to Congressman

Excerpt: In 2006, Esquire magazine wrote that Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) represented a “brand of Latino populism [that] will likely become commonplace in decades to come.” The observation was an acknowledgement of the growing demographic and political power of Latinos and a prediction about the politicians it will produce. Grijalva, 61, remains committed to many of the ideals he pursued as a young radical in Tucson, even as he has developed a talent for building coalitions among fellow liberals, often across ethnic lines. This profile is a study of Grijalva’s political origins and evolution.


2. Public Opinion in Mexico on U.S. Immigration: Zogby Poll Examines Attitudes

Excerpt: A new survey by Zogby International finds that people in Mexico think that granting legal status to illegal immigrants in the United States would encourage more illegal immigration to the United States. As the top immigrant-sending country for both legal and illegal immigrants, views on immigration in Mexico can provide insight into the likely impact of an amnesty, as well as other questions related to immigration.


3. The Obama Administration’s 287(g): An Analysis of the New MOA

EXCERPT: The Obama administration may have begun to undermine one of the most successful immigration enforcement programs in the country. Known as 287(g), the program allows trained state and local law enforcement officials to assist federal immigration agencies in carrying out immigration enforcement. Since the beginning of 2006, state and local law enforcement officials have identified over 120,000 illegal aliens for removal. As of this writing, 77 jurisdictions in 25 states have signed on to the program.


4. Push for Sweeping Reform Set for Early 2010

Excerpt: The word is going out from Rep. Luis Gutierrez and his business allies that they must mobilize to push comprehensive immigration reform through a narrow window of opportunity early next year.

‘The room for doing this is very small,’ Gutierrez said Sunday on the Spanish-language Univision program, ‘Al Punto.’ ‘We have to do it in February or early March of next year.’


5. Cesar Chavez vs. La Raza

Excerpt: When I wrote a few months ago about the origins of ‘la raza’ as a racial-surpremacist concept (developed in the ’20s and ’30s on the idea of the biological superiority of mestizos), Janet Murguia, head of the National Council of La Raza, pointed and sputtered over at the Huffington Post.


6. There Ought to Be a Nobel Prize in Demography

Excerpt: There should be a Nobel Prize in demography to go along with those for studies in economics and other fields.

Were there one, it might encourage more attention to studies of what happens to the environment during population increases, and, more pertinently, how international immigration impacts population growth in an area of in-migration.


7. Indian Media Remarkably Candid About H-1B Program

Excerpt: The Indian news media is notable for its candor in regard to the H-1B visa program. While advocates in America will proudly claim with straight faces (and 13-inch Pinocchio noses) that H-1B cannot be used for cheap labor, the Indian press will tout the benefits of cheap labor that H-1B provides.


8. Barbara Ehrenreich Takes On ‘The Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking’

Excerpt: Barbara Ehrenreich gave a fascinating interview on this morning’s ‘Democracy Now’ radio program, as she rolls out her new book, ‘Bright-Sided.’ In this book Ehrenreich, also author of ‘Nickel and Dimed,’ which was a remarkable journey into the land of the working poor, guides readers on a tour of the world of relentlessly positive thinking.


9. Needless Complexities in the Visa System Hinder Migration Management

Excerpt: One of the major sources of illegal immigration is the flow of persons into the U.S. with valid temporary visas who later (often quickly) drop out of legal status. Tourists (usually on B-1 visas) and foreign students (on either F-1 or J-1 visas) produce most of this type of illegal immigrants, the visa-abusers, often called visa-overstayers.


10. Religious Group Backs Amnesty

Excerpt: Two days after CIS’s panel on religious perspectives on immigration policy, the National Association of Evangelicals became the latest pawn in immigration politics. The NAE has failed its flock, falling far short on the ‘wise as serpents, innocent as doves’ standard. Rather, goaded by open-borders adherents wearing clerical garb, the NAE has become the most recent religious bureaucracy to foist biblically questionable immigration policies on citizen parishioners. Many native-born American evangelicals who, say, can’t find a job or face financial disaster as a result of illegal aliens and chain migrants robbing them of their American birthright, would be harmed by the course the NAE parrots.


11. ‘Broken Taillights’

Excerpt: Today’s New York Times, whose editorial writers have never met an illegal alien they didn’t like, excoriates Phoenix’s elected Sheriff Joe Arpaio for apprehending those who have sneaked across the border unlawfully. They lambaste his ‘indiscriminate neighborhood raids [that] use infractions like broken taillights as pretexts for mass immigration arrests.’ Have these paladins of the Fourth Estate forgotten how an urban version of this approach — ‘Broken Windows’ advanced by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling — helped reduce crime in the Big Apple?


12. Times of London on Abuses of Migrants in Mexico

Excerpt: Readers of this blog may recall a July 16 post that reported on the abuses suffered by Central Americans at the hands of Mexican officials on their way to the United States as illegal immigrants. The post told the story of Miguel Angel, who left his $300-a-month job as a policeman in Salvador, made a miserable journey to the Rio Grande, crossed in a raft to the United States and joined friends in Maryland. There he worked in construction for about a year before returning home.

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.