1. Roadblocks to Amnesty: State Sovereignty, Double Jeopardy, and Legalization

Excerpt: In an October 2009 speech on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) outlined a plan for a so-called “comprehensive immigration reform” bill. The centerpiece of this bill is a legalization program for aliens now living here illegally. Similarly, President Obama has expressed support for creating a “path to citizenship” for illegal aliens. Pro-legalization activists are pressing for Congress to take up a bill early in 2010.

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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. J-No Declares Victory at Border, Declares Time for Amnesty

Excerpt: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has declared that the southern border is sufficiently secured and that it’s time for Congress to start working on ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’ Of course, ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ is code for mass amnesty and massive increases in foreign workers. I guess the administration hasn’t really grasped that 10 percent unemployment might not be the greatest time to try to convince the American people that illegitimate employers really need to import more cheap foreign workers.

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4. Real Meaning of Napolitano Speech: No Amnesty Anytime Soon

Excerpt: Despite gloating from the open-border groups about DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s immigration address at a liberal advocacy group Friday morning, her message was clear: ‘When Congress is ready to act, we will be ready to support them.’ In other words, the White House will not advance an amnesty until Congress makes the first move. The underlying message directed at amnesty advocates: Go bug the legislators and leave us alone.

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5. Whose Side Are Chambers of Commerce On?

Excerpt: The writer of a letter to the editor recently asked: Whose side is the Chamber [of Commerce] on – American citizens or illegal immigrants?

That’s actually a very good question.

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6. Leon Trotsky’s Ghost, The Russian Immigration Service, and Me

Excerpt: This is a story about the Russian immigration service, the ghost of Leon Trotsky, and me.

There are three bits of background to bear in mind before I tell the story.

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7. Fort Hood: One Heck of a Man-Caused Disaster

Excerpt: Today’s top news is that the 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is finally getting a trial, not by a military commission, but in a courtroom in New York City. Four others that were also key to assuring logistics and finances for the plot will likely be indicted and tried with KSM, according to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder during a press conference this morning. Despite Republican statements claiming that KSM may walk due to a procedural or evidentiary issues related to torture, Holder stated that his personal review of the files indicates there is sufficient evidence to convict these men and seek the death penalty even without presenting questionable evidence. If Holder is right, then the decision to move the 9/11 conspirators to New York to be indicted and put on trial is in keeping with prior successful and noteworthy terrorism convictions such as the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; a subsequent plot to blow up key Big Apple landmarks; and the East African bombings of 1998. Defendants awaiting trial for their part in the USS Cole bombing of 2000 will be rightly tried by a military commission. There should be no issue here. The administration is doing the right thing to move these cases to justice after such a long, arduous, and highly argued waiting period.

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8. Denise Dresser on Education in Mexico

Excerpt: Those who are concerned about economic development in Mexico and the country’s ability to provide job opportunities to keep its people at home will find a sobering analysis by Mexican political scientist Denise Dresser in the current edition of the Mexican magazine Proceso.

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9. Blue Helmets on the Border?

Excerpt: CIS author Glynn Custred wrote an important piece last month on the options for U.S. intervention, should the U.S. be ‘forced to in its own interests.’

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10. Whining from Goliaths

Excerpt: The immigration lawyers’ association (among many others) claims credit for its presumed role in ushering Lou Dobbs off CNN. (I write about the broader campaign to silence amnesty critics over at National Review Online.) But what I found interesting about this particular posting (besides its comparison of Dobbs to Father Coughlin) was this:

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11. Watch Out for ‘Streamlining’ in Immigration Policy Debates

Excerpt: It sounds harmless but the word ‘streamline’ spells trouble in immigration policy debates.

Open Borders proponents are always wanting to ‘streamline’ this or that immigration management procedure, all in the name of governmental efficiency.

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12. There They Go Again

Excerpt: Having lost the political battle over the 287(g) program, with DHS declining to end the program or restrict its use to jails and prisons, and with continuing strong interest from local law enforcement agencies, frustrated open-borders advocates have settled on a new strategy — sue the bastards! Certainly everyone involved should be on the lookout for possible problems with racial profiling or abuse of authority. But the latest lawsuit, filed today against Frederick County, Md., Sheriff Chuck Jenkins and a host of other defendants, looks more like a public relations stunt and last-ditch attempt to avoid deportation than a serious legal challenge.

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13. Heisting HIAS: The Deracination of a Communal Organization

Excerpt: In a recent article in the Jewish weekly newspaper Forward, ‘HIAS Still Aids immigrants, but Most Don’t Resemble Sergey Brin,’ Gal Beckerman describes the metamorphosis in the historical mission of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society: ‘HIAS has moved beyond its narrow focus on Jewish refugees alone and refashioned itself into a defender of immigration rights.’ (Sergey Brin is the Russian-Jewish immigrant billionaire who co-founded Google and recently contributed a million dollars to HIAS.) With the notable omission of any reference to the intellectual sleight of hand that marks HIAS’s ‘transition’ or the writer’s unwillingness or inability to deconstruct the political presuppositions upon which the piece rests, that sentence isn’t a bad summary, considering it doubles as a thesis statement and an advertisement by a booster.

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14. Looking at Other Nation’s Migration Policies – Canada’s Point System

Excerpt: As I mentioned in an earlier blog, most of the other English-speaking nations in the world have adopted a points system as part of their immigrant-screening process.

Such a system allows the government to make more nuanced decisions on whom to admit to the country – as opposed to our all-or-nothing system. For example, if you are a skilled would-be migrant and you want to come to the U.S., (and can not do so as a refugee or a family member) you will need an employer and a government-approved labor certification. If you are certified you can come – unless you are a known criminal. If you do not have the certification, you are totally out of luck.

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15. The Fraudulent Ecclesiastical Mandate of Sen. Schumer’s Religious Allies

Excerpt: In a blatant display of the partisan card stacking which routinely debases the intellectual and ethical currency of Congressional hearings on ‘immigration reform,’ Sen. Charles Schumer (D, NY) last month chaired a session of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security titled ‘Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Faith-Based Perspectives.’ Even a fig leaf of balance was missing; the minority wasn’t allowed its fractional quotient of witnesses. Only supporters of ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ were invited to testify. The hearing violated the spirit of open, oppositional discourse essential to the functioning and preservation of democratic institutions. The farce was also a sham. In an unseemly spectacle, leaders of religious denominations, hedging their testimony with equivocation, sought to convey the impression they speak in the name of their flocks, traducing their religious bona fides in a futile effort to lend an aura of credibility to misrepresentation.

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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