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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