1. A Huge Pool of Potential Workers: Unemployment, Underemployment, and Non-Work Among Native-Born Americans

Excerpt: While the current high rate of official unemployment is well known, there is a broader measure of employment that the Bureau of Labor Statistics calls U-6. It includes the unemployed as well as people who would like to work, but who have not looked for a job recently and those involuntarily working part-time. In addition, there are individuals who are not in the labor force at all. A look at these numbers shows the situation is particularly bad for minorities, the young, and less-educated Americans. These are the workers who face the most competition from immigrants – legal and illegal. (All figures in this report are seasonally unadjusted and are from the third quarter of 2009.)

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2. On ‘Moving Toward More Effective Immigration Detention Management’

Excerpt: Our immigration policy has never lagged in letting people in. And we have gotten a little better at keeping out those who should be kept out. But our progress in the third of Ms. Jordan’s requirements – removing those who should not be here – still leaves much to be desired.

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3. The Cat in the Hat Goes to the White House

Excerpt: ‘The Cat in the Hat’ fancies an exasperating experience when two bored children receive an unwelcome visit from a naive and arrogant cat who causes destruction, and then more. I thought it an appropriate analogy to these first 300 days or so with the Obama administration.

Here the Cat is President Obama, Thing One Harry Reid and Thing Two Nancy Pelosi. Sally and her brother are intelligence agents with their hands tied in the new administration.

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4. The FBI’s 2008 Hate Crimes Statistics: Open Season on Opponents of Illegal Immigration, But Not on Hispanics

Excerpt: The FBI’s latest annual “Hate Crimes Statistics” (the 2008 report was released last month) is by general consensus an unscientific, even haphazard measure of the frequency of criminal offenses committed against persons or property motivated, to employ statutory parlance, “in whole or in part by bias.” The FBI cautions us about the unreliability of the figures in several prominent places in the accompanying narrative. However, this warning and the broadly shared critique does not prevent some media, the for-profit “tolerance” industry, political partisans, and representatives of a variety of special interests (including advocates for illegal aliens and “comprehensive immigration reform”) from using these subjective data to draw large, authoritative-sounding conclusions about bigotry, xenophobia, and nativism in America purportedly so pervasive and dangerous as to threaten its very social fabric. (Others, looking at the identical hodge-podge of figures might judge differently). Further, these figures are used as ammunition in policy debates to lend an air of moral urgency to the pursuit of partisan goals sought by putative victim groups.

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5. Pa. Labor Committee Votes for Construction Industry E-Verification

Excerpt: On Tuesday the Pennsylvania House Labor Relations Committee unanimously approved two bills that would require the state’s construction and building trades industry employers to use E-Verify and the Social Security Number Verification Service (SSNVS) to avoid hiring illegal workers and confirm the Social Security numbers of all employees. Sponsored by Rep. John Galloway, a Democrat from Bucks County, the bills have strong support from the construction and building trade unions. If enacted, this would be the first industry-specific state verification law, and the first state verification law to insist that private employers screen all workers, not just new hires.

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6. NPR and FOX: The Pot Calls the Kettle Black

Excerpt: The political/culture war waged against Fox News (part of a larger effort which includes stigmatizing opponents of mass immigration) has taken a surprising twist.

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7. Napolitano Says Value of Exit Tracking System Is ‘Dubious’

Excerpt: In an oversight hearing this morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano answered questions on a wide range of issues, including the collapse of worksite enforcement, the lack of funding for detention space, and interior checkpoints. Most of her answers were predictable and confirmed the administration’s focus on arresting and removing only those illegal aliens who have committed serious crimes, and making sure employers complete the proper paperwork in hiring. Napolitano also revealed that she is skeptical of the value of expanding US-VISIT, the biometric entry screening system, to also track visitor departures.

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8. Police Chiefs – Justifying Illegal-Alien Crime

Excerpt: The ability of law enforcement officers to justify the criminal acts of illegal aliens, while at the same time making them out to be victims, never ceases to amaze me.

I recently wrote about the outgoing Los Angeles Chief of Police’s concern for maintaining good relations with the illegal-alien community at the expense of law-abiding American citizens and legal residents.

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9. The Relative Handful of Self-Starting Immigrants in Our System

Excerpt: Although once-upon-a-time all immigrants were self-starters, only a tiny minority of legal immigrants now are in this category – all because of our peculiar immigration policies.

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10. Job One on New Jobs

Excerpt: President Obama has laid out his latest, great policy agenda item: a new jobs program. Unfortunately, his plan omits the easiest, most cost-effective measure. To get Americans back to work, stop importing 125,000 new foreign workers every single month.

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11. Man Bites Dog …

Excerpt: and the MSM reports honestly on immigration. Nurit Aizenman has a good piece on the front page of today’s Washington Post on the ‘Struggles of the second generation,’ combining one man’s story with actual data:

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12. Putting Illegal Criminals Before Cops

Excerpt: Washington, D.C.’s Maryland suburbs are the home the latest jurisdiction to let political correctness put Americans at risk from criminal aliens. The indefensible policy of Montgomery County bars county police officers from communicating with federal immigration authorities, unless the suspect has first committed a terrible crime. Even then, officers must get permission to call ICE.

The above is a press release dated Dec. 15 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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