1. Business and Labor on Immigration

Excerpt: A new Zogby poll of senior executives, business owners, and members of union households finds that each of these groups thinks the best way to deal with illegal immigrants in the country is to enforce the law and cause them to return home. This is in stark contrast to lobbyists for large companies, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which argue for legalization. The findings of the survey are consistent with surveys done by the National Federation of Independent Business, which represents small enterprises, showing strong opposition to legalization. Among unions, the leadership strongly supports legalizing illegal immigrants, but the survey shows enforcement – not legalization – is by far the option favored by union members and their families. The survey uses neutral language and includes 7,046 members of union households, 2,490 executives (e.g., CEOs, CFOs, VPs or department heads), and 9,990 small business owners.

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2. Money Talks: Selected Immigration-Related Proposals In the President’s FY 2011 Budget

Excerpt: President Obama submitted his fiscal year 2011 budget proposal to Congress, as required by law, on February 1, 2010. This Memorandum examines several of the immigration-related provisions of that budget proposal

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3. State Dept. slips back to pre-9/11 complacency

Excerpt: The tale of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian terrorist who nearly blew up a Northwest Airlines plane landing in Detroit on Christmas Day, reveals an alarming number of vulnerabilities in our immigration system that are still in place, even eight years after 9/11.

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4. Sounding Like a Candidate, Jorge Castaneda Calls for Change

Excerpt: Jorge Castaneda, Mexico’s Foreign Minister from 2000 to 2003, indicated that he’s not likely to be a candidate in the 2012 presidential election. But he certainly is sounding like a candidate as he crisscrosses Mexico, promoting a new book and outlining a made-for-campaigning program for change.

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5. Here’s a Federal Regulatory Agency That Often Rules Against the Alien

The generally-accepted concept in the restrictionist community is that federal agencies and courts nearly always rule in favor of the alien. I think that’s true.

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6. Narcocorridos on Univision

Excerpt: Jorge Ramos grilled the mayor of Juarez today on his Spanish-language television program, Al Punto. The Univision newsman expressed indignation at the unrelenting violence that drug traffickers have inflicted upon that border city across from El Paso. He asked why the mayor hadn’t resigned. Noting the five thousand killings in Juarez during the last two years, Ramos asked Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz, ‘Isn’t that a terrible sign of failure?’

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7. USCIS Offers Two Faces When it Comes to Fee Waivers

Excerpt: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers much detailed information to Haitians and their advocates on how the temporary legalization fees of $470 can be waived in the Haitian Temporary Protected Status program.

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8. Proposed Budget Forces Governors to Choose Between Safer Borders or Safer Skies

Excerpt: In the president’s new proposed budget, funding has been zeroed out for the one tool on the books that can help secure domestic aviation by assuring that people are who they say they are. While the president accuses those who work for him of not ‘connecting the dots’ to stop a terrorist attack, he and his Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, seem to continually fail to do so themselves. This is the case even though Secretary Napolitano seems sincere in her desire to strengthen aviation security. Unfortunately, she does not appear to understand that assuring identity security at airports before boarding is a step closer to connecting a ‘dot’ to aviation security.

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9. What Do You Do With a Visa Program with a Fraud Rate of 30-33%

Excerpt: What do you do with a middle-sized visa program when two different government agencies find that 30 to 33 percent of its applications are fraudulent?

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10. ‘Temporary’ Status Means Never Having to Say Goodbye

Excerpt: If you think the Haitian illegal aliens and legal visitors to whom the administration has granted ‘Temporary’ Protected Status (TPS) are ever going back, look at the experience of the Liberians.

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11. Immigration Lawyers Don’t Always Win Their Cases: A List of 374 Losers

Excerpt: While some restrictionists may think that immigration lawyers always win their cases, this is not so.

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12. La Raza’s Murguia and C-SPAN Callers from Ill. and N.J.

Excerpt: Janet Muguia, the National Council of La Raza’s President and CEO, appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal yesterday, making a sales pitch for ‘comprehensive’ immigration reform that would legalize illegal immigrants and provide channels for future flows of low-wage workers into the U.S. job market. She said her organization is ‘disappointed and frustrated’ that President Obama skipped past immigration in his State of the Union Address.

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13. Gutierrez Calls for D.C. Protest to Pressure Obama on Immigration

Excerpt: Rep. Luis Gutierrez is calling for a massive demonstration next month in Washington to demand that President Obama push Congress to move on immigration reform.

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14. Environmentalists Who Get It

Excerpt: The Green Party has called for reducing future immigration to a more sustainable level. Unfortunately, it’s the Australian Greens, not the U.S. ones.

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15. Mass. Immigrant Health Proposal Shows Bigger Problems

Excerpt: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has proposed $75 million in the state budget to fund health insurance for thousands of legal immigrants. This represents a 25 percent spending increase, amidst a crippling economic recession. The Democratic governor’s proposal illustrates some of the problems in larger issues of government health care and coverage of legal immigrants.

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16. Labor Secretary and Union Chief Still Pushing for Reform Bill This Year

Excerpt: Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Eliseo Medina of the Service Employees International Union say the are still hopeful for an immigration reform bill this year and are calling for public efforts to push Congress to move ahead with that effort. In interviews broadcast on Sunday’s Al Punto program on the Spanish-language Univision network, they told newsman Jorge Ramos that they are convinced that President Obama remains committed to the reform, even though he gave scant attention to the issue in last week’s State of the Union Address.

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17. Detention Deaths . . . Now with Context!

Excerpt: There is no question that we should treat illegal-alien detainees as humanely as possible. Our system should expedite the removal process so that individuals are not detained any longer than is necessary. But while improvements can certainly be made, detention centers serve an important purpose and should not be abandoned, regardless of how loudly the open-border crowd yells.

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18. Is the Intelligence Community Hiding its Most Precious – and Important – Information from the President?

Excerpt: Ever since the facts trickled out that Christmas Day attacker Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had a valid visa to the United States despite his father’s in-person intelligence provided to CIA officials at the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, the issue of why his visa was not revoked has been a top priority issue for the president, the press, and those of us that do national security policy development in Washington. During the discussions of why Abdulmutallab’s visa was not revoked, we heard a dozen different excuses. Here are some of the best.

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19. ICE Anti-Gang Surge Nabs 517

Excerpt: Last week ICE completed its largest anti-gang operation ever, arresting 517 people in 83 cities across the country (476 were involved in gangs). Dubbed Project Big Freeze, ICE teamed with other federal and local law enforcement agencies to target gangsters involved in cross-border drug trafficking, under an ongoing program known as Operation Community Shield.

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20. Security News TV Interview on Christmas Day Plot

Excerpt: Janice Kephart was featured in an interview with Security-News.tv regarding ID security in the wake of the alleged Christmas Day plot. You can listen to the interview in either an mp3 or m4a format.

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21. TSA has No Excuse for Not Really Checking that Passengers and Their Documents are Legit

Excerpt: The REAL ID Act of 2005 sought to secure state driver license ID issuance practices and require those secure IDs be presented at airports to create a more hardened aviation security system. Although unsaid, it is well-documented that any federal officer at a portal with no means other than a black light, some minimal training, and eyesight, is significantly curtailed in identifying fraud. This is the case whether it is a border inspector at our land border ports of entry, a bouncer at a bar, or a Transportation Security Administration officer at a commercial airport. For a long time, the TSA has had a feel-good check in place for IDs presented by travelers before passing through scanning equipment. Hundreds of varieties of passports, driver licenses and other federally issued ID documents are acceptable by TSA they have no ability to discern as to legitimacy, let alone associate that ID with a person entitled to travel. There is thus no surprise that the agency has finally been busted for only looking like they are reviewing ID documents, but not really doing so at all.

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22. Some More Thoughts on the Intricacies of TPS for Illegal Haitian Migrants

Excerpt: Why should the application period for the Temporary Protected Status for Haitian illegals be extended over 180 days?

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23. Amnesty Deported from SOTU

Excerpt: Since I knew His Majesty wouldn’t say much of anything about immigration, and I can no longer stand the sound of his voice, I just went to bed. But he said even less than I expected:

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24. Jewish Leaders’ Reaction to CIS Survey Reveals They Know Their Own Polls Are Bogus

Excerpt: Following CIS’s release of the survey ‘Religious Leaders vs. Members: An Examination of Contrasting Views on Immigration,’ the usually loquacious spokespersons for the Jewish Establishment have had little to say other than to downplay findings which reveal a Jewish community split down the middle over immigration between enforcement and legalization. What’s more, lopsided majorities of respondents took positions on key policy questions strongly predictive of opposition to amnesty. For example, 60 percent believe the high number of illegal aliens results from the government’s historical and ongoing failure to make a serious effort to enforce immigration law, as opposed to 21 percent that believe the cause is insufficient legal immigration; and 61 percent believe there are plenty of Americans willing and able to handle all jobs, while only 16 percent believe we need more immigrants to do work Americans are unable or unwilling to do. These responses strongly indicate the ascending trend favors support for enforcement only policies.

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25. Did the President Really Tell Us that Tariq Ramadan Will Not Be Subject to Future Intelligence Assessments?

Excerpt: The State Department last week downplayed the decision to drop the 2004 visa revocation of Oxford professor Tariq Ramadan, enabling him to reapply for a visa. Only during questioning of the new policy during a January 20 press conference covering many other topics (principally Haiti) was it made clear that if Ramadan reapplies for a visa, any possible terrorist ties will simply not be considered – ties which rendered him inadmissible in 2004. This is what State Department Assistant Secretary Philip Crowley had to say on the issue last week:

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26. Legalization Forever, for the Judges Make It Long*

Excerpt: Here’s a thought: Maybe before we consider another amnesty for illegal aliens, we should complete the last amnesty – the one voted by the Congress a generation ago, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

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27. Let’s Support Higher State Department Fees for Nonimmigrant Visas

Excerpt: One of the perpetual problems with America’s efforts to manage international migration is that they are always underfunded. The State Department has proposed about $84 million a year in increases in its nonimmigrant (i.e., temporary) visa fees, and has asked for public comment. (See the second page in this notice from the Federal Register). We should all rally around and encourage the State Department in this venture.

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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