1. Immigration, Political Realignment, and the Demise of Republican Political Prospects

Excerpt: This Backgrounder examines the political implications of large-scale immigration. Between 1980 and 2008, 25.2 million people were granted permanent residency (green cards) by the United States. A comparison of voting patterns in presidential elections across counties over the last three decades shows that large-scale immigration has caused a steady drop in presidential Republican vote shares throughout the country. Once politically marginal counties are now safely Democratic due to the propensity of immigrants, especially Latinos, to identify and vote Democratic. The partisan impact of immigration is relatively uniform throughout the country, even though local Republican parties have taken different positions on illegal immigration. Although high immigration may work against Democratic policy goals, such as raising wages for the poor and protecting the environment, it does improve Democratic electoral prospects. In contrast, immigration may help Republican business interests hold down wages, but it also undermines the party’s political fortunes. Future levels of immigration are likely to be a key determinant of Republicans’ political prospects moving forward.

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2. Dirty Work: In-Sourcing American Jobs with H-2B Guestworkers

Excerpt: Americans don’t want to mow your lawn. They don’t want to serve you your lobster roll sandwich during your summer holiday in Maine. They won’t drive the trucks that bring food to the grocery store you shop in, or chop down the trees that produce the paper you use, or perform at the circus you attend every summer. You’ll also need the helping hand of a “temporary, seasonal” guestworker to help you get on the chair lift in Vail, and to learn how to ski or snowboard. Nor will Americans guard your swim club’s pool, shovel the snow in your driveway, operate the rides at the amusement park you take your kids to, tidy up the hotel room you sleep in, or process the seafood you eat. Americans can’t even be counted on to coach sports, or work construction jobs. American workers have grown soft, young people don’t want to work, and the unemployed don’t want to do much of anything strenuous these days.

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3. A Radical Suggestion Regarding Immigration Backlogs

Excerpt: In a recent blog, ‘Our 89-Year-Old, Self-Created Booby Trap in Immigration Policy,’ I pointed out how huge backlogs of approved visas for would-be immigrants have always caused additional pressure to expand immigration.

The U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform (the Barbara Jordan Commission), some 13 years ago, noted an even more significant problem regarding these backlogs, particularly in the siblings, nieces, and nephews program

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4. Feature in Aviation Security International

Excerpt: The February issue of the British-based magazine Aviation Security International features an in-depth article laying out in detail the 9/11 Commission recommendations that, if implemented, could have directly affected the success of Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab’s boarding of Flight 253 to Detroit on Christmas Day. It also discusses why President Obama’s framing of the issues that arise from the Christmas Plot are potentially detrimental to truly curbing terrorist travel as they are both too myopic and too politically convenient.

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5. Water Bottle Recycling by Narco Traffickers

Excerpt: From a Mexican friend of a friend, who titles the video below Trafficking Drugs in Bottles of Water and notes how clever this method of transporting drugs is. Everyone carries water, especially those crossing the southwest from Mexico. How easy, convenient, and terribly unsuspicious. Who would ever think that in the football fields of trash from illegal alien traffic over the southwest border, especially in Arizona as noted in the video Hidden Cameras on the Arizona Border, some of the water bottles laying about were an additional means to carry drugs.

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6. Our 89-Year-Old, Self-Created Booby Trap in Immigration Policy

Excerpt: Four score and nine years ago our forefathers did something doubly stupid.

Not only was the Emergency Immigration Act of 1921 clearly racist with its country-of-origin quotas, it also introduced a structural defect into our immigration system that has haunted us ever since.

The country-of-origin quotas were wiped out with the Immigration Act of 1965 but the lingering structural defect, one complicating life for restrictionists, is still here, and still is largely ignored.

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7. Here’s an Idea: UK’s Citizenship Test to Cover Queuing

Excerpt: The British Government is going to introduce a little behavior-modification into their citizenship (naturalization) screening process.

The London Telegraph reports that the art of queuing – which the Brits are so good at – will become part of their citizenship tests.

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8. Lying With Statistics

Excerpt: There’s new proof that the Obama administration is soft on immigration enforcement. Fewer illegal aliens were detained in the final three months of 2009. The drop in detentions shows that the new administration is willing to let illegal immigration slide for aliens who don’t have a rap sheet. Easing off of those detentions means ICE has returned to ‘catch and release’ for the vast majority of illegal entrants. The bottom line: Fewer illegal aliens overall are being placed in detention, and that’s a bad thing.

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9. New Guestworker Regulations: One Step Forward and One Step Back

Excerpt: The Obama Administration has taken one step forward, and another step back, in two released regulations about nonimmigrant workers.

The backwards step is full of irony, because it allows some of the largest, richest banks in the United States to renew their hiring of H-1B nonimmigrant workers. These banks received billions in various financial breaks from Uncle Sam, and are paying their top executives multi-million-dollar bonuses. These are the banks which have been permitted by a new decision of the Department of Homeland Security to save a few dollars by opting out of the American labor market, to bring in technical workers from other nations.

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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