1. An Examination of Minority Voters’ Views on Immigration

Excerpt: While it is sometimes assumed that minorities, particularly Hispanics, favor increased immigration and legalization for illegal immigrants, a new Zogby survey finds that minority voters’ views are more complex. The poll of Hispanic, Asian-American, and African-American likely voters finds some support for legalization. But overall each of these groups prefers enforcement and for illegal immigrants to return home. Moreover, significant majorities of all three groups think that the current level of immigration is too high. These views are in sharp contrast to the leaders of most ethnic advocacy organizations, who argue for increased immigration and legalization of illegal immigrants. The survey used neutral language, avoiding such terms as “amnesty,” “illegal alien,” or “undocumented.”

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2. Rep. Becerra Connects Health Reform to Immigration Reform

Excerpt: California Democratic Congressman Xavier Becerra on Sunday spoke of the connection between President Obama’s efforts to reform medical care and Obama’s commitment to reforming immigration law. Becerra sees the two as complementary.

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3. How Does USCIS’ Appeals Body Handle Disputes about Religious Visas?

Excerpt: What happens when an obscure USCIS appellate body handles disputes about visas for religious workers?

In my review of the 62 decisions made in 2009 made by the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) the answer appears to be – carefully and narrowly.

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4. Professor Investigates Corporate Rhetoric on H-1Bs

Excerpt: We often read about how the nation’s high-tech corporations say they use the H-1B program to bring the world’s best and brightest to the U.S.

But is that how they really use the program? Only some of them do, according to Prof. Ron Hira of the Rochester Institute of Technology; the rest use it as a handy source of relatively low-cost talent.

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5. The E-Verify Glass Is Half Full

Excerpt: An evaluation of the E-Verify program conducted about two years ago has just been released. (The 338-page pdf is here.) It estimates, among other things, that about half of illegal aliens who were screened between April and June 2008 managed to foil the system and get approved for employment, and opponents of immigration enforcement are tickled pink. Chuck Schumer, who is taking the lead on amnesty, said ‘This is a wake-up call to anyone who thinks E-Verify is an effective remedy to stop the hiring of illegal immigrants.’ Likewise, former Kennedy staffer Marc Rosenblum said, ‘Clearly it means it’s not doing its No. 1 job well enough.’

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6. USCIS Starting to Do the Right Thing on H-1B? Some Promising Signs

Excerpt: Sometimes it is hard to tell the significance of a government document just by reading it.

Sometimes the true impact becomes clear only when the activists speak out. A case in point: the recent USCIS announcement regarding employer-employee relationships in the H-1B program.

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7. E-Verify Participating Employers

Excerpt: The Department of Homeland Security recently released the latest figures on E-Verify use by state, specifically the number of employers, worksites, and queries so far this fiscal year (since October 1, 2009), as of February 20, 2010.

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8. White House Plan Mum on Illegal Health Coverage

Excerpt: The White House unveiled its latest health reform scheme Monday, but the materials make no mention of whether it would cover or bar illegal aliens under various health programs or require enrollees’ eligibility verification based on citizenship or immigrant status.

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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