1. Mark Krikorian Discusses New Arizona Law

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2. Center for Immigration Studies on the New Arizona Immigration Law, SB1070

Excerpt: The new law recently signed by the governor of Arizona, SB 1070, makes it a crime to violate some federal immigration statutes. While the law is extremely popular in the state, with 70 percent of Arizona voters approving of it and just 23 percent opposed, it has raised controversy. Below is a brief summary of the relevant information on illegal immigration in Arizona, followed by a short analysis of SB 1070’s major provisions.

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3. The Perfect Is the Enemy of the Good

Excerpt: The mass-immigration crowd’s latest argument against the E-Verify system is that it’s just not tough enough, dammit! A piece in the Washington Post over the weekend argued that I specifically, and restrictionists in general, back E-Verify precisely because it doesn’t work perfectly — the intent being, if I can divine the true nature of the conspiracy, to prevent amnesty by preventing a solution to illegal immigration. Or, as the authors write

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4. Center of Debate Moves Toward Immigration Hawks

Excerpt: Spencer Hsu of the Washington Post had an analysis piece yesterday making the argument that the Reid-Schumer-Menendez amnesty outline shows how much the immigration debate has moved ‘to the right’ (obviously not the proper adverb, given Grover Norquist, Linda Chavez, Dick Armey, et al., but you get the idea). Hsu clearly has a point; the Senate Democrats’ proposal leads off with a long discussion of enforcement, calling for more Border Patrol agents and ICE officers, higher fines for employers of illegals, a new biometric Social Security card to be used for employment, and so on. As one of Hsu’s interviewees says, ‘Ideas that were hotly contested in ill-fated Senate debates in 2006 and 2007 seem now to be taken for granted.’

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5. Psssst: Want Some Purloined Immigration Policy Research?

Excerpt: Immigration policy research is rarely thought of as sexy.

Beautiful women do not come up to you at a party and say, breathily, ‘That’s a wonderful piece of analysis.’

But there is a sort of cloak-and-dagger romance in the way that the August Congressional Research Service, an arm of the Library of Congress, more or less releases its studies.

It distributes the reports to its sponsor, the Congress, for congressional use only.

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6. Seeking Investors: Immigration for Profit

Excerpt: Reading the Reid-Schumer-Menendez ‘Conceptual Proposal for Immigration Reform’ drives home the inherent paradox of fixing the immigration system:

The same group that broke it in the first place­ — Congress­ — would have to do the fixing.

Reid-Schumer-Menendez demonstrate they are not up to the task.

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7. Nonimmigrant Admissions Down 8% in FY 09: Some Thoughts

Excerpt: Presumably reacting to the recession, the flow of nonimmigrants into the United States fell 8 percent in FY 2009 from the previous year’s total. The drop was from 39.4 million to 36.2 million, according to data just released by the DHS Office of Immigration Statistics.

Nonimmigrants are aliens coming to the U.S. temporarily, such as tourists, visiting business people, short-term workers, foreign students and others. The measure used by DHS is the number of admissions – a count of border crossings, rather than the population counts of a census. A foreign student, for instance, might enter a port of entry once in a year, or a dozen times; in the latter instance that would count as 12 admissions.

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8. Finding Bargains in a Boycott?

Excerpt: Individuals and groups around the country – including the usual suspects like the city of San Francisco, Al Sharpton, and immigration attorneys – are promising to boycott Arizona in the wake of the passage of the controversial immigration bill S.B. 1070. But will ordinary American tourists and business people boycott the state in any kind of significant way?

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9. Progressives Debate Arizona’s New Immigration Law

Excerpt: This past Friday, Arizona’s governor signed Arizona Senate Bill 1070, the strongest bill to reduce illegal immigration in the nation, by far. According to news accounts, the bill does four main things.

First, it makes remaining in the United States illegally (technically, not registering with the government as a foreigner), currently a federal crime, an Arizona state crime as well, punishable by fines and imprisonment.

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10. Holier than Thou

Excerpt: The Arizona immigration law is catnip for Michael Gerson’s brand of moral preening. In his column today he writes, ‘It sorts Republicans according to their political and moral seriousness.’ (I’m in the morally unserious camp, in case you’re keeping score, along with George Will, whose column ran right below Gerson’s.)

He sees the bill as an attempt by Arizona ‘to take control of American immigration policy,’ which is funny, since it’s more an example of plugging existing American immigration law into Arizona’s own statutes. He didn’t invoke the Nazis (though you know he wanted to), but he did write this

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11. Grassley Raises H-1B and L-1 Issues at Senate Committee Hearing

Excerpt: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) raised the issue of abuses in the H-1B and L-1 nonimmigrant worker programs at yesterday’s hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Grassley thanked the witness at the hearing, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, for taking steps to tighten the rules of the H-1B program, as they related to intermediate employers called ‘job shops’ and urged her to pay attention to a DHS Inspector General’s report of abuses within the L-1 program.

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12. Too Good to Check

Excerpt: I have pity on Linda Greenhouse’s students at Yale Law School. The former New York Times Supreme Court correspondent has a column on the Arizona immigration law in her old paper peddling all the usual cliches about Nazism, apartheid, blah, blah, blah. But what’s hilarious is that Greenhouse, the ‘Senior Research Scholar in Law, Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence, and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law,’ based her whole column on the wrong version of the bill.

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13. What Does America’s 48th State Have in Common with Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, and Apartheid-Era South Africa?

Excerpt: Opponents appear be divided on Arizona’s controversial new immigration law, S.B. 1070. Some liken it to the internment of Japanese-Americans during WW2, others, including Cardinal Roger Mahoney of Los Angeles, compare the legislation to the tactics of Nazi Germany. The bill reportedly ‘reminded’ Hispanic Federation President Lillian Rodríguez Lopez of South African apartheid, while Robert Creamer, blogging for the Huffington Post, couldn’t decided between the Nazis, the Soviets, or merely the Deep South before the civil rights era.

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. The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent research institution which examines the impact of immigration on the United States.

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