1. Charging More for Immigration: Closing Financial Loopholes in the U.S. Migration Process

Excerpt: The U.S. Government, fighting two wars and one huge recession, badly needs additional revenues to move toward a balanced budget.

Meanwhile, migration to (and, to a lesser extent, visitation of) the United States offers remarkable financial benefits to the individuals involved and these visitors are not currently paying their fair share to the U.S. Treasury. The following package of revenue-raising proposals would close many of the existing financial loopholes that silently hurt all of us.

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2. A Drought of Summer Jobs: Immigration and the Long-Term Decline in Employment Among U.S.-Born Teenagers
By Steven Camarota
CIS Research, May 2010

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3. Illegal Aliens, Nonimmigrants Rip Off IRS by $6 Billion a Year

Excerpt: My headline, above, should have been used as the title of the Government Accountability Office’s recent tax compliance report. I calculate, based on the GAO report, that those two groups are routinely depriving the U.S. Treasury of an estimated $6 billion a year in income taxes.

GAO, as usual, wrote the report in its trademark, color-me-gray prose, but, unusually, missed a gold mine of government statistics that would have shown the dramatic size of the problem.

For the record, the report, published last month, carried the title: ‘IRS May Be Able to Improve Compliance for Nonresident Aliens and Updating Requirements Could Reduce Their Compliance Burden,’ report number GAO-10-429.

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4. President Felipe Calderón’s State Visit and the Double Standard Mexico Enjoys

Excerpt: Just imagine if President Barrack Obama paid a state visit to Mexico, which included a welcome highlighted by pomp and circumstances when his helicopter arrived on the South Lawn of the White House, an elaborate luncheon hosted by top officials at the State Department, and a State Dinner at Los Pinos.

Then suppose that Obama addressed the Mexican Congress and sharply scolded them for domestic problems that irritated him and complicated bilateral relations.

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5. Ever Heard of Federalism?

Excerpt: As President Obama, for the umpteenth time, trashes the common-sense Arizona immigration enforcement law, it’s useful to consider once more the utter baselessness of such attacks.

Let’s start with the grammar-school basics. The U.S. Constitution is an agreement among the several states in this nation. That is, states existed before the U.S. government did. They created the federal government. States agreed to cede just a portion of their sovereignty to the federally constituted government. The Constitution stands up a limited, republican government to address certain delineated, joint interests such as national defense and uniform weights and measures. Everything else remains each state’s own prerogative.

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6. Don’t Hate Her Because She’s Beautiful

Excerpt: We tuned in for a beauty pageant and a debate about immigration broke out. After reading just a small sampling of the revolting attacks on Rima Fakih, the Lebanese immigrant who was crowned the new Miss USA on Sunday night, I feel compelled to comment on how misguided her critics are.

Fakih’s story should be a cautionary tale for Americans who believe the stereotype that all Muslim women are subjugated, repressed, and confined to their homes. No matter how you feel about beauty pageants, it takes courage for an Arab-American woman to compete in the Miss USA Pageant. You could argue that her story is the ultimate tale of assimilation. And yet, some on the right want to tarnish her achievement by claiming her win was nothing more than a case of affirmative action, while others, including blogger Debbie Schlussel, have accused her of supporting terrorists.

Comment by JR: All the above is reasonable and true but there were clearly other contestants who were better looking by conventional standards so crowning the Lebanese lady was asking for adverse reaction.

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7. Evangelical Goliath Backs Amnesty

Excerpt: A new push for mass amnesty involves the help of certain evangelicals. Democrats and the usual open-borders suspects have courted ‘leaders’ of the evangelical strain for a couple of years now. Their efforts are paying off. A smattering of those religious elites has signed onto an advertisement calling for ‘immigration reform.’ The ad recently appeared in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call and is part of a broader lobbying campaign.

These religious ‘leaders’ are taking the same track their counterparts in theologically liberal circles took years ago. The more left-leaning clergy ignored the Apostle Paul’s warning and exchanged the truth of God for a lie, in their case trading in essentials of the Christian faith for left-wing politics.

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8. No Special Session to Gut Utah’s Child Identity Theft Bill

Excerpt: Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has canceled plans to call a special session of the Utah State Legislature in order to essentially gut SB251 which was passed by the 2010 legislative session.

SB251 requires all Utah employers with 15 or more employees to use an employment verification system for all new hires after July 1, 2010.

The bill protects American citizen children from an epidemic of illegal alien, job-related identity theft and should discourage at least some illegal aliens fleeing Arizona from coming to Utah. In addition, it prevents sexual predators, criminals trying to hide their identities, and even deadbeat parents from using the Social Security numbers of children to obtain jobs.

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9. DOL Better than USCIS on Migration-Related Labor Issues

Excerpt: Generalizations are risky, but it appears to me that Obama’s Labor Department is rather more careful about flooding labor markets with migratory labor than Obama’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), with the Department of State and other Department of Homeland Security agencies somewhere in between.

Interestingly all three departments, for the first time in history, are led by women, all of whom formerly held elective office in border states. The secretaries are Janet Napolitano (DHS), former governor of Arizona, Hillary Clinton (DOS), formerly senator from New York, and Hilda Solis (DOL), one-time member of Congress from southern California.

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. The Center for Immigration Studies is not affiliated with any other organization

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