1. A State Transformed: Immigration and the New California

Excerpt: Between 1970 and 2008 the share of California’s population comprised of immigrants (legal and illegal) tripled, growing from 9 percent to 27 percent.1 This Memorandum examines some of the ways California has changed over the last four decades. Historically, California has not been a state with a disproportionately large unskilled population, like Appalachia or parts of the South. As a result of immigration, however, by 2008 California had the least-educated labor force in the nation in terms of the share its workers without a high school education. This change has important implications for the state.


2. 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.


3. Mark Krikorian Debates New AZ Law



4. ICE Program Finds 11% of Inmates Screened Are Removable

Excerpt: Reports released Thursday on ICE’s Secure Communities program confirm that removable aliens comprise a significant share of the nation’s criminal population. According to these statistics, 11 percent of all inmates booked into participating jails are flagged by the system as removable aliens (in comparison, non-citizens comprise nine percent of the nation’s total adult population – see ‘Immigration and Crime: Assessing a Conflicted Issue’). ICE has removed or ordered the departure of 16 percent of these criminal aliens.

The Secure Communities program is an initiative launched in 2008 to automatically check the immigration status of all those booked into participating jails as part of the standard fingerprint check. Currently there are 197 participating jurisdictions in 20 states. As of December 31, 2009, they had screened 1,340,000 new inmates. Of these, 146,000 were identified as removable aliens. A total of 23,000 of those were removed or ordered to depart.


5. Spin, Uncontrolled

Excerpt: Well, the open-borders crowd is at it again. The ‘compassion’ approach to selling the American people on mass amnesty and even higher legal immigration levels failed to attract a following, so the post-Americans are revamping their public message. In other words, open-borders spin spun out on them, so they’re changing the language they use to try to sell amnesty and uncontrolled immigration.

Not that zealots aggressively pushing amnesty and mass immigration believe what they’re saying. Open-borders advocates have simply ‘message tested’ new words and phrases. They learned the hard way that the public doesn’t buy the ‘the undocumented are only here searching for a better life,’ ‘amnesty is the only humane course,’ ‘family values don’t stop at the Rio Grande’ nonsense.


6. U.S. Ties Own Hands, Blindfolds Itself Regarding Religious Extremists

Excerpt: The ‘federal’ mentioned in the story is the German federation, not our own, and it serves to remind us how reluctant our government is to examine the impact of religious extremism.

Can you imagine the U.S. government funding a comparable study? Even at a time when U.S.-raised Muslim extremists – like the two from New Jersey arrested as they were heading for Somalia – are clearly becoming a threat? I cannot.

Unlike most of the advanced democracies in the world, our census does not even ask a simple question about religious preferences.


7. Sanctuary Cities Succumb to Blackmail

Excerpt: ‘Jailed illegal immigrants pose policy dilemma’ reads the Los Angeles Times headline.

The policy dilemma that sanctuary cities face is self-imposed. Simply put, the dilemma is: Do they support and help uphold all of the laws of the United States, including its immigration laws, and turn illegal aliens who have been jailed over to the federal authorities for deportation, or do they ignore immigration laws and release illegal alien criminals back into the community in order to maintain good relations with the illegal-alien community?


8. Moral Myopia at the Arizona Border

Excerpt: The Washington Post recently ran a story about Shura Wallin, an immigration activist who, with her group of 140 volunteers who call themselves Los Samaritanos, assist illegal immigrants making the potentially hazardous trip across the Sonoran Desert. Their moral calculus is simple: ‘they say they are doing moral deeds in the face of a simple reality: Migrants keep coming.’ They seem oblivious to the moral hazard they have helped to create and the arc of their compassion is constricted by their narrow moral vision.


9. One Slice at a Time on Amnesty?

Excerpt: As the name suggests, supporters of “comprehensive immigration reform” have long resisted the mere suggestion that they should try a piecemeal approach and pursue smaller, less politically toxic amnesties. About a year ago, I was on a panel with Frank Sharry of America’s Voice, one of the chief pro-amnesty activists, and Esther Olavarria, the policy director for DHS who used to be Kennedy’s immigration person. In the flush of a new leftist, pro-amnesty administration, both were categorical that under no circumstances would there be a piecemeal approach to amnesty, insisting that everything would be folded into a comprehensive bill.


10. USCIS, Rather Belatedly, Proposes to Raise Immigration Fees

Excerpt: Some months after the State Department proposed to raise its migration-related fees, and many months after the Obama administration urged Congress to let the Labor Department do so, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services proposed to raise its fees.

The fee increase will bring in another $200 million, all to be used internally by USCIS; that’s an increase of roughly 10 percent. It is spelled out in a lengthy Federal Register notice that will appear on June 11. It was announced at a USCIS stakeholder’s meeting by Director Alejandro Mayorkas at USCIS headquarters yesterday.


11. Big Picture Can Distort Immigration Policy Research

Excerpt: As the amnesty/legalization debate heats up, there will be many a research report on the subject that suggests the impact of immigration on the rest of us is pretty bland.

One type of research that produces these seemingly soothing results was on display on June 7 at a seminar sponsored by the Migration Policy Institute in Washington. Giovanni Peri, a professor at UC-Davis, used regression analysis to examine census data in a report entitled ‘The Impact of Immigrants in Recession and Economic Expansion,’ He concluded


12. Is There a General Right to Immigrate to the U.S.?

Excerpt: Recently, Arizona’s Gov. Jan Brewer signed State Senate Bill 1070 into law, the strongest effort yet, at the state level, to reduce illegal immigration. Clearly, with the highest numbers of illegal border crossings in the country and many hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants in the state, Arizonans are fed up with the status quo. They want immigration laws enforced and they want them enforced now, not five or ten years down the line, maybe.

The Arizona law has proved highly popular with the general public. In recent weeks, despite much negative media coverage, national polls have consistently found 65 to 70 percent support for the new law across the country. With continued high unemployment and economic uncertainty, most Americans have little sympathy for law breakers who may be taking employment away from their fellow citizens.


13, Voluntary Interior Repatriation in Mexico a Good Idea — in Miniature

Excerpt: Sending Mexican nationals apprehended at the border back to the interior of Mexico is, of course, a good idea. It puts them back in, or at least near, their home communities, which presumably discourages, but does not eliminate, further attempts to cross the border illegally.

Routinely, Mexican nationals caught near the border are simply taken back to the nearest port of entry, and released into Mexico, where they are free to try to cross again the next night.


14. Jewish Establishment Censorship of Information on Immigration Policy

Excerpt: It surely comes as no surprise to any one capable of recognizing a push poll that the American-Jewish establishment, employing ones sponsored by the American Jewish Committee (AJC), has, for years, faked data regarding American-Jewish attitudes to immigration and immigration policy – very seriously misrepresenting the true state of opinion among American Jews. The establishment’s goals are obvious: maintaining an illusion of communal consensus and, even more importantly, conveying a false impression to lawmakers on Capitol Hill.


15. Fetch Me My Food Stamps, Jeeves!

Excerpt: James R. Edwards Jr.’s recent blog on the nation’s self-inflicted conflict between fighting poverty, on one hand, and importing it through an Open Doors immigration policy on the other, reminded me of a ludicrous extreme of this internal tension.

He pointed out that there is a (slim) segment of the low-income population that is both poor enough to receive Medicaid (their income is less than 133 percent of the poverty level) but since their income is over 125 percent of the poverty level, they are wealthy enough to sign letters of support causing the immigration of their relatives. (If I had my choice, I would leave the Medicaid poverty level alone, and increase that barrier substantially when it comes to immigration.)


16. Salt Lake City Police Chief Protecting Illegal Aliens

Excerpt: Not too long ago, Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank was in Washington along with other big-city police chiefs. They met with Attorney General Eric Holder to complain about how the newly enacted Arizona law (SB 1070) would inevitably lead to racial profiling of illegal aliens and how unfair it was.

So, just how fair is Chief Burbank?


17. The Fraternal Order of Police Defends Arizona

Excerpt: The media used up quite a lot of ink covering U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s meeting with a number of pro-amnesty, anti-S.B.1070 police chiefs last week. It fit the media’s agenda of promoting mass immigration and therefore was highlighted as exemplary of law enforcement’s position on Arizona’s effort.

What the media failed to highlight was the fact that the event was organized by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) as part of a public relations effort to discredit Arizona’s S.B. 1070. The media also failed to note that PERF is an offshoot of the Police Foundation, which was established by the Ford Foundation in 1970. Why is this significant? The Police Foundation – just like the National Council of La Raza, another organization created by the Ford Foundation – regularly promotes amnesty for illegal aliens. As noted on the CIS Immigration Blog last fall, by promoting amnesty, the Police Foundation has sent the message that it is easier to reward illegal aliens for their criminal activities than to convict them of their crimes.

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