1. Amnesty Advocates Discuss Legislative Strategy .

Excerpt: Legalization advocates had what sounded like a pretty frank discussion of their legislative strategy, at the 7th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference in Washington Friday.

The annual summertime gathering of pro-open borders policy wonks and some immigration lawyers took place at the Georgetown University Law School, and was sponsored by the Migration Policy Institute and the Catholic Immigration Network Inc.

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2. Los Angeles City Council Hypocrisy Shines Through .

Excerpt: The Los Angeles City Council was quick to vote to boycott Arizona because of its new immigration law.

The Arizona law will encourage racial profiling, huffed the council’s Resolution.

It’s like Nazi Germany and the beginning of the Holocaust, puffed Council members.

‘As an American, I cannot go to Arizona today without a passport,’ exaggerated Councilman Ed Reyes. ‘If I come across an officer who’s having a bad day and feels that the picture on my ID is not me, I can be … deported, no questions asked. That is not American.’

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3. A Growing Struggle .

Excerpt: The Pew Hispanic Center’s recent analysis of educational attainment data from the Census Bureau’s 2008 American Community Survey finds that only one in ten Hispanic high school dropouts has a General Educational Development (GED) credential, the lowest among any major race/ethnic group.

As the author Richard Fry notes, this is significant since Hispanics have the highest dropout rates. ‘Some 41% of Hispanics ages 20 and older in the United States do not have a regular high school diploma, versus 23% of comparably aged blacks and 14% of whites.” This disparity is driven by the foreign born – 52 percent of adult Hispanic immigrants have dropped out of high school.

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4. Amnesty by Fiat? .

Excerpt: A group of senators sent a letter to the president this week to warn him against something that’s apparently being tossed around inside the administration: granting an amnesty unilaterally, without input from Congress. Apparently, this plan would apply only to visa overstayers and other illegals who’ve applied for green cards as a delaying tactic knowing they won’t qualify — but that would mean maybe 5 million people.

‘Deferred action’ and ‘parole’ aren’t the same as green cards and so don’t lead to citizenship, but they can be indefinite and they come with an Employment Authorization Document and a Social Security number, so they’re all the amnesty most illegals would ever need.

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5. An Unlikely Third Path: Paying Unwanted Migrants to Go Home .

Excerpt: The talk about what to do with America’s illegal alien population has been focused on two alternatives: enforcement and legalization.

Stricter enforcement would, it is argued, deport some illegals, cause others to self-deport, and cause potential illegals to stay in their homelands.

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6. Hip, Hip, Hoorah for Sen. Kyl .

Excerpt: Arizona’s junior senator, Jon Kyl, deserves credit for exposing President Obama’s position on immigration legislation: hold enforcement hostage to amnesty. Further, the senator deserves praise for standing his ground against the waves of hot air rolling his direction from the bully pulpit.

The dispute surrounds a conversation the senator and president had and that Sen. Kyl recounted at a town hall meeting. According to Kyl, ‘The president said the problem is if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support comprehensive immigration reform.’

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7. No Amnesty, No Border Security? The Questionable Premises of an Immigration Grand Bargain .

Excerpt: Reports this past weekend depict a brutally frank exchange between President Obama and Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) about border control and amnesty legislation. Kyl reports that in a one-on-one meeting with the president they discussed securing the border in the context of pending legislation to enact ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’ Kyl reports the president as saying, ‘The problem is, . . . if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support ‘comprehensive immigration reform.” He, Kyl, then interprets this sentence to mean ‘In other words, they’re holding it hostage. They don’t want to secure the border unless and until it is combined with ‘comprehensive immigration reform.”

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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