1. Amnesty Inroads Among Evangelicals (Memorandum)
2. Jon Feere discusses birthright citizenship (Video)
3. Menendez Wants CIR During Lame Duck Session (Blog)
4. A National Immigration Auction, Part III: Predictably Bad Consequences (Blog)
5. Farfetched? Does Illegal Immigration Facilitate Teenage Obesity? (Blog)
6. A National Immigration Auction, Part II: Illegal Immigration (Blog)
7. A National Immigration Auction, Part I: A Very Bad Idea (Blog)
8. No Comment (Blog)
9. Despite Media Mythmaking, the DREAM Act is for Adults (Blog)
10. Immigration and the New Congress: Opportunity Knocks (Blog)
11. What ‘Strong Anti-immigrant Tilt’? (Blog)
12. Immigration and Education: Only the Beginning (Blog)
— Mark Krikorian]
Excerpt: Research demonstrates that elites and the rank-and-file in many segments of society (e.g., business, religion, organized labor) are split over immigration issues.1 Elites tend to manifest post-American, cosmopolitan ideologies, while their grassroots members preserve deep-seated patriotic beliefs and attitudes, including with regard to immigration.
Excerpt: On yesterday’s ‘Al Punto,’ the Spanish-language TV network Univision’s Sunday morning news program, Sen. Robert Menendez said he will introduce ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ legislation in hopes of getting it passed during the upcoming lame duck session of Congress.
Excerpt: Rounding out the fantasy of a national immigration auction is the touted allure of having a system that, ‘wouldn’t rely on the judgment of [government] bureaucrats.’ Unfortunately, the actual proposal immediately negates that likelihood. The proposal states that, ‘When prices rose, the government could react by increasing the number of permits, better syncing immigration with the business cycle’ (emphasis added). So much for keeping government bureaucrats out of the process.
Excerpt: My colleague Steven Camarota’s recent backgrounder entitled ‘A Drought of Summer Jobs: Immigration and the Long-Term Decline in Employment Among U.S.-Born Teenagers’ made it clear that illegal aliens and U.S. teenagers play much the same, low-skilled roles in the U.S. labor markets, and that a flood of the illegals has led to the drought in jobs for resident teenagers. So the first two phenomena are clearly linked.
Excerpt: The authors of a new proposal laid out in the New York Times for a national immigration auction tout its many virtues. They herald, ‘The good news is that there is a way to replace [the current system] that will promote economic growth while reducing the flow of illegal workers.’ It sounds almost too good to be true… and it is.
Excerpt: The latest conventional wisdom about reforming America’s immigration policies takes the form of touting ‘skill-based immigration.’ An extreme example in point is a New York Times op-ed this week entitled ‘Foreign Stimulus.’ In their proposal, the authors Pia Orrenius and Madeline Zavody argue that our current immigration system be replaced with a national auction for both skilled and unskilled labor.
Excerpt: Sidney Weintraub, a very distinguished scholar specializing in Latin America, works with a prestigious think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. He released this message today (since removed from the CSIS site), which I quote in full
Excerpt: The open-border media continues to mislead the American public about the DREAM Act, which Sen. Harry Reid has said he will offer as an amendment to the defense spending bill as soon as next week. You wouldn’t know it from reading a newspaper or scrolling through your favorite online news site, but the proposed amnesty is an amnesty for children and adults – illegal aliens up to 35 years of age (see Senate Bill S.729). This fact does not seem to have made it into the newsrooms across the nation:
Excerpt: Politico is up with a story whose title’s obviousness, ‘Midterms imperil immigration bill,’ belies its importance. The story estimates that as many as 17 Senate seats of those who voted at one point or another for ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ and amnesty would change hands.
Excerpt: The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday on the latest Quinnipiac University national survey on American opinions about various immigration matters. The title of the article, ‘Immigration issues hurting Obama, poll finds,’ reflects the finding that, ‘By a 60%-to-28% margin, respondents disapproved of the way Obama is handling illegal immigration.’ What isn’t clear is whether the president is losing support because he hasn’t been able to sign a ‘comprehensive immigration bill’ allowing the legalization of approximately 11 million illegal immigrants or whether it’s because he’s proved much less than serious about border control, workplace enforcement, and deportation. Probably both.
Excerpt: The Census Bureau finds that one of every four members of this year’s kindergarten class is Hispanic. To put this number in context, Hispanics were less than five percent of all students in 1970. This unprecedented transformation is the result of our federal immigration program, which continues at record pace.