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[FYI —

1. Checks and Balances: Potential Areas for Congressional Oversight of Immigration Administration in the 112th Congress (Memorandum)
2. Anti-Civil Discourse (Blog)
3. New Foreign PhDs Much Less in Debt than New U.S. Citizen PhDs (Blog)
4. The Yin and Yang of Immigration Debate Extremes (Blog)
5. Guam Employer of Foreign Workers Caught in Quadruple Abuse Scheme (Blog)
6. Department of Very Bad Immigration Ideas: ‘Every child in the United States should learn Spanish’ (Blog)
7. Amnesty Advocates Interrupt Birthright Event, Tackle Senior Citizen (Blog)
8. Mexican Education’s Sad Legacy in the U.S. (Blog)
9. Decision Maker: Justice Appoints Osuna to Head EOIR (Blog)
10. Education as Patriotism: A Novel and Dubious Defense of the DREAM Act (Blog)
11. Flashback: Sen. Reid on Birthright Citizenship (Blog)
12. A View from Manhattan (Blog)
13. Foriegn Workers and the Mismatch Theory (Blog)
14. The More-Workers-Needed Fallacy (Blog)
15. New Bomb Manual + Open Borders = Danger (Blog)

— Mark Krikorian]

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Checks and Balances: Potential Areas for Congressional Oversight of Immigration Administration in the 112th Congress
By James R. Edwards Jr.
CIS Memorandum, January 2011
http://www.cis.org/OversightofImmigrationAdministration

Excerpt: The Obama administration enjoyed two years in which both houses of Congress were under the control of its own political party. One-party rule in Washington may ease a president’s getting his wishes. It also can result in a lack of scrutiny — congressional oversight, the exertion of constitutional checks and balances toward the executive branch – from Congress. This dynamic arose in 2009 and 2010 where immigration policies are concerned.

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Anti-Civil Discourse
By James R. Edwards Jr.
CIS Blog, January 10, 2011
http://www.cis.org/edwards/anti-civil-discourse

Excerpt: A group of state legislators and the incoming Kansas secretary of state held a press conference in Washington the day the 112th Congress was sworn in last week. These distinguished officials unveiled a novel strategy to end birthright citizenship – the de facto awarding of U.S. citizenship to the American-born children of illegal aliens and ‘citizenship tourists.’

While many believe the granting of citizenship of around 380,000 anchor babies each year poses a serious problem practically and in principle, the point of this missive isn’t to discuss the birthright issue. Bottom line, the ‘and subject to the jurisdiction’ of the United States phrase in the 14th Amendment plainly means something and it’s not that just being present in the United States and held accountable to traffic laws, etc., satisfies the requirement and thus wins alien offspring American citizenship.

Rather, this blog entry is to expose the illiberal, uncivil, ugly, provocative tactics that the open-borders radicals employ.

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New Foreign PhDs Much Less in Debt than New U.S. Citizen PhDs
By David North
CIS Blog, January 9, 2011
http://www.cis.org/north/foreign-phd-debt

Excerpt: Many systems in America tilt in favor of its citizens, such as voting or obtaining government jobs, but at least one does not.

That’s the system that funds PhD-level educations.

New foreign PhDs, or more precisely, those with temporary visas, have considerably less educational debt on graduation than new PhDs who are U.S. citizens or green card holders.

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The Yin and Yang of Immigration Debate Extremes
By Stanley Renshon
CIS Blog, January 7, 2011
http://www.cis.org/renshon/immigration-debate-extremes

Excerpt: Two recent pieces of commentary on the extremes of the immigration debate deserve recognition for casting light on immigration rhetoric that has no legitimate place in our discussions.

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Guam Employer of Foreign Workers Caught in Quadruple Abuse Scheme
By David North
CIS Blog, January 6, 2011
http://www.cis.org/north/guam-quadruple-abuse

Excerpt: A Guam employer, using the H-2B foreign worker program, has just been caught in a quadruple abuse scheme.

Were there such a thing, he would have won the title of World Champion Ignoble Employer, hands down.

The employer’s name is Shui Cheng (aka Steven Wang). He is in construction, a booming business on Guam because of the U.S. military build-up there. He managed, all at once, to . . .

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Department of Very Bad Immigration Ideas: ‘Every child in the United States should learn Spanish’
By Stanley Renshon
CIS Blog, January 6, 2011
http://www.cis.org/renshon/kristof-bad-idea

Excerpt: Some ideas are so astoundingly bad that it is not only hard to take them seriously, but also to understand how they could be seriously made. Which brings us to Nicholas Kristof’s recent column entitled ‘Primero Hay Que Aprender Espanol, Ranhou Zai Xue Zhongwen,’ which translates to ‘First, one must learn Spanish. Then Learn Chinese.’

The starting point of this awful idea is Kristof’s observation that lots of people are asking him ‘the best way for their children to learn Chinese. Partly that’s because Chinese classes have replaced violin classes as the latest in competitive parenting.’

Kristof says that he is a ‘fervent believer in more American kids learning Chinese. But the language that will be essential for Americans and has far more day-to-day applications is Spanish.’ (emphasis mine) And then he pens this astounding sentence: ‘Every child in the United States should learn Spanish, beginning in elementary school.’

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Amnesty Advocates Interrupt Birthright Event, Tackle Senior Citizen
By Jon Feere
CIS Blog, January 5, 2011
http://www.cis.org/feere/amnesty-advocates-interrupt-event

Excerpt: While attending a discussion on birthright citizenship held by the State Legislators for Legal Immigration at the National Press Club in Washington this morning, I was able to witness the true face of the pro-amnesty, pro-illegal immigration crowd. On at least four occasions, the so-called ‘pro-immigrant’ activists attempted to stop discussion by rudely interrupting the speakers and shouting down state legislators and professors. ABC News has some raw video footage of the efforts to stifle debate, including the effort by one disruptive activist to ‘accidentally’ fall while a senior citizen attempted to escort him to the door. The elderly gentleman was knocked down by the activist’s phony, designed-to-create-sympathy tumble. The activist bounced back to his feet nearly right away and continued shouting; predictably the senior citizen took a few seconds longer to get back up, with no help from any reporter or the protestor.

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Mexican Education’s Sad Legacy in the U.S.
By Jerry Kammer
CIS Blog, January 5, 2011
http://www.cis.org/kammer/mexican-educations-sad-legacy

Excerpt: Yesterday I described the situation of a Mexican couple who are illegal immigrants in New York and who have been saving their money to pay a $2,000 fee to a smuggler prepared to bring them their 11-year-old daughter, who is living with relatives in the state of Puebla. I noted the traumatic changes the young girl is likely to experience during the journey and after she arrives. Today I’d like to take note of an essay in the Mexican magazine Nexos that helps explain why so many Mexican youngsters are poorly prepared to schools in the United States.

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Decision Maker: Justice Appoints Osuna to Head EOIR
By David North
CIS Blog, January 5, 2011
http://www.cis.org/north/osuna-appointed-eoir

Excerpt: Juan P. Osuna, formerly Associate Deputy Attorney General, had been appointed Acting Director of the Justice Department’s Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR). Who succeeds Osuna in the policy job in the AG’s office may be more interesting than the acting EOIR appointment. Will we get an immigration enthusiast (like USCIS Director Mayorkas) or another sober careerist, like Osuna?

The job Osuna is leaving is in the second tier of the department, that of high-ranked political appointees not needing Senate confirmation; in that position he had served as the ranking full-time political appointee concerned with immigration matters. It is a policy position, rather than a managerial one. (Years ago Doris Meissner held a comparable appointment before going to work for INS.)

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Education as Patriotism: A Novel and Dubious Defense of the DREAM Act
By Stanley Renshon
CIS Blog, January 5, 2011
http://www.cis.org/renshon/education-as-patriotism

Excerpt: Gregory Rodriguez put one of the most novel defenses of the recently defeated DREAM Act in a Los Angeles Times op-ed piece. He does not, of course, take up any of the glaring and egregious loopholes contained in the bill as written, but his argument is unusual enough to be considered on its own merits, or lack thereof.

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Flashback: Sen. Reid on Birthright Citizenship
By Jon Feere
CIS Blog, January 4, 2011
http://www.cis.org/feere/flashback-reid-citizenship

Excerpt: Since it has become abundantly clear that amnesty is wildly unpopular with the American public (and not a solution for illegal immigration, nor mass legal immigration), will Senator Reid abandon the failed agenda of the open-border crowd and find renewed interest in supporting rational immigration policies?

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A View from Manhattan
By Jerry Kammer
CIS Blog, January 4, 2011
http://www.cis.org/kammer/view-from-manhattan

Excerpt: During a visit to New York last week, I had the opportunity to speak with a few of the Mexican immigrants who are ubiquitous workers in Manhattan’s countless restaurants, delis, cafes, corner markets, pizzerias, bagel shops, and hotels.

One told me that he had been arrested seven times by the Border Patrol before making it across successfully into southeastern Arizona. The most interesting conversation was the only one that lasted more than a minute or two. It was with a 27-year-old woman from the tiny village of Huaquechula, in the countryside of the state of Puebla, about 60 miles southeast of Mexico City.

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Foriegn Workers and the Mismatch Theory
By Stanley Renshon
CIS Blog, January 4, 2011
http://www.cis.org/renshon/worker-mismatch-theory

Excerpt: There would seem to be enough persons available, then, to bridge the educational gap that Griswold hangs his theory and his policy prescriptions on.

Again, the claim of an educational mismatch – a claim that underlies the need for a temporary worker program for those ‘hundreds of thousands’ of new jobs in low skill categories – is not immediately supported by these back-of-the-envelope figures. The real mismatch seems to be in the relationship of the theory to reality.

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The More-Workers-Needed Fallacy
By Stanley Renshon
CIS Blog, January 3, 2011
http://www.cis.org/renshon/more-workers-needed-fallacy

Excerpt: This is one approach to ‘solving’ the problem of illegal immigration – simply legalize the 10-12 million illegal immigrants now living here and increase the number of available visas until there is no one left who wants to live and work here but can’t. Obviously, this ‘solution’ carries enormous social, political, and economic costs for the United States, and reminds us that solving the illegal immigration problem by adding visas is no solution at all.

Adding ‘temporary workers,’ as both Ms. Rubin and Mr. Griswold recommend, may sound sensible, but only to those willing to make fantastic leaps of assumptions and logic.

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15.
New Bomb Manual + Open Borders = Danger
By Janice Kephart
CIS Blog, January 3, 2011
http://www.cis.org/kephart/alqaeda-explosives-manual

Except: The British based think tank located at King’s College London has helped focus attention on the worldwide online dissemination of an English-language explosives manual endorsed and written by Al Qaeda’s bomb-making leadership. An article in Britain’s Telegraph newspaper says the manual is so detailed and so widely distributed that intelligence personnel the world over will have a tremendously difficult time harnessing security capabilities to cut off access to stand-alone radicals persuaded by Al Qaeda or other anti-western propaganda.

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