WASHINGTON (April 27, 2009) – A new report finds immigrant unemployment (legal and illegal) was higher in the first quarter of 2009 than at any time since 1994, when immigrants were first separated out in the monthly data. This represents a change from the recent past when native-born Americans tended to have higher unemployment rates. The findings show that immigrants have been harder hit by the recession than natives. Although data on immigrants is collected, it is generally not published by the government. This report is one of the few to examine this data.
The report, entitled, ‘Trends in Immigrant and Native Employment,’ is embargoed until Wednesday midnight, for publication on Thursday, April, 30. Advance copies are available to the media. The study will be available online at: www.cis.org.
The report also contains employment data for Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington State.
MD Faces Music on Drivers Licenses
By Janice Kephart
CIS Blog, April 22, 2009
Excerpt: Maryland has done something important: admitted they need the requirements of REAL ID and lawful presence for the good of the state. Will the federal government listen? Or will it ignore Maryland’s important strides by supporting legislation that guts secure ID issuance? With whispers that a measure to effectively repeal REAL ID will be introduced in the Senate any day now, we shall see.
Excerpt: The fact that Maryland is experiencing an increase in gang violence does not come as a surprise. Neighboring Virginia has been cracking down on illegal alien gangs – and illegal immigration, generally – for a number of years. New anti-gang legislation, increased police cooperation with federal immigration authorities, and tightening of drivers license policies, for example, have made Virginia less welcoming for those violating the law.
Excerpt: The National Governors Association (NGA) is continuing to negotiate its bill called PASS ID Act (analyzed in my April 6, 2009 Backgrounder ‘The Appearance of Security: REAL ID Final Regulations vs. PASS ID Act of 2009′). The March 27, 2009 bill draft I analyzed continues to be honed, with the goal of introducing it (so I’m told) in conjunction with the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Spring Forums in Washington, D.C., April 22-25, 2009. The NCSL, in turn, is discussing the possibility of releasing a statement on the bill while they are in session. Historically, the NCSL has been, for the most part, aligned with the NGA on REAL ID.
Excerpt: The administration has delayed, yet again, the implementation of the rule that would require most federal contractors to use the E-Verify system when hiring to screen out illegal aliens.
Excerpt: The University of North Carolina School of Law recently joined forces with the ACLU and published a report aimed at stopping ICE cooperation with state and local law enforcement. The paper also advocates mass, illegal-alien amnesty.
Despite the fact that the report has been celebrated by a number of media outlets, the paper is quite an embarrassment for the law school as it provides no new data, no statistics, and very little analysis—even though the paper is a whopping 152-pages long. Instead, the paper is full of accusations, inaccuracies, and anecdotal evidence. It is heavy on conclusions, all of which seem to be cut-and-pasted from earlier ACLU publications aimed at perpetuating illegal immigration.
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Excerpt: Castaneda observes that despite the recession in the U.S., the famous massive return (of Mexican illegals) hasn’t taken place and isn’t going to take place, the small decrease in (illegal) flows to the U.S. will be ephemeral, and the number of Mexicans who have lost their jobs in Mexico is reaching alarming proportions.
Exceprt: It’s hilarious when the open-borders side complains about ‘deep-pocketed restrictionists’ (see this example — from the Wall Street Journal, no less!) given the almost unbelievable disparity in funding between the two sides. But this story on the Ford Foundation in today’s NYT really illustrates the huge money advantage that the open-borders side enjoys
Excerpt: In the NYT’s latest front-page story pushing amnesty, it reports that the AFL-CIO and the breakaway Change to Win coaltion (basically the Service Employees International Union and the Teamsters) have agreed on a common approach to amnesty. Last time, the AFL-CIO didn’t back the Bush-McCain-Kennedy amnesty because it expanded the various indentured-worker visas, while the SEIU figured amnesty for its illegal-alien members (and importing even more in the future) was the main goal and they’d worry about the rest later. With an increased Democratic margin in Congress and with the Great Helmsman in the White House, the unions seem to have decided to give the finger to the rope-sellers at the Chamber of Commerce by proposing a phony commission to decide future levels of ‘temporary’ worker admissions. And I note with much rejoicing that the Chamber isn’t liking that at all:
Excerpt: Steinitz: Deport 100,000 illegal workers
New finance minister teams up with Immigration Authority to deal with problem ‘threatening Israeli workers’; comprehensive plan includes increased fines and indictments against employers
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Excerpt: From the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Immigration Statistics:
During 2008, there were 175 million nonimmigrant admissions to the United States according to DHS workload estimates. These included tourists and business travelers from Canada, Mexican nationals with Border Crossing Cards, and all admissions requiring the submission of an I-94 form. I-94 admissions accounted for 23 percent (39 million) of the total admissions. The majority (90 percent) of I-94 admissions were short-term visitors, such as tourists and business travelers, while the remaining 10 percent (3.7 million) were temporary residents characterized by a longer duration of stay, such as specialty workers, students, and nurses. The leading countries of citizenship for I-94 admissions were Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Japan.