1. American Dhimmitude: The road from amnesty
by Mark Krikorian National Review Online, March 30, 2006
EXCERPT: `'What we're seeing in the streets is a naked assertion of power by outsiders against the American nation. They demand that we comply with their wishes and submit our immigration policies for their approval, and implicitly threaten violence if their demands are not met. Far from being a discussion among Americans about the best way to regulate immigration, the illegal-alien marches have been marked by the will to power: ubiquitous Mexican flags, burning and other forms of contempt for the American flag, and widespread displays of blatant racial chauvinism and irredentism.''
2. Guest-Worker Programs Are a Dead End
by Mark Krikorian
Human Events, March 27, 2006
EXCERPT: `'In short, guest-worker programs are both immoral and unworkable. But their appeal is enduring, because they can satisfy the immediate economic demands of an important constituency while pretending not to have any adverse consequences on the rest of society. Our country has too often succumbed to this temptation for policymakers to be able to claim ignorance of the guaranteed outcome of another experiment in servile foreign labor.''
3. Dropping Out: Immigrant Entry and Native Exit From the Labor Market, 2000-2005
by Steven A. Camarota
Center for Immigration Studies Backgrounder, March 2006
EXCERPT: `'Advocates of legalizing illegal aliens and increasing legal immigration argue that there are no Americans to fill low-wage jobs that require relatively little education. However, data collected by the Census Bureau show that, even prior to Hurricane Katrina, there were almost four million unemployed adult natives (age 18 to 64) with just a high school degree or less, and another 19 million not in the labor force. Perhaps most troubling, the share of these less-educated adult natives in the labor force has declined steadily since 2000.''
4.Two Sides of the Same Coin: The Connection Between Legal and Illegal Immigration
by James R. Edwards, Jr.
Center for Immigration Studies Backgrounder, February 2006
EXCERPT: `'Because of the inextricable link between legal and illegal immigration, there is no way to continue massive legal immigration and reduce illegal immigration. To cut illegal immigration, legal immigration must be curtailed. To assert otherwise attempts to maintain a fiction that is unsustainable, judging from fact and experience.''
5. Guestworker Programs: Do They Make Sense for America?
Panel Discussion Transcript
National Press Club, Washington, D.C., March 3, 2006
Bill King, Retired Border Patrol Agent; managed 1986 amnesty in western region
Mike Cutler, Fellow, Center for Immigration Studies
Philip Martin, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of California, Davis
Steven Camarota, Director of Research, Center for Immigration Studies
Moderator: Mark Krikorian, Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies
6. Legislature Should Act to Ensure Banks Can Verify the Identity of Account Holders
by Jessica M. Vaughan
Testimony prepared for the Joint Financial Services Committee, Massachusetts General Court (state legislature)
Boston, March 7, 2006
EXCERPT: `'This bill does not deny financial services to illegal aliens. It simply prevents financial institutions from relaxing their security standards in order to tap this market. Many believe that this `unbanked' population should have access to legitimate and regulated financial services companies, rather than keeping money under mattresses or relying on black market lenders. If this bill is adopted, illegal immigrants will still be able to open accounts if they can obtain a passport from their consulate. The standard of issuance for passports is much higher than for the matricula consular.''
7. Verification of Employment Authorization: Federal Basic Pilot Program is an Effective and Employer-friendly Tool for Immigration Law Compliance
by Jessica M. Vaughan
Testimony prepared for the State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee, Colorado General Assembly
Denver, February 21, 2006
EXCERPT: `'This legislation is a realistic approach to a difficult and complicated problem, and is consistent with the direction many states are moving, and probably the federal government, eventually. It is not a silver bullet, but should be viewed as part of a larger strategy to deal with illegal immigration that relies on partnerships between federal and state authorities, and between government agencies. This strategy acknowledges that the population of more than 10 million illegal immigrants can not be apprehended and deported one by one; nor is the federal government likely to enact a mass amnesty to legalize this population. Instead, lawmakers should rely on an array of policies to increase the day-to-day enforcement of immigration laws, diminish the draw of employment, and encourage voluntary compliance with immigration laws. Eventually, those who are here in violation of our laws will realize that they can no longer hide or gain access to the benefits intended for legal residents, and a large share will choose to return home on their own.''
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