About Author


Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    Any deal of amnesty for border enforcement would be trashed within two years. Tell GOP leaders to not fall for this trap. House Judiciary Committee: 202-225-3951

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    This is a disgrace to Americans and a total lack of respect to our troops. Furthermore, our country has thousands if homeless veterans ( according to the news, yet illegal immigrants are afforded gov’t assistance for food, housing, etc. God help us!!!

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    @Leland: that happens because unemployment only lasts so long, so even if you are still jobless, you aren’t counted in the unemployment statistics because you aren’t receiving any unemployment funds. So the jobless number increases, but the unemployment number goes down when you are kicked off the program

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      I get that, but it’s essentially an accounting trick. The person is still unemployed, whether they are receiving unemployment benefits or not.

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        Oh absolutely, which is why you cant put any weight on the unemployment numbers at all, they are bogus

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    Joe in SoCal on

    Mass immigration is a betrayal of America. Pure and simple. It is a tool designed to destroy this country. Leftists and Globalizationists hate America.

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      Shirley A. Smith-Rhodes on

      I can solve this problem! We should open the FEMA Camps, and activate the National Guard, bring all ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS to this camp – isolate them! Then put out a contract to airline and bus companies to take them to their countries? We don’t even know who they are! In California, if 3.5 million illegal aliens moved back to Mexico, it would leave an extra $10.2 billion to spend on overloaded school systems, bankrupt hospitals and overrun prisons. Denver, Colorado Public Schools suffer a 67% dropout/flunk rate because of thousands of illegal alien students speaking 41 different languages! $12 billion dollars are spent each year on school education for children in the U.S.A. illegally and they still cannot speak English! http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRA… $27 billion dollars are spent each year for education of American-born children of illegal aliens.http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPT… Nationwide, More than 535 Billion in costs per year would be saved by just sending every illegal immigrant home. Add to that the income gained from taxes paid by our American citizens assuming the jobs they vacate and Problem Solved! ILLEGAL IS ILLEGAL! We already accept over 1 Million LEGAL IMMIGRANTS annually which is more than all other nations combined!

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        I so agree…this is what should be done…also children born to illegals should be considered “mexican citizens born abroad” & not entitled to ANY benefits created for American children!!!

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          U r right. U should be considred NON US citizen.U r not real america because Natives are real american. Your grandparents came from somewere else. Pls go back and tell us who u r.

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    Another headline could be the unemployment rate dropped but the number of jobless increased again. I still never get how that works. Maybe that’s to hype us all into buying the nonsense about our “shortage of workers” that can only be filled with visa workers. Of course, we have the exact opposite, too many workers chasing too few jobs.

    As for agricultural workers, within the last two months I have bought on sale fresh blueberries from Chile and blackberries from Mexico. So it seems a lot of those jobs are just leaving the country anyway. But it was never much of a bargain to have an immigrant here with five children and the taxpayers pick up every cost for those children. That really is the “five dollar head of lettuce”. It just comes on your tax bill.

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    And When the Troops Get Home to Our “Jobless” Recovery

    They create a 15% U3 [not U6] unemployment rate….I imagine the oneslucky enough to be working are like flipping burgers for minimum wage and such too.