An Immigration Reform Agenda for the 114th Congress

FAIR 2014 Immigration Reform AgendaIllegal immigration and mass immigration are detrimental to the quality of life in the United States. The American family is increasingly bearing the costs of urban sprawl, environmental degradation, traffic congestion, increased crime, overburdened health care, overwhelmed public schools, and debt-ridden state and municipal governments — all results of uncontrolled immigration. The fiscal costs of immigration, legal and illegal, have always been substantial, but with the recent economic downturn, these costs have become even more burdensome. FAIR estimates that the annual cost of illegal immigration alone to the American taxpayer — after accounting for tax revenue received from illegal aliens — is roughly $113 billion. Congress and the federal government must restore legitimacy to the U.S. immigration system by ensuring that existing immigration laws are enforced and passing new legislation that will curtail legal immigration and improve the quality of life for all Americans.

Unfortunately, over the past two years lawmakers made little progress on immigration, despite the urgent need to do so. As the 113th Congress was sworn in, the U.S. was continuing to dig itself out of the worst recession to hit our nation since the Great Depression. Unemployment had dropped to roughly eight percent, but official data showed that the decrease was largely due to Americans dropping out of the labor market, with the labor force participation rate dropping to under 64 percent. Moreover, data also showed that immigrants benefitted disproportionately from the creation of new jobs.

FAIR presents this Immigration Reform Agenda for the 114th Congress as a guide for ending illegal immigration, curbing executive overreach, reducing legal immigration to a more sustainable level, and improving/enhancing national security — thereby lifting the burden on the American taxpayer, and improving our quality of life.

We look forward to working with you through the 114th Congress. The full report is available in PDF.

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From meeting with members of Congress to providing testimonies for hearings and issuing reports, FAIR has worked on national immigration issues since 1979. The Government Relations team reviews legislation and legal opinions and acts as a liaison between FAIR and Congress.

Comments

  1. avatar Don says:

    Leland, you may possibly have been drinking the koolaid. I notice that you made the statement of the Republicans being the party of the rich. You don’t seem to know who the rich really are.
    Quick, off the top of your head, name five Republican Billionaries. I can think of Donald Trump and ……..hmm, I do not know of who else right off hand.
    Let’s try the Democrats, let’s see, M. Bloomberg, several Rockefellers, the Ford family, the Waltons, that is at least ten right there. Goggle the ten richest U.S. Senators . Top of the list is Senator Kohl (Wisconsin), third on the list the last time I looked was John Kerry. As rich As we all thought he was, Ted Kennedy was only number ten at the time. Of course he is dead now and Kerry is not longer a! senator but I don’t expect that the number of rich Democrats on that list hazard changed much.

    Someone else hazard mentions the ” lords ” of corporations, implying that they are republicans. I had sort of thought that way myself. Until I did some research. I found that some 74% of the rich CEO’s are in fact Democrats!
    When it comes to what we think, the Democrats have really been very good at pulling the wool over our eyes. At the next election, really think before you vote.

    • avatar Leland says:

      I guess you did not comprehend my post below. I said there were two Republicans who were “fighting for American workers” while the Democrats did “nothing” on the issue of visas for more foreign workers. As for the Republicans being the party of the wealthy, their policies have been tilted toward the rich for decades. Every time they propose tax cuts, they are tilted toward the wealthy. Just this week they voted to completely eliminate any inheritance taxes. Since the first couple million are already exempt, I would say that is tilted toward the rich. You might want to “really think” before you spout off.

  2. avatar SimplyFred says:

    H 1 B VISA (White Genocide)
    Right now there are 17 million recent college graduates underemployed, unemployed, and living in mom’s basements. Their jobs have been handed over to foreigners living in the United States on the H 1 B Visa Program. The student loan debt bubble is all the way up to a trillion dollars. Worse, 17 million young people have 34 million moms and dads. That brings the total up to 51 million Americans, mostly white middle class people, with lives ruined by a genocidal ruling out of Washington D.C. Is there any hope? Turns out there are two (2) United States senators on the side of intelligent Americans. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama). These men need our support. They need our encouragement.
    ANTI-H-1B SENATOR to HEAD IMMIGRATION PANEL
    Patrick Thibodeau, Computer World, January 22, 2015
    The biggest enemies facing U.S. Senate Republicans in raising the H-1B cap are Senate Republicans. The Senate’s two top Republican critics of temporary worker immigration, specifically the H-1B and L-1 visas, now hold the two most important immigration posts in the Senate.
    They are Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who heads the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, and his committee underling, Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who was appointed by Grassley on Thursday to head the immigration subcommittee.
    Grassley has been the Republican’s most tenacious and unwavering critic of the H-1B program and has tried to curb use by offshore outsourcers, in particular. Sessions, however, may emerge as the Senate’s most vociferous and fiery H-1B opponent.
    Sessions, late Thursday, issued a statement about his new role as immigration subcommittee chairman, and said the committee “will give voice to those whose voice has been shut out,” and that includes “the voice of the American IT workers who are being replaced with guest workers.”
    Sessions last week accused the tech industry of perpetuating a “hoax” by claiming there is a shortage of qualified U.S. tech workers.
    “The tech industry’s promotion of expanded temporary visas–such as the H-1B–and green cards is driven by its desire for cheap, young and immobile labor,” wrote Sessions, in a memo he sent last week to fellow lawmakers.
    Last summer, Sessions attacked Microsoft’s push for more H-1B visas as it laid off 18,000 employees. Now, as subcommittee chairman, Sessions will have the ability to conduct investigations and hold oversight hearings.
    http://www.amren.com/news/2015/01/anti-h-1b-senator-to-head-immigration-panel/

    • avatar Leland says:

      I agree. No doubt the Republicans are the party of the wealthy, but here is a case of two Republicans who are fighting for American workers while the Democrats did nothing. Chuck Schumer is supposed to take the place of Harry Reid as Senate Democratic leader. Meanwhile he has been one of the biggest recipients of high tech money and at the same time pushed for more foreign visas.

      • avatar Don says:

        Leland, you may possibly have been drinking the koolaid. I notice that you made the statement of the Republicans being the party of the rich. You don’t seem to know who the rich really are.
        Quick, off the top of your head, name five Republican Billionaries. I can think of Donald Trump and ……..hmm, I do not know of who else right off hand.
        Let’s try the Democrats, let’s see, M. Bloomberg, several Rockefellers, the Ford family, the Waltons, that is at least ten right there. Goggle the ten richest U.S. Senators . Top of the list is Senator Kohl (Wisconsin), third on the list the last time I looked was John Kerry. As rich As we all thought he was, Ted Kennedy was only number ten at the time. Of course he is dead now and Kerry is not longer a! senator but I don’t expect that the number of rich Democrats on that list hazard changed much.

        Someone else hazard mentions the ” lords ” of corporations, implying that they are republicans. I hazard sort of thought that way myself.

      • avatar BillT says:

        Senator Schumer was interviewed in 2010 on H-1Bs and he was against them. Since then he has reversed his position and is now in the Hatch camp spouting the joys of an endless supply of H-1B’s. Reid has handpicked his successor and the Senate will be a poorer place when Schumer is in a position of power.

  3. avatar SecBorders says:

    This is a great report FAIR I will mail a copy to my representatives. Everything in the report is just common sense. 9/11 and other terrorist attacks carried out in our country have made it clear that the era when the home front was largely protected from the harsh realities of the world by the two great oceans is over. I still wonder, how many Americans have to die before our government does its job of protecting the American people and secures our borders?

  4. avatar BillT says:

    This was an excellent report. I especially liked the history of how we got where we are. This would never be found in any reporting done by the MSM. There are so many areas of massive immigration fraud that it would be difficult to document them all. I would have liked to have some emphasis on L1 Visa abuse, the impending disaster when Obama is given the rights to set immigration numbers in treaties, without the approval of Congress(in violation of the constitution), and the asylum abuse. Also nothing is said about the immigrants who graduate from college and when they are employed by U.S. companies aren’t taxed so the company basically gets a $10,000 plus drop in expenses for each one. I hope these issues weren’t left out so as not to offend our corporate lords.

    I disagree with the numbers that Fair supports as limits to new immigration. Why not have a moratorium on immigration for ten years and then set new limits? This would allow the effects of E-Verify and other measures that encourage the repatriating of illegal aliens to their home countries. Then when the census is taken we could reapportion the Congressional representation so that states that have encouraged illegal immigration are no longer rewarded with ill gotten clout..

    • Yes BillT

      It will take many decades and at least a couple generations to depopulate America so that the water shortages can be rationed out properly, the full impact on California and Texas can be predicted to continue supplying Americans food, and the stagnant total labor market the last 8 years starts growing again. These aren’t wild allegations, they’re cold hard facts.

  5. Illegal Immigration

    Has turned into its own government agency budget. Soon it will cost as much as the DOD as it keeps worsening each year; especially with unfettered chain migration.