There are still a few days left for California Gov. Brown to veto AB 1081, the sanctuary bill that would keep local police from cooperating with ICE detention requests. Ultimately, this is a state effort to halt immigration enforcement, but don’t look for the Obama administration to unleash the legal hounds if it does, unlike in situations where states try to assist federal law enforcement. See FAIR’s alert for more information. 9th Circuit Rules Against Appeal of Injunction by Arpaio “A federal appeals court on Tuesday denied an Arizona sheriff’s request to reverse a lower-court decision barring his deputies from detaining people solely on the suspicion that they’re undocumented immigrants. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued a 23-page ruling after considering the narrow question of a preliminary injunction while a Phoenix trial court considers the merits of the entire lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio,” Fox News Latino says. America’s Voice Targets Brown-Warren Senate Race “America’s Voice, which is a pro-illegal immigrant organization, is targeting our U.S. Senator Scott Brown for defeat. They are getting behind Harvard Professor Warren. Why? Lizzy supports not only the Dream Act and a path to citizenship but also President Obama’s new non-deportation policy. On the other hand, Brown is opposed to amnesty! I guess he believes that we should be a law abiding nation,” says Holly Robichaud at...Read More
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Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to ImmigrationReform.com, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.
The Pew Hispanic Center has released a new report that found that “Foreign-born workers are…experiencing a faster rate of growth in employment than native-born workers.” This continues a trend that began at the start of the economic “recovery” in June 2009, and it highlights the fact that our immigration system is operating to the detriment of American workers. Given the influence of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other special interest groups that push for an increased immigration level, it should surprise no one that even in the midst of the worst unemployment America has seen in the past 30 years, our government continues to admit millions of foreign workers every year, with some politicians campaigning for even higher levels of admissions – Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.) being the latest. While not surprising, it is troubling, and Pew’s findings highlight just how empty all the rhetoric is about the strength of the American economy. According to Pew, “Although the recovery added 3 million jobs from 2009 to 2011, that was merely sufficient to keep pace with the growth in the working-age population since 2009. From 2007 to 2009, the recession created a shortfall of about 11 million jobs and that gap is still largely present.” Most disturbing is that the employment level for immigrant workers is back to its pre-recession level, while the employment level for...Read More
Hollywood produced the last sequel to “Back to the Future” 22 years ago. Thanks to Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.) Congress may soon fill the void with “Back to the Future: The E-3 Guest Worker Visa.” This production will star 10,500 new Irish guest workers eager to fill American jobs and supporting cast made up of unlimited numbers of spouses and children (up to age 21). While the original “Back to the Future” may have been a pleasant trip down memory lane to America of the 1950s, the bill being (S. 1983) promoted by Schumer and Brown is far from benign. Aside from the obvious fact that there is no need for an additional 10,500 guest workers in the current economy, the legislation marks a regression back to an immigration policy for which there should be no nostalgia. The legislation is designed to benefit people of a single nationality: the Irish. Irish immigrants may have a powerful lobby, and they may flex some political muscle in New York and Massachusetts, but an immigration policy that gives preference to people based on their country of origin is a path America must never follow again. FAIR is sharply critical of our current immigration policy, but we’ve always opposed reforms that discriminate in favor or against any group or nationality. We need to change our policies so that they...Read More
Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Scott Brown (R-MA) are trying to get legislation to the Senate floor this week that would add at least 10,500 annual guest worker visas for Irish nationals. This bill, an amended version of S.1983, would double the number of E-3 visa holders to the U.S. each year. The number of workers brought into the country could grow exponentially once an unlimited number of visas are handed out to the spouses and children (up to the age of 21) of these visa holders. This legislation not only hurts Americans because it brings in more guest workers at a time of high unemployment, it represents terrible immigration policy because it carves out a special rule for one particular nationality. Moreover, to qualify for this visa, aliens would need to meet only nominal requirements. The legislation, as amended, only requires visa recipients to have two years of work experience in a particular field, OR to have obtained a high school diploma or its equivalent. Employers are not required to look for U.S. workers first before sponsoring an E-3 visa holder. The U.S. should NOT add an additional 10,500 guest workers to compete with the already 13 million unemployed Americans seeking jobs. Furthermore, Congress should not be in the business of carving out special rules for members of a single nationality. Congress should draft immigration law so that...Read More
Just when you thought California’s policies obstructing immigration enforcement could not get worse, the California Senate passed Senate Bill (SB) 54 to make it virtually impossible for law enforcement to cooperate with federal officials. By passing SB 54, the California Senate dangerously prioritizes the interests of criminal aliens, many of whom are deportable and have no legal right to remain in the country, over public safety of the general public. The Senate approved SB 54 with a 27-12, or party line, vote. As a result of California’s 2013 TRUST Act, current law prohibits state and local law enforcement from...Read More