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Author: Dan Stein

Studying in the U.S. Should Not Guarantee a Green Card

My article that appeared on US News and World Report on May 25. Immigration is a public policy and, like all public policies, it should serve the best interests of the nation. As such, we should always be on the lookout for people whose education and skills are likely to enhance the social and economic well-being of the country. It is clear that people who possess advanced skills in the fields of science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) hold the potential to be economic assets. Consequently, some in Congress are proposing that we grant green cards to any foreign student who graduates from an American university with a STEM degree. Unfortunately, the proposal doesn’t address the need to scrap our current immigration system, which is designed to admit endless chains of relatives without regard to their skills, and replace it with a more skilled-based model. Not only wouldn’t it correct the underlying dysfunction of our immigration policy, indiscriminately offering green cards to all foreign STEM graduates would create other unintended consequences. Such sweeping policies may appease powerful business interests, but they would further undermine American workers. Proponents of automatic green cards for STEM graduates often argue that there are not enough native-born Americans going into these fields. In reality, we have more than an adequate supply of home grown STEM talent. Only about one-third of native STEM professionals are...

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HB 56 Opponents Misrepresent Law

Here is my letter that was posted in the Montgomery Advertiser to set the record straight about Alabama’s HB 56 immigration law. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Gov. Robert Bentley supports changes to Alabama’s immigration enforcement law, HB 56, because he is uncomfortable with children being asked about their parents immigration status (“Immigration bill carried over in committee,” May 18). Fortunately, the governor has nothing to worry about. Children should never be asked about their parents’ immigration status and there is nothing in HB 56 that requires, or even allows for that to occur. HB 56 requires that school administrators make an effort to determine the citizenship status of the children they educate. If the information is not provided voluntarily by the parents, the administrators are required to make certain presumptions. At no time in the process are the children themselves involved, nor are the children denied the same education as their citizen peers. Moreover, the requirements of HB 56 are entirely consistent with the role of school administrators. School districts collect all sorts of data about the children they are educating. This information is critical to planning, budgeting and allocation of resources. The people of Alabama have a legitimate need to know who is in their schools and the impact of immigration on education in the state. Opponents of HB 56 would clearly prefer that they not know...

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FAIR Op-ed: GOP DREAM Act is Bad Policy and Bad Politics

In recent weeks, some congressional Republicans have been promoting the idea of a GOP alternative to the DREAM Act in the hopes of capturing Latino voters in the fall. In an op-ed published on the Fox News Latino website, I explain why such a Republican DREAM Act bill shares all of the flaws of the Democrats’ proposal and would likely not produce the political pay-off its sponsors hope for....

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Getting Past the “Bought and Paid for Hispanic Leadership” – Otis Graham on the Beam

There was a time when Hispanic political leaders and the Hispanic labor leadership reflected the true sentiment of the Hispanic community in supporting border controls and employer sanctions. Long-time FAIR board member Otis Graham details this history in this fine blog posting. That was before the Hispanic grassroots were displaced by a form of Hispanic Astro Turf. What now passes for Hispanic leadership was actually constructed beginning in the late 1960s by New York City foundation grants creating the best professional political organizers “charity” money can buy. Today, authentic Hispanic voices are drowned out by this professional class of party operators (you know who they are) who audaciously ignore the devastating impacts of unmanaged immigration on the Hispanic community while insisting all efforts to slow immigration is rooted in anti-Latino bias. Dr. Graham, an expert in the history of the Civil Rights Movement, suggests that newly-emerging figures like Senator Marco Rubio and Governor Susana Martinez may be the harbingers of a new, authentic leadership reflecting the true voice of the Hispanic voting community. Let’s hope so, but if they are to succeed, they’ll first have to overcome the cynical harassment and manipulations of the embedded “ethnics for hire” that seek to divide Hispanic voters on crucial questions of immigration, labor and national unity. (See FAIR Board member Bill Chip’s comments after the article in which he points out that...

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The New Radical Chic: Send an Illegal Alien to College

President Obama recently claimed that “we can be a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.” Apparently his buddies in the globalist Silicon Valley billionaires circle missed the memo – the part where the law is addressed. They just want their foreign workers, the hell with the law. Their plan is to encourage illegal immigration with special scholarships just – and only — for law breakers. This sounds like a felony to me. Axiom: Anything that encourages illegal immigration tends to produce more illegal immigration. That’s why Congress criminalized such behavior under the term “harboring.” People go to jail for harboring illegal aliens. The United States Code provides that any person who “encourages or induces an alien to … reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such … residence is or will be in violation of the law” OR “aids or abets the commission” of such acts, is guilty of a felony, punishable by up to five years. (8. U.S.C. 1324; INA Sec. 274) . There it is. Plain as can be. The only exception to harboring is “mere employment”; anything else, like providing transportation, housing, shelter or doing anything that helps the illegal alien remain is harboring. This sounds like the world’s most elite alien harboring conspiracy. In what most would consider an appalling lack of judgment, billionaires from Silicon...

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President Trump Must Keep His Promises On Immigration

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