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Jack, who joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1995, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).

Mexicans’ role in U.S. population growth

A new report issued this week by the Pew Hispanic Center documents changes in the migration pattern of Mexicans leaving and returning to Mexico. The report identifies a drop in both Mexicans migrating from their country and in Mexicans migrating back to Mexico, but the reduction in those leaving has been much steeper than the drop in those returning. The net result is a narrowing of the gap between the two trends to the point that in 2010 there were only about 90,000 more Mexicans leaving than returning – most of them entering and leaving the United States. While the Pew study found the influx of Mexican migrants to the United States and their contribution to the U.S. population increase has slowed in recent years, it also found that the average fertility of Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. continues to drive population growth here. The fertility rate of Mexicans in the U.S. – both U.S.-born and foreign-born is significantly higher than any other demographic group in the country, including other Hispanics. Interestingly, the fertility rate for Mexican immigrants is higher than for Mexican-Americans, and both have fertility rates higher than Mexicans living in Mexico....

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Evidence that the Morton Memo on Prosecutorial Discretion is Being Applied

The recent memo by ICE Director John Morton outlining an expansive use of prosecutorial discretion appears to have already produced tangible results in sparing an illegal alien from deportation. A July 8 article in the Blade (“New hope for bi-national gay couples”) details a notification received from USCIS on July 6 that the government “…would no longer pursue deportation…” of a Venezuelan man who married a U.S. citizen in Connecticut and then applied for a green card. The green card had been denied because of the Defense of Marriage Act and deportation proceedings were begun. However, in May an immigration judge had halted the deportation proceedings following the issuance of an order by Justice Secretary Eric Holder vacating a deportation proceeding in a similar case. The Blade coverage of this development states, “The notification …marks the first time ICE has administratively closed such proceedings against the spouse of a gay U.S. citizen.” The article goes on to cite “observers” who opined that “…the decision to close proceedings …could be related to a memo ICE issued on June 17 listing situations in which enforcement agents may decide to exercise prosecutorial authority…” to drop deportation efforts....

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Boston Globe Misleads Readers on Immigration Enforcement

One of the lead stories on the July third edition of the Boston Globe looked at how the ICE Secure Communities program unfairly targets illegal aliens. But the Globe’s story is either a fabrication or failed analysis. The article said “One early evening in May, a Boston police officer arrested Lizandra DeMoura for traffic violations and driving without a license. In another city, she might have been booked and released for a court hearing. But in Boston, the 18-year-old was jailed overnight, taken to court, and handed over to federal immigration agents, who hauled her away in chains. Now she is facing deportation to Brazil.” The implication in the story on the Secure Communities program is that her arrest and delivery into the hands of the ICE for deportation is an example of what’s wrong with the program. What is missing from the story is the information that if Lizandra was identified in the Secure Communities program it necessarily meant that her fingerprints were on file in the agency. The story says she was brought into the country as a young child. So, how would her fingerprints be on file in ICE? A likely explanation is that she previously was fingerprinted by ICE. That would happen if she were previously detained and ordered deported. That would suggest that she was what is referred to as an absconder, i.e., a...

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Unreliability of E-Verify?

Critics of E-Verify are increasingly citing a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that said as many as half of illegal alien workers escape detection by the system. This they claim demonstrates that E-Verify is unreliable and should not be expanded as a requirement for all employers. That claim is hugely misleading. The E-Verify system is nearly 100 percent accurate. 98.3 percent of employees are automatically confirmed as authorized to work either instantly or within 24 hours, requiring no employee or employer action. Of the other 1.7 percent who are not automatically confirmed, only a few (0.3%) are subsequently found to be authorized to work but first had to correct either the government’s or the employer’s records. The others did not contest the finding that they were not authorized to work. The half who supposedly are incorrectly found authorized, therefore, would represent less than 1.5 percent of the inquiries. It is clear that some illegal alien workers escape detection by the E-Verify system, but no one knows how many. The false confirmation percentage cited in the GAO report was an estimate by a government contractor. Since that GAO report was issued, Richard Stana, the GAO director for homeland security and justice, reported to Congress in February 2011, “USCIS has reduced the incidence of … E-Verify’s vulnerability to fraud.” And further progress in reducing false confirmations will be made when E-Verify...

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ICE Agents Slam Latest Non-Enforcement Policy

The national union of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, representing some 7,000 members, has attacked the recent policy announcement of ICE director John Morton that expands the practice of ignoring illegal immigration status by the use of prosecutorial discretion. The president of the ICE union, Chris Crane, issued a statement calling Morton’s policy announcement a “law enforcement nightmare.” The statement urged people to contact Congress and call for a reversal of this new policy. Crane’s statement said, “I think the writing is on the wall for every person concerned about good government and effective immigration reforms – the things happening at ICE represent neither.” The June 17, 2011 Morton memo, according to the union statement,”…is a means for every person here illegally to avoid arrest or detention; as officers we will never know who we can or cannot arrest.”...

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