A History of the 'Optional Practical Training' Guestworker Program

Measured by the number of workers per year, the largest guestworker program in the entire immigration system is now student visas through the Optional Practical Training program (OPT). The troubling fact is that the OPT program was created entirely through regulation with no authorization from Congress whatsoever. It has been going on for so long, that many people assume that Congress authorized OPT when in fact, Congress has explicitly changed the law to prohibit it.

The Dregs of Higher Education Damage Our Immigration System

A new report by the Center for Immigration Studies finds that 55 institutions, the very dregs of higher education in this country, offer extremely poor quality education, yet still have the power to admit foreign students.

Approximately 40,000 alien students are enrolled in these "compromised colleges", all of which have lost their accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), whose standards were so low that it lost its Department of

The right way to save DACA

Now, Congress must ensure that E-Verify goes national, and that chain immigration as we know it ends

 

President Trump has arranged a soft landing for the illegal immigrants benefiting from President Barack Obama's unconstitutional DACA program. Now it's up to Congress to craft a solution for this unique category of illegal immigrants — in a way that doesn't do more harm than good.

Raise More than a Quarter Trillion Dollars of Tax Revenue

End Tax Subsidies for Unauthorized Employment of Illegal Aliens

 

Each of the following reforms — one that eliminates a tax subsidy for employers of unauthorized aliens and the other that eliminates a tax subsidy for the unauthorized workers — comes with an estimate of the additional revenues that would be raised by the reform. Together they could raise $296 billion over 10 years — more than a quarter-trillion dollars.

Deportation vs. the Cost of Letting Illegal Immigrants Stay

The findings of this analysis show that the average cost of a deportation is much smaller than the net fiscal drain created by the average illegal immigrant. ICE reported the average deportation cost as $10,854 in FY 2016. In FY 2012, ICE removed 71 percent more aliens with a similar budget, creating an average inflation-adjusted cost of $5,915. This compares to an average lifetime net fiscal drain (taxes paid minus services used) of $65,292 for each illegal immigrant, excluding their

History of the OPT Program
History of the OPT Program
Higher Education Damage
Higher Education Damage
The Right Way to Save DACA
The Right Way to Save DACA
End Tax Subsidies for Illegal Aliens
End Tax Subsidies for Illegal Aliens
Illegal Alien Deportation Costs
Illegal Alien Deportation Costs

Measured by the number of workers per year, the largest guestworker program in the entire immigration system is now student visas through the Optional Practical Training program (OPT). The troubling fact is that the OPT program was created entirely through regulation with no authorization from Congress whatsoever. It has been going on for so long, that many people assume that Congress authorized OPT when in fact, Congress has explicitly changed the law to prohibit it.

A new report by the Center for Immigration Studies finds that 55 institutions, the very dregs of higher education in this country, offer extremely poor quality education, yet still have the power to admit foreign students.

Approximately 40,000 alien students are enrolled in these "compromised colleges", all of which have lost their accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), whose standards were so low that it lost its Department of Education recognition and power to accredit.

Now, Congress must ensure that E-Verify goes national, and that chain immigration as we know it ends

 

President Trump has arranged a soft landing for the illegal immigrants benefiting from President Barack Obama's unconstitutional DACA program. Now it's up to Congress to craft a solution for this unique category of illegal immigrants — in a way that doesn't do more harm than good.

End Tax Subsidies for Unauthorized Employment of Illegal Aliens

 

Each of the following reforms — one that eliminates a tax subsidy for employers of unauthorized aliens and the other that eliminates a tax subsidy for the unauthorized workers — comes with an estimate of the additional revenues that would be raised by the reform. Together they could raise $296 billion over 10 years — more than a quarter-trillion dollars.

The findings of this analysis show that the average cost of a deportation is much smaller than the net fiscal drain created by the average illegal immigrant. ICE reported the average deportation cost as $10,854 in FY 2016. In FY 2012, ICE removed 71 percent more aliens with a similar budget, creating an average inflation-adjusted cost of $5,915. This compares to an average lifetime net fiscal drain (taxes paid minus services used) of $65,292 for each illegal immigrant, excluding their descendants.

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Alabama's Sen. Strange Owns Big Part of an EB-5 Regional Center

Alabama's new and embattled senator, Luther Strange (R), who faces a tough primary election on Tuesday, September 26, owns a large chunk of an EB-5 regional center. These centers are U.S.-based and Department of Homeland Security-licensed, and play a middleman role between aliens essentially buying visas, and U.S. real estate developers who use the investments.