Roundtable on the Week's Top Immigration News

Parsing Immigration Policy, Episode 13

Immigration has dominated headlines over the past week, and this week’s episode of Parsing Immigration Policy brings together Center for Immigration Studies experts to analyze these issues. The roundtable discussion covers the recent federal court ruling on DACA, the newly released border apprehension numbers for June, and the possibility of Senate passage of an amnesty via a budget "reconciliation" rule.

Video: On the Migrant Trail in Costa Rica

In a new video, the Center for Immigration Studies examines the conveyor belt carrying migrants from countries beyond Central America and Mexico – including from terrorist-plagued countries – to the U.S. border.

Read more: The U.S. migration crisis in plain view at the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border

The Employment Situation of Immigrants and Natives in May 2021

Unemployment and employment among the foreign-born and native-born

An analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies of Bureau of Labor Statistics data for May 2021 shows that while the official unemployment rate (share actively looking for work) of both the native-born and immigrants has fallen significantly, it remains higher than before Covid.

Bills to Speed Resettlement of Afghan Allies Cut Corners on National Security, Fraud, and Public Health

There are reasons to be concerned about whether the bills presently pending before Congress strike the right balance between expeditious processing sufficient to meet the looming 9/11/21 withdrawal deadline, while simultaneously ensuring the security and public health safety of American citizens. This is because the bills waive or eliminate important public health and national security safeguards presently built into the law.

Estimating Illegal Immigrant Receipt of Cash Payments from the EITC and ACTC

Millions of illegal immigrants have Social Security numbers, potentially allowing them to receive cash payments from the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit. We estimate that illegal immigrants may receive between $3.8 and $4.5 billion from the two programs. This is in addition to the $4.4 billion we have previously estimated illegals likely received in stimulus checks this year.

The Week's Top Immigration News
The Week's Top Immigration News
A UN of Mass Illegal Immigration
A UN of Mass Illegal Immigration
Employment Situation May 2021
Employment Situation May 2021
Resettlement of Afghan Allies
Resettlement of Afghan Allies
Illegal Aliens and the EITC/ACTC
Illegal Aliens and the EITC/ACTC

Parsing Immigration Policy, Episode 13

Immigration has dominated headlines over the past week, and this week’s episode of Parsing Immigration Policy brings together Center for Immigration Studies experts to analyze these issues. The roundtable discussion covers the recent federal court ruling on DACA, the newly released border apprehension numbers for June, and the possibility of Senate passage of an amnesty via a budget "reconciliation" rule.

In a new video, the Center for Immigration Studies examines the conveyor belt carrying migrants from countries beyond Central America and Mexico – including from terrorist-plagued countries – to the U.S. border.

Read more: The U.S. migration crisis in plain view at the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border

Unemployment and employment among the foreign-born and native-born

An analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies of Bureau of Labor Statistics data for May 2021 shows that while the official unemployment rate (share actively looking for work) of both the native-born and immigrants has fallen significantly, it remains higher than before Covid.

There are reasons to be concerned about whether the bills presently pending before Congress strike the right balance between expeditious processing sufficient to meet the looming 9/11/21 withdrawal deadline, while simultaneously ensuring the security and public health safety of American citizens. This is because the bills waive or eliminate important public health and national security safeguards presently built into the law.

Millions of illegal immigrants have Social Security numbers, potentially allowing them to receive cash payments from the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit. We estimate that illegal immigrants may receive between $3.8 and $4.5 billion from the two programs. This is in addition to the $4.4 billion we have previously estimated illegals likely received in stimulus checks this year.

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DHS Caves: Lets H-2B Visas Be Taken Away from Northern Triangle Countries

It was one of the few good ideas coming from Homeland Security this year -- to set aside 6,000 of the visas in the H-2B program (for non-skilled, non-agricultural workers) for H-2B employers who recruited those workers in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

The general idea was that such jobs would ease some of the pressure on the southern border.

Mayorkas Extends and Expands Somali Amnesty-Lite

Cites drought, flooding, and desert locusts to award new work permits

The number of new Somali illegal aliens covered is small, but it continues the trend of using TPS to expand the population of illegal aliens unlikely to ever be returned to their home countries. In less than six months, the Biden administration has granted amnesty-lite to nearly 500,000 illegal aliens from six countries, including 320,000 Venezuelans, 100,000 Haitians, 1,800 Syrians, 1,600 Burmese, almost 500 Yemenis, and now 100 Somalis.

D.C. Circuit Rules USCIS’s Visa Revocation Authority Unreviewable

Joins nine other federal circuit courts that agree USCIS has final say

The U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. has upheld a district court ruling that visa revocation decisions USCIS are unreviewable by the courts. Specifically, the court agreed that the plaintiff lacked standing because “Congress placed visa revocation decisions within the unreviewable discretion of the executive."