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About Time

The president has finally ordered that enrollment in the E-Verify system, which screens new hires for legal status, will be a condition of doing business with the federal government. Interestingly, the president didn't issue a new Executive Order, but instead amended one from 1996, one that originally barred from federal contracts any business fined for the knowing employment of illegals.

The Courts vs. the People

The same day that a federal judge delayed portions of Oklahoma's tough immigration law, Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina signed his state's new immigration law, described by the ACLU as "one of the toughest, if not the toughest" measure of its kind. Well, so much for a McCain/Sanford ticket.

This Is Not Your Father's Immigration

A new report from a high-immigration outfit showing, yet again, that many of each year's new "legal" immigrants are actually illegal aliens using the system to launder their status. Nationwide, 42 percent of new legal permanent residents (green-card recipients) in 2003 were former illegal aliens, and in California, the figure was 52 percent. Among the new immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean, 62 percent were former illegal aliens.

Sovereignty Watch

The U.N. is sending its "Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants" to spank Virginia's Prince William County about having the temerity to help enforce immigration laws. It should come as no surprise that the person in question, one Jorge Bustamante, is not only a sociologist but also a lifelong advocate for open borders between the U.S. and Mexico. (He's also the father of Mexico's dual-citizenship law.) He presented a report (Word document) to the U.N. Human Rights Council earlier this year in effect saying the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws was a violation of human rights:

In light of numerous issues described in this report, the Special Rapporteur has come to the conclusion that the United States has failed to adhere to its international obligations to make the human rights of the 37.5 million migrants living in the country (according to Government census data from 2006) a national priority, using a comprehensive and coordinated national policy based on clear international obligations. The primary task of such a national policy should be to recognize that, with the exception of certain rights relating to political participation, migrants enjoy nearly all the same human rights protections as citizens, including an emphasis on meeting the needs of the most vulnerable groups.

But this is tame compared to the language he uses in the Mexican press. In this story and this one from just last month, he compares U.S. immigration enforcement to -- wait for it -- the Nazis. In the second one he says that unless there is an amnesty, "the probabilities are greater each day that xenophobia will triumph in the United States, with the consequent Nazi-style arbitrary detentions and deportations."

The worst part? This interference in our internal affairs only takes place "upon the invitation of the Government" -- our government. Whom do we fire in the State Department for this?

Bad News for Teenagers This Summer

From recent congressional testimony (pdf):

A variety of demand, supply, and institutional forces have been at work in reducing young employment opportunities. Unprecedented levels of legal, illegal and temporary immigration have been one of the factors underlying this deterioration in youth labor markets. Declines in youth employment have been matched almost one for one with increased employment of new arrivals over the past 7 years. This summer we project that U.S. labor markets will have the lowest rate of teen employment since we have kept data going back to 1948.

Jobs Americans won't do? Hah!

Go to Iowa, Maine, North Dakota, Idaho, and Nebraska where there are relatively few guest workers or immigrants, and you will find much higher rates of teen employment (in the mid to high 50s), as well as teens working in the types of jobs that it is claimed no one wishes to take.

Here's an earlier piece on the same topic.

You Don't Say!

"More immigrants choose to leave U.S., go home":

No hard figures exist, but various surveys and anecdotes from immigrants, their advocates and consular officers in Miami suggest that more Latin Americans are voluntarily heading back home, the apparent result of the U.S. economic downturn and anxiety generated by a federal crackdown on illegal immigration.

Immigration Briefs

E-Verify -- the government's online system enabling employers to check legal status of workers -- is already handling more than 10 percent of all new hires. Mechanical olive pickers are beginning to spread: "As efficiency of mechanical harvesting increases and cost of hand harvesting increases, mechanical harvesting will become more attractive." (h/t Randall Burns) American livers transplanted to Japanese gangsters: "'If you want to destroy public support for organ donation on the part of Americans, you'd be hard pressed to think of a practice that would be better suited,' said Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania." (h/t Michelle) Beware the lifeguard gap! (h/t Chris Kelly)


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