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Enforcement Pays

Also authored by James R. Edwards Jr.This program, known as 287(g), allows police, sheriffs, and other local law enforcement agencies to provide direct assistance to federal agents in identifying illegal alien criminals and putting them on the path to removal from the country. By expediting the removal of foreign lawbreakers, 287(g) saves taxpayers money.

Wages Will Go Even Lower

From the New York TimesThe first thing to note about workers in low-wage jobs that require relatively little education is that the overwhelming majority are born in the United States. For example, the 2007 American Community Survey by the Census Bureau showed that 65 percent of meatpackers, 68 percent of construction laborers, 73 percent of dishwashers and 74 percent of janitors were U.S.-born. Of course, the immigrant share (legal and illegal) of any occupation varies enormously from city to city. But it’s clear from this data that Americans are willing to do this work.

Gutierrez Wants Focus on Families

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, the Illinois Democrat who is touring the country to drum up support for "comprehensive immigration reform," is pressuring President Obama to join the effort. Gutierrez said on the weekly Spanish-language Univision television program "Al Punto" that he's looking for Obama to signal his commitment to the effort by ordering a halt to worksite raids by immigration authorities.

Paseo del Norte, Part III

Already published from this series: Part I, Part II, and Part IV.

Don’t Mess With Texas

State and local governments (and their constituents!) have long been saddled with the economic and public safety consequences of inadequate federal efforts to control the border. In Texas in 2006, the situation was getting out of hand – Mexican organized crime organizations were smuggling drugs and people into and through the state with near impunity, leading to violence and other public safety problems there and elsewhere in the country. Gov. Rick Perry decided he’d seen enough, and launched a series of state-led operations to “take back the border.” In partnership with the Border Patrol and other federal agencies, they have largely succeeded. But the Mexican organized crime groups have not gone away; if anything, they are more determined, and this state effort deserves federal funding for expansion and possible replication elsewhere.

Aerial Reconnaissance over the Prairie

The US watches the once longest undefended border with drone aircraft Adapted from a report in the Munich newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, March 2, 2009Canadians have long been proud of the "longest undefended border in the world" between their country and the United States, 8,891 kilometers across the entire continent from the Atlantic to Pacific Ocean. Those days, however, are over, say some Canadians, for the United States is beefing up its surveillance along a 370 kilometer stretch of the border between Manitoba and North Dakota using unmanned aircraft equipped with infrastructure cameras and optical sensors.

E-Verify Use Projected to Grow 442% 2007-2009

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data from the first seven weeks of 2009 suggest that by the end of this year, E-Verify use will have grown 442 percent since 2007.Employers send queries to the free, online E-Verify system to determine the work-eligibility of new hires. As of the third week in February, online queries for 2009 were already approaching 3 million, almost half the 6.6 million queries for all of 2008, a number that was itself more than double the 2007 use of E-Verify.

Topics: E-Verify
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