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Why the Tea Party Movement Must Oppose Illegal Immigration and Amnesty

While I was working on legislation designed to address the problems associated with illegal alien driven, child identity theft in Utah, a supporter of the "Tea Party" movement asked me why I was so concerned about illegal immigration. "After all, aren't illegal immigrants just good, hard working people who are trying to make a better life for themselves and their families," he asked.

The Perfect Is the Enemy of the Good

The mass-immigration crowd's latest argument against the E-Verify system is that it's just not tough enough, dammit! A piece in the Washington Post over the weekend argued that I specifically, and restrictionists in general, back E-Verify precisely because it doesn't work perfectly — the intent being, if I can divine the true nature of the conspiracy, to prevent amnesty by preventing a solution to illegal immigration. Or, as the authors write:

Psssst: Want Some Purloined Immigration Policy Research?

Immigration policy research is rarely thought of as sexy.Beautiful women do not come up to you at a party and say, breathily, "That's a wonderful piece of analysis."But there is a sort of cloak-and-dagger romance in the way that the August Congressional Research Service, an arm of the Library of Congress, more or less releases its studies.

Progressives Debate Arizona's New Immigration Law

Related Content: Arizona Law SB 1070 Topic PageThis past Friday, Arizona's governor signed Arizona Senate Bill 1070, the strongest bill to reduce illegal immigration in the nation, by far. According to news accounts, the bill does four main things.First, it makes remaining in the United States illegally (technically, not registering with the government as a foreigner), currently a federal crime, an Arizona state crime as well, punishable by fines and imprisonment.

Grassley Raises H-1B and L-1 Issues at Senate Committee Hearing

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) raised the issue of abuses in the H-1B and L-1 nonimmigrant worker programs at yesterday's hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee.Grassley thanked the witness at the hearing, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, for taking steps to tighten the rules of the H-1B program, as they related to intermediate employers called "job shops" and urged her to pay attention to a DHS Inspector General's report of abuses within the L-1 program.

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