Issue Papers

Issue Papers on Amnesty

Misrepresenting Wage Gains for 1986 Amnesty Recipients: The Center for American Progress Distorts Data to Fit Their Amnesty Agenda
The presentation of the Department of Labor (DOL) survey is based on a misreading of the data because Hinojosa and others are making the argument that amnesty will raise the “wage floor” for the average illegal alien.

List of Senators Who Will Make or Break the Amnesty Bill
See FAIR’s list of key senators whose opposition to the massive amnesty bill is absolutely crucial but whose commitment right now is in flux, and whose opinion can be swayed.

Analysis of Claims of an Economic Benefit from Amnesty
FAIR responses to the Center for American Progress (CAP) claims on economic benefit from Amnesty.

Illegal Aliens Taking U.S. Jobs
FAIR estimates that roughly 8.5 million illegal immigrants have taken jobs away from Americans. Read the 2013 brief to see what states and sectors are affected the most.

US Mexico Border Fence and Patrol Operations
Is the border secure? Read FAIR’s brief on border fence & patrol operations to see recent statistics on illegal crossings from Mexico.

Demographics of the Illegal Alien Population
Based on two studies mandated by Congress, the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act provided two studies in 1992 and 1996 of the demographics of illegal immigration.

Amnesty: Breaking the Social Security Bank
With the looming crisis of Social Security going bankrupt in the coming decades, how would the additional burden of amnesty affect the Social Security Trust Fund?

Employment Document Verification

  • Learn about the background and effectiveness of E-Verify, the federal employment document verification program.
  • Click here for additional information on E-Verify, download helpful talking points about E-Verify in your state, or see what states & cities mandate E-Verify.

Attrition of Illegal Immigrants through Enforcement
Learn how illegal immigration can be reduced by enforcing current laws, securing our national borders and closing the loopholes on employing illegal immigrants.

Why Amnesty Isn’t the Solution
Amnesty didn’t work in 1986. See what the 27-year-old failed policy costs U.S. taxpayers and why it wouldn’t work in 2013.

The Push For Amnesty For Illegal Aliens
Review some of the common talking points from pro-amnesty advocates and their argument doesn’t work.

Issue Papers on Legal Immigration

Characteristics of Legal Immigrants (2013)
The characteristics of legally admitted immigrants vary widely in terms of their age and the work experience they bring. This analysis looks in particular at the share of immigrants entering on the basis of various visa categories and the shares of those immigrants with work qualifications and how the share of those prospective workers compares to the share of the accompanying family members.

Rising Immigrant Admissions to the United States (2013)
Legally admitted immigrants have increased enormously since the 1965 change in the immigration law that reopened the door to mass immigration. The rate of this upward trend varies among the states over the past 10 years, but may be seen in all states but one.

Annual Immigration (2011)
Admission data for the immigration categories.

An Immigration Reform Agenda for the 112th Congress (2011)
FAIR presents this Immigration Reform Agenda for the 112th Congress as a guide for ending illegal immigration, reducing legal immigration to a more sustainable level, and improving/enhancing national security–thereby lifting the burden on the American taxpayer and improving our quality of life.

An Immigration Reform Agenda for the 110th Congress (2008)
No truly effective comprehensive immigration reform bill passed in the 109th Congress because the entire immigration debate was saddled by proposals to enact a mass amnesty and reward those who have broken the law.

Soaring Immigration (2008)
Admissions have jumped since the already historically high 1990s level.

Free Trade Agreements (2003)
which provide for freer trade in goods and services, have also been used to limit the flexibility of the United States to adjust its immigration admissions downward. Congress has warned the Executive Branch to avoid including immigration provisions in future agreements.

Refugees and Asylees (2003)
U.S. refugee admissions are higher than the rest of the world combined, yet advocates push for increases as well as expanded asylum admissions.

Immigration “Time-Out” (Moratorium) (2003)
Halt non-core admissions until border control is established, and pressures on the environment, public services, and the assimilation process are eased.

U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform (2003)
The bipartisan, national USCIR (the Jordan Commission) recommended reductions in legal admissions.

Self-Sufficiency Screening (2003)
Exclusion of ‘public charges’ people who depend on public welfare is seldom enforced.

Refugees (2003)
Admissions have been stretched to include persons not considered refugees by the United Nations.

Asylum (2002)
Fraud and abuse characterize the use of asylum to avoid deportation.

Unlimited Immigration (2002)
Because some classes of immigration are unlimited, the overall number of immigrants admitted annually continues to rise.

Chain Migration (2002)
Extended family sponsorship leads to untenable waiting lists and serves no national interest.

Million Dollar Visas (2002)
The investor visa program “sells” visas and has been tarnished by fraud.

Nuclear Family Reuinification (2002)
Limit family-sponsored immigration to spouses and minor children to reduce backlogs and restore moderate admission levels.

Lottery Visas (2002)
Stop encouraging additional immigration through lottery visas.

Dual Nationality (2002)
U.S practice and problem areas.

Naturalization (2002)
Requirements for citizenship.