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Texas Company Indicted For Harboring Illegal Aliens, Not Verifying Status

Friday, June 1, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

GPX, a Texas-based seismic surveying company, and a field operations supervisor were indicted for harboring and transporting 19 illegal aliens, and for failing to verify their immigration status.

In the News

High deportation figures are misleading

In the News - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Immigration activists have sharply criticized President Obama for a rising volume of deportations, labeling him the "deporter in chief" and staging large protests that have harmed his standing with some Latinos, a key group of voters for Democrats.

By Brian Bennett -- Los Angeles Times

Immigration activists have sharply criticized President Obama for a rising volume of deportations, labeling him the "deporter in chief" and staging large protests that have harmed his standing with some Latinos, a key group of voters for Democrats.

But the portrait of a steadily increasing number of deportations rests on statistics that conceal almost as much as they disclose. A closer examination shows that immigrants living illegally in most of the continental U.S. are less likely to be deported today than before Obama came to office, according to immigration data.

By Brian Bennett -- Los Angeles Times

Show More http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-obama-deportations-20140402,0,545192,full.story#axzz2xjSqL8O0

Seven immigrant workers arrested in Vermont

In the News - Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Seven undocumented immigrants, part of a construction crew working on an independent living project at the University of Vermont, have been accused by the U.S. Border Patrol of being in the country illegally, federal officials said Monday.

By Mike Donoghue

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20120417/NEWS07/120416036/Seven-immigrant-workers-arrested-Vermont-?odyssey=tab

The Truth About The DREAM Act

In the News - Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The DREAM Act has become a rallying cry for President Obama, members of his administration, and liberal Democrats everywhere. President Obama has vowed to "keep fighting for the DREAM Act," which would grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.  

By Rep. Lamar Smith in Fox News, March 2012

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/03/20/truth-about-dream-act/

White House Takes Wrong Step with Immigration Enforcement

In the News - Friday, February 24, 2012

The Obama Administration has decided to kill one of America’s most successful interior enforcement programs to combat illegal immigration. This decision will undermine state and local law enforcement, encourage additional illegal immigration, and make America less secure.

By Matt Mayer -- Heritage Foundation

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/02/removal-of-287g-local-immigration-enforcement-weakens-immigration-policy

Economic crisis slows U.S. population growth

In the News - Tuesday, February 21, 2012

"Population does not necessarily equal economic growth anymore," says Bill Fulton, vice president for policies and programs at Smart Growth America, a coalition of environmentalists, planners and others working to slow sprawl.

He points to Las Vegas' population boom, which created low-paying jobs that disappeared when the housing market collapsed. By contrast, he says, cities such as Pittsburgh lost population but household wealth went up.

"We're still talking about adding a lot of people," Fulton says. "We know we can't environmentally sustain those people living in sprawled locations. … Local governments are not going to be able to afford sprawl anymore."

By Haya El Nasser -- USA TODAY

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-02-16/us-population-growth-slows/53157486/1

President should back up his rhetoric with real reform

In the News - Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Last year, the Judiciary Committee approved two important pieces of legislation to stem the flow of illegal immigration and protect America’s communities from dangerous criminal immigrants. Despite promises of bipartisanship, the president has not expressed support for either one of these proposals.

By Rep. Lamar Smith -- The Hill

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/207643-rep-lamar-smith-r-texas

Border Patrol to toughen up policy on returning illegal border-crossers

In the News - Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The U.S. Border Patrol is moving to halt a revolving-door policy of sending migrants back to Mexico without any punishment.

The Border Patrol now feels it has enough of a handle to begin imposing more serious consequences on almost everyone it catches, from areas including Texas’ Rio Grande Valley to San Diego. The “Consequence Delivery System” — a key part of the Border Patrol’s new national strategy to be announced within weeks — relies largely on tools that have been rolled out over the last decade on parts of the border and expanded. It divides border crossers into seven categories, ranging from first-time offenders to people with criminal records.

By Associated Press

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ap-exclusive-border-patrol-to-toughen-up-policy-on-returning-detained-migrants/2012/01/17/gIQAK6D14P_story.html

Reporter takes E-Verify program for test run

In the News - Saturday, January 14, 2012

I wanted to see firsthand what's involved, so with the help of a local business, I "applied" for a job with Carson-Mitchell Engineers.

Office Manager Cheryl Zielke took down my basic information -- full name, middle initial, date of birth and then asked for two key identifiers.

My driver's license and my Social Security card.

By Wes Johnson -- Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader

I wanted to see
firsthand what's involved, so with the help of a local business, I
"applied" for a job with Carson-Mitchell Engineers.

Office Manager Cheryl
Zielke took down my basic information -- full name, middle initial, date of
birth and then asked for two key identifiers.

My driver's license
and my Social Security card.

The E-Verify system came
back with an answer in about five seconds.

"Employment is
authorized," Zielke said.

 

By Wes Johnson -- Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader

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Gingrich’s Immigration Plan Could Benefit Millions, Study Finds

In the News - Thursday, December 1, 2011

How many illegal immigrants could gain legal status under an idea proposed by Newt Gingrich? Perhaps as many as 3.5 million, according to figures published Thursday by the Pew Hispanic Center in Washington.

Mr. Gingrich set himself apart from his leading rivals for the Republican presidential nomination last week by saying that he would open a path to legal status for illegal immigrants who had been in the country for many years, had strong family ties here — children and maybe grandchildren — and no criminal record. The Pew Center took up the challenge of calculating how many illegal immigrants might meet Mr. Gingrich’s standards.

By Julia Preston - New York Times

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/01/gingrichs-immigration-plan-could-benefit-millions-study-finds/

Workers taken in Asheville immigration raid on Shogun Buffet

In the News - Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Twelve restaurant workers were detained in an immigration raid off Brevard Road Tuesday, according to a local immigrants rights group. . .

Volker said agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained eight people from Latin American countries and four Asian immigrants ranging in age from 23 to around 40. Volkmer said some of the immigrants were from Mexico and El Salvador.

 

By Joel Burgess -- Asheville Citizen Times

http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20111130/NEWS01/311300072/Workers-taken-in-Asheville-immigration-raid-on-Shogun-Buffet?odyssey=tab

Polls

78% of Likely Voters Support Mandatory Verification System

Protect Jobs and Wages - Tuesday, March 6, 2012

According to Pulse Opinion Research, 78% of Likely Voters support a mandatory electronic verification system in dealing with the issue of illegal immigration. The poll also found that 94% of the Republicans, 84% of the Independents, and 81% of the Democrats who took a position on the question support a mandatory electronic verification system.

Pulse Opinion Research

https://www.numbersusa.com/content/nusablog/beckr/february-28-2012/romney-s-vocal-e-verify-stance-assisted-strong-arizona-win-tonight-n

64% Say Border Control Top Immigration Priority

Support Tougher Enforcement - Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 64% of Likely U.S. Voters feel that when it comes to immigration reform, gaining control of the border is more important that legalizing the status of undocumented workers already living in this country.

Rasmussen Reports

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/immigration/64_say_border_control_top_immigration_priority

82% of Likely Voters Say Businesses Should be Required to Use E-Verify

Protect Jobs and Wages - Tuesday, May 31, 2011

82% of likely voters think businesses should be required to use E-Verify. The poll also found that 61% of likely voters would favor a state law that shuts down businesses that repeatedly hire illegal workers.

Rasmussen Reports

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/immigration/61_favor_a_state_law_that_would_shut_down_repeat_offenders_who_hire_illegal_immigrants

63% Say Border Control Is Top Immigration Priority

Support Tougher Enforcement - Wednesday, March 16, 2011

63% of Americans feel that securing the border is more important than providing amnesty for the nation's illegal aliens.

Rasmussen Reports

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/immigration/63_say_border_control_is_top_immigration_priority

66% of Arizonans Support Requiring Businesses to Check Existing Employees with E-Verify

Protect Jobs and Wages - Sunday, July 25, 2010

A poll conducted by the Arizona Republic found that 66% of Arizonans would support legislation that required businesses to check all employees through E-Verify. (A law in Arizona requiring businesses to check only new hires already exists.) The poll also found that 87% of Republicans would support such a law.

Arizona Republic/WestGroup Research

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/07/25/20100725immigration-poll-employers.html

Illegal Immigration Ranks 5th Among Concerns for Americans

Support Tougher Enforcement - Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The top problems survey participants named as the most important facing the country were the economy; unemployment/jobs; healthcare-related issues; federal government/politics; immigration/illegal aliens; federal budget deficit/debt; lack of money; terrorism, moral/ethics issues, national security, environment and the war in Iraq.

Gallup Poll

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/05/12/Poll-Economy-unemployment-top-problems/UPI-59331273677863/

59% Say U.S. Should Continue To Build Fence on U.S.-Mexico Border

Support Tougher Enforcement - Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it is halting funding of the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, but 59% of Americans believe the United States should continue to build that fence.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 26% of adults disagree and think the building of the fence should be stopped. Fifteen percent (15%) more are not sure.

Rasmussen Reports

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/mexico/59_say_u_s_should_continue_to_build_fence_on_u_s_mexico_border

68% of Americans Oppose Sanctuary Cities

Oppose Rewards for Illegal Migration - Monday, November 2, 2009

Sixty-eight percent of Americans oppose sanctuary cities and 50% believe that the policies lead to an increase in crime.

Sixty-five percent of the respondents say they follow news stories that involve sanctuary cities; 28% say they follow them very closely. When asked about the creation of sanctuary cities, only 13% of respondents favor their creation.

Forty-nine percent of Americans support cutting off federal funding to sanctuary cities, while 33% oppose a cutoff.

Rasmussen Reports

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/toplines/pt_survey_toplines/october_2009/toplines_sanctuary_cities_october_28_29_2009

61% of voters in Arizona approve Arpaio's job approach

Support Tougher Enforcement - Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sixty-one percent of Arizona voters approve of the job that Sheriff Joe Arpaio is doing in Maricopa County. Sixty percent disagreed with the federal governments decision to restrict Arpaio's immigration enforcement efforts.

Arizona State University and Channel 8 (KAET)

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/10/28/20091028bigbrother1028side.html

National Poll Finds Most Americans Believe Immigration Adversely Affects the Quality and Cost of Healthcare

Oppose Rewards for Illegal Migration - Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Seventy-three percent (73%) of likely voters agreed that hospitals should be allowed to inquire and collect data about the immigration status of those seeking Emergency Room care without affecting the legal requirement that they must provide emergency care. Just 18% said no. Seventy-seven percent (77%) of the respondents believed that providing health insurance to illegal immigrants will just encourage more illegal immigration. After receiving emergency medical care, if it is determined that an illegal immigrant will require long term follow-up medical care, 47% believed that the person should be deported to his/her home country. 38% believed care should be provided, but time and cost limits should Be established for eventual deportation. Only 8% believed long term care should be provided in the U.S.

Pulse Opinion Research, LLC

Seventy-three percent (73%) of likely voters agreed that hospitals should be allowed to inquire and collect data about the immigration status of those seeking Emergency Room care without affecting the legal requirement that they must provide emergency care. Just 18% said no. Seventy-seven percent (77%) of the respondents believed that providing health insurance to illegal immigrants will just encourage more illegal immigration. After receiving emergency medical care, if it is determined that an illegal immigrant will require long term follow-up medical care, 47% believed that the person should be deported to his/her home country. 38% believed care should be provided, but time and cost limits should Be established for eventual deportation. Only 8% believed long term care should be provided in the U.S. Eighty-three percent (83%) of likely voters were very or somewhat concerned that the United States will add 135 million people to its population in the next 40 years, 75% of which is due to immigration. Republicans (90%) were more concerned than Democrats (74%). Seventy-eight percent (78%) of likely voters were opposed to legalizing the status of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. with only 19% supporting it. 88% of African-Americans were opposed to legalization. Fifty-five percent (55%) were opposed to a government insurance option under any national health care plan with 28% in favor and 17% not sure. 73% of Republicans were opposed with 11% in favor. A plurality of Democrats (47%) supported a government option with 34% opposed and 19% unsure.

Pulse Opinion Research, LLC

Show More http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS174379+15-Sep-2009+PRN20090915

Quotes

Sen. Wicker (R-Miss.) -- Increase Border Control, Expand E-Verify

Quotes - Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wicker said he has supported legislation to increase military presence on the country's border with Mexico and a more stringent employment verification system.

"We need to make sure the E-Verify system is as accurate and instantaneous as it can be," he said. "I know there are people who think it's inaccurate, (but) it seemed to be a system on the right track to me."

In a wide-ranging interview, Wicker said he disagrees that babies born in the United States to parents who are in the country illegally should automatically become American citizens.

"I personally don't think that, and that alone, should confer citizenship on someone," Wicker said. "It would take a statute to be passed to say that interpretation of the 14th Amendment is incorrect. I would vote for such a statute to say something more has to take place than for the child to be physically born of illegal immigrant parents for that child to be a citizen."…

By Terry L. Jones -- Hattiesburg American

http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080827/NEWS01/808270381

Rep. Menendez (D-N.J.) -- Stop the Raids

Quotes - Friday, June 13, 2008

'I told Myers and Chertoff about the problems, and they said they have everything (under control), that everything was OK,' Menendez said. 'They're obviously in total denial.' …

'We have the equivalent of a shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later policy,' he said. 'That can't possibly be the law.'

By Elizabeth Llorente -- The Herald News (Passaic County, NJ)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/nationalpolitics/19880064.html

Sen. Chambliss (R-Ga.) -- Increase Border Control

Quotes - Thursday, March 13, 2008

“Taking immediate action towards securing our borders and stopping illegal immigration is the best way to restore credibility with the American people,” said Chambliss. “We said last year that we are going to keep pounding this issue and this amendment will set aside room in the budget to fully fund existing border security and immigration enforcement programs. It is an opportunity for the Senate to show we are prepared to move forward and do what is necessary to follow through on our promise of securing our borders first.”

The Weekly

http://www.theweekly.com/news/2008/March/13/Immigration_Enforcement.html

Sen. Isakson (R-Ga.) -- Increased Border Control

Quotes - Thursday, March 13, 2008

“There’s no greater domestic issue in this country than the problems on our southern border with Mexico, and it is time that Congress makes a commitment to make border security a reality,” Isakson said. “The Senate’s passage of this critical amendment is a step in the right direction. Border security must be a priority in the Congressional budget. America is too important, and this issue is too critical to the American people.”

The Weekly

http://www.theweekly.com/news/2008/March/13/Immigration_Enforcement.html

Stats

Chain Migration Under Current U.S. Law

Stats - Thursday, May 8, 2008

chain migration table

chain migration table

NumbersUSA Education and Research Foundation February 14, 2007

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People Who Left the Ranks of Illegal Aliens in the Most Recent Year of Official Record

Stats - Friday, April 18, 2008

  • 183,000 Self-Deported
  • 152,000 Amnestied (allowed to adjust to legal status within U.S.)
  • 63,000 Removed by Federal Authorities
  • 27,000 Died
  • 456,000 Total

Office of Policy and Planning, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (1999)

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