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  • Morning Bell: Enforcement Works

    Liberals and their pro-amnesty allies in the White House always try and frame the debate over illegal immigration as a binary choice: either we grant illegal immigrants already here citizenship or we spend massive resources forcibly deporting them. A study released yesterday by the Center for Immigration Studies provides more evidence that this is a false choice.

    Using data from monthly Census surveys as recent as May of this year, and then extrapolating from previous research, the report concluded that the number of illegal immigrants in the United States dropped by as much as 1.3 million in the past year. Other experts in the field were quick to point out that hard data on illegal immigration is nearly impossible to pin down, but most agreed with the general conclusion of the study if not its specifics. “Our data aren’t inconsistent with the idea that people are leaving,” said Jeffrey S. Passel, a senior demographer with the Pew Hispanic Center.

    The CIS study attributed the decrease in illegal immigrants to stepped up enforcement measures at the local, state and federal levels. Study author Steven Camarota said: “The evidence is consistent with the idea that at least initially, more robust enforcement caused the number of illegal immigrants to decline significantly. Some people seem to think illegals are so permanently anchored in the United States that there is no possibility of them leaving. … This suggests they’re not correct. Some significant share might respond to changing incentives and leave.”

    Camarato’s conclusions are supported by other evidence throughout the country. Forty-seven police departments across the country are receiving immigration enforcement training from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement and another 95 departments are waiting to join the program. In 2007, 240 bills related to illegal immigration were enacted in 46 states, triple the number that passed in 2006, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Mexico’s central bank reports that the amount of money sent home by Mexican migrants declined 2.2% during the first six months of 2008. And the U.S. Border Patrol reported a 20% decline in apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico border during fiscal 2007.

    These developments ought to end any plan to address illegal immigration with an amnesty-first strategy. That path was already attempted in the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli legislation and it resulted in a five-fold increase in the number of illegal immigrants in the United States. Low-skilled immigration does not raise wages for those here legally. They are a drain on border county justice systems, and research shows the average low-skill immigrant households imposed a net fiscal burden on state and local government of $8,836 per year.

    States ought to keep protecting their bottom lines through enforcement-first measures while the federal government gets its act together. At the federal level, the administration must continue to increase border security and more stringently enforce immigration laws. But Congress must also streamline current visa programs, raise caps and implement measures to reduce visa over-stay rates. The CIS study also found that while the number of illegal immigrants had decreased, the number of legal immigrants had increased from 26.6 million to 27.6 million. Camarota told USA Today: “It doesn’t seem like America is more unpleasant for immigrants. It seems more unpleasant for illegal immigrants.”

    Legal immigrants, like those who enter through the H-1B visa program, are a boon to the country. Conservative estimates show that raising the annual cap to 195,000 visas would increase tax revenues by $69 billion between 2008 and 2016. We must change our nation’s immigration laws so that we stop importing poverty and start importing innovation.

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    10 Responses to Morning Bell: Enforcement Works

    1. Ed, Leesburg VA says:


      1. Double negative-speak doesn't reduce the unbelievability of statements made by spokesperson.

      2. It's pretty obvious which side of our political infrastructure believes in protecting the rights of actual American citizens rights. Hint: It isn't our federal government.

    2. I blame the Democrat says:

      I blame the Democratic elected congress and house who hold the majority for.

      1) Failure to enforce current immigration laws and not changing our nation’s immigration laws so that we stop importing poverty and start importing innovation.

      They are not standing up and stopping Government support of statuary cities by cutting there funding.

      Liberals and their pro-amnesty allies in the White House always try and frame the debate over illegal immigration as a binary choice: either we grant illegal immigrants already here citizenship or we spend massive resources forcibly deporting them. A study released yesterday by the Center for Immigration Studies provides more evidence that this is a false choice.

      Legal immigrants, like those who enter through the H-1B visa program, are a boon to the country. Conservative estimates show that raising the annual cap to 195,000 visas would increase tax revenues by $69 billion between 2008 and 2016. We must change our nation’s immigration laws so that we stop importing poverty and start importing innovation.

      2) Failure to come up with an energy program with adoption of “DRILL-DRILL-DRILL” along with the other energy innovations!

      According to the Public Policy Institute of California, for the first time in three decades, 51% of Californians favor more oil drilling off the coast. Texas and Louisiana are doing it with out harming the environment!

      3) Failure to support our troops to win!

      Enforcement Works

      The leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq and several of his top lieutenants have recently left Iraq for Afghanistan, a further sign that al-Qaeda is diverting new recruits from Iraq to Afghanistan.

      Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, said Wednesday that Iran would “continue with its path” of nuclear development, which includes the enrichment of uranium.

      Why are these fact not getting through to the american people.


    3. Glenn, Tomball, Texa says:

      Why do liberals always bring up the so called cost of deporting illegal aliens? It cost us nothing to get them here. If the incentive for them to stay here goes away, i.e., the recent legislation in Oklahoma and Arizona, then it will cost us nothing for them to go back to where they came from via the same route that got them here.

    4. Big Al, Northeast La says:

      WOW! I can't believe someone is finally coming around to what I've been harping at for the last few years. That it's not an all or nothing proposition. We need comprehensive immigration reform, but that doesn't have to mean amnisty in any way shape or form.

      These people come here to make a better life for themselves anf their families…same reason OUR ancestors came. They fill a nitch that isn't provided for by the typical American worker, allowing much to be done that would go undone otherwise. (That my be a sad statement to make, but true nonetheless. Many people need the cheap labour, unable to do the job themselves, and unable to pay at a higher rate. We may turn our nose up at someone being paid a low wage, but when the alternative is nothing at all…well, you do the math.)

    5. JP, NC says:

      Reversing Illegal Immigration Report Backed By Media Reports

      August 1, 2008

      CONTACT: William Gheen of ALIPAC, WilliamG@alipac.us, (866) 703-0864

      Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), which manages the largest archive of information in the world on the topic of illegal immigration, is confirming that media reports from across America confirm the primary findings of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) report released this week detecting a reduction in the illegal alien population in America.

      "We know that illegal aliens are leaving certain states, local areas, and the nation in much greater numbers and they are leaving, as a direct result of more immigration enforcement," said William Gheen of ALIPAC. "While the economy is certainly a factor, media reports from Georgia, Arizona, and Oklahoma report mass exoduses of illegals from those states and many say they are going back home in reaction to new enforcement measures."

      Illegal alien supporting groups are now attacking the report, entitled “Homeward Bound: Recent Immigration Enforcement and the Decline in the Illegal Alien Population,” which is available at the Center for Immigration Studies web site http://www.cis.org The report indicates that their analysis of US Census data shows a 1.3 Million (11%) decline in the number of illegal aliens in America since last summer.

      The information collected in ALIPAC's archives suggest that four factors are responsible for the reversal.

      More Federal immigration enforcement, local immigration enforcement, the bad economy, and a massive public backlash against illegal immigration manifest on talk radio shows and hundreds of new groups fighting against illegal immigration in America.

      "The illegal aliens are feeling the heat from authorities, groups, and American citizens," said William Gheen. "Many are getting the clear message to vamoose!"

      Many reports indicated that attempts to cross the border illegally are declining, remittances sent back to Mexico are dropping, and illegal aliens are leaving areas where local law enforcement are implementing the 287(g) program and states that are cracking down.

      While illegal alien and amnesty supporters have often offered the public a false choice between amnesty and mass deportation, ALIPAC has promoted the political concept of 'Attrition Enforcement' found in the groups platform and an attached articles titled "How To Reverse Illegal Immigration In America" and "Why The Illegals Must Go"

      The platform plan proffers that if we simply "enforce our existing immigration laws" and take the four steps of securing the borders, empowering local police, removing taxpayer incentives for illegals, and crack down on employers that the numbers of illegal aliens in America can be gradually reduced in a humane and sustainable way.

      "America's entire illegal immigration crisis has been created by the under enforcement of our existing immigration laws, at the behest of the Executive Branch, big business, and some leftist organizations," said William Gheen. "When the states and local governments start doing the job the Feds should be doing, the illegal aliens immigrate to areas of lax enforcement or back home."

      To assist lawmakers and members of the media with documentation of the beginning phases of the reversal of illegal immigration in America, ALIPAC will begin assembling media reports that support this study and these conclusions beneath the copy of this press release on the homepage at http://www.alipac.us



      Post Office Box 30966, Raleigh, NC 27622-0966

      Tel: (919) 787-6009 Toll Free: (866) 703-0864

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    6. Edwin Buck, Albuquer says:

      No one in the government is interested in stopping illegal immigration. There's too much money involved. Always follow the money. If they wanted to stop illegal immigration, they could stop it within a month. Heres how; Starting next month all companies and individuals hiring or keeping illegal immigrants will be fined $5,000/illegal immigrant. $1,000/illgal will be paid to the citizen that turned them in, $4,000/illegal will be spent in sending the illegals to their respective countries. I promise you, within a month, even before this law is enacted, there will be a mile long line in the border, of illegal immigrants going back to their countries. The only ones left will be MS13 and all the criminal elements that came here, not to work, but to steal and sell drugs. Those we can handle.

    7. Darvin Dowdy, Houst says:

      Of course enforcement works. But whats described here is such a small drop in the bucket. SSA mails out 9-10 Social Security Mismatch letters per year. Most are for illegal aliens employed by a company. But little is ever done to rectify the problems. A new I-9 form is completed, etc. Or something. Problem is there is little enforcement by SSA. It would be simple to hire a uniformed, badged task force to assist SSA. It wouldn't have to be a permanent work force either. Just until employers got the you-know-what scared out of them and stopped hiring illegals. Once that happened and the jobs dried up, the illegals would head home of their own accord.

      But of course both the Repub's and the dem's know this. Truth be known, they don't want to send the illegal work force back. Campaign contributions dry up as well for them. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce would see to that. DD

    8. R.Kimmel says:

      I've got illegals living next door to me….at least I'm pretty sure….only one speaks some english…and not very good! They all drive new cars….and probably work at relatives that own Mexican restaurants! To me….this is taking work away from our own american people, as jobs are scarce now! I think they should all be shipped back to their own country, be put on birth control instead of popping a kid out every year…and work to make their own country prosperous and better! It "ain't" like they don't have tourist trade…..we spend enough money there! Maybe the U.S, should bypass Mexico…and travel other places to spend there money! It's not like it'a a safe place to travel anyway!! They steal and rob you, and your lucky to get home alive!

    9. Bill Lee, ArkLaTex a says:

      Any solution to illegals must also center on "cracking down" on people or companies that hire illegals. The punishment must be severe and quick. Large fines and shutting down a company while they are investigated. This will reduce the desire to cross the border when the jobs are not available.

      I agree a temporary worker program is needed. But the employers who use the system must help pay for it.

    10. Carol, AZ says:

      Enforcement Works?

      The Federal Gov't has NO idea how many poeple are living here from hundreds of different ethnic backgrounds.

      But this is what we do know here as a border state.

      60% of all who enter the US illegally come through AZ.

      Perhap one fifth are interdicted.

      After the murder of rancher Rod Krantz

      The Ranching ASSC.came to PXH pleading for some protection on their land,

      Most have some form of security system many came with video cams .

      Of the four page report reprinted

      here is the satement from one rancher. .

      He reported that 300-1200 people PER DAY cross his land holdings.

      Since Jan 2010 he has found 17 dead bodies and two books of the Koran. .

      He also stated that two men wondered on his property begging for help.

      These illegals were coming across our border AND the drug cartel moving loads forced them to carry the 70 pound bails on their back.

      After wards they shot ea of them.

      The rancher stated,

      that the border partol is so under-staffed that if

      called upon to interdict on the rancher behalf

      they can not get there in time .

      They are 60 or more miles from the border stations.

      All stated they never leave their family memebers along.

      All reported numerous acts of vandalism to machinery, fencing, water supplies, tons of garbage litter their property, and stolen vechicles .

      all stated that gun shots are heard most nights.




      Since there is "no way" to contraol the rush to the border here with NO help sent to man the hundreds of miles of opened desert

      one fifth are interdicted on any given day or night.

      The borders areas have hundred of miles of formidabledesert terrain

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