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    Morning Bell: Don't Fall Into the Boston Immigration Trap

    As the country continues to reel over the attacks in Boston last week, some in Washington quickly looked for ways to use the attacks to justify their political goals on border security and immigration reform. On both sides of the aisle, politicians and commentators were quick to assert that the … More

    How Heritage Is Studying the Costs of Immigration

    In discussing comprehensive immigration reform in recent days, some commentators have discussed The Heritage Foundation’s previous and anticipated work looking at the costs of unlawful immigration and amnesty. Heritage’s Robert Rector, who helped spearhead welfare reform in the 1990s and is one of the nation’s top experts on government assistance … More

    Morning Bell: Top 5 Problems with the "Comprehensive" Immigration Bill

    The good news is Congress cares about trying to fix our flawed immigration system and broken borders. The bad news is they want to do it with a solution that looks a lot like Obamacare—the “Gang of Eight” 844-page-plus “comprehensive” bill. The sad news is that such an “easy button” … More

    Immigration Bill Is a Trojan Horse for Spending

    The contentious immigration bill (S. 744) put together by the Senate Gang of Eight is a spending Trojan Horse with several provisions that simply declare open season on spending, allowing agencies to spend “as necessary.” The bill exploits a loophole in the Budget Control Act (BCA) that allows Congress to … More

    Read the Bill: Senate Gang of Eight Releases Immigration Legislation

    Early this morning a group of eight U.S. senators filed comprehensive immigration reform legislation that totals 844 pages and addresses a range of policy issues. Heritage scholars are already at work reviewing the details of the bill. We hope you’ll do the same, which is why we’re posting the full … More

    "Gang of Eight" Out of Touch on Border Security

    On Wednesday, four Senators leading in the push for comprehensive immigration reform headed down to Nogales, Arizona, to check out U.S. border security in action. From the beginning, it was clear the trip was simply another act of political showboating, an attempt by the members of the “Gang of Eight” … More

    Visa Reform: Long Wait Times Make Travel Difficult

    Attaining a visa to the United States is an incredibly lengthy and difficult process. To combat this, last week, Congressman Joseph Heck (R–NV) introduced the latest iteration of the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act. Like its predecessors from the 112th Congress, the bill proposes several programs and policies … More

    Morning Bell: Heritage Experts Analyze the State of the Union

    President Barack Obama laid out an ambitious agenda last night. Here are some highlights of our experts’ analysis of his claims, his plans, and his promises. Responding to Newtown All Americans, no matter what our backgrounds or political perspectives, abhor the death of innocent human beings. We were shocked by … More

    Border Security as a Political Football

    In the increasingly politicized environment surrounding President Obama’s attempt to pass comprehensive immigration reform, border security again became the focus. In an attempt to take the issue of border security off the table, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano claimed that “the border is secure. I believe the … More

    As Predicted, Obama Weak on Immigration Enforcement

    As reported Friday in “Administration’s ‘Silent Raids’ Lead to Firings, Not Deportations,” and previously predicted on The Foundry, the Obama Administration’s year-old worksite audit policy is resulting in far fewer deportations of illegal immigrants, which means that those illegal immigrants are simply moving to different jobs elsewhere in America. With … More