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    Four Words to Watch in the Immigration Debate

    The Senate will begin debate on the Gang of Eight’s immigration proposal next week. Here are four words to watch out for as the Senators make their case—and warnings about what they might mean. 1. COST “Cost” is one word that should come up in the immigration debate, because the … More

    Amnesty Insanity: Doing the Same Thing and Expecting a Better Result

    While debating the amnesty provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, then-Senator Alan Simpson (R–WY) stated on the floor of the Senate that “this is it. This is a generous Nation responding; instead of going hunting for you and going through the anguish of that in … More

    VIDEO: Heritage's Robert Rector Explains the High Cost of Amnesty

    Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow Robert Rector appeared at a Bipartisan Policy Center panel discussion yesterday to warn about the high cost of amnesty to American taxpayers. Full video of the 90-minute discussion is available from C-SPAN. In the above clip, Rector questions the fairness of an approach like the Senate’s … More

    Cost of Illegal Immigration and Amnesty Could Be Higher

    American taxpayers cannot afford the cost of amnesty. The cost of illegal immigration and amnesty could amount to $6.3 trillion, which would fall on American taxpayers over the long term, according to a Heritage Foundation analysis. As Heritage showed, the majority of illegal immigrants receiving amnesty would receive far more … 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

    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

    Immigration: A Problem-Solving Approach

    In his second inaugural address, President Obama stated that America will not reach its potential without immigration reform. Although his reference was grandly vague, the President is expected to soon begin blazing the trail toward legislation that comprehensively overhauls the American immigration system. Congress has tried this before—with little to … More

    Morning Bell: 5 Ways Fast & Furious Tarnishes Eric Holder's Justice Department

    The Department of Justice’s inspector general released a long-awaited report on the Operation Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal this week. It marked the culmination of a 19-month investigation into the operation, which allowed as many as 2,000 firearms to “walk” into Mexico, where they were handed off to drug cartels. … More

    Immigration Enforcement: DHS Actions Further Erode the Rule of Law

    An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer in Newark, Delaware, is facing suspension for refusing to release an illegal immigrant because he was not a “priority target” under the Obama Administration’s new immigration enforcement policies. In March, the officer arrested an individual under suspicion that he was a criminal alien … More

    Arizona Immigration Ruling Prompts Push for Lax Immigration Policies

    In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision that upheld a section of Arizona’s immigration law, several U.S. cities and at least one state have taken jabs at the measure by proposing their own immigration policies. The Supreme Court’s unanimous 8-0 ruling (Justice Elena Kagan did not vote) upholding the … More