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The Politics of Contradiction: Immigration Enforcement vs. Economic Integration

Since the mid-1980s, the federal government has tried repeatedly, without success, to stem the flow of undocumented immigrants to the United States with immigration-enforcement initiatives: deploying more agents, fences, flood lights, aircraft, cameras, and sensors along the southwest border with Mexico; increasing the number of worksite raids and arrests conducted throughout the country; expanding detention facilities to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants apprehended each year; and creating new bureaucratic procedures to expedite the return of detained immigrants to their home countries.  At the same time, the economic integration of North America, the western hemisphere, and the world has accelerated, facilitating the rapid movement of goods, services, capital, information, and people across international borders.  Moreover, the U.S. economy demands more workers at both the high-skilled and less-skilled ends of the occupational spectrum than the rapidly aging, native-born population provides.  The U.S. government’s enforcement-without-reform approach to undocumented immigration has created an unsustainable contradiction between U.S. immigration policy and the U.S. economy.  So far, the economy is winning.


Published On: Wed, May 21, 2008 | Download File

New Employee Verification Act (HR5515): Myths and Facts

Analyzes fundamental flaws in the bill's proposed mandatory electronic employment verification system.

Published On: Mon, May 19, 2008 | Download File

The Social Security Administration No-Match Program: Inefficient, Ineffective, and Costly

This report provides an overview of SSA’s no-match letter program, a summary of DHS’s new supplemental proposed rule regarding no-match letters, and an overview of the unintended consequences of no-match letters that are sent to employers.

Published On: Thu, May 08, 2008 | Download File

Preserve the Child Support System: Don't Let the New Hire Database be Hijacked for Immigrant Employment Verification

This fact sheet shows that using the National Directory of New Hires for employment verification purposes, as called for in the "New Employee Verification Act of 2008" (HR5515), would seriously undermine the goals and effectiveness of the child support system, and furthermore, that the directory is not set up for employment eligibility verification purposes and could not be easily adapted.

Published On: Tue, May 06, 2008 | Download File

E-Verify and Arizona: Early Experiences Portend a Rough Road Ahead

This fact check looks at the experiences of Arizona’s employers and employees with E-Verify, and early signals of its impact on the state’s economy.


Published On: Mon, May 05, 2008 | Download File

Impact of the SAVE Act on Asian Americans

Information on how the SAVE Act will affect Asian American businesses, Asian American workers, and Asian American taxpayers.

Published On: Thu, May 01, 2008 | Download File

Shuler-Tancredo Employment Eligibility Verification System: Poorly Designed, Dangerous for the Economy

Covers the pitfalls of the Secure America through Verification and Enforcement Act of 2007, or "SAVE Act."

Published On: Wed, Apr 09, 2008 | Download File

ERROR! Electronic Employment Verification Systems: What Will Happen When Citizens Have to Ask the Government For Permission to Work?

Mandatory electronic employment verification systems would require all American workers, foreign- and native-born alike, to seek the government’s permission to work. This Immigration Fact Check covers what we know about the databases and what we can expect if these bills are passed, including information on database error rates, the impact on the SSA, and employers' misuse of the program.

Published On: Wed, Apr 02, 2008 | Download File

Erecting Its Own Tombstone: Arizona's Mandatory Basic Pilot/E-Verify Law

Arizona's requirement that employers verify workers' employment eligibility via Basic Pilot/E-Verify has yielded negative results for the state, its businesses, and its workers.  Other states considering similar measures would do well to pay attention to these results.

Published On: Tue, Apr 01, 2008 | Download File

How Errors in Basic Pilot/E-Verify Databases Impact: U.S. Citizens and Lawfully Present Immigrants

Highlights the impact of a mandatory electronic employment verification system on U.S. citizens.

Published On: Tue, Apr 01, 2008 | Download File