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Immigration Fact Checks provide up-to-date information on the most current issues involving immigration today.

Pope Benedict XVI Calls for Compassion For America

During his first trip to the United States in April 2008, Pope Benedict XVI emphasized the importance of treating immigrants in the U.S. in dignified and humane manner. Without missing a beat, anti-immigrant voices, including CNN anchor Lou Dobbs and U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo (R-Littleton), took the occasion to push their rhetoric to a new level, lambasting the Pope for his comments.

Published On: Tue, May 06, 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

ELECTION 2008: The Importance of Latinos and Immigrants to the Economies and Electorates of the "Super Tuesday" States

During the presidential primaries, candidates and the media focused a great deal of attention on the debate over how immigrants impact state economies and the fiscal balance of state treasuries. At the same time, political pundits and pollsters speculated on the electoral influence of immigrants and Latinos at the voting booth.  Below is a brief analysis of the impact that both Latinos and immigrants have on the economies and electorates of the “Super Tuesday” states.

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Published On: Mon, May 05, 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.

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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

Does the "SAVE Act" Save Anything? The Real Price of "SAVE"

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released an estimate of the costs of the “Secure America Through Verification and Enforcement Act” (“SAVE Act,” HR 4088), and concluded that the “SAVE Act” would decrease federal revenues, increase government spending, and create an unfunded mandate for states and private employers.

Published On: Thu, Apr 17, 2008 | Download File

It's Tax Time! Immigrants and Taxes: Contributions to State and Federal Coffers

Tax Day would seem to be an appropriate time to inject some bottom-line reality into the long-running debate over whether or not immigrants in the United States “pay their own way” as taxpayers.   As with nearly all aspects of the immigration debate, the controversy over how immigrants impact the public treasury is far too often dominated by emotionally charged rhetoric rather than hard facts.  Many of these much-needed facts are provided in a forthcoming report from the Immigration Policy Center by Stephen Moore, Senior Economics Writer at the Wall Street Journal and former director of Fiscal Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, and Richard Vedder, Distinguished Professor of Economics at Ohio University.  Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2005 Current Population Survey and other sources, Moore and Vedder find that immigrants not only pay their own way in taxes, but play a hefty role in shoring up the teetering Social Security system, and provide a fiscal windfall to U.S. taxpayers by tending to come to the United States during their prime working years—after the costs of their education and upbringing have been borne by their home countries. Read more...

Published On: Sat, Apr 12, 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

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