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

The SSA Taking on Immigration and Employment Eligibility: Not Ready for Prime Time

Many who support deportation-only immigration measures are advocating for a universal electronic employment verification system (EEVS). Bills such as the “Secure America Through Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act” (H.R. 4088) and the “New Employee Verification Act of 2008” (H.R. 5515) would place enormous additional responsibilities on the Social Security Administration (SSA)—a critical but overburdened agency. In fact, H.R. 5515, authored by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), would saddle the SSA with the job of administering the new mandatory and massive employment verification system.


Published On: Thu, Mar 13, 2008 | Download File

The "EEV" of Destruction

With the failure of Congress to reform the immigration laws last year, political leaders are searching for election-year achievements in this area. But the emerging consensus in favor of "electronic employment eligibility verification" will collapse when Americans learn the details of the technical and regulatory contraption being proposed. By the fall, Congress will decide whether to renew, expand, or perhaps discard such a program. The lines of debate are being drawn now.


Published On: Wed, Mar 12, 2008 | Download File

Immigration as a Wedge Issue:Little Payoff; Big Opportunity Cost

This document addresses how the issue of immigration is being addressed by candidates, and what impact it has had on elections.

Published On: Tue, Mar 04, 2008 | Download File

Basic Pilot / E-Verify: Not a Magic Bullet

Background on the Basic Pilot/E-Verify program and its weaknesses.

Published On: Sat, Mar 01, 2008 | Download File

Why Don't They Come Legally

Answers the question, "why don't undocumented immigrants simply come legally?" and provides basic information on how the U.S. legal immigration system works.

Published On: Thu, Feb 28, 2008 | Download File

Immigration: Long Term Trends and America's Future Arrival Rates, Integration Patterns, and Impact on an Aging Society

Immigration has begun to level off and immigrants are climbing the socio-economic ladder and becoming increasingly important to the U.S. economy as workers, taxpayers, and homebuyers supporting the aging Baby Boom generation.

Published On: Tue, Feb 26, 2008 | Download File

Five Facts About Undocumented Workers in the United States

Includes information on immigrants' language acquisition, tax payments, and effects on U.S. workers and the U.S. labor market.

Published On: Fri, Feb 01, 2008 | Download File

Understanding the Role of Police Officers in Immigration Enforcement and the Memorandum of Agreement with DHS

This fact sheet covers the role of state and local police in enforcing federal immigration laws, including information Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs).

Published On: Fri, Feb 01, 2008 | Download File

Questions and Answers about Driver's Licenses Now That Final REAL ID Regulations Have Been Issued

This fact sheet's questions and answers take an in-depth look at the provisions of the final REAL ID Act regulations that particularly affect immigrants.

Published On: Fri, Feb 01, 2008 | Download File

Talking Points: Oppose State and Local Proposals to Make Basic Pilot/E-Verify Mandatory

Talking points that cover the pitfalls of states and localities making Basic Pilot/E-Verify mandatory.

Published On: Fri, Feb 01, 2008 | Download File