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A Line in the Sand: Confronting the Threat at the Southwest Border

Reports - Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security issues this interim report summarizing its findings regarding the criminal activity and violence taking place along the Southwest border of the United States between Texas and Mexico. The Texas-Mexico border region has been experiencing an alarming rise in the level of criminal cartel activity, including drug and human smuggling, which has placed significant additional burdens on Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies. This interim report will examine the roots of the criminal enterprise and its effects on the local populations, what steps are being taken or should be taken to counter the threat, and the significance of these issues for the overall homeland security of the United States.

Prepared by the Majority Staff of the House Subcommittee of Investigations of the Homeland Security Committee

100 Million More: Projecting the Impact of Immigration

Reports - Wednesday, December 19, 2007

This study uses Census Bureau data to project how different levels of immigration impact population size and the aging of American society. The findings show that the current level of net immigration (1.25 million a year) will add 105 million to the nation’s population by 2060. While immigration makes the population larger, it has a small effect on the aging of society. If immigration continues at current levels, the nation’s population will increase from 301 million today to 468 million in 2060 — a 167 million (56 percent) increase. Immigrants plus their descendents will account for 105 million (63 percent) of the increase.

By Steven Camarota, Center for Immigration Studies, August 2007

Not Amnesty but Attrition: The Way to go on Immigration.

Reports - Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The issue of what to do about illegal aliens living in the United States is often presented as a Hobson’s choice: either launch mass roundups to arrest and deport 9-million-plus people, or define away the problem through legalization. Fortunately for America there is a third way: Attrition, squeezing the illegal population through consistent, across-the-board law enforcement to bring about an annual reduction in the illegal population rather than the annual increases we have seen for more than a decade.

By Mark Krikorian in National Review, March 22, 2004

Each Low-Skill Household Costs U.S. Taxpayers $1.1 Million Over a Lifetime

Reports - Wednesday, December 19, 2007

When the benefits and services received by one group exceed the taxes paid, a distributional deficit occurs, and other groups must pay for the services and benefits of the group in deficit. The report refers to these households as “low-skill households."

by Robert E. Rector, Christine Kim and Shanea Watkins, Ph.D., of the Heritage Foundation, April 2007

On the Need for Reform of the H1-B Non-Immigrant Work Visa in Computer-Related Occupations

Reports - Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The H-1B program authorizes non-immigrant visas under which skilled foreign workers may be employed in the U.S., typically in computer-related positions. Congress greatly expanded the program in 1998 and then again in 2000, in response to heavy pressure from industry, which claimed a desperate software labor shortage. After presenting an overview of the H-1B program in Parts II and III, the Article will show in Part IV that these shortage claims are not supported by the data. Part V will then show that the industry’s motivation for hiring H-1Bs is primarily a desire for cheap, compliant labor. The Article then discusses the adverse impacts of the H-1B program on various segments of the American computer-related labor force in Part VI, and presents proposals for reforms in Part VII.

By Norman Matloff, University of California - Davis,

The Bottom of the Pay Scale: Wages for H-1B Computer Programmers

Reports - Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The purpose of this report is to examine the effectiveness of the prevailing wage requirements in the H-1B program and to determine whether there is a difference between wages paid to H-1B workers in computer programming fields and wages for U.S. workers in the same fields.

By John Miano, the Center for Immigration Studies, December 2005

Two Sides of the Same Coin: The Connection Between Legal and Illegal Immigration

Reports - Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Legal and illegal immigration are inextricably related. As legal immigration levels have risen markedly since 1965, illegal immigration has increased with it.

By James R. Edwards, Jr., the Center for Immigration Studies, February 2006

Low Salaries for Low Skills: Wages and Skill Levels for H-1B Computer Workers, 2005

Reports - Tuesday, December 18, 2007

This report examines the most recently available wage data on the H-1B program and finds that the trend of low prevailing wage claims and low wages continues. Findings suggest that, regardless of the program’s original intent, the H-1B program now operates mainly to supply U.S. employers with cheap workers, rather than with essential skilled workers.

By John Miano, the Center for Immigration Studies, April 2007

Fixing Our Badly Broken H-1B Visa and Employer-Sponsored Green Card Programs

Reports - Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Topics: The H-1Bs are not hired to remedy a tech labor shortage; H-1B is mainly not about innovation or getting “the best and the brightest”; H-1B is causing an internal brain drain; The primary use of H-1B workers is for cheap labor; The abuse in enabled by loopholes not fraud; The abuse is widespread, not just within Indian-owned firms; Solutions

By Norman Matloff, University of California - Davis

Guestworker Programs: Lessons from the Past and Warnings for the Future

Reports - Monday, December 17, 2007

"With 34 million low-wage workers in the current civilian labor force, the problem to confront is not a shortage of low-skilled workers; it is the oversupply of from nine to 12 million illegal immigrants that needs to be addressed..."

By Vernon Biggs, Center for Immigration Studies

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