This report examines the economics of illegal immigration and finds that the fiscal benefits of illegal immigration offset its costs. Further, the report finds that the flexibility provided by the illegal immigration system that benefits the U.S. economy cannot be provided by the legal immigration system.
Immigration experts Bruce Fein and Marc R. Rosenblum debate the wisdom of offering a path to citizenship for the estimated twelve million illegal immigrants in the United States.
The Urban Institute reports on the characteristics of illegal immigrants in the Los Angeles area, California, and the United States as a whole (PDF).
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President Felipe Calderon has shifted the tone of U.S.-Mexico relations. But during Bush's visit he made clear he still seeks comprehensive immigration reform.
The Bush administration and Congress may join forces on immigration reforms, but there is growing public alarm at the local impact of illegal immigrants.
Backgrounder: The new Congress shares President Bush's reform approach but new legislation is by no means assured.
The Democratic-led Congress and President Bush share rare common ground on immigration reform but will have to overcome concerns over an amnesty for illegal immigrants, says CFR Senior Fellow Edward Alden.
Former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and former Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-MI) cochaired a year-long task force aimed at tackling the nation's immigration challenges. They discuss the task force's recommendations and how the Council on Foreign Relations might build on them as Congress again debates the immigration challenge.
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The only concrete measures produced by a yearlong congressional debate on immigration reform have involved border security. But a broader discussion looms on immigration and its role in U.S. economy and culture.
Tamar Jacoby, author of the November/December 2006 Foreign Affairs article, “Immigration Nation,” discusses immigration and U.S. foreign policy with members of the press. Jacoby suggests that the best way to regain control of the influx of immigrants coming into the country “is not to crackdown but to liberalize.”
This report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) discusses the security implications of the US Visa Waiver Program. In 2004 the Department of Homeland Security established a unit to oversee the program and conduct reviews. The GAO identifies problems with the 2004 review process, as key stakeholders were not consulted during portions of the process, the review process lacked clear criteria and guidance to make key judgments, and the final reports were untimely. It also says the monitoring unit cannot effectively achieve its mission to monitor and report on ongoing law enforcement and security concerns in visa waiver countries due to insufficient resources.
Congressman Thomas Tancredo, a four-term Colorado Republican who chairs the 104-member House Immigration Reform Caucus, believes that tough immigration reform is essential to preserve the country's identity.
After a burst of momentum earlier this year, immigration reform is stalled in the U.S. Congress, with both chambers sharply divided over how to treat illegal immigrants. Major action is unlikely until voters make their views known in November.
Canada has a comparatively open immigration policy designed to attract a group of diverse, educated professionals. But recent arrests linked to a terror cell have raised questions about integration of Muslims and lax policy.
Pamela K. Starr discusses a new CFR Special Report on the challenges U.S. and Mexican policy makers will face after Mexico's July 2 presidential election.
Williams argues that the status quo for peace operations in untenable and that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Ashley's War tells the poignant and gripping story of a groundbreaking team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers in Afghanistan. More
Smith's insightful book explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it tries to navigate its relationship with an advancing China. More
This revolutionary new look at volatility and crisis in oil markets explores the conditions in which oil supply fears arise, gain popularity, and eventually wane. More
Learn more about CFR’s mission and its work over the past year in the 2014 Annual Report. The Annual Report spotlights new initiatives, high-profile events, and authoritative scholarship from CFR experts, and includes a message from CFR President Richard N. Haass.
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