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.
Deborah Meyers of the Migration Policy Institute talks to cfr.org's Esther Pan about the current status of immigration legislation.
With Mexico's presidential and legislative elections less than two weeks away, CFR releases a new report that argues the United States should restore the U.S.-Mexico relationship and encourage collaboration on immigration, trade, and drug trafficking.
The debate over immigration rages on as Congress tries to reconcile very different approaches to addressing the growing number of illegal immigrants in America. Tamar Jacoby of the Manhattan Institute and Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies discuss how the United States should handle the issue.
President Bush proposes sending 6,000 National Guard troops to the border with Mexico as part of a major speech on immigration reform. Critics say the move is a politically motivated attempt to boost the president's sagging ratings.
There is scant evidence that illegal immigrants have caused any significant damage to the wages of American workers.
Hundreds of thousands throng U.S. cities to call for legislation that permits a path to citizenship for many illegal immigrants. It remains to be seen how responsive U.S. lawmakers struggling with a reform bill will be to their demands.
Standard & Poor's answers some of the crucial questions involved in the illegal immigration debate, and discuss its costs and benefits in the most affected states and municipalities along the U.S.-Mexico border.