Focus on Immigration

Focus on Immigration

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On October 4, the House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing on whether administrative amnesty harms efforts to control the borders.

Also on October 4, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on how immigration restrictions have created a labor crisis in the farm economy.

On September 22, the Congressional Research Service released a report on the number of illegal aliens in the U.S. It shows there has been no increase since 2005.

On September 16, the Center for Immigration Studies issued a report on improper tax benefits received by illegal aliens.

A September 15 CNN poll found that three-fourths of Americans would like to see illegal immigration reduced. A third of people would like to completely remove them.

On September 12, the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report on the use of Department of Defense resources to control illegal immigration along the Mexican border.

On July 26, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on immigration reform.

On July 7, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reported that international migration fell in 2009 for the second year in a row, reflecting a decline in the demand for labor.

Also on July 7, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration issued a report which found that illegal aliens received $4.2 billion in refundable child credits they were not entitled to in 2010.

A July 6 YouGov poll found that most people would report an illegal immigrant to the authorities.

I last posted items on this topic on June 23.

Bruce Bartlett is an American historian and columnist who focuses on the intersection between politics and economics. He blogs daily and writes a weekly column for The Fiscal Times.  Bartlett has written for Forbes Magazine and Creators Syndicate, and his work is informed by many years in government, including as a senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House.  He is the author of seven books including the New York Times best-seller, Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted American and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy (Doubleday, 2006)  

Bruce Bartlett’s columns focus on the intersection of politics and economics. The author of seven books, he worked in government for many years and was senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House.