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If Not “Open Borders,” What Would You Call This?

  by  Jeremy Beck

A working group of "key Senate Republicans" have all but agreed to Democratic demands to exclude E-Verify from any DACA deal. Illegal immigration and illegal employment continue because Congress is not willing to stop them.

Sympathy for Dreamers Does Not Translate into Support for Illegal Immigration

  by  Jeremy Beck

Under pressure from Dreamer groups, the House Minority Leader says the goal is to pass a legalization without any measures to control illegal immigration and the Senate Minority Leader says that the very measure he considers necessary to discourage illegal immigration must not be included in any deal.

Cosmopolitanism, Communitarianism and Immigration

  by  Jeremy Beck

By quibbling over whether Jim Acosta or Stephen Miller has the nicer apartment, the media is once again missing an opportunity to facilitate a constructive conversation about immigration limits.

Early Errors in RAISE Act Reporting

  by  Jeremy Beck

After years of ignoring the question of immigration levels, the news is suddenly full of stories about proposed changes to the numerical limits. Although (or, perhaps, because) there have been one or two examples of the media clearly not having thought through the basic questions surrounding green card policy, much of the reporting on the RAISE Act has been straightforward and down the middle. 

But the early returns have produced some common errors and mischaracterizations that are worth watching out for and correcting/clarifying for your fellow readers when you find them.

Why Does the Government Give Financial Incentives to Bypass Teen Job Applicants?

  by  Jeremy Beck

Should American businesses work harder to hire teenagers who want the job? By giving businesses an offer they can't refuse, the U.S. government's answer is "no." 

A $100 million dollar industry facilitated by the State Department gives employers a significant discount on foreign hires.

Changing Narrative: Democratic Party Wrestling with Need for Immigration Limits

  by  Jeremy Beck

After the 2016 election, the theory (widespread after 2012) that demographic destiny would force the GOP to embrace large-scale legalization and immigration expansion has fizzled. The Republican Party and President Trump continue to have internal debates about immigration policy, but they are no longer alone. Pundits and reporters from the center left and beyond are looking at the Democratic Party's "immigration problem" with renewed urgency.

Greeley Tribune: “We Like Our Cheap Food”

  by  Jeremy Beck

The food processing industry has a history of seeking out desperate workers who will accept lower wages and deplorable conditions. There are not enough foreign workers, they say, to take these jobs...at the wages they are offering.

If these businesses took the radical step of raising wages, the Greeley Tribune warns, our cheap food would be... less cheap.

Can A One-Sided Story Lead To A More Nuanced Debate?

  by  Jeremy Beck

In order to have an honest and informed debate, we need to see the unauthorized migrants in the New York Times Magazine story as human beings AND recognize that in order to have a credible immigration policy, even terrific people have to be subject to the law.

H-1B and Age Discrimination

  by  Jeremy Beck

There is a 'conspiracy' going on to benefit employers and discriminate against American workers, especially older workers.

Federalism or a Circuitous Path to Unpopular Guest Worker Increases?

  by  Jeremy Beck

Sen. Johnson's guest worker + amnesty bill raises questions about the appropriate role for the states in determining immigration policy, but the line that divides the cheerleaders from the hecklers is a familiar one. Supporters want more immigration; opponents want less.

Immigrants oppose illegal immigration; native-born Americans shocked

  by  Jeremy Beck

Immigration is a regulated process, the parameters and management of which reflect a nation's priorities and values. But to many people, immigration has become a value in and of itself, like love or justice. For them, anything less than "more" is mean.

Here is a new one: Amid foreign worker shortage, businesses turn to local labor

  by  Jeremy Beck

Reports indicate that American businesses seeking guest workers may be suffering from their own lack of skills or initiative. But it turns out that hiring domestic workers is a job Americans will do.

Another nail in the coffin for the ‘Jobs Americans Won’t Do’ myth

  by  Jeremy Beck

More evidence that the guest-worker solution has become part of the domestic hiring problem: Businesses tell Politico that the threat of audits might lead them to recruit American workers.

Reporting That Advances An Informed, Civil Debate

  by  Jeremy Beck

I have my fair share of criticisms of how immigration is covered by the fourth estate. Chiefly, the media's tendency to frame the debate as a binary choice between "pro-immigration" and "anti-immigration" (as if immigration policy was a light switch) leads to a lot of bad habits that breed misinformation and mischaracterizations. Hey, if immigration were that simple why did the Gang of Eight need over 1,000 pages to "reform" it?

Could This Question Lead To A More Civil Debate?

  by  Jeremy Beck

Years ago, a [link url="http://www.nytimes.com/1982/12/16/opinion/immigration-and-purity.html”]New York Times editorial[/link] offered some words of wisdom:

NYT Readers On Future of DEM Immigration Policy: Be Fair

  by  Jeremy Beck

Where do Democrats go from here on immigration? Thomas Edsall gives that debate a nudge in his New York Times column.

Will the NYT Remember the Lessons of Wet Foot, Dry Foot?

  by  Jeremy Beck

In praising President Obama's decision to end "wet foot, dry foot," the New York Times described the decades-old policy toward Cuban migrants as "misguided" for encouraging "Cubans to embark on perilous, and often deadly, journeys on rafts across the Florida straits and across borders in South and Central America." 

Vanity Fair writer had finger on the pulse of the ‘immigration voters’ the pollsters missed.

  by  Jeremy Beck

Perhaps no other mainstream writer examined the 2016 electorate's position on immigration more consistently or presciently than Vanity Fair's T.A. Frank. 

Sixty-four percent of “immigration” voters cast ballots for Trump. What were they voting for?

  by  Jeremy Beck

As it became increasingly clear that Donald Trump would win the election, Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews of MSNBC began examining what role the immigration debate played in the election:

National Academy of Sciences report: Stats, Summaries, and Takes

  by  Jeremy Beck

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released an exhaustive report that finds immigration redistributes income and costs government billions of dollars every year.

Fact Checking NPR Fact Check of Trump Immigration Speech

  by  Jeremy Beck

National Public Radio has a useful but flawed fact check of Donald Trump's immigration speech in Arizona last night. Here are five areas where the NPR fact checks and clarifications could use some of their own:

NPR: "Trump lamented the "record pace" of immigration, but between 2009 and 2014, the U.S. has actually seen more Mexican immigrants LEAVING the U.S. than coming in, a net loss of 140,000 immigrants."

Fact Checking AP Fact Check of Trump Speech

  by  Jeremy Beck

The Associated Press has a useful but flawed fact check of Donald Trump's immigration speech in Arizona last night. Here are four areas where the AP's fact checks or clarifications could use some of their own:

New York Times: No H-2B expansion (expand H-2B!)

  by  Jeremy Beck

The New York Times' July 1 editorial, "Why Guest Workers Are Easily Exploited," was a belated but welcome criticism of the H-2B visa program from the Gray Lady (See NumbersUSA's H-2B coverage here).

Another scathing report as the H-2B lobby pushes for expansion

  by  Jeremy Beck

Mother Jones details another scathing report about the H-2B guest worker program, this time from the National Guestworker Alliance.

Another scathing report as the H-2B lobby pushes for expansion

  by  Jeremy Beck

Mother Jones details another scathing report about the H-2B guest worker program, this time from the National Guestworker Alliance.

Big Biz & Big Ed Cash In On Student Visas

  by  Jeremy Beck

BuzzFeed News has another investigative triumph with "Making The Grades - How one California university faked students' scores, skated by immigration authorities -- and made a fortune in the process." by Molly Hensley-Clancy.

Different Guest Worker Programs, Same Outcome for American Workers: No Jobs

  by  Jeremy Beck

An investigative report on H-2 visa programs shows that the displacement of U.S. workers isn't limited to the tech industry but is a feature of guest worker programs for both high and low-wage workers.

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