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February 28, 2012

Today on ImmigrationReform.com - Are Employers Using Guest Worker Programs to Drive Down Wages?

Our blog today includes staff reviews of two recent studies. In the first, FAIR's Director of Research Eric Ruark provides a review of a study authored by a legal immigrant professor at the University of Nevada that highlights the abuse that is built into skilled guest worker programs. Also, Jack Martin, FAIR's Director of Special Projects, gives his opinion about a recent Center for American Progress report that attempts to downplay the effectiveness of state measures that discourage illegal immigration. Find it all at www.immigrationreform.com.

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Deportations Fall Rapidly Thanks to Backdoor Amnesty Program

"Are the prosecutorial discretion guidelines issued by the Obama administration last year having an effect on the number of deportation cases that the administration is pursuing? A new Syracuse University report suggests yes, federal immigration officials say no, and some lawmakers are calling 'amnesty' nonetheless," says Southern California Public Radio.

First, the report: Issued in recent days by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, the number of deportation proceedings begun in the nation's immigration courts between October and December of last year (the first quarter of federal fiscal year 2012) 'fell sharply to only 39,331 -- down 33 percent from 58,639 filings recorded the previous quarter,' a drop of more than 10,000 cases filed.

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Secure Communities Starts Catching Illegal Aliens in Baltimore

"Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, said the U.S. government should remove all illegal immigrants. Otherwise, he said, the administration sends a message that undocumented immigrants can stay in the country as long as they do not commit a serious crime," the Baltimore Sun reports in a story about the Secure Communities rollout there.

"The idea that people who are violating the law should have complete peace of mind is illogical," he said. "If you're violating the law, if you're in the country illegally, then you probably should be a little nervous."

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California Police Chiefs Don't Want Driver's Licenses for Illegal Aliens

"While the county's two top law enforcement officers may want to see driver's licenses issued to illegal immigrants, chiefs throughout the San Gabriel Valley think any changes in the law should come from Sacramento or Washington," the San Jose Mercury News writes.

"Both LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca support issuing driver's licenses to illegals. Baca said he would also like to see some sort of transition document."

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