Amnesty Issue Briefs

Questions Everyone Should Ask About Obama's Amnesty Plan (2014)
For months leading up to President Obama’s November 20th executive amnesty announcement, political leaders (from both parties – including the president himself up until about March), legal experts, and many in the media have been questioning the constitutionality of such a plan without legislative approval from Congress.

Recalling "The Americanization Ideal": The Legacy of Barbara Jordan (2014)
Jordan was a prominent public figure, civil rights advocate, and leading presence in Democratic Party politics for four decades. One of her last works of public service was to head the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform. The conclusions and recommendations of this commission are quite enlightening and more relevant than ever. Today, when "comprehensive immigration reform" is being pushed by a coalition of narrow special interests and supported by the leadership of both political parties, Jordan and her work on immigration is largely ignored. It is important to revisit what she had to say on the issue to put current immigration politics in proper perspective

Guestworker 20-year Visa Projection for Senate Bill S.744 (2013)
S.744 raises the ceiling on H-1B and H-2B workers and creates a new "W" visa category for both agricultural and non-agricultural workers. In addition, S.744 makes accompanying family members of H-1B professional workers eligible to take U.S. jobs. Like the current H-1B skilled worker visa, the W visa recipients would be authorized to work in the United States for six years (3 years renewable for 3 years).

Immigrant Visa 20-year Projection for Senate Bill S.744 (2013)
According to analysis by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), enactment of the Senate Gang of Eight immigration bill, S.744, would nearly triple the number of immigrants admitted to the U.S. with work authorization over the next decade to 35 million.

Characteristics of Legal Immigrants (2013)
The characteristics of legally admitted immigrants vary widely in terms of their age and the work experience they bring. This analysis looks in particular at the share of immigrants entering on the basis of various visa categories and the shares of those immigrants with work qualifications and how the share of those prospective workers compares to the share of the accompanying family members.

Misrepresenting Wage Gains for 1986 Amnesty Recipients: The Center for American Progress Distorts Data to Fit Their Amnesty Agenda (2013)
The presentation of the Department of Labor (DOL) survey is based on a misreading of the data because Hinojosa and others are making the argument that amnesty will raise the "wage floor" for the average illegal alien.

List of Senators Who Will Make or Break the Amnesty Bill (2013)
See FAIR's list of key senators whose opposition to the massive amnesty bill is absolutely crucial but whose commitment right now is in flux, and whose opinion can be swayed.

Analysis of Claims of an Economic Benefit from Amnesty (2013)
FAIR responses to the Center for American Progress (CAP) claims on economic benefit from Amnesty.

Illegal Aliens Taking U.S. Jobs (2013)
FAIR estimates that roughly 8.5 million illegal immigrants have taken jobs away from Americans. Read the 2013 brief to see what states and sectors are affected the most. 

US Mexico Border Fence and Patrol Operations (2013)
Is the border secure? Read FAIR's brief on border fence & patrol operations to see recent statistics on illegal crossings from Mexico.

Demographics of the Illegal Alien Population (2013)
Based on two studies mandated by Congress, the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act provided two studies in 1992 and 1996 of the demographics of illegal immigration.

Amnesty: Breaking the Social Security Bank (2015)
With the looming crisis of Social Security going bankrupt in the coming decades, how would the additional burden of amnesty affect the Social Security Trust Fund?

Employment Document Verification (2009)

  • Learn about the background and effectiveness of E-Verify, the federal employment document verification program.
  • Click here for additional information on E-Verify, download helpful talking points about E-Verify in your state, or see what states & cities mandate E-Verify.

Attrition of Illegal Immigrants through Enforcement (2008)
Learn how illegal immigration can be reduced by enforcing current laws, securing our national borders and closing the loopholes on employing illegal immigrants. 

Why Amnesty Isn't the Solution (2007)
Amnesty didn't work in 1986. See what the 27-year-old failed policy costs U.S. taxpayers and why it wouldn't work in 2013.

The Push For Amnesty For Illegal Aliens (2010)
Review some of the common talking points from pro-amnesty advocates and their argument doesn't work.