Legal Immigration

The Really Big Numbers on Legal Immigration
Our immigration system operates on really big numbers – and many in Washington would like to see them grow even bigger, hoping that the American people will not understand just how large our immigration intake truly is.

The Visa Waiver Program: Suspend It or Eliminate It
FAIR has consistently questioned both the need for and the advisability of the Visa Waiver Program that was adopted as a pilot project at the urging of the tourist industry in 1986 and became operational in 1988. After numerous extensions, the program was made permanent in 2000 despite concerns from not only FAIR, but also by the Justice Department's Inspector General, FBI Director Louis Freeh, and other immigration and security experts.

What is your Governor Saying about Syrian Refugees? (2015)
Governors around the country are rejecting President Obama’s plans to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year. Citing national security concerns, these executives are voicing their concerns over the federal government’s admitted inability to conduct adequate background checks from those seeking to enter the United States from Syria.

The Role of States in the Refugee Resettlement Process (2015)
The Obama Administration's recent decision to increase the number of refugees admitted by the United States, including at least an additional 10,000 refugees from Syria, has left many state and local leaders questioning what they can do to address the impact of refugee resettlement in their communities.

Immigration Basics: Refugees
Refugees are people who are authorized to come to the United States because they are determined to be fleeing individual persecution by their home government.

It’s Time to Let the EB-5 Regional Centers Expire (2015)
The EB-5 or Immigrant Investor Program is an employment-based visa program created by Congress in 1990 in order to stimulate the economy and create jobs via foreign investment in U.S. businesses.

Why Should You Care About Immigration? (2015)
Immigration has significant impact on education, jobs, poverty, healthcare, taxes, wages and the environment.

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.

Rising Immigrant Admissions to the United States (2013)
Legally admitted immigrants have increased enormously since the 1965 change in the immigration law that reopened the door to mass immigration. The rate of this upward trend varies among the states over the past 10 years, but may be seen in all states but one.

Annual Immigration (2012)
Admission data for the immigration categories.

An Immigration Reform Agenda for the 112th Congress (2011)
FAIR presents this Immigration Reform Agenda for the 112th Congress as a guide for ending illegal immigration, reducing legal immigration to a more sustainable level, and improving/enhancing national security--thereby lifting the burden on the American taxpayer and improving our quality of life.

An Immigration Reform Agenda for the 110th Congress (2008)
No truly effective comprehensive immigration reform bill passed in the 109th Congress because the entire immigration debate was saddled by proposals to enact a mass amnesty and reward those who have broken the law.

Soaring Immigration (2008)
Admissions have jumped since the already historically high 1990s level.

Free Trade Agreements (2003)
which provide for freer trade in goods and services, have also been used to limit the flexibility of the United States to adjust its immigration admissions downward. Congress has warned the Executive Branch to avoid including immigration provisions in future agreements.

Refugees and Asylees (2003)
U.S. refugee admissions are higher than the rest of the world combined, yet advocates push for increases as well as expanded asylum admissions.

Immigration "Time-Out" (Moratorium) (2003)
Halt non-core admissions until border control is established, and pressures on the environment, public services, and the assimilation process are eased.

U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform (2003)
The bipartisan, national USCIR (the Jordan Commission) recommended reductions in legal admissions.

Self-Sufficiency Screening (2003)
Exclusion of 'pubic charges' people who depend on public welfare is seldom enforced.

Refugees (2003)
Admissions have been stretched to include persons not considered refugees by the United Nations.

Asylum (2002)
Fraud and abuse characterize the use of asylum to avoid deportation.

Unlimited Immigration (2002)
Because some classes of immigration are unlimited, the overall number of immigrants admitted annually continues to rise.

Chain Migration (2002)
Extended family sponsorship leads to untenable waiting lists and serves no national interest.

Million Dollar Visas (2002)
The investor visa program "sells" visas and has been tarnished by fraud.

Nuclear Family Reinification (2002)
Limit family-sponsored immigration to spouses and minor children to reduce backlogs and restore moderate admission levels.

Lottery Visas (2002)
Stop encouraging additional immigration through lottery visas.

Dual Nationality (2002)
U.S practice and problem areas.

Naturalization (2002)
Requirements for citizenship.