Legal Immigration

Spotlight Publications

The Role of State and Local Governments in Immigration Enforcement
The Role of State and Local Governments in Immigration Enforcement As the American dream becomes increasingly elusive for U.S. citizens, state and local lawmakers have a decision to make. They can stand back and watch as America's immigration system is systematically undermined by non-enforcement policies and special interests, or they can stand up and look for solutions to help maintain the rule of law and institute policies that guarantee fairness and opportunity for all Americans.

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

Buying Your Way into the USA: Entrepreneur Parole | 2016
On August 31, 2016, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a proposed rule for what it is calling “International Entrepreneur Parole.” If implemented, this rule would allow Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to parole eligible “entrepreneurs of startup enterprises”:

Phase Down Mass Immigration | 2016
Mass immigration jams schools, hospitals and highways and it undervalues American workers who lose out to cheap foreign labor.

Immigration Basics: Refugees | 2016
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.

The Really Big Numbers on Legal Immigration | 2016
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 | 2015
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Lottery Visas | 2002
Stop encouraging additional immigration through lottery visas.

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

Dual Nationality | 2002
U.S practice and problem areas.

Naturalization | 2002
Requirements for citizenship.