The Role of State and Local Governments in
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 undermined by non-enforcement policies, 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.
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recent publications and recommended reading
|How to Win the Immigration Debate: A Guide to Making the Case for Real Immigration Reform
At a time when the negative consequences of our “broken” immigration system are clearly evident, this guide is a practical tool for engaging in the complex and at times controversial immigration debate.
|The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers
This pioneering study, revised for 2013, brings together data and estimates of the fiscal cost resulting from federal, state and local expenditures on illegal aliens and their U.S.-born children. A key finding: Illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers about $113 billion a year at the federal, state and local level. The bulk of the costs — some $84 billion — are absorbed by state and local governments.
|Generation Jobless: The Unemployment Crisis of Millennials
Facing chronic unemployment and underemployment, Millennials are confronted with a future that is anything but bright. Many Millennials are failing to establish stable careers, while shouldering sizeable student loan debts. Those who do not graduate from college face a labor market in which there are few available jobs paying a living wage.
|Out of the Shadows: Shining a Light on Immigration and the Plight of the American Worker
Unrestrained immigration is not the sole cause of America's economic and fiscal misfortunes, but it is a major contributing factor. The current U.S. immigration system does not take into account the broad national interest. Instead it favors narrow special interests that have direct political and financial ties to policymakers. The President and members of Congress have abandoned their moral obligation to protect American workers and their custodial responsibility to enact legislation mindful of its effects on future generations.
|Running Dry: Looming Water Shortages in the United States
Despite tremendous gains in water conservation over the last several decades, Americans are using water at an unsustainable rate. The reason: Population growth. Some areas of the United States are already experiencing acute water shortages. Compounding the problem are outdated public water systems that pose health and safety hazards to millions of Americans. If we don't reduce our usage, make the necessary investment in repairing our failing public water systems, and work to achieve population stability, chronic water shortages are years, not decades, away.
|Cost in Translation: English Language Education in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area
The high cost of educating K-12 public school students who are not proficient in English is well documented. So too, is the fact that most Limited English Proficient (LEP) students are children of illegal alien parents. The illegal alien population in the D.C. metro area has grown steadily along with the overall foreign-born population. So, too, has the number of students in area public schools that are not proficient in English. The money spent on LEP education in the D.C. area is substantial.