Immigration Priorities for the 2017 Presidential Transition
We will not succeed in controlling our borders until elected officials realize that immigration policies must align with America's national interests. Given the series of debacles that have shaken confidence in Washington's ability to act in the public interest, it is imperative that the incoming presidential administration addresses immigration reform from the perspective of its true constituents: the American people.
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.
Immigration and the 2012 Elections
To the dismay of true immigration reformers, the 2012 elections brought little change to Washington, D.C. Preserving the status quo, President Obama was reelected, Democrats maintained control of the Senate, and Republicans kept their advantage in the House of Representatives. President Obama and the Democrats largely credit their reelection to the growing Hispanic electorate, of which over 70 percent voted for President Obama. In particular, amnesty advocates claim it was the candidates' support for amnesty legislation that secured their victory. However, several opinion polls conducted before the election reveal that the economy and healthcare — not immigration — were the dominant issues on the minds of Hispanics who voted in the 2012 election. Moreover, several candidates for Senate who support immigration enforcement won in states President Obama carried in the Electoral College, demonstrating that amnesty could not have been the deciding issue in the election.
President Obama's Record of Dismantling Immigration Enforcement
The Obama administration’s strategy is to count on the fact that the public and the media will not take notice of each individual and incremental step they are taking to undermine immigration enforcement and grant de facto amnesty to as many illegal aliens as possible. This report exposes the strategy and the policy objectives behind it.