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.
Real Immigration Enforcement & How S.744 Doesn’t Do the Job
Under S.744, most of the current illegal aliens would gain an early amnesty, while the American people would get promises of future enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. As with the 1986 legislation, S.744 fails to adopt—as a precondition to amnesty—a standard for measuring whether enforcement capabilities are in place to prevent a new influx of illegal aliens.
Ten Years Later: We Will Not Forget (2011)
FAIR's assessment of the nation's defense against terrorism 10 years after the 9/11 attacks identifies continuing loopholes that leave the nation vulnerable. A glaring example of this vulnerability is the continued lack of an entry-exit system that identifies whether foreigners have departed. The recent decision of the Obama administration to allow illegal aliens to remain in the country will perpetuate an environment favorable to terrorists.
Immigration and National Security: 2010 Update
The 2010 update focuses on continuing national security gaps in border control, legal entry screening, tracking foreigners in the United States, and secure identification. The reforms needed to close those gaps are identified.
Backsliding on National Security: The Immigration Connection
The backsliding of the Obama Administration on national security is evident in its willingness to abandon progress on implementation of the REAL-ID system of secure state-issued driver's licenses. Backsliding may also be seen in restricting efforts to combat the flow and presence of illegal immigrants who provide the opportunity for terrorists to enter and remain in the country undetected until they are ready to strike their next target.
Immigration and National Security (2008)
On this seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, this report finds that while some progress has been achieved in closing the vulnerabilities exploited by the 9/11 attackers, several loopholes still remain. The report details many of the important tasks that have been neglected, or, because of pressure from special interest groups, have been brushed aside. The screening of people seeking non-immigrant visas remains superficial, while vital data necessary to keep track of legal visitors to the United States is not being collected. In addition, America's borders remain insecure, presenting an inviting target for terrorists and others who wish to do us harm.
Persistent Inaction: Inviting International Terrorism (2007)
Six years after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, America's borders remain unsecured, and we still have no way of tracking most foreign visitors, or determining whether they leave when they are supposed to. Millions of people still sneak into our country across inadequately patrolled borders, and despite mounting evidence of the growth of radical Islam in Europe and elsewhere, the Visa Waiver Program, that allows visitors from those countries to enter the U.S. without obtaining a visa, is being expanded due to pressure from the tourism industry. Other special interests have steadfastly opposed improvements in our system of documentation that was successfully exploited by the 9/11 terrorists. This report suggests steps for reducing the threat of a terrorist attack, while allowing our nation to operate successfully in a global economy.
The Five Years War: Public Safety vs. Special Interests (2006)
As the fifth anniversary of the attacks of 9/11 approaches, America received yet another reminder that it remains in the crosshairs of the network of radical Islamic terrorist organizations. The plot to blow up commercial jetliners en route from Britain to the U.S. is a graphic indication of the terrorists' determination to inflict damage on the U.S. and other Western societies, and their intent to exploit any vulnerability in our defenses.