Could Uncontrolled Immigration Expose Us to a Public Health Crisis? Communicable diseases do not stop at international borders. They could be one of the most dangerous – yet rarely considered – consequence of inadequate immigration controls. Nevertheless, the mainstream media, and most policy makers, avoid any discussion of the public health challenges presented by illegal immigration.
Noncitizens, Voting Violations and U.S. Elections The United States sends election monitors around the world to help discourage fraudulent balloting. But, here at home, it has largely turned a blind eye to the possibility that fraudulent voting by noncitizens could influence the outcome of an election. Our voter registration system is susceptible to abuse by noncitizens.
The (Il)Logic of Open-Border Libertarians There is much debate about what are the fundamental principles of libertarianism and how those principles apply to immigration policy. Libertarian proponents of the free movement of people across borders, most notably those employed by the Cato Institute and the Reason Foundation, portray their embrace of open borders as an immutable ideological component of the libertarian cause, the <em>only</em> position a true libertarian can take. However, even a cursory reading on the issue reveals that many scholars who hold positions of influence within the libertarian movement have not embraced mass immigration as a practical objective, and, in fact, view it as a means to a more powerful and intrusive central government.
Recalling "The Americanization Ideal": The Legacy of Barbara Jordan Jordan was a prominent public figure, civil rights advocate, and leading presence in Democratic Party politics for four decades. One of her last works of public service was to head the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform. The conclusions and recommendations of this commission are quite enlightening and more relevant than ever. Today, when "comprehensive immigration reform" is being pushed by a coalition of narrow special interests and supported by the leadership of both political parties, Jordan and her work on immigration is largely ignored. It is important to revisit what she had to say on the issue to put current immigration politics in proper perspective
English Language Learners and Public Education in Utah (2012) Utah's has one of the nation's fastest-growing Limited English Proficient (LEP) populations which has resulted in a rapid increase in the number of students enrolled in Utah's public schools who are not fluent in English. In 2010-11, the total cost of LEP education in Utah was over $435 million. Half of these students are enrolled in schools in Granite (Salt Lake County), Ogden, or Salt Lake City districts. Despite its failure to secure the U.S. border and implement reasonable levels of legal immigration, which has resulted in the cost burden of LEP education at the local level, the federal government contributes only 1 percent of the cost of LEP education in Utah.