Shane Falco

Source Notes #11 (Academic Research)

In Uncategorized on February 17, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Title: Money for Nothing: Immigration Enforcement without Immigration Reform Doesn’t Work

Summary: This is a research report put out by the Immigration Policy Center.  The IPC was established in 2003, and it strives to provide accurate immigration information to policy makers, academics, and the media.  This report covers how funding immigration issues is meaningless without extensive immigration reform taking place first.

Topic: Should employers be held accountable by the Department of Homeland Security for hiring illegal immigrants?

Category: Academic Research

What is it? Online Report
Publication Information: May, 2008
Location: http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/images/File/factcheck/MoneyForNothing05-08.pdf
Accessed: 2/17/08

Support:

Ewing, Walter A.- Dr. Ewing is a Senior Researcher at the Immigration Policy Center of the American Immigration Law Foundation in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Government Accountability Office, Westat

Blas Nuñez-Neto, Alison Siskin and Ruth Ellen Wasem, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Attorney General Mukasey, Spencer S. Hsu, Michael Hoefer, Jeffrey S. Passel, Douglas S. Massey

More information regarding E-Verify is explained by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in the report.  The GAO estimates the potential costs of operating the web-based program at between $765-838 million from 2009-2012.  An increase is staff would also be necessary. A 2007 report by Westat found that E-Verify may lack the necessary ability to uncover document fraud.  They also were concerned about employer discrimination against foreign-born individuals–an potential side effect of its use.

Audience and Agenda:  The Immigration Policy Center is the research branch of the American Immigration Law Foundation.  The IPC seeks out nationally recognized scholars as research sources and guest authors.  Their staff is often used to testify before Congress and serve as policy makers and immigration experts.

Usefulness:
This report is useful to my research because its a respectable source.  The information is dense.  Massive amounts of money are poured into resolving the immigration problem in the U.S, but without proper immigration reform, the report explains that our government is wasting lots of money.  Millions of dollars have been spent on building and maintaining a wall seperating the U.S./Mexico border, but the report explains that money could be better allocated in other areas.  The report also breaks down E-verify and its weaknesses.

Works cited:
Google, Immigration Policy Center, American Immigration Law Foundation.

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