Shane Falco

Source Notes #13 (Academic Research)

In Uncategorized on February 18, 2009 at 6:07 am

Title: Next Steps for Immigration Reform and Workplace Enforcement

Summary: This is a research piece put out by the Heritage Foundation that makes suggestions on how to limit immigration by focusing on the internal sanctions of illegal immigrants.  The Heritage Foundation is the nations most widely supported public policy research institute.  It contains over 396,000 individual, foundation, and corporate donors, and has a staff of  244 people.  Its expense budget in 61 million.

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

Category: Academic Research

What is it? research article
Publication Information: Feb. 13th, 2009
Author: Diem Nguyen, Matt A. Mayer and James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.
Accessed: 2.19/09

Support: Solomon Moore, “Push on Immigration Crimes Is Said to Shift Focus,” The New York Times, January 11, 2009, at, Human Rights Immigrant Community Action Network, “Over-Raided, Under Siege: U.S. Immigration Laws and Enforcement Destroy the Rights of Immigrants,” National Organization for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, January 2008, at, Press release, “New ICE Program Gives Non-Criminal Fugitive Aliens Opportunity to Avoid Arrest and Detention,” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, July 31, 2008, at, Alison Siskon, Andorra Bruno, Blas Nunez-Neto, Lisa M. Seghetti, and Ruth Ellen Wasem, “Immigration Enforcement Within the United States,” Congressional Research Service Report for Congress, April 6, 2006, p. 14, at .gov/pi/nr/0807/080731washington.htm

Solomon Moore in his New York Times article describes how illegal immigration cases are flooding and overloading the court system.  There are sometimes 200 cases involving immigration in a single day.  In an ICE press release, it describes a program that offers non-criminal illegal immigrants the opportunity to leave the country without penalty.  This would help with the overloaded courts.  These sources agree that the U.S. need to enforce immigration law, but also must improve the detention and removal strategy.  It’s impossible enforce immigration law, if  the removal process takes too much time.

Audience and Agenda:
According to, the Heritage Foundation website gets about 723,000 views a month.  The Heritage Foundation describe themselves as “committed to building an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity and civil society flourish.”(link).  The Heritage Foundation’s mission is “to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.” (link)

This is a useful piece of academic research because it addresses the problem of strictly enforcing immigration law because our court system doesn’t have the necessary resources to handle the overload of immigration cases.  If the Department of Homeland Security were to crack down on employers hiring illegal immigrants, it seems that the government also would need to provide more funding for the judicial system.  The immigrant detention centers would also need to work on an improved process to reduce build up because there is only so much space for the immigrants.

Works cited:
Heritage Foundation, google, quantcast, New York Times.

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