Shane Falco

Source Notes #30 (Academic Research)

In Uncategorized on March 12, 2009 at 8:13 am

Title: Why Don’t They Just Get In Line? The Real Story of Getting a “Green Card” and Coming to the U.S. Legally

Summary: This is a research article put out by the Immigration Policy Center that explains why illegal immigrants choose not to get in line for legal citizenship.  Most green cards require a certain level of professional background and higher education.  The U.S. only issues 5,000 green cards per year for lower-skilled  people, or people looking to work in landscape, construction, and hotel workers.

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

Category: Academic Research

What is it? A immigration research document put out by the Immigration Policy Center.
Publication Information:  March, 2008
Author: Michele Waslin
Location: http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/images/File/factcheck/WhyDontTheyGetInLine03-08.pdf
Accessed: 3/11/09

Support:
Diversity Visa Program

The Diversity Visa Program in the U.S. makes 55,000 visas available to people  from countries of low rates of immigration through a lottery each year.  People from Mexico do not qualify for these.  Millions of people each year apply for these green cards, so the chances of winning are very low.

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.  According to quantcast.com, 270,000 people visit the Immigration Policy Center website each month.

Usefulness:
This is a useful source of information because it shows why the legalization process for immigrants need serious reform.  Deporting 12 million people, who account for 6% of the U.S. workforce is totally irrational.  There needs to be legal avenues for the immigrants.  More visas need to become available for low-skilled workers.  Many employers need the immigrants to work because Americans won’t do the same jobs.  Targeting employers will not stop the immigration problems.  Economically, the immigrants do more good than harm.

Works cited:
Immigration Policy Center, Google, Quantcast.

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