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Here are some of the most read studies and reports published by the Center for Immigration Studies:

  • Hello, I Love You, Won't You Tell Me Your Name: Inside the Green Card Marriage Phenomenon
    by David Seminara, November, 2008
    After September 11th, the existential question of "Why do they [foreigners] hate us?" was hotly debated in the American media without any real conclusion ever being reached. This Backgrounder seeks to answer the opposite question: "Why do they love us?"
  • A Shifting Tide: Recent Trends in the Illegal Immigrant Population
    by Steven A. Camarota, Karen Jensenius, July, 2009
    Monthly Census Bureau data show that the number of less-educated young Hispanic immigrants in the country has declined significantly. The evidence indicates that the illegal population declined after July 2007 and then rebounded somewhat in the summer of 2008 before resuming its decline in the fall of 2008 and into the first quarter of 2009. Both increased immigration enforcement and the recession seem to explain this decline. There is evidence that the decline was caused by both fewer illegal immigrants coming and an increase in the number returning home. However, this pattern does not apply to the legal immigrant population, which has not fallen significantly.
  • The High Cost of Cheap Labor: Illegal Immigration and the Federal Budget
    by Steven A. Camarota, August, 2004
    This study is one of the first to estimate the total impact of illegal immigration on the federal budget. Most previous studies have focused on the state and local level and have examined only costs or tax payments, but not both. Based on Census Bureau data, this study finds that, when all taxes paid (direct and indirect) and all costs are considered, illegal households created a net fiscal deficit at the federal level of more than $10 billion in 2002. We also estimate that, if there was an amnesty for illegal aliens, the net fiscal deficit would grow to nearly $29 billion.
  • Religious Leaders vs. Members: An Examination of Contrasting Views on Immigration,
    by Steven A. Camarota, December, 2009
    In contrast to many national religious leaders who are lobbying for increases in immigration numbers, a new Zogby poll of likely voters who belong to the same religious communities finds strong support for reducing overall immigration.
  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP) (HR 4321)
    A collection of reports and news articles.
  • A Bailout for Illegal Immigrants? Lessons from the Implementation of the 1986 IRCA Amnesty
    by David North, January, 2010
    By now most of us realize that the government handled the $700 billion bailout of the big banks badly. The money went out in a whoosh to the Wall Street outfits that had created the crisis, but without the needed regulatory changes to prevent its repetition. Is Congress about to make a parallel mistake about the illegal alien population and give that group a blanket amnesty like the one it lavished on the (much smaller group of) bankers, without giving a thought to the inevitable impacts of such an action?
  • Immigrants in the United States, 2007: A profile of America's Foreign-Born Population
    by Steven A. Camarota, November 2007
    Among the report's findings:
    The nation's immigrant population (legal and illegal) reached a record of 37.9 million in 2007.
    Immigrants account for one in eight U.S. residents, the highest level in 80 years. In 1970 it was one in 21; in 1980 it was one in 16; and in 1990 it was one in 13
    Overall, nearly one in three immigrants is an illegal alien. Half of Mexican and Central American immigrants and one-third of South American immigrants are illegal.
  • IDs for Illegals: The 'Matricula Consular' Advances Mexico's Immigration Agenda, January, 2003
    In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a migration deal with Mexico was tabled while attention turned to homeland security. So the Mexican government abruptly changed its White House strategy and substituted a grass-roots approach that would focus at the local level, seek small successes, and build momentum for congressional action. The linchpin for this new strategy was to be the "matricula consular," an official identity card issued by the Mexican government, which it wanted to be officially recognized within the United States.
  • Taking Back the Streets: ICE and Local Law Enforcement Target Immigrant Gangs
    by Jon Feere, Jessica Vaughan, September 2008
    Immigration law enforcement has been a key ingredient contributing to the success of criminal gang suppression efforts in many jurisdictions across the United States. Since 2005, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested more than 8,000 gangsters from more than 700 different gangs as part of a special initiative known as Operation Community Shield. This effort has produced incalculable public safety benefits for American communities, despite being criticized periodically by immigrant and civil liberties advocates that are consistently opposed to all immigration law enforcement.
  • Immigrants to the U.S. Were Once Self-Starters - But No More
    by David North, December, 2009
    "Self Starters" are well regarded in the American culture - they create their own careers without help from family or old-school ties. All legal immigrants to the United States used to be self-starters.
    But no more. Decades of bad immigration policy has all but eliminated the self-starters from the flows of incoming immigrants, but the favorable image of that group - and the closely-related one of the U.S. as a nation of those immigrants - lingers, distorting the immigration policy debate.
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