CAPS Blog - Inger Eberhart

On Independence Day, Musings on Immigration and Things that make you go hmm

"We are a nation founded by immigrants." The quote, "...founded by immigrants." is interesting. According to American history, our nation was founded on July 4, 1776. On this date, our founders signed the Declaration of Independence and were officially recognized as a nation. The first immigration laws did not appear on the books until the Immigration Act of 1875. This...

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Solving the Same Problem Over and Over Again

"If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must man be of learning from experience?" George Bernard Shaw ________________ George Bernard Shaw did not have a crystal ball but his insight into people was impeccable. As I heard on a radio station earlier today, "The Senate has advanced degrees in patting themselves on the back, they...

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ITIN + Child Tax Credit + an Atlanta address = Jackpot (777)

To make a long story short, the Internal Revenue Service is responsible for assigning Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs). ITINs are issued to those who are unauthorized to work in the U.S. However, a 2011 report from the Treasury Inspector General (TIG) showed that in 2010, $4.2 billion in tax credits nationwide were paid to those same people through the Child Tax Credit;...

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Where illegal aliens & health care collide

Illegal aliens often seek medical care in hospital emergency rooms. So imagine that Jane, a hypothetical illegal alien, went to a Houston, Texas emergency room with something as simple as the flu. The hospital doctors and nurses review her symptoms, maybe observe her overnight, possibly prescribe medicine and release her the next day. The law requires that the hospital provide medical treatment...

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If your sword is too short, add to its length by taking one step forward... toward amnesty

Fernando Castillo-Solis, an illegal alien living in Georgia for more than ten years has a case before the Georgia Supreme Court that challenges a state law which requires driver's licenses. Castillo-Solis and his legal team contend that requiring driver's licenses discriminates against illegal aliens and encourages racial profiling. In January 2010, a Gwinnett County officer stopped...

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Separate that family but not this one

On Monday, the Archdiocese of Atlanta called on the Obama administration to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Speaking on behalf of one million Georgia Catholics, Archbishop Wilton Gregory lauded the administration for issuing work permits  and deportation reprieves to illegal immigrants.  However, the Archbishop wants more. He used familiar arguments about keeping families...

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Of course there are jobs Americans won't do

Of course there are jobs Americans won’t do…because they don’t have the opportunity. On August 25, 2008, immigration agents raided the offices of Howard Industries Mississippi headquarters and detained over 600 illegal aliens employees.  Many were deported while others were convicted of identity theft and providing fraudulent and fake documents to other workers.  In...

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More questions than answers…

David Richardson farms 1000 acres of land in the UK along with his wife and son. In January 2011, he submitted an op-ed to Farmers Weekly entitled Profits of doom: High food prices, but at what cost? In the op-ed, he reflects on a particular item from the Oxford Farming Conference that caught his attention: "There was no single message to take home. The nearest it came to having a theme...

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On the way to the next 100 million

The Next 100 Million by Arthur C. Nelson and Robert E. Lang in the January 2007 issue of Planning (a publication of the American Planning Association) assessed the 2006 state of the rising US population, its effects on housing and offered possible solutions. Population growth Nelson and Lange noted that, “ it took the US until 1915 to reach the first 100 million, 53 years to reach 200...

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Could the US use the necessity doctrine to curb immigration? (Part 2)

The US certainly does not have an obligation to admit immigrants into its borders. However, with the economic state of affairs, could we use the necessity doctrine to forgo international obligations in order to "get our fiscal house in order?" Since the events of 9/11, our national security has been at risk. Our debt is on track to exceed our revenues; each dollar the taxpayer provides...

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