CAPS Blog - Joe Guzzardi

June Bureau of Labor Statistics Report: Signs of Improvement, but E-Verify not on the Horizon

Grade for the June Bureau of Labor Statistics report: a B- with the prospect for continued improvement. The economy created 220,000 jobs, ahead of Wall Street’s expectations that ranged around 175,000. May and June figures were revised upwards for a combined 47,000 more jobs than previously reported. But other key numbers like the unemployment rate, the labor force participation rate, the...

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Big Island Reality: Population Pressures Everywhere

Within less than an hour after deplaning at the Kona International Airport on Hawaii’s Big Island, tourists who may have envisioned an island paradise retreat will get a rude reality jolt. Exiting the airport, and getting onto the main highway, the traveler will encounter traffic that stretches for miles in all directions. Welcome to nirvana, with footnotes.  The beaches, tropical...

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Popular Social Security Number among Identity Thieves: 000-00-000

According to criminal investigation findings, 81 illegal immigrants used one Social Security number in 17 states, on job applications at construction sites, fast-food restaurants, major high-tech companies, and also to open bank accounts. The number rightfully belongs to a Dublin, Calif., housewife who learned that it was fraudulently used when in 2005 the IRS billed her for $15,813 in back...

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On Turtle Independence Day, No Fireworks, but Lots of Love

On the 4th of July, the annual Turtle Independence Day will be celebrated at Hawaii’s Mauna Lani Resort, a tradition that began 28 years ago. The Hawaiian green sea turtle, or honu, has been around the islands for centuries, possibly as long as 200 million years, and is revered. In Chinese mythology, the sea turtle represents wisdom, and in Hawaii, according to lore, it guided the first...

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Jerry Brown’s ‘Freeloaders’ Will Underwrite $45 Million Alien Defense Fund

When a state is deeply in the red, budget increases should be scrutinized. But in California, where the state faces, according to Governor Jerry Brown, a $1.6 billion shortfall, there’s still always money aplenty for illegal immigrants’ causes. The latest immigration-related news that came from Sacramento is that in its new $183 billion budget, California will provide an additional $...

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Trump’s Enforcement Commitment Includes Irish ‘Community Leader’

The ink was barely dry on my blog post about amnesty-seeking illegal immigrant Irish, some of whom have been unlawfully present for three decades, when news arrived that Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested “a respected Irish community leader in Boston,” code words for a pro-immigration activist. The story’s details, however, paint an unflattering picture of 38-year-old...

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Overloaded Immigration Courts Slower than ever with Fewer Deportations

Perhaps more than any other metric, the astronomical increase in immigration court cases underlines the catastrophic fall out from decades of lax immigration enforcement. Unaccompanied minors adding to immigration courts’ backlog. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the 212,000 backlogged cases in fiscal year 2006 more than doubled to 437,000...

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Supreme Court Allows Trump’s Enjoined Travel Ban to Go Forward

The Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s revised March executive order that temporarily banned travel from six Muslim majority countries. For 90 days, immigration from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen will be blocked, and refugee resettlement will be paused for 120 days. The SCOTUS decision is a victory for the Trump administration after stinging defeats in the lower courts....

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Illegal Immigration from China, South Korea, India on the Rise

The Migration Policy Institute, which studies the global flow of people, recently issued a report with a detailed analysis of immigrants and U.S. immigration. Included in the MPI analysis are 14 different immigration categories, including current and historical immigration shares, demographic, educational and linguistic characteristics, immigrant population increases over time, the top states and...

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Irish, Some Illegally in U.S. for 30 years, Hope for Amnesty

For the most part, conversations about illegal immigrants in the United States focus on Mexicans and Central Americans. Because of the physical proximity of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, coming to the U.S. by land is often less challenging and possibly less expensive than air travel. Nevertheless, thousands of European nationals are in the United States illegally. For...

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