IN THIS May 4th LEGISLATIVE WEEKLY…

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With New Enforcement Guidelines, is DHS Signaling a Return to Catch and Release?

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last Thursday issued new worksite enforcement guidelines for all of its agents in the field — guidelines that cause concern among immigration reformers. The new guidelines came as no surprise, given that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had indicated after the successful enforcement action in Bellingham, Washington that her department would be reexamining ICE’s procedures more closely. (FAIR Legislative Update, April 6, 2009). After ICE released the illegal aliens apprehended as part of the Bellingham enforcement action, the aliens were given work authorization pending legal action against their employer. (Seattle Times, March 31, 2009).

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May Day Marches Renew Push for Amnesty, Open Borders

Proponents of amnesty for illegal aliens and other open-border immigration policies took to the streets on Friday, May 1 to voice their support for comprehensive immigration reform. These organized marches, which occurred simultaneously in several cities throughout the United States, had been timed to coincide with the White House’s announcement about beginning the amnesty dialogue in May. (The Pilot, April 14, 2009; and Fox News, April 8, 2009).

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Despite Greenspan’s Testimony in Support of Amnesty & Illegal Immigration, Senate Hearing Still Fails to Make the Case for Amnesty

Last Thursday, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) held a Judiciary subcommittee hearing entitled: “Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009, Can We Do It and How?” (See FAIR Legislative Update, March 27, 2009). True immigration reformers know that “comprehensive” reform is Congressional-speak for amnesty. The hearing failed to make the case for amnesty, despite the fact that the witness list was packed with supporters of amnesty and supporters of a massive guest-worker program to import foreign workers. The lone witness who supported immigration enforcement was Kris Kobach, a true immigration reformer. (Stein Report, April 29, 2009). Kobach is a national expert on constitutional law and is affiliated with the Immigration Reform Law Institute; his previous experience includes advising Attorney General John Ashcroft on immigration matters.

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Utah Employer Praises E-Verify, Says Using it Helps His Business

A Utah employer who uses E-Verify spoke out in support of the program last week, saying that customers called him because he advertised that he participates in the program. Larry Morrison of St. George, Utah — owner of Morrison Insulation LLC — told a city council forum that his company “gets ‘two jobs a week’ just by advertising that it uses E-Verify to check its employees’ work status,” and argued that “more businesses should use the system.” (The Spectrum, April 30, 2009). The fact that small businesses see a public relations benefit through the use of E-Verify undermines the claims of big-business, special- interest groups that argue that the work eligibility verification system places a burden on businesses.

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