EQNEEDF views on Politics, Environment, Energy, Health, National, and Foreign Affairs

U.S. Immigration Organizations and Resources - Part I of IV

U.S. Guest Workers Program Ideas and Proposals - Part II of IV - 2012

U.S. Guest Workers Program Ideas and Proposals - Part III of IV - 2012

U.S. Guest Workers Program Ideas and Proposals - Part III of IV - 2016 & 2017


U.S. Work Guest Program & Immigration Resources



9/11 Families for a Secure America   

U.S. House of Representatives - U.S. Congress (House and Senate) 800-648-3516, 877-762-8762, 202-224-3121, 202-225-3121           

U.S. Senate

Project Vote Smart - U.S. and local elected officials

White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20500; 202-456-1111 9-5 m-f; fax: 202-456-2461.

The Dustin Inman Society (Georgia)

EcoFuture's environmental directories

EcoFuture's environmental information

EcoFuture's environmental organizations

EcoFuture population resources - comprehensive information and links

English First

The Environmental Movement's Retreat from Advocating U.S. Population Stabilization


Escaping Justice - murderers escaped back to Mexico

Emigration Party of Nevada (Nevada)

FAIR - look up your Congressperson

Fire Coalition

FirstGov.gov U.S. Government official web portal.

Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) - Provides easy-to-read information regarding immigration policy and enforcement

Friends of Immigration Law Enforcement (FILE)

Floridians for Immigration Enforcement (Florida)

Floridians for a Sustainable Population (Florida)

For the Cause

Frosty Wooldridge - writer

Garrett Hardin Society - renowned ecologist and author

Georgians for Immigration Reduction (Georgia)

Government Guide - U.S. and local elected officials


Hispanics for Secure Borders

IFIRE - Indiana Federation for Immigration Reform and Enforcement (Indiana)

Illegal Immigration Bumper Stickers

IllegalAlien.net information on reporting illegal aliens and immigration activities

IllegalAliens.US - Illegal aliens are stealing from, not benefiting, Americans

Immigration buzz

Immigration Control Platform - Ireland

Immigration's Human Cost - human interest stories

Immigration Reform Coalition of Texas (Texas)

Immigration Reform Links

Immigration statistics - Immigrants

Immigration Watchdog

Institute for Immigration Policy Review

INS Experts provides immigration forms, naturalization forms, US immigration visa, green card ... U.S. Citizenship (Form N-400) Green Card Lottery

I R O N - Immigration Reform for Oklahomans Now (Oklahoma)

Journal of the American Kernel - immigration section

Kansas Alliance for Immigration Reform (Kansas)

Kris Eggle - killed in the line of duty at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Latino Americans for Immigration Reform (California)

Legal American Folks

Let's Take Back America - United Patriots of America

LAWatchdog.com - Hal Netkin's

MichNews - commentary on immigration

Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration

Limits to Growth

Minnesotans For Sustainability (Minnesota)

Minnesotans Seeking Immigration Reform (Minnesota)

Minuteman Project and regional chapters and spin-off groups: Arizona Chicago   Colorado   Las Vegas Minutemen   New Mexico   Texas   Utah   Bands and music

Million American March - September 6, 2004

MSN American Border Issues

National Border Patrol Council - Local 2544 - Tucson

National Center for Citizenship and Immigration

Negative Population Growth - good research

New Hampshire Citizens for Sustainable Population (New Hampshite)

NumbersUSA.com - fax Congress for free on U.S. population/immigration issues! NoAmnesty.com - sponsored by the National Border Patrol Council

NoMoreAmnesty.com - sign petition


Office of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State.  The Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) is the State Department’s public diplomacy (PD) communications bureau, leading the Department’s support for U.S. Embassy PD efforts and engagement with overseas audiences. IIP creates and supports the ways and places for the U.S. to have sustained conversations with foreign audiences; provides the products that enable our posts to have those conversations; and manages the infrastructure to support it all. Where innovation, policy, and public diplomacy intersect, IIP programs engage international audiences in sustained, meaningful interaction on the full spectrum of U.S. policy objectives. 

Office of Immigration Statistics - definitions and statistics

Ohio Jobs and Justice PAC

Oregonians for Immigration Reform (Oregon)

Otis L. Graham, Jr., author of Unguarded Gates

Outsource Outrage! - outsourcing video

Pennsylvanians Against Illegal Immigration (PAII) (Pennsylvania)

Predatory Aliens - crimes against children

Presidential Oath of Office


Project U.S.A.

Project Vote Smart - U.S. and local elected officials

ProjectUSA - billboard campaign

Quantification of Migration Viewing Emigration at Century’s End

Emigration: Implications for U.S. Immigration Policy Research, Prepared for the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, Washington, D.C.


Ranch Rescue (southern border states)

Reform and Enforcement

ReformUS.org - petition to the President

Rescue American Jobs

Rescue without Borders (Colorado based, focuses on protecting private property on the border, worldwide)

RIIGOR - Regional Interactive Immigration Group for Reform

Sachem Quality of Life (New York)

Save Our State (California)

Secured Borders U.S.A - petition

Send a brick to congress!

Smart Business Practices - encourage businesses to stop hiring illegal aliens

The Social Contract - books, publications, and The Social Contract - an excellent journal

SprawlCity - shows the surprising relationship between population growth and sprawl

Stand up for America

The Stein Report

Stop the FTAA - stop the Free Trade Area of the Americas agreement which incorporates an open borders agenda

StopAmnesty.US - 2004 news conference

Support Border Controls

SUSPS - Sierra Club members supporting US Population Stabilization

Team America - Political Action Committee to elect those who support defending America's borders

Tennesseans for Responsible Immigration Politics (Tennessee)

Listen to The Terry Anderson Show - Every Sunday evening on the internet. "If you ain't mad, you ain't payin' attention!"

Texans for Fair Immigration (Texas)

Texans for Immigration Reform (Texas)

Think Population

Tom Tancredo campaign website. Congressman Tancredo is leader of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus

Thomas provides detailed information on legislation, bills, Congressional Record, committee information

Thomas provides detailed information on legislation, bills, Congressional Record, committee information

Tri-state Immigration Moratorium (New York, New Jersey & Connecticut)

United Patriots (Let's Take Back America)

United to Secure America

U.S. Border Control - a lobbying organization

US Border Patrol Tucson Sector Local 2544 (Arizona)

U.S. Census Bureau and private Real Estate Center - state population data derived from the Census Bureau - CensusScope.org

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Gloria Chavez, Public Information Office, 202-927-1422 or gloria.chavez@cbp.gov

U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service - The Easiest and Fastest Way to Gain US Citizenship

U.S. Immigration Support

United States Immigration Reform PAC

Usenet newsgroups: alt.california.illegals, alt.politics.immigration. Browse archives with Google - select "Groups".

U.S. Library of Congress

Utahns for Immigration Reform and Enforcement (Utah)

VDARE - blog and articles on immigration

Veterans for Secure Borders





Each year, 50,000 immigrant visas are made available through a lottery to people who come from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. None of these visas are available for people who come from countries that have sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the past five years. The State Department's National Visa Center holds the lottery every year, and chooses winners randomly from all qualified entries. Anyone who is selected under this lottery will be given the opportunity to apply for permanent residence. If permanent residence is granted, then the individual will be authorized to live and work permanently in the United States. You will also be allowed to bring your spouse and any unmarried children under the age of 21 to the United States. 


DV Program 


The Congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Please Note: There have been instances of fraudulent websites posing as official U.S. Government sites. Some companies posing as the U.S. Government have sought money in order to "complete" lottery entry forms. There is no charge to download and complete the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form. To learn more see the Department of State website (Not Active http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants_types_diversity.html


Where can I get more information on the Diversity Visa Lottery? 


You may contact the U.S. Department of State hotline at 202-331-7199. You may also access the State Department's website, the lottery information will be located in the Visa Bulletin. http://www.greencards.com/lotteryInfo.htm

Vietnamese for Fair Immigration

Victims of illegal aliens

Virginia Coalition for Immigration Reform (Virginia)

Voice of Citizens Together / American Patrol

Wakeup America Foundation

Washingtonians for Immigration Reform (Washington)

Brenda Walker

White House - President George Bush, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20500; 202-456-1111 9-5 m-f; fax: 202-456-2461

World Population Awareness

Yahoo - map to find state and local officials

Yahoo groups - BorderWar, CloseTheBorders, mmp-chat, and many more

Yes On Prop 200 (Arizona 2004 initiative)

Yuma Patriots (Arizona)

Zazona Jobs Destruction Newsletter



Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez


Now in his tenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez has established himself as an effective legislator and energetic spokesman on behalf of his constituents in Illinois' Fourth District in the heart of Chicago. At the same time, Gutierrez' tireless leadership championing the causes of the Latino and immigrant communities has led to greater responsibilities within the U.S. Congress and has earned him widespread acclaim throughout the country.


As the first Latino to be elected to Congress from the Midwest, Gutierrez sought opportunities to address long-standing needs facing Latinos and immigrants in his diverse Congressional district, which is home to large and established communities of immigrants from Eastern Europe, Latin America, and elsewhere. During his first term in office in 1992, he led the fight to expand citizenship education and English language proficiency programs for newly-arrived immigrants. In Chicago, he has held citizenship workshops offering comprehensive assistance to prospective citizens that have helped more than 50,000 people take the first steps toward citizenship.


On the national level, there is no elected official more committed or more passionate about protecting and advocating for our nation's immigrant community than Rep. Gutierrez. He has been at the forefront of the effort to pass historic, bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation and helped guide the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act to passage in the House of Representatives in 2010. In 2009, he led a multi-city tour to raise the visibility of the toll of mass deportations on immigrant families and communities. The Familias Unidas/Families United tour helped reenergize the fight for immigration reform during the first half of President Obama's first term. He also worked closely with the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts to craft a bipartisan immigration reform package with Senate and House counterparts in the Republican Party, their work became the centerpiece of the national immigration debate.


Because of the Congressman's outstanding work on immigration issues, he was appointed Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force and has previously served as Chair of the Democratic Caucus Immigration Task Force. He is the Democratic Party's leading strategist and spokesperson on immigration issues. During the 110th and 111th Congress, he served as a Member of the Judiciary Committee's Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Subcommittee.


Rep. Gutierrez is also a Member of the Financial Services Committee and currently serves as Ranking Democratic Member on the Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing, and Community Opportunity. The subcommittee oversees a broad swath of policies related to the insurance industry, home ownership, and strategic investments in the health of neighborhoods and communities across the country. During his tenure as Chair of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit in the 110 and 111th Congress, Rep. Gutierrez played a critical role fighting for consumer protections and defending oversight provisions in the successful effort to pass the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Bill. His input was instrumental in the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Among his other important contributions to the final bill were new transparency and fee regulations governing the sending of remittances internationally. Rep. Gutierrez has also spearheaded efforts to bring more minorities into the banking system and has played a prominent role in cracking down on predatory lenders, including flagrant abuses in payday lending to the military. An amendment offered by Congressman Gutierrez in the Financial Services Committee to cap the interest on payday loans made to military families and provide them with other basic protections against abusive lenders, was signed into law in 2006.


On January 25, 2011, Rep. Gutierrez was appointed to the prestigious House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.

As a former member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, Rep. Gutierrez took the lead in calling for greater funding for Veterans health research and his hard work was instrumental in securing $92 million additional dollars for medical research, including tens of millions of dollars for prosthetics programs. While serving on the V.A. Committee, Gutierrez became the champion of victims of sexual trauma by winning passage of legislative language to provide counsel and treat veterans for sexual trauma. He continues to be a strong advocate for ensuring that Illinois veterans receive ample health benefits for their service. Gutierrez also led the fight to help Veterans affected by Agent Orange and his efforts resulted in the broadening of the eligibility and benefits now extended to those exposed to high levels of radiation during their tour of duty. Recently, he has championed the cause of military families and dependents facing separation or deportation because of America's inadequate and inflexible immigration laws.


Mass transit issues have also played a prominent role in Gutierrez' agenda. He secured more than $320 in federal dollars to reconstruct the aging Douglas Branch of the Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line, the "L" route which runs through the southwest side and suburbs in his district. He also introduced legislation offering tax credits to commuters who use public transit on a full-time basis. Gutierrez joined community and business leaders to implement creative ridership incentive programs and to press for the restoration of full service on the CTA.


Gutierrez was born in Chicago on December 10, 1953 and later moved to Puerto Rico, his parent's birthplace, before returning to Chicago to attend college. He graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in 1977 with a degree in English and worked as a teacher, social worker, cab driver, community activist, and city official until his election in 1986 as Alderman from the city's 26th ward. In the Chicago City Council, he led the fight for affordable housing, tougher ethics rules, and a law to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and was a key lieutenant in Mayor Harold Washington's progressive multi-ethnic coalition. Rep. Gutierrez and his wife Soraida have two daughters, Omaira and Jessica, and a grandson, Luisito.


Congressman Luis Gutierrez Introduces Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009




by Katherine Fennelly, Humphrey School, University of Minnesota


The U.S. immigration system cries out for reform – on this many politicians, pundits, and citizens can agree, even if they differ sharply on what needs to be done. The 2012 election season features much finger-pointing all around, with Republicans proclaiming that President Obama has “failed” to deliver comprehensive reform, while Democrats say that Congressional Republicans are blocking action. In fact, since the U.S. Congress must play a central role in enacting either comprehensive or piecemeal immigration rules, it is important to see what the House and Senate have done in recent times. My research associates and I have taken a close look at all policy activity in Congress between 1993 and 2010, examining all of the 363 immigration-related votes taken on laws, amendments, and procedures over that period.


This has been a period of fierce competition between Republicans and Democrats for electoral and policy advantages. Although both parties have internal divisions on immigration issues, Republicans have become increasingly committed to restrictionist measures and opposed to any steps that would seem to offer “amnesty” to undocumented people already in the United States. With overall polarization between the parties on the increase, bipartisan cooperation has been increasingly difficult and rare on any issue, including immigration. We tracked policymaking about immigration in periods of Democratic and Republican control of the White House and the two chambers of Congress. The big picture is one of little substantive action, but lots of symbolic gestures meant to signal each party’s position and to stymie efforts by the other party.


Not Many Substantive Steps


Although Congressional attention to immigration issues has waxed and waned, relatively few immigration-related bills were actually voted upon during the 18 years from 1993 to 2010, and only 22 out of 363 (6%) of the immigration-related votes taken were about the possible final passage of an immigration bill. If we include immigration-related amendments proposed during consideration of bills about other subjects, the total rises to 41 out of 363 (or 11%).


Among the significant laws were three passed in 1996: the Welfare Reform Act that limited immigrants’ access to federal social benefits; the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act that increased penalties for unauthorized immigrants; and the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act making it easier to arrest, detain, and deport noncitizens who commit crimes.


Unity Only on Restrictive Measures


Terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 also spurred legislation that significantly affected immigrants, although many of the reverberations were long-term. The combined chambers voted on immigration three times between January 1 and September 11 of 2001, but took 16 immigration-related votes between September 12, 2001 and the end of 2002. Even so, the Read more in Katherine Fennelly, Kathryn Pearson and Silvana Hackett, “The U.S. Congressional Immigration Agenda: Partisan Politics, Policy Stalemate, and Political Posturing,” presented at the Political Studies Association, Belfast, Northern Ireland, April 5, 2012. www.scholarsstrategynetwork.org May 2012.  Even so, the crescendo of votes occurred a few years later. Overall, the 109th and 110th Congresses during the George W. Bush presidency accounted for over half of all immigration votes during the period we studied.


Tellingly, restrictive measures accounted for almost two thirds of the 227 votes that actually passed between 1993 to 2010 – and a quarter dealt with border screening and security. The largest number were proposed and passed during Republican control of Congress and the White House in 2005-6, although the next highest number happened while Democrats held Congress and Republican George W. Bush was still president during 2007 and 2008. The modest bipartisan unity created, albeit briefly, by the attacks of September 11, 2001 extended to immigration policymaking and resulted in the passage of increasingly punitive proposals. Bipartisanship on immigration faltered before long, but the focus on punitive measures persisted.


The parties also parted company on many aspects of immigration regulation. In several of the Congressional sessions we surveyed, votes on immigration issues were even more likely to pit a majority of Democrats against a majority of Republicans than the entire set of Congressional votes on all topics. The tendency toward partisan division grew over the period we studied.


Procedural Votes as Political Weapons


Congressional maneuvers after 1993 have led to stalemates that block comprehensive reforms, with the two parties resorting to procedural votes to control legislative agendas and stifle major changes. Both Republican and Democratic presidents have called for comprehensive reforms that might marry tougher enforcement at the nation’s borders with new routes to legal status for undocumented immigrants already living or working in the country – or at least for their offspring brought to the United States as small children. But Democrats only briefly had enough votes or unity to pass such measures on their own, and the Congressional GOP has recently shifted toward almost unanimous opposition to reforms that include amnesty.

As Congress has become more polarized, both Democrats and Republicans have used procedural votes or poison-pill amendments as weapons to shape legislation, prevent the other party from offering their proposals, or kill legislation altogether. Of the 363 votes in our data set, 211 (58%) were votes on amendments, and 130 (more than a third) dealt with Congressional procedures. Such votes increasingly take up Congressional time, but do not further compromise or significantly reform America’s immigration system.

Read more in Katherine Fennelly, Kathryn Pearson and Silvana Hackett, “The U.S. Congressional Immigration Agenda: Partisan Politics, Policy Stalemate, and Political Posturing,” presented at the Political Studies Association, Belfast, Northern Ireland, April 5, 2012. www.scholarsstrategynetwork.org http://www.scholarsstrategynetwork.org/sites/default/files/ssn_key_findings_fennelly_on_congressional_polarization.pdf


Emigration – What some people think


Memo from Mexico, By Allan Wall - September 23, 2003

Mexico Has No Intention Of Decreasing Emigration


Could mass Mexican immigration to the United States be only a transitional phenomenon until Mexico gets its economy in order?


A hypothetical question, of course, since Mexico is a long way from getting its economic house in order.


But this is the answer: don't count on a decrease in emigration from Mexico any time. The Mexican government has no intention of decreasing it. In fact, it's working hard to increase emigration.


According to a document issued in November of 2001 by CONAPO, the Mexican National Population Council, even with a decrease in the birth rate and an improved Mexican economy, emigration to the U.S. will not diminish for at least the next 30 years! CONAPO called this emigration “inevitable.” Of course what CONAPO really means by "inevitable" is that it doesn't want it stopped.


The Mexican central bank reported that income from remittances from Mexican migrants in the U.S. toped that of every other sector other than petroleum in 2003. Migration, in other words, earns more for Mexico than tourism, more than manufacturing, more than mining, more than agriculture, more than direct foreign investment in Mexico.


In just the first 6 months of 2003, recorded earnings from remittances totaled $6.3 billion (Petroleum – over $8 billion, direct foreign investment – $5.2 billion, Tourism – $4.9 billion). [Mexican Central Bank: Money Sent Home By Migrants Tops Foreign Investment, Tourism by Mark Stevenson, Associated Press, August 29th, 2003].



Mexico has great economic potential. It's a tourist bonanza with some of the world's finest beaches, colonial architecture, pre-Hispanic archaeology, and more. Mexico has mineral wealth – for example, it's the world's number one in silver reserves - a large industrial sector, a highly-educated upper class and a small but growing high-tech industry. Mexican agriculture is blessed with a wide variety of ecosystems and long growing seasons.


Yet, except for petroleum, not one of these sources of wealth production can surpass the value of remittances from migrants in the U.S.!


This is a stunning indictment. How could a modern nation-state allow itself to get into such a predicament?


This incredible failure should be a first-class embarrassment for Mexico's ruling class. Instead, it's being utilized for political gain. The power of migrant remittances in the economy is yet another built-in disincentive to reform Mexico's economy.


Where does remittance money go? It goes to buy groceries, consumer goods and into home improvement. In some cases it encourages its recipients not to take up productive work in Mexico. Very little of remittance funds are channeled into savings or productive investment in Mexico. Once again, no incentive for emigration reduction.


Indeed, Mexico is losing its attraction for foreign investment due in part to its government's ongoing failure to enact reform in the fiscal and energy sectors [México pierde su atractiva, Romina Róman, Universal, September 11th, 2003]. Why should it, with that emigration safety valve?


You can't blame Vicente Fox for the economic and political errors of the 71 years before he took office. On the other hand, his election provided a window of opportunity which his administration has failed to exploit.


Fox defenders blame the Mexican Congress, which does deserve its share of the blame. However, there are elements in the PRI – the former ruling party – open to energy reform. Why can't Fox build a coalition with this faction - as Ronald Reagan did with southern Democrats in the 1980's?  The Fox administration has simply not shown the necessary political skills for such coalition-building.


Instead, Fox's obsession with emigration has diverted time and political capital which could have been spent more constructively in substantial reforms.


Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Ernesto Derbez, who recently declared that Mexico would give the U.S. nothing in exchange for a migratory accord, laid out the goals of Mexican foreign policy in a recent Reforma article. Generally, these goals are what you would expect given the globalist principles outlined in Vicente Fox's Madrid speech. But of special interest to the U.S. National Question is one item that Foreign Minister Derbez describes thusly:


"Through our network of 45 consulates, we reinforce attention to the needs of our fellow Mexicans in the United States regardless of their legal or migratory status…We seek with our northern neighbor the negotiation of a total migratory package which includes (a) the regularization of undocumented [a.k.a. illegal] Mexicans resident in that country, (b) border security, (c)an increase in the number of visas for temporary workers and (d) regional economic development.


"Besides seeking a total migratory package defined above, with the goal of improving living conditions of our fellow Mexicans, we have issued in the past year 1, 130,000 matriculas consulares. [They are] accepted in 280 banking institutions and in 32 states of that country [the U.S.] The [U.S.] Department of the Treasury announced yesterday that it permits the use of the matricula by commercial banking. This will doubtless increase its acceptance, to the benefit of all Mexicans.


"In April we established the Institute of Mexicans Abroad, whose Consultative Council is composed of 100 consultants, elected directly by the Mexican Communities, which institutionalizes the relationship between Mexico and the communities abroad." [Estrategias de la Nueva Política Exterior de México, Luis Ernesto Derbez, Reforma, September 19th, 2003].


Notice that, as usual, the Mexican foreign ministry is closely monitoring the matricula consular situation, pushing for a migratory accord, and utilizing Mexican consulates as operational bases for the continuing colonization of the United States.


Americans need to understand that Mexico's leaders, who head its white minority government, have no intention whatsoever of reducing emigration. Why should they? Emigration keeps them in power. It removes a portion of Mexico's poor, reducing demographic pressure on the government. And, as recent Mexican administrations have learned, it gives Mexico an opportunity to exert influence over U.S. immigration policy, which enables the cycle to continue.


In Mexico's fractious political world, "defending the immigrants" is one issue which draws support across the political spectrum. All political parties and centers of influence support the continued promotion of emigration and the concomitant subversion of American law and sovereignty.


Cutting off emigration would do Mexico a gigantic favor. It would finally force the ruling elite to break the addiction to its emigration safety valve.


Still, we can't expect the Mexican government to defend U.S. sovereignty. That's the job of American leaders.


If our leaders won't defend our sovereignty, shouldn't we replace them with leaders who do?


American citizen Allan Wall lives and works legally in Mexico, where he holds an FM-2 residency and work permit, but serves six weeks a year with the Texas Army National Guard, in a unit composed almost entirely of Americans of Mexican ancestry. His VDARE.COM articles are archived here; his FRONTPAGEMAG.COM articles are archived here; his website is here. Readers can contact Allan Wall at allan39@prodigy.net.mx.



How To Help Mexico—Close The Border!


For years I have contended that today’s mass emigration from Mexico to the U.S. is harmful to Mexico. It encourages the Mexican government to export the people rather than solve the problems here in Mexico. It exacerbates family disintegration and social problems. It distorts local economies. (See my previous article Does Emigration Really Help Mexico?).


For Mexico, emigration is like an addictive drug that encourages Mexicans to escape to the U.S. rather than solve the problems here.


There are actually people here in Mexico who agree with me on this point.


Certainly, the politicians of all parties continue to bash Americans for wanting to control our border. That’s not surprising.


But some Mexicans have recently made the same argument I have been making. It’s not that they read my articles, it’s just that they looked through the rhetoric and followed the same logic.


Primitivo Rodriguez has been an advisor to the Mexican government, and worked in the U.S. for the American Friends Service Committee. When asked his opinion of the U.S. building a wall on the border, Rodriguez replied:


"It’s fantastic. It’s the best thing that could happen for migrants, and for Mexico." [ Some in Mexico See Border Wall as Opportunity, by Ginger Thompson, New York Times,May 25th, 2006]


As Rodriguez has pointed out, the U.S. only controls its border in a piecemeal fashion. Said Rodriguez:


"Until now the policy of the United States has not been to close the border to illegal migration, but to detour it. And by detouring it they have caused unprecedented levels of death, abuse and organized crime."


In other words, if you’re going to control the border, control all of it. Sounds good to me.


Primitivo Rodriguez thinks that if the U.S. really closed its border, then Mexico would be forced put its house in order. Which is what I’ve been saying all along.


Another Mexican critic of Mexico’s emigration policy is Jorge Santibañez, who is president of the College of the Northern Border. According to Santibañez:


"For too long, Mexico has boasted about immigrants leaving, calling them national heroes, instead of describing them as actors in a national tragedy. And it has boasted about the growth of remittances as an indicator of success, when it is really an indicator of failure."


Amen to that.


As I have pointed out previously, emigration is bad for family life. Some Mexican men utilize it to ditch their families and start over in the U.S.A. (See " Deadbeat Dads Don’t Stop at the Rio Grande.").


For a concrete example of how emigration has separated families and harmed local culture, visit the website of the abandoned ladies in the village of Tecalpulco, which has been adversely impacted by mass emigration.


These women’s message is:


"Please close the United States border to Illegal Migration. Help us to Keep our Husbands Home with our Families."


Several months ago, Vicente Fox himself spoke about Mexico’s maquiladora industries and said that


"Right now, we have a deficit of 100,000 workers in the border maquiladora industries that we need to fill." [ Fox Q & A, Looking Back, and Ahead Business Week Online March 10th, 2006]


Think about it! A deficit of 100,000 workers in a Mexican industry.


That means if the U.S. were to deport 100,000 Mexican illegal aliens, they could immediately find work in Mexico upon crossing the border!


It’s common for both proponents of open borders and immigration restrictionists to portray Mexico as more economically miserable than it really is.


Certainly, Mexico is a much poorer country than the U.S.A.


But by world standards, Mexico is not among the world’s poorest nations. According to the CIA world factbook, Mexico’s GDP per capita is $10,000. That’s only a quarter of that of the United States ($41,800), but it’s still higher than the world average of $9,300.

The UN has a Human Development Index (HDI) which calculates countries’ quality of life based on life expectancy, educational attainment and adjusted real income.


The list goes from #1 Norway to #177 Niger. Mexico ranks #53, above some eastern European countries. Mexico has a higher score than neighbors Belize (#91) and Guatemala (#117).


But hardly anybody compares Mexico to Guatemala or Niger. It’s always the U.S. they compare it to.


Mexico’s per capita income is about a quarter that of the U.S. This means that Mexicans can make more money in the U.S. than in Mexico. Therefore, they want to work in the U.S. That includes middle class Mexicans, who form a growing proportion of today’s immigrants. [ Recent immigrants educated, employed but seek better jobs By Laurence Iliff, The Dallas Morning News,June 6th, 2006].


Even the Mexican government has admitted that many emigrants to the U.S. already had jobs here in Mexico before emigrating.


There is still too much poverty in Mexico. The lowest 40% of the population earns 10% of the income. But emigration isn’t solving the problem. In fact, the poorest Mexicans are too poor to emigrate.


A Mexican government that was serious about economic reform could make a real difference. I would suggest they privatize more of the economy, including the energy sector. The taxation system should be improved and de-centralized. It should be made easier to start new businesses. And the highly defective property title law needs real reform. Such changes could make a real difference.


When Vicente Fox was elected six years ago we were told what great things he would do.


Fox did do well with the financial fundamentals. The peso is stable, and that’s great.


But Mexico’s economy is not growing enough to move more Mexicans from poverty to the middle class. For that it needs economic reform. But Fox was too busy spending his time, energy and political capital on getting Mexicans out of the country.


We can expect the same of Felipe Calderon, Mexico’s apparent president-elect, who already has a wish list of what he wants from the United States—both mass immigration and U.S. aid. If somehow Lopez Obrador becomes president, he wants the same.


Certainly, an improvement in Mexico’s economy would help the United States. But why should the U.S. have to both provide massive aid for Mexico AND continue to take in immigrants from Mexico? That makes no sense.


The Mexican government is not going to reform its economy as long as we allow mass emigration of Mexicans to the U.S. There simply is no incentive to do so.


What Mexico needs is some tough love from the U.S.A.


We need to close up our border and control illegal immigration. That includes punishing the employers who hire illegal aliens, and closing up the anchor baby loophole.


We need to cut legal immigration. The U.S. has 300 million residents and doesn’t need more workers.


We need to build that border wall. Besides its practicality, it would be a tangible monument that our country was serious about controlling its border.


All these measures would help Mexico. When Mexican leaders see that we’ve closed the border, they would have to get serious about reform.


That would be better for both our nations.


So let’s help Mexico—by Closing the Border.


American citizen Allan Wall (email him) resides in Mexico, with a legal permit issued him by the Mexican government. Allan recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq with the Texas Army National Guard. His VDARE.COM articles are archived here; his FRONTPAGEMAG.COM articles are archived here his "Dispatches from Iraq" are archived here his website is here.




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Immigration Legislation


Congress has passed numerous bills regarding U.S. immigration. Some of the bills have benefited or penalized millions of immigrants while private bills have been introduced to benefit one immigrant or one family of immigrants.


This page links to the complete text of pending immigration bills introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives. It also links to videos and the text of witness testimony before Congressional Committees and Subcommittees regarding immigration. Whether you are interested in Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the Secure Borders Act, the DREAM Act, the AgJobs bill, the Domestic Partners bill or any other piece of immigration legislation, this is a good place to begin your research.


We hope that the information contained on this page assists you in understanding how U.S. immigration laws and procedures affect you no matter whether you are a person are seeking a visa, a green card or U.S. citizenship, or whether you are an employer sponsoring foreign-born professionals for immigration benefits.




Bill Summary & Status
112th Congress (2011 - 2012)

(Introduced in Senate - IS)

Latest Title: S.1258 -- Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011

Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 6/22/2011)      Cosponsors (10)
Related Bills: H.R.1293H.R.2169H.R.3017S.656S.952
Latest Major Action: 6/22/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.



· House Bill to Block Obama’s Prosecutorial Discretion for DREAMers (H.R.5953) (6-19-12) 

· House Bill to Stop Obama’s Deferred Action Policy for DREAMers (H.R.5957) (6-19-12) 

· President Signs Bill to Make Israeli Nationals Eligible to Receive E-2 Visas (H.R. 3992) (6-11-12) 

· Sen. Grassley Sends Letter to the Comptroller General of the Government Accountability Office Requesting Investigation of the Current 29-month F-1 Student OPT Program (5-31-12) 

· Rep. Donna Christensen Introduces House Bill to Permanently Reauthorize the Regional Center Investor Immigrant Program (H.R. 5874) (5-31-12)

· Rep. David Rivera Introduces “Studying Towards Adjusted Residency Status (STARS)” Act in the House (H.R. 5869) (5-30-12)

· Sen. Patrick Leahy Introduces Bill to Permanently Reauthorize E-Verify, EB-5, Conrad 30 IMG and Non-Minister Religious Worker Program (5-24-12)

· Senate Passes Israeli E-2 Bill (H.R. 3992) (5-24-12)

· Smart Act of 2012 – Eliminating Diversity Visa Lottery (S. 3835) (5-24-12)

· The Smart Jobs Act – Establishes F-4 Visas for STEM Students and Allows for Permanent Residency if Employed in Their Field (5-23-12)

· The Start-up Act – STEM Legislation That Would Eliminate Per-Country Limits on Employment Based Immigration (S. 3217) (5-22-12)

· Securing the Talent America Requires for the 21st Century Act of 2012 – STAR Act (S. 3835) (5-15-12)

· VAWA Reauthorization – Passed House Judiciary Committee May 8, 2012 (H.R. 4970) (4-27-12)

· H.J. Resolution Disapproving a Rule Submitted by the Department of Labor Regarding H-2B Program (2-17-12)

· Bill to Grant E-2 Non-immigrant Visas to Israeli Nationals (2-9-12)

· Bill to Grant Residency to DREAMer Students (H.R. 3823) (1-24-2012)

· “Scott Gardner Act” Regarding Undocumented Individuals Apprehended for Driving While Intoxicated or Related Offense (H.R. 3808)(1-23-12)

· Senator Grassley’s Amendment to H.R. 3012 (12-15-2011)

· STEM Act Introduced to Promote Investment and Research in the United States (S.1986)(12-13-11)

· Bill to Eliminate Per-Country Numerical Limitation for Employment Based Immigrants and Increase Caps for Family Based Immigrants (S.1983)(12-13-11)

· “The Conrad State 30 Improvement Act” to Provide Incentives for Physicians to Practice in Rural/Medically Underserved Areas (S.1979) (12-13-11)

· Senator Grassley Places a Hold on H.R. 3012 (11-30-11)

· Bill to Eliminate/Expand Per Country Quotas Passes in the House (H.R. 3012) (11-29-2011)

· Rep. Jack Kingston (R) of Georgia to Reform the Migrant Farm Worker Program (11-17-11)

· S. 1857 “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act ” (11-10-11)

· S. 1487 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 2011 (11-8-11)

· Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho Introduces H.R. 3146 to promote investment and research in the U.S. (10-11-11)

· Rep. Lofgren Introduces “Protecting American Families and Businesses Act of 2011″ (H.R. 3119) (10-06-11)

· Rep. Chaffetz Introduces H.R. 3012 to Lift Per-country Percentage Caps on Employment-based Visas (9-22-11)

· Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma Introduces S.1545 Proposing to Make Taiwan a VWP Country (9-14-11)

· Rep. Daniel Lungren of California Introduces H.R. 2895 for Temporary Agricultural Workers (9-13-11)

· Rep. Lamar Smith Introduces H.R. 2885, “The Legal Workforce Act”, Making E-Verify Mandatory (9-12-11)

· Chinese Media Reciprocity Act of 2011 Introduced in House (H.R. 2899) (9-11-11) 

· Rep. Lamar Smith Introduces H.R. 2847,  “American Specialty Agriculture Act” (9-7-11)

· Rep. Lamar Smith Introduces H.R. 2497 to Stop Deferment of Deportation for Undocumented (7-12-11)

· Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) Bill Introduced in the Senate (6-22-11)

· Rep. Lamar Smith Introduces H.R. 2164 to Make E-Verify Mandatory for Employers (6-14-11)

· Rep. Zoe Lofgren Introduces IDEA Act of 2011 (6-14-11)

· Rep. Lamar Smith Introduces H.R. 1932 to broaden government authority to detain noncitizens (5-23-11)

· Rep. Lamar Smith Introduces H.R. 1933 to Allow Foreign Nurses to Work in Underserved Areas (5-23-11)

· Rep. James Sensenbrenner Introduces H.R. 1929 to Reduce Nurse Shortage (5-16-11)

· President Obama’s Immigration Speech (5-10-11)

· Border Security Enforcement Act of 2011 (04-13-11)

· Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 (04-05-11)

· The Start-Up Visa Act of 2011 (3-17-11)

· Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification and Immigration Control Act (1-26-11)

· Senator Harry Reid Introduces S.6 to Reform America’s Immigration System (1-26-11)

· Rep. Zoe Lofgren Introduces H.R. 398 to Toll, During Active-duty Service Abroad in the Armed Forces, the Periods of Time to File a Petition and Appear for Interview to Remove Conditions (1-26-11)

· Rep. Jeff Flake Introduces H.R. 399 to Authorize Aliens with a Ph.D. Degree from an American Institutions in Certain Fields to Obtain Permanent Residence (1-26-11)

· Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard introduces H.R. 393, a private bill for our client the Duran Family (1-20-11)

· Rep. Gallegly Introduces H.R. 282 To Require Federal Contractors to participate in the E-Verify Program for Employment Eligibility Verification (1-12-11)

· Rep. Steve King Introduces H.R. 140 to Amend Section 301, INA to Clarify Classes of Individuals Born in the U.S. Who are Nationals and Citizens of the U.S. (1-06-11)

· Rep. Darrell Issa Introduces H.R. 46 to Amend the Immigration and Nationality Act (1-06-11)

· Rep. Darrell Issa Introduces H.R. 43 to Eliminate the Visa Lottery and Give 55,000 Green Cards to Persons with Advanced Degrees from U.S. Universities (1-06-11)




Obama Exercises Prosecutorial Discretion to Stop Deportation of Young Illegal Immigrants (6-15-12)

· Frequently Asked Questions on Deferred Action DREAMer Memorandum (6-18-12)

· The White House Immigration Page

· On One-Year Anniversary of Startup America Initiative President Obama Sends Startup America Legislative Agenda to Congress (January 31, 2012)

· Executive Order Establishing Visa and Foreign Visitor Processing Goals (January 19, 2012)

· The Startup America Legislative Agenda

· The White House Blog – Immigration Update: Maximizing Public Safety and Better Focusing Resources (August 18, 2011)

· The White House Blog – Immigration & Winning the Future (January 27, 2010)

· Statement by the President on the Passage of the Southwest Border Security Bill (August 12, 2010)

· Christian Science Monitor - Can an overloaded Congress get to immigration reform?  Congress has a full plate before November's midterms. Financial reform is likely to pass. But energy reform and immigration reform look like long shots. Here's what is on the docket - By Gail Russell Chaddock, Staff writer / July 12, 2010

· President Obama’s Immigration Speech: Full Transcript & Video (July 1, 2010)

Working Together for Immigration Reform (June 25, 2009)







2006 and Earlier




·  The Immigration and Nationality Act (USCIS)

o Public Laws Amending the INA (USCIS)

o Search Immigration Regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

 Browse the USCIS Regulations

· USCIS Operations Instructions

· USCIS Interpretations

· The Federal Register (Daily listing of Federal Regulations)

o USCIS Federal Register Announcements

o Search the United States Code (Titles 1 – 50)

o Search the Congressional Record

o How A Bill Becomes A Law

o Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet

o To Obtain/Download Full Text of Legislation

o Congressional Immigration Hearings (1923-2006) – Library of Congress

o Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports – Immigration

o General Accountability Office (GAO) Immigration Reports

o GAO Report: Action Needed to Address Risks and Strengthen Overstay Enforcement (12-7-11)


EQNEEDF views on Politics, Environment, Energy, Health, National, and Foreign Affairs

U.S. Immigration Organizations and Resources - Part I of IV

U.S. Guest Workers Program Ideas and Proposals - Part II of IV - 2012

U.S. Guest Workers Program Ideas and Proposals - Part III of IV - 2012

U.S. Guest Workers Program Ideas and Proposals - Part III of IV - 2016 & 2017

EQNEEDF views on Politics, Environment, Energy, Health, National, and Foreign Affairs

U.S. Immigration Organizations and Resources

Part I of IV