An Immigration Reform Agenda for the 114th Congress

Immigration Reform, April 14, 2015

Illegal immigration and mass immigration are detrimental to the quality of life in the United States. The American family is increasingly bearing the costs of urban sprawl, environmental degradation, traffic congestion, increased crime, overburdened health care, overwhelmed public schools, and debt-ridden state and municipal governments–all results of uncontrolled immigration. The fiscal costs of immigration, legal and illegal, have always been substantial, but with the recent economic downturn, these costs have become even more burdensome. FAIR estimates that the annual cost of illegal immigration alone to the American taxpayer–after accounting for tax revenue received from illegal aliens–is roughly $113 billion. Congress and the federal government must restore legitimacy to the U.S. immigration system by ensuring that existing immigration laws are enforced and passing new legislation that will curtail legal immigration and improve the quality of life for all Americans.

Unfortunately, over the past two years lawmakers made little progress on immigration, despite the urgent need to do so. As the 113th Congress was sworn in, the U.S. was continuing to dig itself out of the worst recession to hit our nation since the Great Depression. Unemployment had dropped to roughly eight percent, but official data showed that the decrease was largely due to Americans dropping out of the labor market, with the labor force participation rate dropping to under 64 percent. Moreover, data also showed that immigrants benefitted disproportionately from the creation of new jobs.

FAIR presents this Immigration Reform Agenda for the 114th Congress as a guide for ending illegal immigration, curbing executive overreach, reducing legal immigration to a more sustainable level, and improving/enhancing national security–thereby lifting the burden on the American taxpayer, and improving our quality of life.

We look forward to working with you through the 114th Congress. The full report is available in PDF.

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  • JohnEngelman

    More people mean that there is less of everything good to go around. That should be understandable to anyone. The relationship can be explained by an equation:

    (natural resources x level of technology) / human population = average standard of living.

    More immigrants mean more customers and more job applicants. By the law of supply and demand this means higher prices, lower wages, and higher profits.

    • Bossman

      Economics is not an exact science. Still the USA is doing much better than many other advance countries. I cannot think of any other country that is better than the USA.

      • You can’t?
        1. Switzerland
        2. Denmark
        3. Australia
        4. Canada
        5. Sweden
        6. Norway
        7. New Zealand
        8. Ireland
        9. Luxemburg
        10. Germany
        I think that was the Forbes list of the Ten Best Countries to live in. The United States was not among them. And keep in mind, that our economy only seems much greater than it is because our TOP ONE PERCENT is doing so well. They are in the position to take advantage of the cheap labor.

        • JohnEngelman

          I am glad someone else said this first, but of course I agree.

          • Guest

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        • InAFreeCountry

          Maybe Canada will take me in as an economic refugee when the collapse comes if I learn Arabic.

          • Whitetrashgang

            Nah, just French or Hebrew.

      • stedman holder

        Then why are you constantly pimping mexico and its sub-human hoards. America not continue to be great as more and more of your parasite leech family members arrive, Go improve mexico.

      • WR_the_realist

        You could have fooled me. We look good only compared to complete basket cases like our southern neighbor.

      • JohnEngelman

        The United States is a great country to be rich in. Even that will change when rich people need to live in fortified compounds guarded by private armies of armed security guards.

  • MooTieFighter

    When we collapse our own financial structure (and we will). Who is going to aid all these other countries? Despite the left’s lies that we are a horrendous country, we are the most charitable. We want be for much longer.

  • LexiconD1

    They’ve been costing us a $113 BILLION for years now, this number is old. It’s much much much MORE now.

    • Susannah

      Correct, like the “11 million” illegals for many years now. Also, most social costs of our dispossession are incalculable.

  • Hilis Hatki

    The 114th Congress?
    In the words of Governor William J. Lepetomane…

    “Harrumph! Harrumph! Harrumph!”

  • Bossman

    Canada and Australia are taking in more people proportionate to their size than the USA.

    • stedman holder

      And they are paying the price in crime poverty and cultural erosion.

  • listenupbub

    Immigration Reform Agenda for the 114th Congress is, unfortunately, a waste of time. It is falling on deaf ears.

    Respect to the people who worked hard to put this research together, though.

    • WR_the_realist

      Exactly. The Federation for American Immigration Reform has been fighting the good fight for decades, they’ve even earned the coveted status of “hate group” by the $PLC, but what good has it done? Congress only listens to the 0.1%.

      • Blackfish

        But Hillary just had coffee with “everyday Americans” in Iowa. I’m sure she heard lots of good ideas!

        /sarc

  • I agree. But who cares? We are just the peasants, the “Kulaks.” Powerful special interest groups benefit from all this, and that is why it won’t be stopped. I am sorry to be so pessimistic, but we mustn’t ignore the truth.