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No immigration plan that does not make “fixing” the current situation first makes any sense, does it?

Here to help us to answer that question and others is Mark Krikorian, a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues, has served as Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since 1995. The Center, an independent, non-partisan research organization in Washington, D.C., examines and critiques the impact of immigration on the United States. Animated by a pro-immigrant, low-immigration vision which seeks fewer immigrants but a warmer welcome for those admitted.

In the Numbers:

1 million legal immigrants to the US every year for most of the last 40 years

2 million illegal immigrants who were granted “amnesty” in the 1980s in exchange for stronger immigration law and regulation (that never happened – i.e. mandatory E Verify)

An estimated 12 million undocumented workers in the USA today – we really aren’t sure of that number at all.

DACA and the minor children of those how many millions living in limbo

100,000 Central Americans storming the southern border in March and, again, in April – showing no signs of slowing –

  • And probably another 50,000 global persons overstayed the visitor visas to US in the same time period.

Our immigration system is a mess and the just announced Trump Administration Plan on Immigration doesn’t address any of these issues before implementing it’s new “merit based” legal immigration system.

Here’s a hint: Mark Krikorian, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and I cannot all be wrong. A strong first step toward fixing our immigration system is a mandatory E-Verify System for all new hires in the country that is enforced with strict employer-based fines.

Graphic Courtesy of Politico.Com

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