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Mark Krikorian

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March 2011: '“These people aren’t doing anything in violation of our laws,” said Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates tougher immigration controls. “But if anything, it is worse than illegal immigrants delivering a baby here. Those kids are socialized as Americans. This phenomenon of coming to the U.S. and then leaving with people who have unlimited access to come back is just ridiculous.”'

January 2008: '"It's easier for people psychologically to talk about the illegality, because there's a good deal of ambivalence on immigration among all Americans," said Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington think tank that advocates for limits on all immigration. "The thing that's easiest to address is the illegality, so that's to some extent what you're seeing."'

November 2007: 'The biggest change is in the political climate,' says Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, an advocacy group that opposes illegal immigration. 'Before the collapse of the comprehensive amnesty bill, a lot of people thought they would pass piecemeal the DREAM Act and smaller amnesties. Now they can't even get their consolation prizes through Congress.'

July 2007: 'It really does highlight the absurdity of 'permanent temporary status,' ' Krikorian said. 'If we're going to grant temporary status to somebody, it should be temporary. Either we make them leave or we convert their status to something permanent.'

October 2006: Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which opposes immigration increases, expressed regret for illegal immigrants who fell sick after working at Ground Zero but said they should not have been allowed to enter the country illegally.

May 2006: 'These are cosmetic efforts to persuade Congress to pass an amnesty,' said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, an advocate of stronger workplace enforcement.


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Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) Organization Jun 9, 2006

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Mar 28, 2011 Arriving as Pregnant Tourists, Leaving With American Babies

QUOTE: For months, officials say, the house was home to “maternity tourists,” in this case, women from China who had paid tens of thousands of dollars to deliver their babies in the United States, making the infants automatic American citizens. Officials shut down the home, sending the 10 mothers who had been living there with their babies to nearby motels.

New York Times
Jan 10, 2008 Differing Views of 'IIlegal': Many Undocumented Immigrants Say They Resent Being Treated Like Criminals, But Some of Their Opponents Say There's No Gray Area When Laws Are Broken

QUOTE: To many illegal immigrants, sneaking into the United States is at worst a minor violation -- a breach of the rules so small, and so necessary, as to be beyond even mild reproach. To many Americans, the act of entering the United States without permission taints every aspect of an illegal immigrant's existence in the country.

Washington Post
Nov 09, 2007 Border issue vexes Congress: Facing a tight budget, lawmakers are struggling to pass even popular issues like a border fence.

QUOTE: With time running out, the best prospect for any immigration measure is to be added to one of the must-pass spending bills for fiscal year 2008. But even measures with broad-based support, such as strengthening borders, are becoming grist for partisan firefights.

Christian Science Monitor
Oct 03, 2007 U.S. sailor: Don't deport my wife

QUOTE: urging officials to consider some sort of policy to deal with cases like his, where military members' families could be deported while they're defending their country overseas.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 16, 2007 Fearful Liberians Face U.S. Deadline For Deportation: Refugees of War-Ravaged Land Ordered to 'Still Volatile' Nation

QUOTE: Fear and anger are pulsing these days through the Liberian community in [America]. Barring action by the Bush administration or Congress...3,500 Liberians will be subject to deportation Oct 1. Since 1991, they have been allowed to live and work in the United States...

Washington Post
Jun 03, 2007 Why Won't We Let Them Fill the Ranks?

QUOTE: [The U.S.] military [is] in the middle of a vicious war, stretched to the breaking point for want of fresh recruits, and a potential recruit rejected for want of legal immigration papers... It's the bitter politics of immigration that's getting in the way.

Washington Post
May 25, 2007 Worker Visas Intensify Debate on Immigration: Skilled Foreigners Embraced, Envied

QUOTE: as the emotionally charged issue of immigration consumes the U.S. Senate and the nation this month, skilled foreign professionals are almost as contentious a part of the restructuring debate as impoverished illegal immigrants who sneak across the Mexican border to harvest crops or hang drywall. In many ways, the proposed legislation favors high-skilled immigrants and the industries that employ them.

Washington Post
Apr 02, 2007 Pleading to Stay a Family: Raids on Illegal Immigrants Have Their U.S.-Born Children Fearing Separation -- and Some Are Lobbying Capitol Hill

QUOTE: As the government's crackdown on illegal immigrant workers has intensified in recent months, so have the consequences for a large subgroup of U.S. citizens: American-born children of illegal immigrants...Until recently, their parents' illegal status had limited impact on these children's lives, because, although every year hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants are detained attempting to cross the U.S. border, once they make it in, they are rarely caught.

Washington Post
Oct 08, 2006 Advocates Say Illegal Workers Suffer After 9/11 Cleanup: But a Recent N.Y. Program Offers Help to Many With Lung, Other Diseases

QUOTE: "Immigrants died in those towers. They wanted to be part of the recovery of this nation." But when a backlash developed against the huge wave of illegal immigration, "they changed the DMV laws, and a lot of asbestos workers lost their licenses because they couldn't get a picture ID," Calderón said. "A lot of them are sick now, without work. They've lost their insurance. They lost their incomes. They lost everything."

Washington Post
Jun 19, 2006 Illegal Hiring Is Rarely Penalized: Politics, 9/11 Cited in Lax Enforcement

QUOTE: The Bush administration, which is vowing to crack down on U.S. companies that hire illegal workers, virtually abandoned such employer sanctions before it began pushing to overhaul U.S. immigration laws last year, government statistics show.

Washington Post
May 26, 2006 Critics Say Bill Diminishes Due Process for Immigrants

QUOTE: advocates of expanded immigration rights complain that "hidden traps" woven through the bill's 300 pages erode significant due-process protections for all foreign-born people living in the United States.

Washington Post
May 10, 2006 Arrests Target Use of Illegal Workers

QUOTE: [arrests of-Ed.] 76 illegal immigrants at a Kentucky home-building company, continuing a promised government crackdown on employers that rely on illegal labor...advocates on both sides of the debate said recent U.S. practice makes them skeptical that the arrests are more than a public relations effort.

Washington Post
Jan 07, 2004 Bush Would Give Illegal Workers Broad New Rights

QUOTE: Under Mr. Bush's proposal, which effectively amounts to an amnesty program for illegal immigrants with jobs in the United States, an undocumented worker could apply for temporary worker status here for an unspecified number of years, with all the employee benefits, like minimum wage and due process, accorded to those legally employed.

New York Times