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Center for Immigration Studies (CIS)

Self Description

December 2005: "The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research organization founded in 1985. It is the nation's only think tank devoted exclusively to research and policy analysis of the economic, social, demographic, fiscal, and other impacts of immigration on the United States...It is the Center's mission to expand the base of public knowledge and understanding of the need for an immigration policy that gives first concern to the broad national interest. The Center is animated by a pro-immigrant, low-immigration vision which seeks fewer immigrants but a warmer welcome for those admitted. "

Third-Party Descriptions

May 2009: '"It's a good program. It's a very expensive program," said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy for the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington think tank that advocates tighter immigration controls. "I don't know if it's feasible or sensible for all state and local governments."'

December 2007: "...Steven A. Camarota, research director for the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, which favors reducing the influx from abroad."

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.'

November 2007: 'Benefits are a zero-sum game,' explains Bryan Griffith, a spokesman for the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates restricting immigration. 'When you're giving them out, you should be giving them out to those who are here legally.'

October 2007: 'Will it be disruptive to the economy? To some degree sure it will. Will it cripple it? No,' says Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, D.C. 'Employers have known for a long time that this was coming.'

October 2007: 'Several Southern companies have raised wages to attract new workers after immigration raids. “But that’s not the first thing that employers are going to do,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies. “They’re going to try to cast their net wider before they do something that will raise costs.”'

October 2007: "Eduardo Gonzalez, a petty officer second class with the U.S. Navy, is about to be deployed overseas for a third time...His wife faces deportation to Guatemala...That's just fine, according to Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which lobbies for tougher laws on illegal immigration.

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."


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Executive (past or present) Steven A. Camarota Person Dec 18, 2005
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Mark Krikorian Person Jun 9, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) Jessica Vaughan Person May 24, 2009

Articles and Resources

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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
Jul 27, 2009 U.S. citizens wrongly detained, deported by ICE

QUOTE: [ Hector] Veloz is one of hundreds of U.S. citizens who have landed in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and struggled to prove they don't belong there, according to advocacy groups and legal scholars, who have tracked such cases around the country. Some citizens have been deported.

San Francisco Chronicle
Jun 24, 2009 Will Congress End the Immigration 'Widow Penalty'?

QUOTE: While the Veteran Affairs Department deemed the Russian immigrant [Natalia Goukassian] (not yet a legal resident) eligible for surviving-spouse benefits, immigration officials at Homeland Security took a very different view: at Natalia's interview for legal residence the next year, she was told that because she hadn't been married long enough before Tigran [her American husband] died, she would be deported.

Time Magazine
Jun 23, 2009 Illegal immigrants netted by local police could be released: The Obama administration directive comes as the president begins to assert control of the immigration issue.

QUOTE: Some undocumented immigrants swept up on minor charges such as fishing without a license won’t face federal detention. Instead, they’ll be released on their own recognizance... could affect at least some of the 66 US law enforcement jurisdictions that are part of a controversial program which, in essence, deputizes local police to act as de facto immigration agents.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 17, 2009 Immigration Debate Tied to Rise in Hate Crimes

QUOTE: U.S. civil rights leaders said yesterday that an increase in hate crimes committed in recent years against Hispanics... "correlates closely" to the nation's increasingly contentious debate over immigration.

Washington Post
May 19, 2009 U.S. to Check Immigration Status of People in Local Jails: Obama Administration's Enforcement Push Could Lead to Sharp Increase in Deportation Cases

QUOTE: The Obama administration is expanding a program initiated by President George W. Bush aimed at checking the immigration status of virtually every person booked into local jails....By matching inmates' fingerprints to federal immigration databases, authorities hope to pinpoint deportable illegal immigrants before they are released from custody.

Washington Post
Mar 23, 2009 In hard times, illegal immigrants lose healthcare: In California, some counties consider screening them out from nonemergency services.

QUOTE: The recession – and a big state deficit ­– is leading some California counties to cut back on nonemergency health services to illegal immigrants. In others, cutbacks in services for the uninsured are hitting illegal immigrants especially hard.

Christian Science Monitor
Mar 10, 2009 Illegal immigrants might get stimulus jobs, experts say

QUOTE: Tens of thousands of jobs created by the economic stimulus law could end up filled by illegal immigrants,

Jun 09, 2008 States Take New Tack on Illegal Immigration

QUOTE: Sheriff Wendell Hall of Santa Rosa County, who led the effort, said the arrests were for violations of state identity theft laws. But he also seemed proud to have found a way around rules allowing only the federal government to enforce immigration laws. In his office, the sheriff displayed a framed editorial cartoon that showed Daniel Boone admiring his arrest of at least 27 illegal workers.

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
Dec 01, 2007 Immigrants in New York Better Off, Study Finds

QUOTE: Foreign-born New Yorkers are better educated, more likely to have health insurance and less likely to have entered the country illegally compared with immigrants in the rest of the country, according to a new analysis.

New York Times
Nov 09, 2007 Some cities reach out to illegal immigrants: Addison, Ill. offers computer training and ESL classes.

QUOTE: While roughly two-thirds of immigrant-related ordinances enacted over the past 18 months have been hard on immigrants, in a handful of communities – particularly those with a longer history of immigrants – leaders are taking a different tack, and finding approaches to help immigrants integrate.

Christian Science Monitor
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 12, 2007 Crackdown Upends Slaughterhouse’s Work Force

QUOTE: Across the country, the federal effort to flush out illegal immigrants is having major effects on workers and employers alike. Some companies have reluctantly raised wages to attract new workers following raids at their plants.

New York Times
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)
Oct 01, 2007 Why US immigration crackdown is stalled: Mismatched Social Security numbers led to illegal workers – but also legal ones, critics say.

QUOTE: But a crucial, unresolved question is whether the bulk of these mismatches involve legal workers, who could be fired because of a clerical mishap, or illegal immigrants, abusing a system that has long tolerated, and some say even encouraged, their work in the US.

Christian Science Monitor
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

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