Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New British immigration policy outlined

In her first major speech on immigration, UK Home Secretary Theresa May stated that her goal was to bring in more high-value migrants to the UK, such as investors and research scientists, while at the same time encouraging employers to fill vacant jobs with local unemployed workers.

"The government intends to control immigration by focusing on all aspects of the immigration system, not just the points-based system," May said.

"So over the coming months action will be taken on students, families and settlement as well as people coming here to work," she added.

According to a statement released by the UK Border Agency, her priorities include:

* encouraging entrepreneurs and investors to come to the UK

* stopping abuse of the student visa route

* 'cutting the link' between temporary immigration and permanent settlement

Encouraging entrepreneurs to come to the UK may come in the form of a new business visa announced recently.

May concluded her speech by stating that net migration will be reduced from the current level of hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands by the end of the Parliamentary term.

"It will take hard work and a great deal of political courage. But the British people want us to do it and it is the right thing to do. So we will do it," she said.


Recent posts at CIS below

See here for the blog. The CIS main page is here.

1. Subsidizing Sanctuaries: The State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (Memorandum)

2. A Big Win for Immigration Control and Hispanic Outreach (Op-ed)

3. Terror reboots: Cargo plot reveals a new terror calling card (Op-ed)

4. Jews hardening on illegal immigration (Letter)

5. The President's Post-Election Press Conference and the Dog That Didn't Bark (Blog)

6. Not All Overseas Immigration Policy Ideas Are Good Ones (Blog)

7. Illegal-Alien Gang Member Convicted for Execution Slayings in N.J. (Blog)

8. Inept Law Enforcement: A Tale of Two Illegal-Alien Murderers (Blog)

9. Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics (Blog)

10. Immigration Decision-Makers: Upcoming Committee Changes (Blog)

11. Non-citizen Voting – RIP, Again (Blog)

12. Labor Department Does the Right Thing with Exploitative H-2B Program (Blog)

Summary of item 1 above:

Subsidizing Sanctuary Cities

Federal Government Reimburses for Jailing Illegals, Even When Locals Obstruct Immigration Enforcement

A new Center for Immigration Studies Memorandum finds that the Department of Justice annually awards millions of dollars in grants to local governments to compensate for the cost of jailing illegal aliens, even when those governments have policies obstructing immigration law enforcement or encouraging illegal settlement. The report includes a list of the 27 sanctuary jurisdictions receiving grants in 2010.

The grant program, known as the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP), doled out a total of $400 million to about 850 cities, counties, and states in 2010. Among them were 27 jurisdictions widely considered to be sanctuary jurisdictions, which together received more than $62.6 million, or 15.6 percent of the total. For example, the 2010 SCAAP grantees include some jurisdictions – such as San Francisco, Chicago, Santa Clara County, Calif., Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va. – which are trying to opt out of Secure Communities, the program that automatically flags criminal aliens for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attention at the time they are booked into jail.

The authors suggest a remedy: restrict eligibility for SCAAP grants to those jurisdictions that agree to work with ICE to identify and remove criminal aliens by participating in Secure Communities, 287(g), or similar programs.

The report, 'Subsidizing Sanctuaries: The State Criminal Alien Assistance Program,' by Jessica Vaughan and Russ Doubleday, is online here4

The above is a press release from from Center for Immigration Studies. 1522 K St. NW, Suite 820, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 466-8185 fax: (202) 466-8076. Email: center@cis.org. Contact: Jessica Vaughan, (508)346-3380, jmv@cis.org. The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent research institution which examines the impact of immigration on the United States. The Center for Immigration Studies is not affiliated with any other organization

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