Sunday, March 18, 2012

Immigration hits Canadians in the pocket

A leading public policy organization wants Canada's immigration selection process revamped to counter the huge cost caused by people emigrating to the country.

The Fraser Institute said the cost of supporting immigrants who arrived in Canada between 1987 and 2004 is between $16 billion and $23 billion a year.

That's because they receive more in government services and payments per person than they pay in taxes.

“As a result of Canada's welfare-state policies, our progressive income taxes and universal social programs, these immigrants impose a huge fiscal burden on Canadian taxpayers,” said report co-author Herbert Grubel.

Immigrants who have come to Canada since 1987 “are not doing as well economically” as those who came previously, with their annual income 72 percent of that of other Canadians, he said.

The controversial report calls on the government to scrap the points-based selection process and instead let the market decide the types of workers and professionals that are needed in Canada.

Report co-author Patrick Grady said their lower income and tax payments “are likely to persist over all stages of their lives.”


Foes of illegal immigration put pressure on GOP leadership to vote on E-Verify

A group calling for a crackdown on illegal immigration is pushing a bill that would require businesses nationwide to verify the work status of their employees. They're also running ads accusing House Republican Speaker John Boehner of not letting Congress vote on internet database E-Verify:

Right now, only a handful of states require employers to check a nationwide electronic database before hiring new workers. According head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Alejandro Mayorkas, so far, more than a 100,000 have tapped into E-Verify.

"We have the capacity currently to process far more queries than we currently handle," he said.

A bill sponsored by Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith of Texas would require nationwide use of Everify. Mayorkas said that would be a challenge.

"If it was mandated across the country, it would take us some time to ramp up for that exponentially greater volume," he explained.

Critics accuse GOP leaders of dragging their feet in an election year for fear of alienating Latino voters. A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner says the bill is stuck in the legislative process. The Obama administration supports nationwide expansion of E-verify as part of comprehensive immigration reform.


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