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Monday, 14th June 2010

New Research Finds Immigrant Deaths at the Border Rising Due to Absence of Legal Avenues to Work

New Research Finds Immigrant Deaths at the Border Rising Due to Absence of Legal Avenues to Work (PDF)
Source: National Foundation for American Policy

The absence of a way to enter the United States legally to work has contributed to more than 4,000 men, women, and children dying while attempting to cross to America since 1998, concludes a new study released today by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), an Arlington, Va.-based policy research group. Alarmingly, immigrant deaths increased in 2009 at a time when illegal entry fell significantly.

The study finds this death toll - an average of about one person a day - has occurred in the context of great pressure from Congress and executive branch officials to "control the border." "The loss of life will almost certainly continue unless more paths are open to work legally in the United States," said NFAP Executive Director Stuart Anderson, the study's author. "The only plausible way to eliminate immigrant deaths at the border, as well as reduce illegal immigration in the long term, is to institute a new program of temporary visas or portable work permits for foreign workers." Anderson served as head of policy and Counselor to the Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (2001-2003) and worked as staff director of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee.

A second study, “Family Immigration: The Long Wait to Immigrate,” found family immigration quotas for legal immigrants are inadequate and result in separation and long waits for Americans, lawful permanent residents and close family members.

+ Death at the Border
+ Family Immigration: The Long Wait to Immigrate (PDF)


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