Questions for Lawmakers on Immigration

Aug 13, 2013, 08:22 ET from Center for Immigration Studies

Twenty questions on amnesty that politicians haven't answered

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for Immigration Studies has released a new report highlighting questions on immigration legislation that voters might ask their representatives when trying to determine their actual stance on the issue. Too many politicians have discussed immigration legislation proposals with cliched talking points that fail to describe the true impact of increasing legal immigration and amnestying 11 million illegal immigrants. The questions in this report are intended to help move the discussion beyond the evasions and platitudes usually offered by politicians.


The report contains twenty questions for lawmakers on a variety of topics, ranging from the impact an amnesty would have on unemployed Americans to the number of immigrants the proposed legislation would welcome into the United States. The questions also focus on provisions contained in the Senate bill (S.744) like E-Verify, the flawed "back taxes" and English language requirements, and the problem of conducting background checks on millions of illegal immigrants.

Additionally, the questions prompt legislators to respond to findings from the Congressional Budget Office that immigration legislation would lower the wages of many Americans, and that the Senate bill would allow up to two-thirds of illegal immigration to continue. The questions also encourage a response to immigration law enforcement officials who have come out against current proposals.

The report is available online at:

"These are the type of questions that constituents and journalists should be asking of politicians promoting amnesty legislation," said Jon Feere, Legal Policy Analyst at the Center for Immigration Studies. "Thus far, too many politicians have shown a complete lack of understanding of the impact their legislation would have. These questions should foster a deeper conversation between the public and congressional leadership."

View a new CIS series analyzing the House of Representatives bill, H.R. 2278, at:

View the Senate bill, CIS Senate testimony and commentary at:

The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research organization. Since its founding in 1985, the Center has pursued a single mission – providing immigration policymakers, the academic community, news media, and concerned citizens with reliable information about the social, economic, environmental, security, and fiscal consequences of legal and illegal immigration into the United States.

Contact: Jon Feere, 202-466-8185

SOURCE Center for Immigration Studies