NumbersUSA is highly regarded and well researched non-partisan organization that specializes in the field of immigration numbers. Founded by Roy Beck in 1996, NumbersUSA has worked to lower immigration levels all across the United States, including ending chain migration and other proposals to do with immigration reform.
Founded in 1997, it was an offshoot of the original “Immigration Watch Program” created by the Center for Immigration Studies in Los Angeles, California. The founding members of NumbersUSA were Paul Helm, Daniel Webster, Ann Cori, and Michael Walzer.
What are NumbersUSA’s goals?
It’s ultimate goal is to reduce immigration to more traditional, sustainable levels. Some of its proposal on immigration reform include:
- Ending Chain Migration
Chain migration is the process that allows relatives of immigrants to come to the United States and apply for visas for their family members. There are many different forms of chain migration, each with its own negative impact on the country.
The organization wants to restrict chain migration to spouses and minor children.
- Mandating E-Verify
E-Verify is a system that uses information from Social Security cards and other employment documents to determine whether an employee is legally allowed to work in the United States. It stops illegal immigrants from finding jobs in the country.
- Ending Birthright Citizenship
Many people are unaware that anyone born on U.S. soil is automatically an American citizen, regardless of their parents’ immigration status. This includes illegal immigrants as well as non-citizens who are in the country on a visa.
NumbersUSA wants to end this automatic citizenship completely and only allow the children of citizens or legal permanent residents to have citizenship themselves.
- Ending the Visa Lottery Program
Lotteries are popular programs that allow people to enter the United States on a temporary basis. They have many problems, including that they do not work in solving the “immigration problem” and creating an incentive for people to migrate around the world, and they also encourage people to move to states with more immigrants, rather than less.
- Increase Interior Enforcement
Citizens feel that the problems with illegal immigration are too big for the federal government to handle on its own. Many are therefore opposed to the idea of reduced federal control over immigration.
NumbersUSA believes that a more active federal role in interior enforcement is necessary. It wants a) new resources for interior enforcement and b) increased penalties, including criminal penalties and fines.
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