Immigration reform refers to efforts to return to a pre-1970 American immigration policy which would more strictly limit the number of immigrants admitted into the country. Since 1970, and especially since 1990, mass immigration has been considered by some to be a corporate tool to force wages down, de-unionize the workplace, and promote further U.S. population growth, which may be seen as a benefit to real estate developers.
- Critics of H1B and L1 visas, which allow Immigrant "guest workers" into the country, claim the policy is a stepping stone to outsourcing good-paying American jobs, including high-tech jobs and union jobs, to non-union overseas sweatshops.
- Anti-immigration groups point out that unless immigration is reduced to pre-1970 numbers of 200,000 annually or less, any effort at zero population growth is futile, offering as evidence the fact that the U.S. fertility rate has been at or below replacement rate since the early 1970s and that population growth is almost entirely due to the high numbers of allowed to permanently migrate into the U.S.
The Bush administration has been using the phrase "immigration reform" for its own purposes, including a proposal for an agricultural guest worker program and amnesty for illegal migrants.
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services
The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) is new "within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It also provides information about various administrative and management functions and responsibilities now within the DHS that were once in the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)." 
Related SourceWatch Resources
- Coalition for Immigration Security
- illegal immigration
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
General Information on Immigration
- Wikipedia: immigration.
- Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) Online services include Laws, Regulations, and Guides and Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts.
- Immigration and Nationality Act (8USC).
- Numbers USA
- ZaZona.com H1B guest worker database and newsletter
- Population-Environment Balance
- Carrying Capacity Network
- U.S. immigration
- Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)
- Backgrounder on FAIR(PDF)
- Outsource Congress - Congressional American Worker Replacement Programs
- No More H1B
- Desert Invasion U.S.A.
- Immigration Law, Jurist: Legal Intelligence.
- Terrorism Q&A: "What does immigration have to do with terrorism?", Council on Foreign Relations in cooperation with the Markle Foundation (2003).
- Illegal Immigration Information Site (Australia).
Articles & Commentary
- Illegal Immigration is a Crime, Federation for Immigration Reform/Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIR), March 2003.
- Philip Martin and Susan Martin, Immigration and Terrorism: Policy Reform Challenges, UC Davis, October 8, 2001.
- Elisabeth Bumiller, "Bush Would Give Illegal Workers Broad New Rights," New York Times, January 7, 2004.