The Visa Waiver Program: Suspend It or Eliminate It FAIR has consistently questioned both the need for and the advisability of the Visa Waiver Program that was adopted as a pilot project at the urging of the tourist industry in 1986 and became operational in 1988. After numerous extensions, the program was made permanent in 2000 despite concerns from not only FAIR, but also by the Justice Department's Inspector General, FBI Director Louis Freeh, and other immigration and security experts.
What Is Your Governor Saying about Syrian Refugees? Governors around the country are rejecting President Obama’s plans to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year. Citing national security concerns, these executives are voicing their concerns over the federal government’s admitted inability to conduct adequate background checks from those seeking to enter the United States from Syria.
The Role of States in the Refugee Resettlement Process The Obama Administration's recent decision to increase the number of refugees admitted by the United States, including at least an additional 10,000 refugees from Syria, has left many state and local leaders questioning what they can do to address the impact of refugee resettlement in their communities.
Rising Immigrant Admissions to the United States Legally admitted immigrants have increased enormously since the 1965 change in the immigration law that reopened the door to mass immigration. The rate of this upward trend varies among the states over the past 10 years, but may be seen in all states but one.
Annual Immigration The annual flow of immigration consists of two parts: legal and illegal. There is no fixed limit to the number of legal immigrants admitted annually, because the category of immediate relatives is unlimited and because the ceiling for admission of refugees is set independently each year.