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Feb 4 - The Mean Center

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February 4, 2011,0204.shtm


1. Comment: The Mean Center - The mean center of population is
calculated by the Census Bureau from the census results. The
Census Bureau defines it as: "the point at which an imaginary,
flat, weightless, and rigid map of the United States would
balance perfectly if weights of identical value were placed on it
so that each weight represented the location of one person on the
date of the census." Wikipedia provides a map
which shows the mean centers of population for each census from
1790 through 2010. The mean center follows a line moving steadily
westward, steadily southward in the last century, and
approximately through the country's geographical middle. We
believe that three immigration-related conclusions can be drawn
from that map, they are:
(a) The steady westward movement of the mean center shows the
extent to which the United States was, and remains, an under-
populated country. Based on global population density patterns,
adjusting for weather, soil and drainage, the US can easily
accommodate hundreds of millions of more people, up to well
beyond twice the current population (there is no chance of
reaching that number for at least another generation or two,
perhaps even three). That the US is under-populated should not be
surprising - it is a young country in its early to middle stages
of population growth, with a long way still to go. That most
Americans will find the notion of the US as under-populated as
surprising is also a given - demographics and population density
within the context of an expanding economy is not something that
comes naturally to most folks, nor are these subjects taught in
high schools - far from it: the Malthusians dominate the general
culture, which is correspondingly anti-immigration in consequence
(while still being pro-immigrant). Immigration is critical to the
US reaching toward her manifest destiny as a global population
(b) The sharp southern movement of the mean center from 1920
onwards, accelerating in recent decades, is testament to the
growing affluence of Americans. Widespread availability of cheap
air-conditioning is part of the reason for the population moving
south. A fast-growing economy needs ever-more immigration to
continue to bring the blessings of prosperity (in the scheme of
grand economic growth, decade after decade, the current "great
recession" is not as big a factor as it appears today).
(c) The biggest observation is that the mean center
(unsurprisingly) tracks the country's north-south cultural and
political division, but (surprisingly) not the country's east-
west division along political or cultural lines, for the simple
reason that there is no such east-west division. Immigration
votes in Congress in the first decade of the 21st Century (there
have been 9 major votes) have tracked this north-south division,
with the north generally pro-immigration, and the south generally
opposed. Such polarity between north and south is not new, but is
a founding principle of our Republic, as the mean center map
makes graphically clear. Any serious move forward in immigration
policy will, of necessity, and in the fullness of time, have to
take account of this political and cultural reality.

2. Article: The Absurdity Of The Birthright Citizen Act Of 2011
by Cyrus D. Mehta,0204-mehta.shtm

3. Article: USCIS Revises the M-274 Handbook for Employers on
Completing the Form I-9 by John Fay,0204-fay.shtm

4. Article: Q&A Guide To State Immigration Laws: What You Need To
Know If Your State Is Considering Arizona SB1070 Type Legislation
by The Immigration Policy Center,0204-ipc.pdf

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6. Bloggings: Immigrant Of The Day: Joseph Chirlee - Soldier,
Runner by Greg Siskind,0204-siskind.shtm

7. Bloggings: 15 States Considering Arizona-like Immigration Laws
by Matthew Kolken,0204-kolken.shtm

8. News: USCIS Publishes Executive Summary Of AAO Stakeholder

9. News: CRS Report On The US Foreign-Born Population: Trends And
Selected Characteristics,0204-crs.pdf

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Preparing for Enhanced Worksite Enforcement of the Form I-9 and
Challenges to the Employment Eligibility Verification Process
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++Evaluate existing policies and practices
++Audit existing Forms and determine Deficiencies
++Identify possible remediation and weigh options
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Going Electronic is not Just Logging on and Getting Started
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++What if the Government Challenges an Employer's choice of
Electronic Software?
++Litigation  and Remedies
++Managing E-Verify  (this could be moved to the third session)
++Tentative non-confirmations & final non-confirmations
++E-Verify "dos" and "don'ts"
++Weaknesses in E-Verify
++Recent E-Verify improvements and potential future changes
++Results of Customer Satisfaction Survey (10/15/2010)
++GAO Report (12/2010) and USCIS response
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The Whirlwind of New Guidance on What the Government Thinks is
++Form I-9 Updates
++Recently revised M-274
++Changes relating to acceptance of documents
++Substantive vs. technical errors
++Most Recent Government Interpretations and declaration of what
Mitigation ICE believe is acceptable versus unacceptable
++Updates on E-Verify Implementation around the US
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14. Headline: 9th Circuit Upholds Judge Roll's Rulings in
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15. Headline: Texas Latino Republicans Seek Middle Ground on
Immigration and BirthrightCitizenship
16. Headline: Democrat-backed immigration bill approved by House
17. Headline: Arizona ready to challenge federal authority
18. Headline: Federal Court Upholds Immigrants' Right to Reopen
Immigration Cases from Outside the U.S.
19. Headline: Dems slam Gov. Susana Martinez over immigration
reform plan
20. Headline: Lawmakers consider immigration, licenses issue
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  1. Rachel's Avatar
    I did not know the mean center like entity existed. By the way, dockets for all federal cases are available free of charge at No pacer account required.
  2. Rachel's Avatar
    Correction for the previous resource for free federal dockets:
  3. Jim Roberts's Avatar
    Dear Editor:

    British Prime Minister David Cameron, in a speech attended by world
    leaders, on Saturday criticized his country's longstanding policy of
    multiculturalism, saying it was an outright failure and partly to blame
    for fostering Islamist extremism. He said the U.K. needs a stronger
    national identity to prevent people turning to extremism. "If we are to
    defeat this threat, I believe it's time to turn the page on the failed
    policies of the past," he told the international conference in Munich.
    "Under the doctrine of state multiculturalism, we have encouraged
    different cultures to live separate lives, apart from each other and the
    mainstream," Cameron said during a panel discussion attended by German
    Chancellor Angela Merkel. "We have failed to provide a vision of society
    to which they feel they want to belong." He said the "hands-off
    tolerance" in Britain and other European nations has encouraged Muslims
    and other immigrant groups "to live separate lives, apart from each
    other and the mainstream."
    Muslim groups in the U.K. quickly condemned the remarks. Among them was
    the Muslim Council of Britain, which receives government money for
    projects intended to combat extremism. The council said that the Muslim
    community was still being treated "as part of the problem as opposed to
    part of the solution."

    This conundrum is all too familiar with US restrictionists battling the
    Globalists, the special and ethnic interests, the religious zealots and
    the lax entry policies here which results in cultural and economic
    decline due to excessive legal and illegal migration. Even worse, some
    Latino activist call for and are working towards the Atzlan Reconquest
    of our Southwest and more. But, in the finest tradition of true
    Americans, these threats to our Nation are now being addressed. In
    spite of the discredited SPLC and others who rely on demonizing, name
    calling and twisting of words instead of substantive points, being a
    "Nativist" is a compliment, not a slur. As for the frequently seen
    charge of "extremist", the statesman Barry Goldwater, in "The Conscience
    of a Conservative" said: "I would remind you that extremism in the
    defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that
    moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."

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  4.  Parker Waggaman, Queens, NY's Avatar
    Dear Editor,

    I am an attorney in Queens, New York with a lot of my clients being or having been immigrants. Generally I find the comments and information interesting and professionally helpful, however "the mean center" seems to have a point that escapes me. I'm not sure that manifest destiny has a usage in the 21st century, but to the extent that it does it does not seem to be a concept that one would use to persuade others to support less mean and less labyrinthine immigration policies. Manifest destiny is only one of the misused concepts in that comment. The other one that jumps out is the idea that higher population densities are desireable;I think you could count on one hand the number of people who are going to buy into the argument that America is under populated.
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