When it comes to preventing unauthorized immigration, border security gets the most attention. Employment verification may be equally important. Nearly half of unauthorized immigrants cross the border legally but overstay their visas. Further, between two-thirds and three-quarters of working unauthorized immigrants pay Social Security taxes, meaning that they were hired with forged or since-expired documents—through the same channels as “documented” legal workers.
E-Verify is a federal internet-based program that uses a variety of government databases to electronically confirm whether an employee is eligible to work legally in the United States.
If there is one thing that all sides of the “too-big-to-fail” debate can agree on, it is that reliving the financial crisis of 2008 without an effective means of resolving all financial institutions would be unacceptable.
This short paper continues a discussion of the issues addressed in the previous Bipartisan Policy Center Governors’ Council report, Reforming Medicaid Waivers: The Governors’ Council Perspective on Federalism Today. Medicaid provides essential health care services to millions of low-income and disabled Americans. As the largest state-federal partnership program, it is also on the front lines of many important and contentious issues in 21st-century federalism. Medicaid requires intense collaboration between states and the federal government, and it presents an ongoing source of budgetary strain for both parties.
The central “good news” finding from BPC’s Strategic Energy Policy Initiative is that the United States enters the 21st century in a position of energy strength.
U.S. influence inside Syria is currently limited. Thus, any assistance in the formation of a stable and decent post-Assad Syria will require the cooperation of other countries. Turkey—a U.S. ally with keen interests in Syria—can obviously be an important partner. Ankara’s interests, however, do not perfectly match Washington’s, posing the challenge for policymakers of finding the right tools to align more closely the two countries’ visions of Syria’s future.