The CIS director of research helps to craft policy proposals for the group which, according to reporting by Univision, had a hand in drafting the RAISE Act. Camarota was cited by White House policy advisor Stephen Miller as a top expert on immigration policy at a press conference announcing RAISE's introduction. For years CIS has demanded drastic cuts to authorized immigration levels, among other anti-immigrant measures, as a trade for the DREAM Act.
- As director of research for CIS, Camarota is responsible for various studies that use dubious sources, manipulate numbers, and distort data to support anti-immigrant policies and positions.
- Camarota’s writing and Congressional testimony has been republished by The Social Contract Press, which was founded in 1990 by John Tanton. The outlet is known for featuring white nationalist writers, and most infamously in 1994 republished an English translation of the openly racist novel The Camp of the Saints.
- Argued in a piece for Time Magazine that “even if immigrants are less likely to commit crimes, their children and grandchildren may be more likely to end up on the wrong side of the law.”
- Lamented “professional ethnics” who “remind people of their backgrounds and ethnicity and their race.”
- Called the provision of the Fourteenth Amendment that grants birthright citizenship to children born in the United States “unwise,” saying that it amounts to “squatter’s rights” for undocumented immigrants.
- Conducted a false and misleading study arguing that deporting immigrants is “cheaper than letting them stay.”
- White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller has recently cited Camarota to justify his attacks on immigrants.
Attacks on DACA
- On August 3, 2017, Camarota wrote an article that appeared in the National Review, titled, “Time To End DACA.” Camarota insisted “the president should end a program that is illegal, overbroad, and likely to lead to a more extensive amnesty.” He further argued that DACA “harms working-class voters, the very people who put Trump over the top. The employment situation for those without a college education continues to look bleak.”
- In a January 10, 2017 Vice News article, Camarota said ending DACA “could be positive for native-born residents. If someone is illegally in this country and has to leave, what’s the impact on the native born? Do their incomes go up? By itself, it’s not a benefit to increase the GDP.”