Deploying National Guard to Border Hurt Texas Economy

Deploying National Guard to Border Hurt Texas Economy

Written by on September 15, 2014 in Border, Economics, Military with 2 Comments

The thousands of Central American children and families fleeing violence and arriving at the southern U.S. border became national front-page news over the summer. Congress responded by saying a lot but doing nothing, while many states and cities welcomed them into their communities and provided humanitarian support. Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a different approach [...]

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Cities Find Creative Ways for Civic Immigrant Integration

Cities Find Creative Ways for Civic Immigrant Integration

Written by on September 12, 2014 in Economics, Integration with 0 Comments

Shifts in where immigrants are settling once they arrive in the U.S. have encouraged local governments across the country to cultivate creative opportunities to better meet challenges and promote newcomer integration into the life of a city. Continuing its new series, Cities and Regions: Reaping Migration’s Local Dividends, the Migration Policy Institute released a new [...]

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Anti-Immigrant Group Repeatedly Blames Immigrants for Unemployment

Anti-Immigrant Group Repeatedly Blames Immigrants for Unemployment

Written by on September 11, 2014 in Myths, Nativists, Restrictionists with 2 Comments

According to anti-immigrant groups such as the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), every immigrant worker who enters the U.S. labor force is stealing a job from a native-born worker. In this view of the world, employment is a zero-sum game in which immigrants and the native-born compete for a fixed number of jobs. So it [...]

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Conservative Lawmakers Double Down on Deporting DREAMers and Limiting Deferred Action

Conservative Lawmakers Double Down on Deporting DREAMers and Limiting Deferred Action

Written by on September 10, 2014 in Congress, Deferred Action, Republicans with 1 Comment

Before adjourning for their summer recess a month ago, the House passed a partisan supplemental spending bill that had no hope of making it through the Senate. First, it did not provide anywhere near what the White House was requesting in order to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied minors. It also attempted to gut [...]

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New Study Shows Deportations Don’t Reduce Crime

New Study Shows Deportations Don’t Reduce Crime

Written by on September 9, 2014 in 287(g), Crime, Enforcement, Secure Communities with 1 Comment

In 2008, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) introduced “Secure Communities,” which for the first time allowed DHS to check the fingerprints of any individual arrested by a local jurisdiction. Secure Communities piggybacked on prior DHS initiatives to use local police as “force multipliers” including the Criminal Alien Program, which establishes voluntary screening partnerships with [...]

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Anti-Immigrant Group Reduces Lives of Refugee Children to Costs of Education

Anti-Immigrant Group Reduces Lives of Refugee Children to Costs of Education

Written by on September 8, 2014 in Children, Nativists, Restrictionists with 0 Comments

The nativist Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has long blamed children for the costs of their own educations. Whether focusing its ire on immigrant children or the U.S.-born children of immigrants, FAIR is routinely outraged at how many taxpayer dollars are devoted to teaching these children to read, write, and count. So it should [...]

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Deferred Action for Undocumented Immigrants Could Add Billions in Taxes to U.S. Economy

Deferred Action for Undocumented Immigrants Could Add Billions in Taxes to U.S. Economy

There’s no question that improving the United States’ outdated immigration system would help the economy. The Senate-passed immigration bill S. 744 would have, if enacted, reduced the federal budget deficit by approximately $1 trillion over 20 years and led to an increase in wages for U.S. workers. But House leaders failed to bring up S. 744 [...]

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New Reports Examine Who Might Benefit from Immigration Administrative Action

New Reports Examine Who Might Benefit from Immigration Administrative Action

Written by on September 4, 2014 in Administration, Undocumented Immigration with 2 Comments

As the Obama administration continues its deliberations over what sorts of executive actions the President might take to begin repairing the broken U.S. immigration system, it would be wise to keep in mind just how much a part of U.S. society the unauthorized immigrant population has become. At this point, most unauthorized immigrants belong to [...]

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136 Law Professors Say President Has Legal Authority to Act on Immigration

136 Law Professors Say President Has Legal Authority to Act on Immigration

Written by on September 3, 2014 in President Obama with 4 Comments

After immigration reform stalled in the House, President Obama announced that he plans to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.” A chorus of legal experts and columnists agreed that he’d be on solid ground if he did. The President has discussed deferring deportations for up to 5 million [...]

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Landmark Decision on Asylum Claims Recognizes Domestic Violence Victims

Landmark Decision on Asylum Claims Recognizes Domestic Violence Victims

Written by on September 2, 2014 in Asylum and Refugee, Immigration Law with 2 Comments

Last week, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) issued a landmark decision that recognizes that women who have experienced domestic violence may be deemed a “member of a particular social group” which would help support a potential asylum case. The case, Matter of A-R-C-G-, arrives at a time when many Central American women and children [...]

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