Archive for August, 2008

Voodoo Science Blames Climate Change on Immigrants

Written by on August 19, 2008 in Immigration 101 with 2 Comments
Voodoo Science Blames Climate Change on Immigrants

Photo by \< NOTE: This post originally appeared in the Huffington Post. According to the anti-immigrant group, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), immigrants to the US are now to blame for extreme weather, rising sea levels, changing ecosystems, melting glaciers, and dying polar bears. Forget conservation and sustainability, CIS has released yet another junk […]

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Immigrants Integrate as Census Predicts Minority Boom

Written by on August 18, 2008 in Demographics, Immigration 101, Integration with 0 Comments
Immigrants Integrate as Census Predicts Minority Boom

Over five hundred immigrants gathered on July 4, 2007 to take the oath of citizenship. Photo by BrittneyBush Last week the US Census Bureau projected that minorities will grow to become a majority by the year 2042. A recent New York Times article pointed out that the main reason for the accelerating change is significantly […]

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It’s the Economy Stupid

Written by on August 14, 2008 in Economics, Enforcement with 0 Comments
It’s the Economy Stupid

NOTE: This story first appeared on The Huffington Post.

Last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced its latest gimmick — Operation Scheduled Departure, a pilot program of voluntary deportation with no precedent, no incentives, and essentially no sensible basis. Meanwhile, on Wednesday the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), a “think tank” that has been referred to as a “thinly disguised anti-immigration organization,” published a highly contested study claiming that severe enforcement measures are driving down the US’ “likely undocumented” immigrant population. Yet while ICE runs in circles, rounding up undocumented workers as CIS pats them on the back, the government fails to recognize that undocumented immigration is based more on the economics of survival than the politics of immigration enforcement–a costly misjudgment.

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