Archive for April, 2009

All Signs Point Toward Immigration Reform

The stars continue to align for comprehensive immigration reform.  The President continues to call for movement this year, Congress is beginning the legislative process, and DHS is realigning their priorities to focus on the root causes of undocumented immigration. FIRST, at yesterday’s press conference marking the end of his first 100 days, President Obama stated: […]

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Obama Moving “Full Steam Ahead” On Immigration Reform

Obama Moving “Full Steam Ahead” On Immigration Reform

At a news conference commemorating his 100th day in office, President Obama indicated that his administration is planning on moving “full steam ahead on all fronts” on immigration reform. Obama told Telemundo reporter, Lori Montenegro, that he hopes to convene working groups to start building a framework for how immigration legislation might be shaped. Obama […]

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Nativists Blame Immigrants for Swine Flu—and Everything Else

Nativists Blame Immigrants for Swine Flu—and Everything Else

Photo by Dr Craig. Nativist commentators and activists have wasted no time in pinning the blame for the current outbreak of swine flu in the United States on the same target they usually choose when assigning responsibility for any social, economic, political, or natural disaster: immigrants—especially undocumented immigrants. Following in the footsteps of Lou Dobbs, […]

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Immigration Reform as Stimulus to U.S. Economy

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Immigration Reform as Stimulus to U.S. Economy

Photo by ShellyS. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) ran an editorial yesterday, “We Need an Immigration Stimulus,” in which former WSJ publisher and Dow Jones VP, L. Gordon Crovitz, makes the case that protectionism doesn’t bolster U.S. economic growth and that, in our current economic downturn, immigration reform and economic growth are closely tied together: […]

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Economic Benefits of Immigration a Safe Bet

Economic Benefits of Immigration a Safe Bet

Photo by Jam Adams. Conservative guru Richard Nadler is willing to make a couple bets.  He’s willing to put money on the fact that in less than one year’s time, new members of Congress will be sporting an immigrant-friendly platform, beating out candidates who promote restrictionist policies. Most recently, Nadler announced that he is also […]

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Move Over Malkin-ites: Napolitano Gets Immigration Law Right

Move Over Malkin-ites: Napolitano Gets Immigration Law Right

Photo by Random Factor. As the reactionary Michelle Malkins of the conservative blogosphere foam at the mouth over Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano’s comment on CNN’s John King’s State of the Union about the “criminality” of crossing the border, Napolitano is busy with real work laying out five areas of focus for the Department […]

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College Board Unanimously Supports DREAM Act for Undocumented Students

College Board Unanimously Supports DREAM Act for Undocumented Students

Photo by Night Owl City. Just as the Obama administration has signaled that they hope to tackle immigration reform in the coming months, the College Board’s trustees unanimously voted to support legislation which would provide undocumented youths a path to citizenship through college or the military. More specifically, the College Board expressed its support of […]

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Low-Income Latinos and Immigrants Reported “Under Siege” in the South

Low-Income Latinos and Immigrants Reported “Under Siege” in the South

Photo from SPLC. Today the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released a new report entitled “Under Siege:  Life for Low-Income Latinos in the South.”  SLPC report adds to the mounting evidence pointing to the harmful impact that the absence of a functioning immigration system is having on Latinos and immigrant communities. SPLC investigators interviewed and […]

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Arizona’s Sheriff Arpaio Puts Publicity Before Border Violence Hearing

Arizona’s Sheriff Arpaio Puts Publicity Before Border Violence Hearing

You’d think America’s self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff,” Joe Arpaio, would’ve been in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona to attend yesterday’s U.S. Senate hearing on border violence.  Instead, while a panel of U.S. Senators lead by John McCain traveled to Arizona, Sheriff Arpaio was well on his way to appear on Stephen Colbert’s comedy show, The Colbert […]

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Obama Reasserts Support of Immigration Reform at Summit of the Americas

Obama Reasserts Support of Immigration Reform at Summit of the Americas

Photo from whitehouse.gov This past weekend, at the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago, President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to reforming the broken U.S. immigration system.  Obama met with the Central American Integration System (Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana), and was “especially receptive” to the requests coming from the presidents of Honduras, […]

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