Archive for June, 2009

Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) NOT an Immigration Benefit

Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) NOT an Immigration Benefit

Photo by ambimb. There is a lot of confusion surrounding Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs)—what they are, who has them, and the purposes for which they are used. Immigration restrictionists take advantage of this confusion and often bring up ITINs in an effort to make it seem as if undocumented immigrants are receiving special benefits […]

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Blaming Immigrants for State Budget Deficits Doesn’t Make Sense

Blaming Immigrants for State Budget Deficits Doesn’t Make Sense

Photo by atwatervillagenewbie As state and local governments grapple with growing budget deficits brought on by the current economic recession, some pundits and policymakers are attempting to blame immigrants—particularly undocumented immigrants. According to this flawed line of reasoning, which was on display in a June 21st Sacramento Bee editorial by Daniel Weintraub entitled “The cost […]

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Immigrant Homebuyers Play Crucial Role in Housing Market Revival

Immigrant Homebuyers Play Crucial Role in Housing Market Revival

Photo by respres. Earlier this week, the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University released a new housing report which provides a rather grim analysis of the current housing crisis.  Real home prices continue to fall and foreclosures continue to mount despite recent federal interventions.  Because of job losses, decreased home prices, and tougher […]

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President Obama Lights Torch for Common Sense Immigration Reform

President Obama Lights Torch for Common Sense Immigration Reform

Embedded video from CNN Video Today the President, Vice President, and key cabinet members met with a bipartisan group of Senate and House leaders on immigration reform in a closed-door meeting at the White House. The White House characterized the meeting as the “launch” of a policy conversation and “an honest discussion about the issues.” […]

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Students Storm Capitol Hill for National DREAM Act Graduation Day

Video by DreamActivistdotOrg. On Tuesday, more than 500 students from across the country gathered in Washington, DC, to take part in the National DREAM Act Graduation Ceremony. Although only a symbolic ceremony, students from different countries and backgrounds stood as one in an effort to push Congress to pass the Development, Relief, and Education for […]

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President Obama to Chart Course for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

President Obama to Chart Course for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Photo by ChrisB in SEA. Tomorrow, President Obama and a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders are expected to convene at the White House to draft a roadmap for moving forward with Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009. Despite Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ dismal legislative voter forecast for moving forward this year, President Obama has continually reaffirmed […]

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PASS ID Act Not An Immigration Solution

PASS ID Act Not An Immigration Solution

Photo by gwen. Introduced by Sen. Akaka (D-HI) last week with 5 co-sponsors, the “Providing for Additional Security in States’ Identification Act” (PASS ID) (S. 1261) would give states a breather from the costs and restrictions imposed by the REAL ID Act, which became law in 2005 without Congressional hearings and as part of must-pass […]

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Pots, Kettles and the Restrictionist Movement

Written by on June 22, 2009 in News Flash, Restrictionists, Undocumented Immigration with 1 Comment
Pots, Kettles and the Restrictionist Movement

Photo by ThinkProgess. At a c-o-n-f-e-r-e-n-c-e hosted by Pat Buchanan and the American Cause this weekend, America’s best and brightest conservative strategists discussed how Republicans could regain a majority in America. Peter Brimelow, owner of the anti-immigrant website VDare.com, suggested an English-only initiative with the aim of “winning over working class white Democrats.” The only […]

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Faith Leaders Crusade for Immigration Reform

Faith Leaders Crusade for Immigration Reform

Photo by RI4A. It’s no secret that faith and religious leaders have not always seen eye-to-eye with Washington on politically controversial issues—right to life, gay rights, capital punishment, etc. Immigration, however, is not one of those issues. In fact, many interfaith groups have been the most vocal in calling on the new Administration and 111th […]

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President Obama Calls on Congress for a “Fair, Practical and Promising Way Forward” on Immigration Reform

President Obama Calls on Congress for a “Fair, Practical and Promising Way Forward” on Immigration Reform

This morning, President Barack Obama reaffirmed his dedication to comprehensive immigration reform at the Esperanza USA National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC. “This promise means upholding America’s tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants,” he said. The President also gave a general outline of his immigration plan—ensuring employers don’t exploit […]

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