Archive for July, 2009

For Here or To-Go? “Highly Skilled Take-Out” is Growing in the United States

Written by on July 31, 2009 in Demographics, Economics, Reform with 2 Comments
For Here or To-Go? “Highly Skilled Take-Out” is Growing in the United States

Photo by radiobread. At a recent conference, Bill Gates shared his ideas about U.S. Immigration policy, noting that there should be more “exceptions for smart people.” While not the most eloquently phrased statement, it does pose an interesting question in the immigration reform debate. Are we turning away skilled workers? Or are they leaving on […]

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Senators Menendez, Kennedy, and Gillibrand Fix Immigration Detention

Senators Menendez, Kennedy, and Gillibrand Fix Immigration Detention

Photo by bradleyjames. BY GREGORY CHEN, LUTHERAN IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE SERVICES Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Edward Kennedy (D-MA) took action today to reform the Department of Homeland Security’s ever-growing immigration detention system. The need for reform could not be any more clear: several recent reports have documented both the poor conditions […]

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Cybertalk: DHS Offers Stakeholders a New Voice

Cybertalk: DHS Offers Stakeholders a New Voice

Photo by bob canada. Next week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin a “Quadrennial Homeland Security Review” (QHSR) billed as a 21st century version of the town hall meeting: an online, interactive discussion that is promoted as an opportunity to shape the future priorities of DHS. The QHSR is a Congressionally mandated strategic […]

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FAIR Targets Immigrants and Children in Pennsylvania

FAIR Targets Immigrants and Children in Pennsylvania

Photo by Tián. The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)—an anti-immigrant hate group based in Washington, DC—claims in a new report that “Pennsylvania’s illegal immigrant population costs the state’s taxpayers about $728 million per year for education, medical care and incarceration.” However, the statistical contortions in which FAIR engages to produce this number render it […]

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Kicking Down Doors, Stomping on Rights: New Report Reveals Disturbing Details of ICE Raids

Kicking Down Doors, Stomping on Rights: New Report Reveals Disturbing Details of ICE Raids

Photo by Richard Vallejo. Last week the Immigration Justice Clinic of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in New York published a disturbing study that documents ICE’s home raid operations. Constitution on ICE: A Report on Immigration Home Raid Operations found that over the last several years, ICE has increasingly conducted […]

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The High Cost of Inaction on Immigration Reform

The High Cost of Inaction on Immigration Reform

Photo by zzzack. This week the National Institute on Money in State Politics released a study on funding spent supporting and opposing immigration-related ballot measures. Immigration Measures: Support on Both Sides of the Fence examined 2008 ballot initiatives in Oregon and Arizona and found that money raised by both sides of the issue totaled more […]

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A Mandatory Employment Verification System without Reform is a Recipe for Disaster

A Mandatory Employment Verification System without Reform is a Recipe for Disaster

Photo by jk5854. Unabashed promoters of E-verify have had a busy week, moving from hearings in the Senate and House to Rep. Heath Shuler’s (D-NC) pep rally for the 2009 version of his fatally flawed SAVE Act—a bill that continues to promote the deportation-only version of immigration reform. Step back from all this activity, however, […]

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New Yorker Profile of Joe Arpaio is Not a Pretty Picture

<em>New Yorker</em> Profile of Joe Arpaio is Not a Pretty Picture

Photo by TheRagBlog. The July 20th issue of The New Yorker paints a detailed portrait of Maricopa County, Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio—and it is not a pretty picture. The profile of “Sheriff Joe” that emerges from the story by journalist William Finnegan is that of a man obsessed with publicity and self-promotion, who has a […]

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Senate Hearing on Employment Verification System Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

Senate Hearing on Employment Verification System Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

Photo by -bast-. Today the Senate Immigration Subcommittee held a hearing addressing electronic employment verification. While today’s hearing acknowledged that employment verification is an important element of comprehensive immigration reform, serious questions remain about how a mandatory employment verification system should be designed. Today’s momentum building must be paired with serious analysis of the many […]

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Rise in Latino and Asian Voters Marks Significant Change in Political Landscape

Written by on July 20, 2009 in Congress, Demographics, Election 2008, Integration with 2 Comments
Rise in Latino and Asian Voters Marks Significant Change in Political Landscape

Photo by seaworthy. Today, the U.S. Census Bureau published new data, Voting and Registration in the Election of 2008, which tracks demographic characteristics of the 131 million U.S. citizens who reported that they voted in the 2008 presidential election. The Census Bureau’s new data set shows a significant increase of about 5 million voters from […]

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