Archive for September, 2009

Health Care Experts Agree: Including Immigrants in Health Care Reform Saves Taxpayers Money

Health Care Experts Agree: Including Immigrants in Health Care Reform Saves Taxpayers Money

Photo by interplast. Yesterday, the Sun Sentinel reported on what health experts have been saying throughout the factious health care debate: excluding immigrants from health care reform could jeopardize public health and leave costly gaps in insurance coverage. Health experts agree that preventative care, rather than costly emergency room visits—which cost, on average, about $1000 […]

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CIS’s ID Theft Argument Makes Strong Case for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

CIS’s ID Theft Argument Makes Strong Case for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Once again, opponents of immigration reform have actually made a strong case for comprehensive immigration reform. At an event this morning sponsored by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), various speakers argued that ID theft by unauthorized immigrants is a problem that needs to be solved. While they seemed unwilling to offer any real solutions, […]

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Does ICE’s Criminal Alien Program (CAP) Target Serious Criminals?

Does ICE’s Criminal Alien Program (CAP) Target Serious Criminals?

Photo by morberg. Over the past several years, ICE has increased the number of partnerships with state and local police. There has also been a new emphasis on identifying “criminal aliens” who are detained in jails and prisons, and deporting them once they finish their sentences. However, many concerns have been raised about how these […]

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The Immigration Policy Center’s Weekly News Roundup

The Immigration Policy Center’s Weekly News Roundup

As the Senate finance committee began mark up of their health care bill, immigration advocates went to work ensuring that legal immigrants are included in reform without unfair waiting periods and debated the inclusion of onerous verification systems in the health care system—which makes the eligibility process more complicated and even puts U.S. citizens, who […]

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What Does a Decline in the Foreign-Born Population Mean to America and Immigration Reform?

What Does a Decline in the Foreign-Born Population Mean to America and Immigration Reform?

Photo by nathangibbs. BY ROB PARAL, ROB PARAL AND ASSOCIATES For years now, one of the few findings you could count on in the Census Bureau’s annual statistics report was the steady growth in the foreign-born population. Other major indicators of the economy and society—like the poverty rate, or income levels, or even education trends—might […]

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Spanish Language Media Holds President Obama To His Promises

Spanish Language Media Holds President Obama To His Promises

Photo by lauren victoria burke. When President Obama hit the talk show circuit last weekend, he also included a visit to Al Punto, Univision’s weekend news program with anchor Jorge Ramos. Ramos questioned the President about undocumented immigrants, health care reform and his promise to reform the U.S. immigration system within the first year of […]

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VA Town Hall Meeting on Immigration Reform Sets Debate Tone

Amid numerous reports that the Obama Administration is edging away from a timeline on an immigration reform bill, the often spirited town hall meetings have already begun. Last night, Virginia Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) held a town hall meeting at a church in Falls Church, VA, to discuss pending immigration legislation. In a room full […]

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New Report: Good Immigration Policy Creates a Stronger American Middle Class

Written by on September 21, 2009 in Demographics, Economics, Myths, National Legislation, Reform with 3 Comments
New Report: Good Immigration Policy Creates a Stronger American Middle Class

Photo by kentkb. The myth that immigration is bad for U.S. workers has sullied the immigration debate for far too long. A new report by the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy (DMI), “Principles for an Immigration Policy to Strengthen and Expand the American Middle Class: 2009 Edition,” sets the record straight. In the midst […]

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Immigration Reform: Congress’s Perennial Pothole

Immigration Reform: Congress’s Perennial Pothole

Photo by iamos. At a gathering in Washington this week, long-time immigration reform advocate Congressman Luis Gutierrez announced that he would soon introduce a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the House. This marker bill is likely to have something for everyone in it, combining the DREAM Act, family reunification, a legalization program, and even smart-enforcement […]

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An Anti-Immigrant Hate-Fest on Capitol Hill

An Anti-Immigrant Hate-Fest on Capitol Hill

Photo by lefteyeonthemedia. A motley collection of anti-immigrant zealots and talk-radio shock jocks of the far right descended upon Washington, DC, this week for an annual event dubbed “Hold Their Feet to the Fire.” The two-day marathon of angry rants on the air waves coincided with three days of lobbying visits to congressional offices organized […]

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