Archive for October, 2009

Help Wanted: Broken Immigration Policies Equal Broken Government Responses

Help Wanted: Broken Immigration Policies Equal Broken Government Responses

This past week, ImmigrationImpact highlighted aspects of a recent Immigration Policy Center (IPC) report, Breaking Down the Problems, What’s Wrong With our Immigration System?. The report highlights the problems faced by American families, businesses, and workers, all caught in a broken immigration system. But the report also addresses the long-term effect of our broken immigration […]

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Labor Pains: How Our Broken Immigration System Hurts All Workers

Labor Pains: How Our Broken Immigration System Hurts All Workers

By TYLER MORAN* While most employers are law-abiding, some unscrupulous employers have a secret weapon for keeping down wages and working conditions—our broken immigration system. Bad apple employers hire undocumented immigrants, subject them to unsafe working conditions, pay them less than the market wage, or don’t pay them at all. If undocumented workers file a […]

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Risky Business: Our Broken Employment–Based Immigration System Jeopardizes the American Economy

Risky Business: Our Broken Employment–Based Immigration System Jeopardizes the American Economy

BY CHARLES H. KUCK* Does Congress’s continued failure to fix our broken employment-based immigration system jeopardize our economy, now and in the future? Yes, it does. If we don’t have enough employment-based immigrant visas, the best and brightest from around the world will start going somewhere else. We are not only a nation of immigrants; we are […]

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Family Ties: A Closer Look at the Problem with Our Family-Based Immigration System

Written by on October 27, 2009 in Demographics, Deportation, Economics, Integration, Reform with 2 Comments
Family Ties: A Closer Look at the Problem with Our Family-Based Immigration System

BY MEREDITH S.H. HIGASHI* & RONALD H. LEE** The U.S. immigration system has always promoted family unity by awarding the majority of visas to the families of current U.S. residents, which ensures that close family members are not kept apart. The principle of family unity has long been a central tenet of our immigration laws […]

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Immigration Gumbo in the Pelican State

Immigration Gumbo in the Pelican State

The Pelican State is slowly stepping out as one of the most dynamic immigrant states in the nation. With a New American governor, an immigrant congressman and growing numbers of immigrants calling Louisiana home, the state is emerging as a model for what immigration can do for a state. One of Louisiana’s most famous faces […]

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The Immigration Policy Center’s Weekly News Roundup

The Immigration Policy Center’s Weekly News Roundup

This week, law enforcement officials from around the country (Iowa, Virginia and California) came forward to denounce enforcing federal immigration laws, noting that immigrants’ fear of deportation is hindering efforts to solve crimes. In the same vein, top candidates for the Mayor’s office in Morristown, New Jersey, all said in a forum this week that […]

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Well-Intentioned Brookings Report Falls Short on Solutions

Angela Kelley, VP for Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress. Following a series of roundtable meetings that brought together persons with very diverse opinions on immigration policy, Brookings Institute and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University recently released Breaking the Immigration Stalemate: From Deep Disagreements to Constructive Proposals. After witnessing the […]

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Latinos in America, CNN and Refocusing the Immigration Issue

Latinos in America, CNN and Refocusing the Immigration Issue

Much has been made of CNN’s seemingly conflicted programming on immigration—on one hand is CNN host Lou Dobbs, unofficial Director of Demagoguery who broadcasts misinformed anti-immigrant rhetoric on a nightly basis; and on the other hand is CNN’s latest documentary, Latinos in America, a two-part series hosted by Soledad O’Brien which takes a closer look […]

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Senator Vitter’s Amendment is Gumming Up the Census

Senator Vitter’s Amendment is Gumming Up the Census

By now, we’ve grown accustomed to Senators attempting to score political points at home through anti-immigration amendments, regardless of the topic of the underlying bill. Still, Senator David Vitter’s amendment to the Commerce, Justice and State appropriations legislation, which would cut off financing for the 2010 Census unless the survey includes questions about immigration status, […]

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New Census Data Reveals America’s Immigrant Roots

Written by on October 19, 2009 in Demographics, Election 2008, Reform with 0 Comments
New Census Data Reveals America’s Immigrant Roots

With CNN due to premiere its Latinos in America special on October 21st and 22nd, and National Hispanic Heritage Month having just drawn to a close, it is well worth considering the extent to which the immigrant experience is part of daily life in the United States for both Latinos and non-Latinos. As the IPC […]

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