Archive for October, 2009

The Immigration Policy Center’s Weekly News Roundup

The Immigration Policy Center’s Weekly News Roundup

It was quite a week in the Nation’s capital—pro-reform advocates descended on Washington, Congressman Luis Gutierrez laid out his principles for reform, the White House started “Tweeting” in Spanish and the President showed off his Salsa moves at a White House Music Series. Beginning on Tuesday, thousands of pro-immigrant rights supporters from across the country […]

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New Report Trumpets Irrelevant Opinion Poll to Bash Immigration Reform

Written by on October 15, 2009 in Demographics, Legislation, Reform with 2 Comments
New Report Trumpets Irrelevant Opinion Poll to Bash Immigration Reform

Any serious researcher would probably tell you that trying to use a single public-opinion poll to gauge the likely impact of a policy initiative as complex as immigration reform is about as reliable as consulting a psychic. Yet that is precisely what some opponents of comprehensive immigration reform are now attempting to do. For instance, […]

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Old Dogs, Old Tricks: Nativist Groups Declare War on Clergy

Written by on October 14, 2009 in Immigration 101, Integration, Reform with 0 Comments
Old Dogs, Old Tricks: Nativist Groups Declare War on Clergy

Nativist groups are pulling an old strategy out of their play book as they attack members of the clergy. This tired exercise includes identifying a constituency that is in support of solving our nation’s immigration problems (currently the religious community), coordinating with other like-minded groups to disseminate faulty arguments (this time using the bible to […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Considers “Collateral Consequences” for Immigrants in Criminal Cases

Written by on October 13, 2009 in Enforcement, Immigration Courts with 7 Comments
U.S. Supreme Court Considers “Collateral Consequences” for Immigrants in Criminal Cases

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case posing the question: “If a criminal defense lawyer tells his or her client not to worry about the immigration consequences of pleading guilty, but that advice is wrong and in fact the client will be deported as a result of pleading guilty, can the client […]

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Rep. Luis Gutierrez Lays Out Principles for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Written by on October 13, 2009 in Legislation, Reform with 0 Comments
Rep. Luis Gutierrez Lays Out Principles for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Today, more than 3,000 people from across the nation gathered in Washington, D.C. to demand comprehensive immigration reform. Immigrants and their families, veterans and clergy met with Congressional offices and gathered for an afternoon vigil at the Church of Reformation on Capitol Hill to share stories about those facing deportation, family separation and personal struggles […]

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Nobel Prize Winners and Immigration Policy

Written by on October 9, 2009 in Demographics, Economics, Integration, Legislation, Reform with 0 Comments
Nobel Prize Winners and Immigration Policy

Digital cameras, cancer and aging research, and technology networks that carry voice, video and high-speed internet data around the world are just a few reasons to thank this year’s Nobel Prize winners. We can also thank smart immigration policy that brought three of this year’s winners to our shores in addition to a young student […]

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Report Details Dangers of Denying Health Care Coverage to Legal Immigrants

Report Details Dangers of Denying Health Care Coverage to Legal Immigrants

Last week, the Senate Finance Committee completed its mark up of its health care reform bill. Amendments that would have further restricted legal immigrants’ access to health care and imposed burdensome new verification requirements on everyone failed in the committee. Now both the Senate and the House have their work cut out for them as […]

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Restrictionist Group Uses Bible to Condemn Immigrants

Written by on October 7, 2009 in Demographics, Enforcement, Reform with 4 Comments
Restrictionist Group Uses Bible to Condemn Immigrants

For many years now, religious leaders and diverse faith groups have contributed much to the ongoing immigration debate. Grounded in faith and good works, the faith community has been and continues to be steadfast in their outreach to immigrants through a myriad of support and service programs, faith rallies and support of those in need. […]

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DHS’s Plan to Reform U.S. Immigration Detention System a Good Start

Written by on October 6, 2009 in Detention, Enforcement, Legislation, Reform with 0 Comments
DHS’s Plan to Reform U.S. Immigration Detention System a Good Start

When I was a little girl, my mom posted a sign in our kitchen which read, “If you want to change the world, start with your own little corner.” It’s possible that Dr. Dora Schriro, author of the Immigration Detention Overview and Recommendations report released today by DHS, grew up with a similar motto. Her […]

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Supreme Court to Hear Two Cases Affecting Fair Process for Immigrants

Written by on October 5, 2009 in Immigration Courts with 1 Comment
Supreme Court to Hear Two Cases Affecting Fair Process for Immigrants

Today, the United States Supreme Court opens its October session. Among the cases it will hear this term, two may have a significant effect on immigrants. The first case involves the intersection of the criminal justice system and immigration and the important role that lawyers play in safeguarding the rights of immigrants. The second case […]

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