Archive for November, 2009

Post Postville, Immigrants Still Vital to Iowa’s Economy

Post Postville, Immigrants Still Vital to Iowa’s Economy

Postville, Iowa—home to one of the largest immigration raids in U.S. history—made headlines again this month when Sholom Rubashkin, owner of Agriprocessors Inc., was convicted of “all but five of the 91 business fraud charges listed in a 163-count indictment.” Although the 72 immigration charges were dropped (since they would have little impact on his […]

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Pardon Us and Stay Tuned!

Written by on November 26, 2009 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Pardon Us and Stay Tuned!

Happy Thanksgiving! Immigration Impact returns November 30, 2009. Photo by Lawrence Jackson.

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Just in Time for Turkey Day: María Celeste Confronts Lou Dobbs on Telemundo

Written by on November 25, 2009 in News Flash, Restrictionists, Video with 3 Comments

Watch Full Version Here On the heels of leaving CNN, Lou Dobbs sat down with Telemundo’s María Celeste for this interview. Celeste confronts Dobbs for the many past inflammatory remarks he made against immigrants—in particular, the insinuation that Hispanic immigrants are responsible for bringing leprosy into the United States. Watch as Dobbs backpedals and softens […]

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Republican Playbook on Immigration Debate Long on Emotions, Short on Facts

Republican Playbook on Immigration Debate Long on Emotions, Short on Facts

Senate Republicans have “thoughtfully’ provided immigration advocates with their strategy for opposing immigration reform in 2010, courtesy of a letter sent to Secretary Napolitano protesting her recent statements that immigration reform is both necessary for DHS to do its job and good for the economy. The letter, signed by twelve Republicans— including Sens. Orrin Hatch […]

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DHS Interprets Law to Detain Refugees Across the Country

DHS Interprets Law to Detain Refugees Across the Country

Last month, President Obama authorized the admission of 80,000 refugees into the U.S. in fiscal year 2010, something every President has done annually since passage of the Refugee Act of 1980. The United States has long recognized the importance of providing a safe haven for refugees. Beginning with laws granting refugee status to displaced persons […]

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Is Secure Communities Making our Communities Secure?

Is Secure Communities Making our Communities Secure?

The Secure Communities Program—the latest partnership between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local jails to identify and deport “criminal aliens” —is over a year old and is growing by leaps and bounds. To date, there has been very little public information available about what Secure Communities is, how it works, and what the results […]

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The Right to a Remedy for Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

The Right to a Remedy for Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Immigrants reasonably rely on their lawyers’ advice, and they expect their lawyers to be knowledgeable about immigration law and procedure. They count on their lawyers to be their voice in immigration court when facing removal and help ensure that they have a meaningful opportunity to be heard. In the great majority of cases, lawyers competently […]

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“They” Are “Us”: The Devastating Effects of Broken Immigration Policy on Children in Immigrant Families

“They” Are “Us”: The Devastating Effects of Broken Immigration Policy on Children in Immigrant Families

The legacy of our broken immigration system extends far beyond our borders or the job market. The price paid by families caught within the system can be devastating, especially when we fail to pay attention to the importance of integrating newcomers into American life. A New York Times editorial this week follows a study that […]

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ICE Announces 1,000 New Workplace Audits

ICE Announces 1,000 New Workplace Audits

Today, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary John Morton announced 1,000 new workplace audits for businesses suspected of hiring workers without proper employment documentation, which involves a comprehensive review of each employer’s hiring records and I-9 forms. Although ICE is withholding the businesses’ names and locations until the audit is complete, ICE cited “investigative […]

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CIS Report Attempts to Erase 100 Years of Research

Written by on November 19, 2009 in Enforcement, Police, Restrictionists with 3 Comments
CIS Report Attempts to Erase 100 Years of Research

A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), Immigration and Crime: Assessing a Conflicted Issue, attempts to overturn a century’s worth of research which has demonstrated repeatedly that immigrants are less likely than the native-born to commit violent crimes or end up behind bars. The CIS report focuses much of its attention on […]

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