Archive for February, 2010

Budgeting Immigration: Secretary Napolitano Talks Dollars and Programming

Budgeting Immigration: Secretary Napolitano Talks Dollars and Programming

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano spent the past two days testifying in front of congressional committees addressing concerns over President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2011 DHS budget. Mixed in among the complaints over proposed cuts in cyber security and the Coast Guard were a number of budget decisions with immigration implications. Chief […]

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E-Verify Gets It Wrong, Again

E-Verify Gets It Wrong, Again

Another independent evaluation of the E-Verify program once again confirms what advocates have been saying for years—E-Verify doesn’t work. A new evaluation of the federal employment authorization program—conducted by Westat, a research company, in December 2009—is now available on the E-Verify website. The system only detected unauthorized workers about half of the time. The evaluation […]

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Real Boots on the Ground: Immigration Movement to March for Reform

Written by on February 24, 2010 in Administration, Reform, Undocumented Immigration with 3 Comments
Real Boots on the Ground: Immigration Movement to March for Reform

Thousands of supporters are expected to dust off their marching boots and head to Washington, D.C. next month to rally for comprehensive immigration reform. Although some media headlines continue to challenge the political viability of immigration reform in 2010, there is clearly no shortage of grassroots support from a broad coalition of groups—groups who plan […]

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Nativist Group Discovers Most Immigrants Don’t Vote Republican

Written by on February 23, 2010 in Demographics, Elections, Undocumented Immigration with 2 Comments
Nativist Group Discovers Most Immigrants Don’t Vote Republican

While some high-profile Republicans are looking for ways to increase their support among Latino voters, a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies calls for the Republican Party to basically give up on Latinos for the time being, while sticking to its anti-immigrant guns.

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Collateral Damage: Children in the Aftermath of Immigration Raids

Written by on February 22, 2010 in Deportation, Enforcement, Family with 2 Comments
Collateral Damage: Children in the Aftermath of Immigration Raids

The collateral damage left in the wake of internal immigration enforcement is far too often overlooked in the immigration debate—especially considering that children bear the brunt of such enforcement policies. There are roughly 5.5 million children currently living in the U.S. with at least one unauthorized parent, and at least three-quarters of these children are […]

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Can Immigrants Give America’s Rust Belt a Tune-Up?

Written by on February 19, 2010 in Business, Demographics, Economics, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Reform with 3 Comments
Can Immigrants Give America’s Rust Belt a Tune-Up?

Immigrants have long been a driving economic force in America’s large thriving metropolitan areas—New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Dallas—where immigrants’ economic output produces a large and growing share of the U.S. gross domestic product. But what about the once thriving industrial heartland of the United States known as the Rust Belt? In a roundtable […]

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New ICE Numbers Reveal Need for Revised Definition of Criminal

Written by on February 18, 2010 in Immigration and Customs Enforcement with 0 Comments
New ICE Numbers Reveal Need for Revised Definition of Criminal

A new report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) released last week reveals that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is beginning to detain more criminal immigrants as opposed to non-criminal immigrants, which is in line with ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton’s stated goal. The numbers, however, aren’t so black and white when you examine […]

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The Criminal Alien Program: Big, Old, and Misunderstood

The Criminal Alien Program: Big, Old, and Misunderstood

In a new report, The Criminal Alien Program: Immigration Enforcement in Travis County, Texas, the Immigration Policy Center (IPC) and author Andrea Guttin examine the Criminal Alien Program (CAP)—which may be one of the oldest, biggest, and least understood federal immigration enforcement program. While it is ubiquitous in U.S. prisons and jails, very few are […]

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How Immigrants Can Help America Rise Again

Written by on February 16, 2010 in Business, Demographics, Economics, Employment, Reform with 5 Comments
How Immigrants Can Help America Rise Again

With the U.S. unemployment rate still hovering around 10 percent, it’s only natural for people to worry whether America’s recent economic decline is reversible. In this month’s issue of Atlantic Monthly, correspondent James Fallow takes a step back to address just that—what he calls “the fear of American declinism.” In his historical and economic analysis […]

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New Report Provides Solutions to Broken Asylum Employment Authorization Clock

New Report Provides Solutions to Broken Asylum Employment Authorization Clock

Asylum applicants and their attorneys have long struggled to better understand how the employment authorization asylum clock (“EAD asylum clock”) functions. The clock, which measures the number of days after an applicant files an asylum application before the applicant is eligible for work authorization, affects potentially more than 50,000 asylum applicants each year. While the […]

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