Archive for March, 2010

Immigration and the Future of American Innovation: Does America Need to Pump Up the Volume?

Written by on March 31, 2010 in Economics, Employment, Entrepreneurship with 2 Comments
Immigration and the Future of American Innovation: Does America Need to Pump Up the Volume?

It should come as no surprise to anyone following the global economy that when it comes to innovation and competition, America has lost that loving feeling. Numbers in key areas of innovation—percentage of patents issued, government funded research and venture capitalists’ investments—are all down. While some point a finger at a weaker economy, others look [...]

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Immigration Reform: The Not So Merry Go Round of Washington Politics

Immigration Reform: The Not So Merry Go Round of Washington Politics

First, Republicans said they wouldn’t work with Democrats on immigration if health care passed—now they will. The Obama administration announced that immigration enforcement would target dangerous criminals only—but as it turns out, they aren’t. Senator Chuck Schumer said we’re moving forward on immigration, while his partner, Senator Lindsey Graham, insists that the President write a [...]

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ICE Slip Up Casts Serious Doubt on Immigration Enforcement Strategy

ICE Slip Up Casts Serious Doubt on Immigration Enforcement Strategy

Over the last week, there has been a great deal of outrage, confusion, and backtracking on the issue of who and how many people the U.S. government deports. Faced with a great deal of criticism for Bush-style enforcement, the Administration announced last year that it would no longer be conducting large scale worksite raids, and [...]

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Senator Schumer Urges Senator Graham to Get Immigration Reform Done

In the latest development on their bipartisan push for immigration reform, Senators Schumer (D-NY) and Graham (R-SC) appeared on Meet the Press yesterday to discuss immigration reform in a post-health care political environment. Amid criticism over his reaction to the passage of health care reform—the process of which he referred to as “sleazy,” Sen. Lindsey [...]

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Committee Hearings on Visa Application Costs and Overstays Show Partisan Divide

Written by on March 26, 2010 in USCIS with 1 Comment
Committee Hearings on Visa Application Costs and Overstays Show Partisan Divide

This week, members of the House of Representatives held hearings dealing with visa application costs and visa overstays—and the partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans was as clear as ever. As Congress and immigration experts continued to debate the specifics of visa processing and overstays, the need for an entire immigration overhaul—an overhaul that would [...]

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Immigrants, African Americans and the Struggle for Civil Rights

Written by on March 25, 2010 in Courts, Reform, Video with 1 Comment

In a new report released today by the Immigration Policy Center, Before Brown, There was Mendez: The Lasting Impact of Mendez v. Westminster in the Struggle for Desegregation, author Maria Blanco examines the impact of a federal circuit court’s 1947 decision which found the segregation of Mexican American school children in California unconstitutional. It is [...]

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Nativist Group Blames Immigrants for Unemployment and Low Wages

Nativist Group Blames Immigrants for Unemployment and Low Wages

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) yesterday released a report, Amnesty and the American Worker, which recycles a number of discredited claims about the supposedly negative impact that immigrants have on U.S. workers and the U.S. economy. According to FAIR, unauthorized immigration has “put Americans out of work and reduced wage levels for all [...]

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Courting the Latino Vote? The Republican Push for Immigration Reform

Courting the Latino Vote? The Republican Push for Immigration Reform

In the past few weeks, new voices have been added to the call for immigration reform—Republicans who recognize that ignoring immigration is ignoring the future of their own party. Their message isn’t that simple, however. Instead of simply calling for immigration reform, they blame President Obama for failing to keep his campaign promise of passing [...]

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Marching Forward: Thousands Gather in Washington, D.C. to Demand Immigration Reform

Yesterday, an estimated 200,000 from at least 35 states gathered in Washington, D.C. to raise their voices for comprehensive immigration reform—reform President Obama promised to address within his first year in office. The National Mall and surrounding streets were full of supporters carrying signs with messages such as “Family Unity,” “Reform Not Raids,” “Friends Keep [...]

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Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers

The positive impact of Sunday’s rally on the mall for immigration reform is already in evidence.  Yesterday, after months of pressure, Senators Schumer and Graham finally released their blueprint for immigration reform and President Obama immediately pledged to help push bipartisan legislation forward. Next was Senator Reid who promised to make time for legislation on the [...]

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