Archive for May, 2010

New Report Highlights Economic Gains from Immigration and Immigration Reform

Written by on May 28, 2010 in Economics, Reform with 2 Comments
New Report Highlights Economic Gains from Immigration and Immigration Reform

In a report released this week, the New Policy Institute (NPI) synthesizes much of the available research on the ways in which immigration ultimately raises wage levels for the vast majority of native-born workers and benefits the U.S. economy as a whole. The report, entitled The Impact of Immigration and Immigration Reform on the Wages […]

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Do We Really Have to Explore Dora’s Immigration Status?

Written by on May 28, 2010 in Reform, Rhetoric, Undocumented Immigration with 0 Comments
Do We Really Have to Explore Dora’s Immigration Status?

Absurdity takes many forms in the immigration debate. For example, restrictionists have blamed immigrants for everything from global warming and our mortgage crisis to the swine flu epidemic and leprosy. (Where did my other sock go? Immigrants!) But this week, we reach a new level of absurdity—the exploitation of a bi-lingual cartoon character. In a […]

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Trio of Republican Border Enforcement Amendments Fail

Trio of Republican Border Enforcement Amendments Fail

Three Republican amendments to the Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R. 4899) failed this morning. The amendments, which included proposals to ramp up border security spending from Senators McCain (AZ), Kyl (AZ), and Cornyn (TX), failed to garner the necessary sixty votes needed for passage. The Supplemental Appropriations Act is a broader bill that funds the troop […]

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Straight from the Horse’s Mouth: Police Chiefs Blast Arizona Law (SB 1070)

Yesterday, a delegation of police chiefs from across the country (Arizona included) met with Attorney General Eric Holder to deliver the message that enforcing Arizona’s law (SB 1070) will divert precious law enforcement resources away from fighting crimes and break down the trust that police have spent years cultivating with local communities. Attorney General Holder […]

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1,200 National Guard Troops to the Border: A Bargaining Chip or More Political Pandering?

1,200 National Guard Troops to the Border: A Bargaining Chip or More Political Pandering?

Yesterday, President Obama met with Senate Republicans to discuss, among other things, moving forward with comprehensive immigration reform. But what came out of the meeting was a letter to Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, requesting 1,200 troops to be sent to the U.S.-Mexican border and a $500 million request for additional […]

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Riding the Anti-Immigration Wave: The Short- and Long-Term Political Implications

Riding the Anti-Immigration Wave: The Short- and Long-Term Political Implications

Despite the mounting pressure (boycotts, legal challenges, protests) to repeal Arizona’s enforcement law (SB 1070), polls indicate that the majority of Americans support the law by almost two to one—and, at last count, as many as 17 other states are considering similar legislation. However, while it may seem advantageous for some in the GOP to […]

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Hammering Out Future Immigration Flows: Immigration Commissions in Context

Written by on May 24, 2010 in Reform, Undocumented Immigration with 0 Comments
Hammering Out Future Immigration Flows: Immigration Commissions in Context

Today the Washington Post reported that Senate Democrats are working on a plan to create an immigration commission to help determine future levels of employment-based immigration as part of a comprehensive immigration reform bill. While some disagree as to how future immigration flows should be regulated, immigration advocates agree that planning for future flows of […]

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Is Opting Out of the Secure Communities Program an Option?

Is Opting Out of the Secure Communities Program an Option?

The Department of Homeland Security has continued its effort to have the Secure Communities program up and running in all jails across the country. Secure Communities is a program designed to identify immigrants in U.S. jails who are deportable under immigration law. Under Secure Communities, participating jails submit arrestees’ fingerprints not only to criminal databases, […]

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Presidents Agree: Law Enforcement Must Focus on Drug Cartels, Guns and Smugglers, Not Migrants

Presidents Agree: Law Enforcement Must Focus on Drug Cartels, Guns and Smugglers, Not Migrants

President Calderón’s visit to the United States yesterday continues to highlight issues of immigration, border control and crime. Presidents Calderón and Obama made the important point that we should address, not conflate, these two important issues. Judging from President Obama’s remarks yesterday, he seems to understand that the horrific violence which currently afflicts our southern […]

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2010 Congressional Primaries, Immigration and an Appetite for Change

2010 Congressional Primaries, Immigration and an Appetite for Change

As the dust is settling from yesterday’s primary elections, many politicians and pundits will try to interpret what the American public is thinking. The reactions and responses are likely to span the ideological and political scales. Whether Democrats aren’t Democratic enough, or Republicans aren’t Republican enough, or seats held by one party should be replaced […]

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