Archive for June, 2010

Enough is Enough: State Legislators Fight Arizona Copycat Laws with Progressive Immigration Policies

Enough is Enough: State Legislators Fight Arizona Copycat Laws with Progressive Immigration Policies

Tired of restrictionists introducing “get tough” anti-immigration legislation in their states, state legislators are pushing back with progressive immigration policies of their own. On a telebriefing yesterday sponsored by the Progressive States Network and the National Immigration Law Center, state legislators from Arizona, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Utah discussed what they are actively doing to push […]

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President Obama To Deliver Speech on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Written by on June 29, 2010 in President Obama, Reform with 4 Comments
President Obama To Deliver Speech on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

According to a White House press release, President Obama is expected to deliver remarks on “the need to fix our broken immigration system through comprehensive immigration reform” at the American University School of International Service on Thursday, July 1. Only time will tell whether it’s a call to arms, more lip service or remarks on […]

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Experts Agree that Border is More Secure than Ever: Now What?

Experts Agree that Border is More Secure than Ever: Now What?

A new report on border security issued by Center for American Progress adds yet more evidence to the argument that the U.S. government is already doing plenty about border security. Brick by Brick: A Half-Decade of Immigration Enforcement and the Need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, written by Former DHS Assistant Secretary for Border and Transportation Security […]

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Falsely Claims “Most Illegal Immigrants” are “Drug Mules”

Written by on June 28, 2010 in Border, State and Local Immigration Law with 3 Comments

Even as Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) remains hard at work to find the wrong solution for a mythical problem, she seems to have time to spread information and make statements so ludicrous that calling them falsehoods seems too lenient. At a Republican gubernatorial primary debate last week, Brewer criticized her opponent’s statement that many […]

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Stirring the Pot: Republican Senators Preempt Imaginary Action on Immigration

Stirring the Pot: Republican Senators Preempt Imaginary Action on Immigration

Political hype and hypocrisy was on display this week in Washington as eight senators sent an oddly worded letter to President Obama demanding that he refrain from circumventing the will of Congress on immigration. The letter, signed by Senators Grassley, Vitter, Inhofe, Isakson, Chamblis, Bunning, Cochran, and Hatch, is filled with moral outrage, alleging some […]

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CEOs and New York Mayor Make Economic Case for Immigration Reform

Written by on June 24, 2010 in Business, Economics with 2 Comments
CEOs and New York Mayor Make Economic Case for Immigration Reform

While comprehensive immigration reform looks to be stalled until the lame duck session or the beginning of the 112th Congress, chief executives of several major corporations and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg are joining together to form a coalition, “Partnership for a New American Economy,” advocating for immigration reform. Bloomberg stated the group’s intent, […]

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Secretary Napolitano Announces “Next Steps” for Southwest Border

Secretary Napolitano Announces “Next Steps” for Southwest Border

Yesterday, President Obama sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi formally asking for $600 million in additional border security spending to fund 1,000 additional Border Patrol agents, 160 additional ICE agents, two unmanned aircraft systems, extra Border Patrol canine teams and improved infrastructure along the Southwest Border. In a tandem move today, Department of […]

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Fremont Residents Pass Restrictive and Costly Immigration Ordinance

Fremont Residents Pass Restrictive and Costly Immigration Ordinance

With frustrations running high over a lack of federal action on immigration, Fremont, Nebraska joined Arizona in restricting immigration. In a special election held yesterday, voters in Fremont passed an ordinance that will require businesses to verify employees’ immigration status and renters to apply for an occupancy license—which also requires a legal status check—before renting […]

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An Anti-Immigrant Franchise Coming to a State Near You

An Anti-Immigrant Franchise Coming to a State Near You

Americans are frustrated by a lot of things these days and immigration is no exception. What specifically annoys people about immigration is different depending on their vantage point. Those who are caught up in the labyrinth of immigration processing and the complicated inner-workings of the immigration agency are frustrated. Those who can’t even get their […]

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform is More than a Piece of Legislation

Comprehensive Immigration Reform is More than a Piece of Legislation

Realistically, the likelihood of a comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) bill passing before the midterm elections is pretty small. News reports indicate that many advocates are pivoting to supporting more targeted immigration measures, such as DREAM Act or AgJobs, both of which have been introduced and have numerous co-sponsors already. Inevitably, these reports talk about backtracking, […]

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