Archive for August, 2010

Restrictionist Group Blames Immigrants for Unemployment Among Less-Educated Workers, Again

Restrictionist Group Blames Immigrants for Unemployment Among Less-Educated Workers, Again

In a new and fatally flawed report, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) attempts to blame immigrants for virtually any unemployment among less-educated native-born workers anywhere in the United States, in both good economic times and bad. The report, entitled From Bad to Worse, deluges the reader with data from 2007 and 2010 on employment […]

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States Pushing Anti-Immigration Legislation Forced to Run Costly Damage Control

States Pushing Anti-Immigration Legislation Forced to Run Costly Damage Control

Although anti-immigrant campaign platforms might help win a primary in a state like Arizona, supporters of harsh immigrant enforcement measures must still address the resulting economic fall out. Last week, the Arizona Governor’s Task Force on Tourism and Economic Vitality hired HMA Public Relations, a Phoenix-based marketing communications and public relations firm, to the tune […]

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The Immigration Balancing Act: ICE Memo and High Removal Statistics Reveal a Stacked Immigration System

The Immigration Balancing Act: ICE Memo and High Removal Statistics Reveal a Stacked Immigration System

Last week, two separate branches of DHS released important evidence supporting the argument that our immigration laws are fundamentally broken. The Office of Immigration Statistics released its annual report on removal and return statistics, noting that removals in 2009 totaled 393,289—marking the seventh straight year of increase. Meanwhile, ICE released a memo directing legal counsel […]

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Anti-Immigrant Hysteria in Arizona Won’t End With the Primaries

Written by on August 26, 2010 in Border, Elections, Myths, Reform, Undocumented Immigration with 5 Comments
Anti-Immigrant Hysteria in Arizona Won’t End With the Primaries

The Republican Party primaries in Arizona may be over, but the anti-immigrant demagoguery upon which the winning candidates built their campaigns is unlikely to fade away anytime soon. Governor Jan Brewer and Senator John McCain both managed to reverse their declining political fortunes in large part by raising the phantom specter of immigrant violence—a cynical […]

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The Politics of Immigration: Primaries Reveal Little About What’s to Come

Written by on August 25, 2010 in Elections, Midterm Election, Republicans with 1 Comment
The Politics of Immigration: Primaries Reveal Little About What’s to Come

It’s hard to pinpoint how exactly the issue of immigration impacted a range of primary races on Tuesday. In some cases, exploiting our broken immigration system may have helped candidates win elections—as in the case of Governor Jan Brewer. In other cases, talking tough about immigration may have cost politicians their race—like Florida’s Attorney General […]

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Staggering Right on Immigration in Arizona

Written by on August 24, 2010 in Elections, Republicans with 0 Comments
Staggering Right on Immigration in Arizona

Today, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) faces former Rep. J.D. Hayworth in what has been a hard-fought primary battle for the Republican nomination for Senate. Perhaps the central issue in the campaign has been immigration, with both candidates staggering as far to the right as possible. So far to the right, in fact, that David Catanese […]

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Florida Legislators Speak Out Against Proposed Anti-Immigration Legislation in the Sunshine State

Florida Legislators Speak Out Against Proposed Anti-Immigration Legislation in the Sunshine State

Today, both Democratic and Republican Florida state legislators joined leaders from the faith and civil rights communities in speaking out against proposed anti-immigrant legislation in Florida, calling the measure “sad,” “not right for Florida,” and “a violation of civil rights.” The bill, introduced this month by Florida Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate, Bill McCollum, goes […]

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SB1070-Inspired Activity Continues in the States

Written by on August 19, 2010 in State and Local Immigration Law with 5 Comments
SB1070-Inspired Activity Continues in the States

Even though a judge ruled that it could not be implemented, Arizona’s immigration law, SB1070, has sparked a great deal of activity across the U.S. Unfortunately, it’s not the type of activity that’s going to result in meaningful solutions.

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Bordering on Reality

Written by on August 19, 2010 in Border with 1 Comment
Bordering on Reality

Last weekend, hundreds of well-informed tea party activists rallied around a border fence in Hereford, Arizona. Many participants, fearing danger at the border, brought weapons. Luckily, the more level-headed organizers convinced them that they would be ok if they left the side-arms in their vehicles. Many voiced concerns were comical at best, with a local […]

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DHS Releases Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Enforcement Data

DHS Releases Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Enforcement Data

The Office of Immigration Statistics released data on immigration enforcement actions in FY 2009 (October 1 through September 30). The report finds that: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) apprehended 613,003 foreign nationals, compared to 791,568 in FY2008 and 960,756 in FY2007. Mexican nationals made up the largest percentage of apprehensions (86%), followed by Guatemala, […]

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