Archive for September, 2010

Titans of Industry Bloomberg and Murdoch Remind Congress How to Do Their Jobs in Immigration Hearing

Titans of Industry Bloomberg and Murdoch Remind Congress How to Do Their Jobs in Immigration Hearing

Today, the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Membership held a hearing on the “Role of Immigration in Strengthening America’s Economy” featuring New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Fox owner Rupert Murdoch (an immigrant himself). The two media moguls formed a new coalition earlier this year to press for […]

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Senators Menendez and Leahy Introduce the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010

Written by on September 30, 2010 in Congress, Reform, Undocumented Immigration with 8 Comments
Senators Menendez and Leahy Introduce the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010

Last night, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 (SB 3932), a bill which takes a broad approach to fixing the wide range of problems plaguing our outdated immigration system. Earlier this month, Sen. Menendez threw his support behind the DREAM Act (which failed in a […]

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Experts Highlight Economic Gains from Immigration

Written by on September 29, 2010 in Economics, Employment, Undocumented Immigration with 1 Comment
Experts Highlight Economic Gains from Immigration

At a forum held yesterday by the Hamilton Project of the Brookings Institution, a panel of experts sought to “distinguish economic reality from myth” in the often fact-free and emotion-laden debate over how immigration affects the U.S. economy and U.S. workers. The forum, entitled “Crossing Borders: From Myth to Sound Immigration Policy”—as well as an […]

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Polls Show Latinos and Republicans Still Drifting Apart

Written by on September 28, 2010 in Demographics, Midterm Election, Reform, Republicans with 1 Comment
Polls Show Latinos and Republicans Still Drifting Apart

As Congress’ attention to lawmaking wanes in place of politicking and mid-term elections, a string of new polls are emerging that further depict the strained relationship between Latinos and Republicans. The GOP strategy of alienating the fastest growing demographic through harsh rhetoric and the blockage of immigration reform is starting to reap results. Much like […]

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Congressional Committee Attempts to Tackle AgJOBS, Again

Congressional Committee Attempts to Tackle AgJOBS, Again

Last week, the House Immigration Subcommittee held a hearing on immigration and farm labor. The substance of the hearing is likely to be eclipsed by the presence of Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, who testified about his participation in United Farm Workers’ (UFW) “Take Our Jobs” campaign. While Colbert’s presence insured that it wasn’t your ordinary committee […]

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House Republicans Pledge More of the Same on Immigration

House Republicans Pledge More of the Same on Immigration

It was a week of broken dreams and empty promises for immigration reform. The failure of the Senate to take up the DREAM Act illustrated once again that good policy isn’t enough to make legislation work. And over on the House side, GOP members unveiled their “Pledge to America,” a pledge that promises, among other […]

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New Census Data Underscores Growing Entrepreneurial Power of Latinos

Written by on September 23, 2010 in Demographics, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Integration with 1 Comment
New Census Data Underscores Growing Entrepreneurial Power of Latinos

New data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau highlights the rapidly growing economic power of Latino-owned businesses in the United States. According to the Bureau’s 2007 Survey of Business Owners, there were 2.3 million Latino-owned businesses in the country as of 2007, which generated $345.2 billion in sales and employed 1.9 million people. […]

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Will the GOP’s Failure to Move the DREAM Act Galvanize the Latino Vote?

Written by on September 22, 2010 in DREAM Act, Elections, Republicans, Rhetoric, Undocumented Immigration with 3 Comments
Will the GOP’s Failure to Move the DREAM Act Galvanize the Latino Vote?

In a procedural vote yesterday, Senate Republicans (and two Democrats) voted not to proceed (56-43) to the Defense Authorization bill in a party line vote, preventing the consideration of, among others, the DREAM Act amendment. Hemming and hawing their way through floor speeches, Senate Republicans expressed sympathy for the plight of potential DREAM Act students […]

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DREAM Act Delayed in the Senate, But DREAMers Continue

Written by on September 21, 2010 in DREAM Act, Undocumented Immigration with 4 Comments
DREAM Act Delayed in the Senate, But DREAMers Continue

Today, the Senate voted 56 to 43 against proceeding to the Defense Authorization Act (S. 3454). This procedural vote, which basically followed party lines, ends consideration of some critical social issues—offered as amendments—that affect the military. Among the amendments not considered were a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the DREAM Act, an immigration […]

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Colin Powell, Military Personnel Make Case for the DREAM Act

Written by on September 20, 2010 in DREAM Act, Military, Reform, Undocumented Immigration with 0 Comments
Colin Powell, Military Personnel Make Case for the DREAM Act

Yesterday, former Secretary of State and retired General, Colin Powell, not only called for Republicans to stop driving the anti-immigrant bandwagon, but made an economic case for immigration as well as the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act is attached to the Department of Defense (DOD) authorization bill; the Senate votes tomorrow on whether to proceed […]

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