Archive for November, 2010

Kafka Revisited: Ninth Circuit Decision Protects Due Process Rights for Noncitizens

Written by on November 30, 2010 in Courts, Immigration Law with 4 Comments
Kafka Revisited: Ninth Circuit Decision Protects Due Process Rights for Noncitizens

The basic tenet that you can’t be sued without knowing the charges against you and having a meaningful opportunity to defend yourself is a cornerstone of the U.S. judicial system. This concept of fundamental fairness ensures that people in courtrooms across the country have access to a discovery process that enables them to see the [...]

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How Much Conservative Muscle Will It Take To Lift the DREAM Act?

How Much Conservative Muscle Will It Take To Lift the DREAM Act?

While some would have you believe that immigration reform is a liberal issue championed only by Democrats, past debates and prior attempts to pass immigration reform have shown us that Republicans and conservatives are champions as well. Granted some of the most stalwart Republican supporters have recently turned their back on reasonable debate (think John [...]

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How to Talk Turkey on Immigration

Written by on November 24, 2010 in Rhetoric, Undocumented Immigration with 1 Comment
How to Talk Turkey on Immigration

My daughter had a knock-down drag out fight on the playground a few weeks ago over immigration. She was preaching immigration reform and another little girl said that immigrants steal American jobs. They reached no resolution and walked away furious. A couple of days ago, Rebecca told me how nice this girl was and that [...]

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Spin Control: Putting Myths about the DREAM Act Out to Pasture

Written by on November 23, 2010 in DREAM Act, Republicans, Rhetoric, Undocumented Immigration with 0 Comments
Spin Control: Putting Myths about the DREAM Act Out to Pasture

As the DREAM Act continues to gather momentum during lame-duck, some conservative Congressional members are scrambling to brand the legislation as “amnesty” in an attempt to scare the American public. Among the myths is the idea that the DREAM Act’s passage would somehow cheat native born students out of opportunities. This tired effort to pit [...]

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New DHS Data Highlights Benefits of Integration Requirements

Written by on November 22, 2010 in Integration, Reform, Undocumented Immigration with 1 Comment
New DHS Data Highlights Benefits of Integration Requirements

We want legal permanent residents (LPRs) to become U.S. citizens and fully participate in civic life—and research shows they are, in fact, doing just that. DHS recently presented new data on two programs for legal permanent residence (LPR) status—one that required immigrants to learn English and U.S. history, and one that did not. They found [...]

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Who Will Pass the DREAM Act Test?

Written by on November 19, 2010 in Congress, DREAM Act, Reform, Restrictionists, Uncategorized with 2 Comments
Who Will Pass the DREAM Act Test?

After Senator Harry Reid’s announcement Wednesday that he will bring the DREAM Act to the Senate floor in the lame duck as a stand-alone bill, DREAM supporters gathered in Washington yesterday to plead their case. Yesterday’s events signaled the beginning of yet another intense campaign to pass the DREAM Act—a bill that would offer a [...]

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New Report Estimates Economic Loss Due to Arizona Boycott

New Report Estimates Economic Loss Due to Arizona Boycott

Arizona’s notorious anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070, is proving to be a costly mistake. That is the message of a new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) which estimates some of “the economic and fiscal consequences of the tourism boycott that occurred in response to the passage of S.B. 1070” in April of this [...]

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New Report Describes Peril Immigrant Women Face in U.S. Food Industry

New Report Describes Peril Immigrant Women Face in U.S. Food Industry

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released a new report called Injustice on our Plates:  Immigrant Women in the U.S. Food Industry which looks at the conditions under which immigrant women work.  It documents and personalizes the stories of women who have made the dangerous journey to the U.S. seeking a better life for themselves and [...]

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Work-Based Exchange Should Be Pursued as Much as Study Abroad Programs

Written by on November 16, 2010 in Business with 4 Comments
Work-Based Exchange Should Be Pursued as Much as Study Abroad Programs

From the food we eat to the technology we use, the United States’ ongoing interdependence on other nations is more apparent everyday. This interdependence has prompted other nations to expand citizen exchange as a way to promote cultural understanding and cross-pollination in business and industry. Also recognizing the value of exchange, the U.S. government and [...]

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Mormon Church, Business Leaders Endorse Utah Compact for Immigration Reform

Mormon Church, Business Leaders Endorse Utah Compact for Immigration Reform

Utah state Rep. Stephen Sandstrom’s argument that there is “popular support for Arizona’s controversial legislation [SB 1070]” just got a little thinner. A number of state and local governments, corporations, businesses, community and faith groups recently signed the Utah Compact—a declaration of five principles created “to guide Utah’s immigration discussion.” The guidelines are a far [...]

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