Archive for January, 2011

What Does the Vitter-Paul Resolution to Amend the Constitution Solve, Exactly?

Written by on January 31, 2011 in Birthright Citizenship, Constitution with 6 Comments
What Does the Vitter-Paul Resolution to Amend the Constitution Solve, Exactly?

Senator David Vitter (R-LA). Photo by SIR: Poseyal. In the latest attack on the Constitution and U.S. citizenship, Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a resolution (S. J. RES. 2) last week proposing an amendment to the constitution to limit citizenship to children born in the U.S. if 1) one parent is [...]

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States Contemplating Enforcement Legislation Continue to Walk the Line

States Contemplating Enforcement Legislation Continue to Walk the Line

From Arizona to Florida, SB1070-style immigration legislation continues to rear its ugly head—as do a string of other restrictive immigration bills. Also on the rise, however, are the voices of opposition who continue to decry this legislation as bad for local businesses, a threat to community safety and a burden on state economies. This week, [...]

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Despite Limits, How Padilla v. Kentucky Will Endure

Written by on January 27, 2011 in Courts with 9 Comments
Despite Limits, How <em>Padilla v. Kentucky</em> Will Endure

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, author of the Padilla v. Kentucky opinion. Immigrant advocates rejoiced last spring when the Supreme Court made clear in Padilla v. Kentucky that criminal defense lawyers must inform noncitizen clients if pleading guilty to a particular crime could result in their deportation. Since then, the Court’s ruling has [...]

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Will “Stepping on the Gas” of Immigration Enforcement Drive Us Into A Brick Wall?

Will “Stepping on the Gas” of Immigration Enforcement Drive Us Into A Brick Wall?

Today, the newly re-named Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement held its first hearing on worksite enforcement, which, as expected, did not delve into important policy questions surrounding worksite enforcement. The Republican members of the subcommittee called on the usual suspects to minimize the Obama administration’s enforcement efforts, even though Deputy Director of ICE, Kumar [...]

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A One-Man Wrecking Crew: New Report Details the Costly Career of Kris Kobach

A One-Man Wrecking Crew: New Report Details the Costly Career of Kris Kobach

It is hardly surprising that the newly elected Kansas secretary of state, Kris Kobach, ran an election campaign which featured the baseless claim that “the illegal registration of alien voters has become pervasive” in the state. As a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) describes in detail, Kobach has built a long [...]

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“100,000 Strong” Initiative Strengthens U.S.-China Relations, But Does It Go Far Enough?

Written by on January 24, 2011 in Business, Integration with 0 Comments
“100,000 Strong” Initiative Strengthens U.S.-China Relations, But Does It Go Far Enough?

Chinese President Hu Jintao’s State Visit put all eyes on Washington, D.C. last week. While much of the political buzz focused on human rights, trade and the economy, President Hu’s visit stood out in its effort to show mutual cross cultural respect. Part of that ongoing effort is the “100,000 Strong” initiative—a program Secretary of [...]

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Are States Considering SB 1070-Style Bills Putting their Head in the Lion’s Mouth?

Are States Considering SB 1070-Style Bills Putting their Head in the Lion’s Mouth?

Last week, local law enforcement, religious and business groups in South Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Florida spoke out against the introduction of Arizona-style immigration laws in their states, citing the harmful social and economic consequences of such laws. This week, another batch of state legislators in Nebraska, Indiana, Colorado and Texas dipped their toes in [...]

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Dear Mr. Smith, Your Pants are on Fire. Sincerely, The Facts

Written by on January 20, 2011 in Congress, Myths, Undocumented Immigration with 3 Comments
Dear Mr. Smith, Your Pants are on Fire. Sincerely, The Facts

In response to a recent Roll Call article calling out the nativist lobby, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith wrote a letter to the editor making a series of claims—many of which he’s been making for the last 20 years—which simply don’t stack up to the facts. These myths also conveniently obsure the lack [...]

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How Expanding E-Verify Hurts the Economy and American Workers

Written by on January 19, 2011 in E-Verify, Employment with 1 Comment
How Expanding E-Verify Hurts the Economy and American Workers

BY TYLER MORAN, NATIONAL IMMIGRATION LAW CENTER The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report, Employment Verification: Federal Agencies Have Taken Steps to Improve E-Verify, but Significant Challenges Remain. GAO’s verdict on E-Verify (a program to verify the employment eligibility of new hires) is in: this program is not yet ready for prime time. [...]

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Can Republican Group Convince GOP that their Current Strategy Spells Doom?

Written by on January 18, 2011 in Republicans, Rhetoric with 1 Comment
Can Republican Group Convince GOP that their Current Strategy Spells Doom?

Retired Florida Rep., Lincoln Diaz-Balart. Over the weekend, a group of concerned Republican leaders gathered in Florida to discuss ways in which the GOP can repair their party’s muddied image among Hispanic voters. Participants at the Hispanic Leadership Network’s inaugural conference identified issues such as education, job creation and social values that could re-engage Hispanic [...]

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