Archive for January, 2011

New Study Finds Low-Skilled Immigration Has Negligible Impact on Wages of Native-Born

New Study Finds Low-Skilled Immigration Has Negligible Impact on Wages of Native-Born

Earlier today, Public Policy Professor at Georgetown University Harry J. Holzer presented his new report, Does Low-Skilled Immigration Hurt the US Economy? Assessing the Evidence. Contrary to the myth that “immigrants steal American jobs,” Prof. Holzer concludes that low-skilled immigration likely has little to no effect on most U.S. workers, though changes in immigration policy […]

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State Lawmakers Conflicted Over Immigration Enforcement Measures

Written by on January 12, 2011 in Legislation, State and Local, Uncategorized with 1 Comment
State Lawmakers Conflicted Over Immigration Enforcement Measures

South Carolina State House. Photo by Joe Shlabotnik. As many states begin their legislative sessions this week, some lawmakers are conflicted over whether to proceed with strict immigration enforcement measures, forcing them to balance immigration measures with other pressing state priorities. Understandably, state legislators want to see something done about our national immigration problems, but […]

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Crossing the Line. Again.

Written by on January 10, 2011 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
Crossing the Line. Again.

The recent shooting of a U.S. Congresswoman, Federal Judge and other innocent bystanders in Arizona is both sobering and tragic. Because Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was hosting a community event at the time of the shooting, the role of politics in this tragedy has led to significant soul searching. Regardless of the motives of the […]

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The Emperor (and the Anti-Fourteenth Amendment Crowd) Have No Clothes

The Emperor (and the Anti-Fourteenth Amendment Crowd) Have No Clothes

What a difference a few weeks can make. Just last month, the papers were filled with stories about the amazing feats of DREAM Act students, whose commitment and love for this country is boundless, even as they risk deportation in order to tell their stories. This week, the papers are filled with stories of vicious […]

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Legislators Intend to Burden States with Costly Immigration Litigation

Written by on January 6, 2011 in Birthright Citizenship, Legislation, State and Local with 2 Comments
Legislators Intend to Burden States with Costly Immigration Litigation

State Legislators for Legal Immigration member, State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-PA) Yesterday, a group of state legislators gathered in a small room in Washington, D.C. to present their plan for reinterpreting the 14th Amendment—the amendment which states that all persons born in the U.S., and subject to jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of U.S. and the […]

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State Legislators Attempt to Turn Back Clock to Antebellum South

Written by on January 5, 2011 in Birthright Citizenship, State and Local with 0 Comments
State Legislators Attempt to Turn Back Clock to Antebellum South

At a press conference this morning at the National Press Club, a coalition of state legislators and immigration restrictionists known as the State Legislators for Legal Immigration (SLLI) presented their proposal to turn back the clocks to the pre-Civil War era to create a new definition of “state citizenship,” create a new second-class citizenship, and […]

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Will Conservatives Back Off Their Harsh Immigration Rhetoric and Party Politics?

Written by on January 4, 2011 in Elections, Legislation with 1 Comment
Will Conservatives Back Off Their Harsh Immigration Rhetoric and Party Politics?

Despite the very public failure on the part of the 111th Congress to pass any type of comprehensive immigration reform (including the collapse of the DREAM Act), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) plans to reach out to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to work on the issue again in the 112th Congress. While Sen. Graham initially signaled […]

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Inch by Inch, Hearing by Hearing: A Look Ahead at the GOP’s Immigration Agenda

Written by on January 3, 2011 in Enforcement, State and Local with 1 Comment
Inch by Inch, Hearing by Hearing: A Look Ahead at the GOP’s Immigration Agenda

Shortly after Republicans gained a majority in the House after midterm elections, many attempted to predict the Republican game plan on immigration—which, as you can imagine, was no herculean task considering the GOP’s three-ring enforcement spectacular these last few years. Recall also the recent Republican opposition to the DREAM Act, opposition they rationalized using the […]

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