Archive for February, 2011

Why Cutting Immigrant Integration Programs Hurts All of Us

Written by on February 28, 2011 in Congress, Entrepreneurship, Integration, USCIS with 2 Comments
Why Cutting Immigrant Integration Programs Hurts All of Us

Among the many spending cuts recently passed by the House was funding for the Office of Citizenship’s immigrant integration programs. The importance of these programs, however, cannot be overstated. Immigrants who integrate into U.S. society go on to become innovators, entrepreneurs and future job-creators. Although a new study released today by the British Council, Migration [...]

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Will State Legislators Continue to Pull the Plug on Restrictive Immigration Measures?

Will State Legislators Continue to Pull the Plug on Restrictive Immigration Measures?

While some state lawmakers continue to tango with restrictive immigration bills this week, others pulled the plug on measures they worried were too costly or politically risky. Lawmakers in Arkansas, New Mexico and Nebraska voted down (or anticipated the failure of) measures that would restrict access to preventative medical care, tuition equity and driver’s licenses [...]

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State Compacts Reframe Approach to Immigration, But Will Legislators Listen?

Written by on February 24, 2011 in Progressives, State and Local Immigration Law with 3 Comments
State Compacts Reframe Approach to Immigration, But Will Legislators Listen?

Rather than allow immigration restrictionists to define how their state deals with immigration, business leaders, elected officials, community activists and faith groups in Utah and Indiana have taken an important step in reframing their state’s approach by signing “state compacts”—declarations of principles to guide the state’s immigration discussion. And they’re not the only folks standing [...]

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New DHS Documents Highlight Internal Confusion Over Secure Communities Program

New DHS Documents Highlight Internal Confusion Over Secure Communities Program

Since the Secure Communities program was announced in 2008, immigrant advocates have consistently asked whether the program is voluntary or mandatory. ICE’s response to the question has changed many times over the years. While ICE has said that the agency will eventually install Secure Communities in all state and local detention facilities nationwide (which makes [...]

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Businesses Fear Restrictive Immigration Measures Will Drive Jobs to Other States

Businesses Fear Restrictive Immigration Measures Will Drive Jobs to Other States

As Arizona-style enforcement legislation continues to work its way through state legislatures, local business and industry groups are beginning to realize just how much these laws will affect the way they do business. They fear the racial profiling often associated with laws targeting undocumented immigrants will create an unwelcoming environment in their state, limiting their [...]

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Some States “Just Say No” to Harmful Immigration Enforcement Laws

Some States “Just Say No” to Harmful Immigration Enforcement Laws

If Arizona had its own television show, the warning “don’t try this at home” would appear after every commercial break. (Cut to tumbleweeds and Arizona businesses pulling their pockets inside out) This week, some states—like Virginia, South Dakota and New Hampshire—actually heeded that warning and rejected a host of enforcement measures targeting undocumented immigrants. States [...]

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President’s 2012 Budget Reveals Conflicted Priorities on Immigration

President’s 2012 Budget Reveals Conflicted Priorities on Immigration

The President’s proposed FY 2012 budget for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) illustrates the Obama administration’s conflicted priorities when it comes to immigration. On the one hand, the budget increases funding for worthy causes such as immigrant integration, alternatives to detention, and civil-liberties oversight of enforcement programs. On the other hand, these funding increases [...]

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Republicans Attempt to Change Outgoing Message on Immigration, Again

Written by on February 16, 2011 in Reform, Republicans, Rhetoric with 0 Comments
Republicans Attempt to Change Outgoing Message on Immigration, Again

This week, the conflicting messaging on immigration from Republican politicians is particularly hard to follow. Voters can “press one” for Senator Lindsay Graham’s message that immigration reform is reality if we just pass a border bill; “press two” for Senator Orrin Hatch’s message that Utah voters want to welcome immigrants by stopping them from coming; [...]

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Isn’t It About Time We Thought Realistically About Border Security?

Written by on February 15, 2011 in Border, Enforcement, Hearings, Undocumented Immigration with 0 Comments
Isn’t It About Time We Thought Realistically About Border Security?

Old thinking on border security was on grand display today during a House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee hearing titled “Securing our Borders – Operational Control and the Path Forward.” Congress’ seemingly insatiable appetite for border enforcement does not seem to be assuaged by the reality at the border. Despite the record number of resources [...]

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Progressive Immigration Measures Pick Up Steam at the State Level

Progressive Immigration Measures Pick Up Steam at the State Level

By SUMAN RAGHUNATHAN, PROGRESSIVE STATES NETWORK As the list of state business leaders, law enforcement, and conservative lawmakers who realize that anti-immigrant efforts are costly, misguided, and destructive to state economies continues to grow, a number of state elected officials are putting their weight behind progressive, solutions-based approaches to immigration policy. A group of progressive [...]

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