Archive for March, 2011

House Subcommittee Hearing Highlights U.S. Need for Foreign Scientists and Engineers

Written by on March 31, 2011 in Employment and Wages, Legislation, Reform with 4 Comments
House Subcommittee Hearing Highlights U.S. Need for Foreign Scientists and Engineers

Today, a House Immigration Subcommittee hearing underscored the U.S. economy’s reliance on scientists and engineers from abroad. The hearing, entitled “H-1B Visas: Designing a Program to Meet the Needs of the U.S. Economy and U.S. Workers,” was characterized by considerable disagreement among witnesses and subcommittee members as to how the H-1B program for highly skilled […]

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New Census Data Suggest Nativists May Be Headed for Extinction

Written by on March 29, 2011 in Elections with 0 Comments
New Census Data Suggest Nativists May Be Headed for Extinction

Newly released data from the 2010 Census reveal the rapid growth of something that is anathema to the nativist agenda: ethnic diversity. The data, analyzed in reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Pew Hispanic Center, show that the numbers of Hispanics and Asians in the United States are rising fast. This does not […]

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Tide Turning Against Authors of Restrictive Immigration Measures

Written by on March 28, 2011 in State and Local with 1 Comment
Tide Turning Against Authors of Restrictive Immigration Measures

Over the last few weeks, the media has slowly picked up on the tepid response state legislatures have given to copycat immigration enforcement measures, noting the gradual cooling of enthusiasm and support for these highly divisive measures. Lawmakers, under pressure from business groups, have already shot down enforcement measures in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, […]

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State Legislators Continue to Throw Restrictive Immigration Measures Overboard

Written by on March 25, 2011 in Enforcement, Legislation, State and Local with 2 Comments
State Legislators Continue to Throw Restrictive Immigration Measures Overboard

Throughout the months-long debate over restrictive immigration measures, many state lawmakers have considered the fiscal and political impacts and decided to throw them overboard. This week was no different as opposition to costly enforcement legislation continued. A tough immigration bill was likely killed in Kansas this week after the House refused to move the bill […]

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New Report Highlights Economic Destructiveness of S.B. 1070-Style Laws

Written by on March 24, 2011 in Economics, Enforcement with 2 Comments
New Report Highlights Economic Destructiveness of S.B. 1070-Style Laws

The fans of anti-immigrant laws such as Arizona’s infamous SB 1070 often claim that they are trying to save the jobs and tax dollars of average, hard-working Americans. However, as a new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the IPC makes clear, this is a claim without credibility. The report, entitled A […]

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Immigrant Entrepreneurs May Speed Up Our Economic Recovery

Immigrant Entrepreneurs May Speed Up Our Economic Recovery

As America’s economic recovery continues to be a national priority, leaders on both sides of the aisle are finally beginning to look at reforming our nation’s immigration system as a strategy for promoting job creating and growth. President Obama commented in his State of the Union Address that instead of expelling immigrants, we should make […]

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Is Arizona’s Rejection of Anti-Immigrant Measures a Bellwether for Other States?

Written by on March 21, 2011 in Enforcement, Legislation, State and Local with 1 Comment
Is Arizona’s Rejection of Anti-Immigrant Measures a Bellwether for Other States?

SB 1070 author, state Sen. Russell Pearce, also authored the latest string of anti-immigrant measures which were rejected last week . Photo by Gage Skidmore. Last week, Arizona’s business community worked with state Senators to kill an omnibus package of anti-immigrant bills—bills which included provisions to limit citizenship to the U.S. born children of immigrants […]

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Businesses Warn State Lawmakers That Immigration Legislation Will Break the Bank

Written by on March 18, 2011 in Enforcement, Legislation, State and Local with 2 Comments
Businesses Warn State Lawmakers That Immigration Legislation Will Break the Bank

As many state legislative sessions come to a close, lawmakers are giving serious thought about proceeding with restrictive immigration legislation. Legislators in some states (Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Virginia, Wyoming, and most recently, Arizona) have canned restrictive enforcement legislation due to prohibitive costs and push back from business and community groups […]

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Foreign-Born to Help Fill Gap in U.S. Doctors

Written by on March 17, 2011 in Employment and Wages with 0 Comments
Foreign-Born to Help Fill Gap in U.S. Doctors

While Americans are justifiably worried about high unemployment levels and the “jobless recovery,” Reps. Lamar Smith, Steve King, and Elton Gallegly are attempting to use America’s concerns as an opportunity to pass more restrictive immigration policies. In fact, immigration restrictionists across the country have taken advantage of the poor economy to push their anti-immigrant agenda. […]

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Report on Birthright Citizenship Low on Facts, High on Fantasy

Written by on March 16, 2011 in Birthright Citizenship, Immigration 101 with 2 Comments
Report on Birthright Citizenship Low on Facts, High on Fantasy

Sometimes it’s easy to miss the most outlandish and unrealistic statements made in the immigration debate given the level of dialed up rhetoric. A recent report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), however, appears to have been written to test just how far into the realm of fantasy the debate can be taken. In […]

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