Archive for March, 2011

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

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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Tuition Equity Could Be Coming Soon to a State Near You

Written by on March 30, 2011 in State and Local Immigration Law with 4 Comments
Tuition Equity Could Be Coming Soon to a State Near You

BY SUMAN RAGHUNATHAN, PROGRESSIVE STATES NETWORK Those who follow state immigration policy may have taken note of an interesting phenomenon—the recent momentum behind state level tuition equity proposals. Just this week, Oregon’s Senate passed a Republican-sponsored tuition equity bill which proposes to level the playing field for promising and motivated undocumented students by ensuring that [...]

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New Census Data Suggest Nativists May Be Headed for Extinction

Written by on March 29, 2011 in Elections, Restrictionists 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

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

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

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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New “E-Verify Self Check” Pilot Program is Not a Cure-All

New “E-Verify Self Check” Pilot Program is Not a Cure-All

BY TYLER MORAN, NATIONAL IMMIGRATION LAW CENTER E-Verify has a problem: Washington politicians want to force American employers to use the electronic employment verification system, but the system is still not ready for prime time. On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) took a step toward remedying the database error rates by announcing E-Verify [...]

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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?

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

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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