Archive for April, 2011

Help Wanted: Latino Leaders and Presidential Leadership Needed on Immigration Reform

Written by on April 29, 2011 in Enforcement, Legislation with 3 Comments
Help Wanted: Latino Leaders and Presidential Leadership Needed on Immigration Reform

President Obama has convened a number of meetings on the issue of immigration lately. However, the one that got the most attention took place this week and included a notable group of Latino actors, journalists and radio personalities for what Politico called “Obama’s Celebrity Roundtable.”

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DHS Removes Countries from Special Registration List, But Leaves Door Open for Future Placements

Written by on April 28, 2011 in Uncategorized with 2 Comments
DHS Removes Countries from Special Registration List, But Leaves Door Open for Future Placements

This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will remove all countries from the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS). Previously, nonimmigrant travelers from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Eritrea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, […]

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New Report Underscores Economic Folly of S.B. 1070-Type Laws in California

Written by on April 27, 2011 in Economics, Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments
New Report Underscores Economic Folly of S.B. 1070-Type Laws in California

Fans of Arizona’s SB 1070 and its many imitators fail to mention one critical feature of their beloved legislation: its economic destructiveness. A dramatic example of just how destructive an SB 1070 clone could be is detailed in a new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the Immigration Policy Center (IPC). The […]

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Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren Demands Investigation into ICE’s Secure Communities Program

Written by on April 25, 2011 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren Demands Investigation into ICE’s Secure Communities Program

Some would argue that ICE’s Secure Communities program has been fraught with problems ever since it launched in 2008—from concerns over the lack of federal oversight to questions regarding the criminality of immigrants targeted. But after months of back and forth over how and whether jurisdictions are able to opt-out of this immigration enforcement program […]

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One Year After SB 1070, States Are Still Grappling with Cost of Immigration Measures

Written by on April 22, 2011 in Economics, Enforcement, Legislation, State and Local with 4 Comments
One Year After SB 1070, States Are Still Grappling with Cost of Immigration Measures

One year ago this month, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer put her star on the political map when she signed SB 1070, a controversial immigration law which required state and local law-enforcement officials to inquire about immigration status during any lawful stop, detention, or arrest. Some states learned from Arizona—the numerous protests, Supreme Court challenge, costly […]

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By the Numbers: How the FY 2011 Budget Impacts Immigration

By the Numbers: How the FY 2011 Budget Impacts Immigration

After the threat of a government shutdown last week, Congress finally managed to approve a budget that will keep the government running through the 2011 fiscal year. Included in that budget, however, are a host of cuts that will impact immigrants and immigration programming in the fiscal year to come. As policy experts and economists […]

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President Obama Leads Meeting on Immigration, But What Happens Next?

Written by on April 20, 2011 in Legislation with 1 Comment
President Obama Leads Meeting on Immigration, But What Happens Next?

Yesterday, President Obama hosted a White House meeting with 70 national leaders—including Mayor Bloomberg, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Al Sharpton, evangelical leader Leith Anderson and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, among others—to discuss the challenge of fixing our broken immigration system. While some advocates praised President Obama’s renewed commitment to immigration reform—and the fact that the […]

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Filed Under “M” for “Myth Busted”: Unauthorized Immigrants Pay Taxes, Too

Written by on April 19, 2011 in Economics, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
Filed Under “M” for “Myth Busted”: Unauthorized Immigrants Pay Taxes, Too

Sadly, myth and misinformation continue to be a major part of the immigration debate. One of the biggest myths perpetuated by restrictionist groups is that the roughly 12 million unauthorized immigrants currently living in the U.S. use a variety of public services yet paying nothing in taxes. Hard data recently released by the Institute for […]

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New York Times Details the Unsavory Roots of FAIR, CIS, and NumbersUSA

Written by on April 18, 2011 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
<em>New York Times</em> Details the Unsavory Roots of FAIR, CIS, and NumbersUSA

Yesterday’s New York Times featured an in-depth story about a little-known but powerful man: John Tanton—a Michigan ophthalmologist and architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement. The story, entitled “The Anti-Immigration Crusader,” describes how Tanton’s activist ideology evolved over time, from an environmentalist’s color-blind concern with “over-population,” to a white nationalist’s worry over the growing number […]

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Get Out Your Wallets, Georgians! State Lawmakers Pass Costly Immigration Measure

Get Out Your Wallets, Georgians! State Lawmakers Pass Costly Immigration Measure

Despite the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling to uphold a preliminary injunction against provisions of Arizona’s SB 1070 earlier this week, state lawmakers in Georgia passed their own version of Arizona’s law (HB 87) last night, which allows police to investigate the immigration status of certain suspects and requires businesses to verify work eligibility […]

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