Archive for June, 2011

New Data Shows Government Still Prioritizing Immigration Prosecutions over Dangerous Crime

Written by on June 30, 2011 in Enforcement, Immigration Courts with 1 Comment
New Data Shows Government Still Prioritizing Immigration Prosecutions over Dangerous Crime

Two recent reports by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a research center out of Syracuse University, confirm that the federal government is prioritizing immigration enforcement over potentially far more dangerous activities, such as gun smuggling.  While prosecutions for illegal re-entry are up in criminal courts, prosecutions for weapons-related offenses are down in the last […]

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South Carolina Governor Signs $1.3 Million Immigration Enforcement Law

South Carolina Governor Signs $1.3 Million Immigration Enforcement Law

This week, on the same day that a federal judge enjoined key provisions of Georgia’s immigration law, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed an Arizona-style immigration bill into law. To date, federal judges in four states (Arizona, Utah, Indiana and Georgia) have blocked key provisions of their Arizona-inspired immigration laws, arguing that these laws unlawfully […]

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Senate Hearing on DREAM Act Emphasizes Need for Relief

Senate Hearing on DREAM Act Emphasizes Need for Relief

Today, the U.S. Senate held its first ever hearing on the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. Witnesses such as Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Dr. Clifford Stanley, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, testified to an overflowing Senate hearing room. The […]

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Federal Courts Block Key Provisions of Restrictive Immigration Laws in Georgia and Indiana

Federal Courts Block Key Provisions of Restrictive Immigration Laws in Georgia and Indiana

Today, a federal judge in Georgia granted a preliminary injunction against key provisions of the state’s immigration law, HB 87, which was slated to take effect Friday. Today’s decision follows another federal court decision handed down last week in Indiana which also blocked key provisions of the state’s new immigration law, SB 590. And these […]

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Why the Enforcement-Only Mentality Leads to an Economic Dead-End

Written by on June 24, 2011 in Economics, Enforcement, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
Why the Enforcement-Only Mentality Leads to an Economic Dead-End

In the world of immigration restrictionists, there is no economic or social problem for which immigrants cannot be blamed. So it should come as no surprise that the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) released yet another report yesterday blaming immigrants for unemployment and underemployment among native-born workers. While the report does marshal an impressive array […]

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Sen. Menendez Introduces Comprehensive Alternative to Enforcement-Only Immigration Legislation

Written by on June 22, 2011 in Enforcement, Legislation, Reform with 8 Comments
Sen. Menendez Introduces Comprehensive Alternative to Enforcement-Only Immigration Legislation

While some in Congress continue attempts to enforce a way out of our immigration problems, others, like Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), are offering balanced solutions that address not just one, but many facets of our broken immigration system. Today, Senator Menendez (D-NJ), along with Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Charles […]

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What ICE’s Latest Memo on Prosecutorial Discretion Means for Future Immigration Cases

Written by on June 21, 2011 in Enforcement with 11 Comments
What ICE’s Latest Memo on Prosecutorial Discretion Means for Future Immigration Cases

Last week, Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), John Morton, reminded ICE officials of their duty and obligation to use good judgment in the prosecution of immigration cases.  In a culture where many people still believe that “enforcing the law” and “removing people” are exactly the same, Morton’s new memo is likely to shake […]

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Sen. McCain Blames Unauthorized Immigrants for Arizona Wildfires

Written by on June 20, 2011 in Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
Sen. McCain Blames Unauthorized Immigrants for Arizona Wildfires

During a press conference Saturday, Sen. McCain blamed undocumented immigrants for the devastating wildfires sweeping through Arizona and southern states, suggesting they started fires to “divert law enforcement agents.” While a U.S. Forest Service official stated there is no evidence suggesting undocumented immigrants are to blame, Sen. McCain, like many restrictionists, took the opportunity to […]

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Immigration Group Honors Winner of National 5th Grade Writing Contest

Written by on June 17, 2011 in Integration with 2 Comments
Immigration Group Honors Winner of National 5th Grade Writing Contest

Tonight, the American Immigration Council will honor Maya Young Wong, the winner of the 14th Annual “Celebrate America” Creative Writing Contest, at the 2011 American Heritage Awards in San Diego. Maya Young Wong of California will read her winning poem, “My Grandfather Ben,” which was selected out of more than 6,500 entries by a host […]

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Nativist Group Recycles Discredited Economic Arguments About Immigration

Written by on June 17, 2011 in Economics, Employment and Wages, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
Nativist Group Recycles Discredited Economic Arguments About Immigration

In a report released late last month, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) rehashes a number of tired, discredited arguments about the impact of immigration on wages and job opportunities for native-born workers. The report, entitled Poverty and Low-Wage Earners, tries to discount the findings of numerous studies in recent years which have found […]

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