Archive for July, 2011

Governor Brown Signs Only Half of California DREAM Act

Governor Brown Signs Only Half of California DREAM Act

BY CAITLIN PATLER, DOCTORAL STUDENT AT UCLA’S DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY This week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 130. This new law allows undocumented students enrolled in California’s public colleges and universities to receive privately-funded university scholarships from non-state funds.. While AB 130 is a significant step for the Golden State, [...]

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Restrictionist Group Strikes Out in Latest Report on Children of Diplomats

Restrictionist Group Strikes Out in Latest Report on Children of Diplomats

BY MARGARET D. STOCK, COUNSEL TO THE FIRM, LANE POWELL PC The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has been known for coming out with some odd reports over the years—but their latest is notable for its factual and legal flaws—and for argument that we should expand several different government bureaucracies to chase down the dozen [...]

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Microsoft, Experts Stress Need for High-Skilled Immigration in Senate Committee Hearing

Written by on July 27, 2011 in Business, Economics, Employment with 0 Comments
Microsoft, Experts Stress Need for High-Skilled Immigration in Senate Committee Hearing

While the House Judiciary Committee focused on a very different part of immigration yesterday, its Senate counterpart held a hearing on “The Economic Imperative for Enacting Immigration Reform.” In the hearing, witnesses testified that immigration reform that makes it easier for high-skilled immigrants to come work in the U.S. is not only good policy, but [...]

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Arizona’s Latest Border Fence Initiative Yet Another Obstacle to Fighting Crime

Written by on July 27, 2011 in Border, Enforcement, Myths with 3 Comments
Arizona’s Latest Border Fence Initiative Yet Another Obstacle to Fighting Crime

BY TERRY GODDARD, FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL OF ARIZONA Over the years, Arizona has seen an exceptional number of frauds, consumer scams and rip offs.  Maybe the heat stimulates the flimflam artists, but the sad fact is they come here and discover new and creative ways to take other peoples’ money. As Arizona’s Attorney General for the [...]

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Lamar Smith’s HALT Act Would Limit Administration’s Ability to Administer Humanitarian Relief

Lamar Smith’s HALT Act Would Limit Administration’s Ability to Administer Humanitarian Relief

Today, the House Judiciary Subcommittee held a hearing on the “Hinder the Administration’s Legalization Temptation Act” (HALT Act), introduced by House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX). The bill, which some are calling a political response to recent ICE memos, would suspend the Administration’s ability to exercise certain discretionary forms of immigration protections and relief until [...]

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President Obama Promises to Keep Promising Immigration Reform at Latino Conference

President Obama Promises to Keep Promising Immigration Reform at Latino Conference

Amid frustrated shouts of “Yes, You Can!” from advocates in the audience, President Obama again deferred the power to fix our broken immigration system to Congress today during a speech at the National Council of La Raza’s (NCLR) annual conference. After highlighting his administration’s bona fides on issues important to the Latino community—appointing Justice Sonia [...]

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Report Reveals Basic Misunderstanding of Deportation Process

Report Reveals Basic Misunderstanding of Deportation Process

As readers of this blog know, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) often issues studies that make us cringe. Earlier this week, however, the DC-based restrictionist organization issued a report that made us laugh. Pseudonymously written by a retired government employee, the report purports to explain the “basics” of the deportation process. At more than [...]

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U.S. Commerce Secretaries Highlight Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform

Written by on July 21, 2011 in Congress, Entrepreneurship, National Legislation with 1 Comment
U.S. Commerce Secretaries Highlight Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform

As the American economy continues to level out post-recession, some experts are looking at immigration reform as a way to help start new businesses and aid job creation. A recent letter from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez outlined the economic benefits of reforming our immigration system and, consequently, the [...]

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Prosecutorial Discretion and the Legacy of John Lennon

Prosecutorial Discretion and the Legacy of John Lennon

BY LEON WILDES AND SHOBA SIVAPRASA WADHIA Most remember John Lennon as a former Beatle, a brilliant musician, husband to artist Yoko Ono and target for deportation by the Nixon Administration. Less known is the story of how Lennon’s immigration saga enabled the first public discussion on prosecutorial discretion in immigration law.

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U.S-Mexico Border Residents Not Surprised by Falling Crime Stats

U.S-Mexico Border Residents Not Surprised by Falling Crime Stats

Listening to politicians, one would think that the border is rife with murder, arson, theft, kidnapping, and every other type of violent crime imaginable. Unfortunately, those who spread these images often conflate the violence associated with drugs and arms trafficking with immigration, unfairly painting immigrants as the perpetrators. This image of a violence-ridden, out-of-control border [...]

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