Archive for September, 2011

Can Alabama Afford to Enforce their New Restrictive Immigration Law?

Can Alabama Afford to Enforce their New Restrictive Immigration Law?

This week, U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn failed to enjoin major provisions of Alabama’s extreme immigration law, HB 56, a law designed to drive unauthorized immigrants from the state. Under the law, police officers are now required to demand proof of legal status from anyone who seems foreign. School administrators are required to ask children [...]

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What You Should Know About Initial Rulings on Alabama’s Immigration Law

What You Should Know About Initial Rulings on Alabama’s Immigration Law

Yesterday’s initial rulings from Judge Sharon Blackburn over Alabama’s new anti-immigrant legislation are disturbing and disappointing on many fronts. Absent a reversal of her decision based on an emergency appeal, many provisions of the law that mirror those struck down in every other jurisdiction will go into effect. If so, everyone in Alabama will pay [...]

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Federal Judge Rules to Keeps Key Provisions of Alabama’s Restrictive Immigration Law

Federal Judge Rules to Keeps Key Provisions of Alabama’s Restrictive Immigration Law

Today, U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn ruled to keep many of the key provisions in HB 56, Alabama’s restrictive immigration law recently challenged by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and civil and immigrant rights groups. While Judge Blackburn ruled to enjoin some provisions of HB 56, she found that the DOJ and civil and immigrant [...]

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GOP Candidates Distort Truth on In-State Tuition for Unauthorized Students

GOP Candidates Distort Truth on In-State Tuition for Unauthorized Students

Texas Governor Rick Perry, a candidate in the Republican presidential primaries, has been taking a lot of conservative heat lately over his support for the “Texas DREAM Act.” That bill, which Perry signed into law in 2001, allows young unauthorized Texans who came to this country as children to qualify for in-state tuition in state [...]

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Despite Lamar Smith’s Claims, E-Verify Is Not a Jobs Bill

Despite Lamar Smith’s Claims, E-Verify Is Not a Jobs Bill

BY TYLER MORAN, NATIONAL IMMIGRATION LAW CENTER While Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) promises that his mandatory E-Verify legislation (HR 2885) is a jobs creation bill, the mark-up of the bill in the House Judiciary Committee last week proved that it is anything but. Though the bill passed the committee by a 22-13 party line vote, [...]

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Next Stop, Napolitano: DHS Committee Approves Task Force Recommendations on Secure Communities

Next Stop, Napolitano: DHS Committee Approves Task Force Recommendations on Secure Communities

Last week, a task force created to study DHS’ controversial “Secure Communities” initiative issued a report listing a series of recommendations to improve the program. Among other proposals, the task force recommended that federal authorities standardize the use of prosecutorial discretion around the country, make the program more transparent, and decline to initiate deportation proceedings [...]

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Bridging the Ethnic Generation Gap: Why an Aging Population Will Depend on a New Generation of Workers

Written by on September 22, 2011 in Demographics, Employment, Reform, Restrictionists with 0 Comments
Bridging the Ethnic Generation Gap: Why an Aging Population Will Depend on a New Generation of Workers

There is a generation gap in the United States and it is not only a difference in age. It is a difference in color as well. The predominantly white Baby Boomers are just this year beginning to reach retirement age. As they leave the labor force and the tax base over the next two decades, [...]

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Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses…But Don’t Let Them Work?

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses…But Don’t Let Them Work?

BY MELISSA CROW AND EMILY CREIGHTON Every year, thousands of people flee persecution in their home countries and seek safe haven in the United States. Many of them spend their entire savings on the journey, travel under life-threatening conditions, and arrive on our shores with not much more than the clothes on their backs. Those [...]

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Mandatory E-Verify: An Enforcement Proposal Even Conservatives Don’t Like

Mandatory E-Verify: An Enforcement Proposal Even Conservatives Don’t Like

Rep. Lamar Smith may find himself whistling in the wind this week as members of his own party continue to blast his E-Verify proposal. Smith’s bill, The “Legal Workforce Act” H.R. 2885, which continues to get marked up this week by the House Judiciary Committee, would make E-Verify mandatory nationwide. Conservative lawmakers, Tea Partiers, and [...]

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Better Immigrant Integration Leads to Economic Growth

Written by on September 19, 2011 in Congress, Constitution, Economics, Integration with 2 Comments
Better Immigrant Integration Leads to Economic Growth

Over the weekend, more than 27,000 people became American citizens during 285 naturalization ceremonies held across the country in honor of Citizenship Day (September 17). Becoming a citizen, however, is hard work. A new country, new rules, high costs, and little targeted support for new immigrants make what should be a journey of exploration and [...]

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