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

Written by on September 29, 2011 in Enforcement, Immigration Courts, Legislation, State and Local with 1 Comment
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

Written by on September 28, 2011 in Enforcement, Immigration Courts, Legislation, State and Local with 2 Comments
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

Written by on September 27, 2011 in Elections, Immigration 101, Legislation, State and Local with 0 Comments
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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Next Stop, Napolitano: DHS Committee Approves Task Force Recommendations on Secure Communities

Written by on September 23, 2011 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
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 and Wages, Reform 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?

Written by on September 21, 2011 in Employment and Wages, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses…But Don’t Let Them Work?

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 who are lucky find long-lost relatives, […]

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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 Economics, Integration, Legislation 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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Task Force Submits Recommendations on DHS’s Flawed Secure Communities Program

Written by on September 16, 2011 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 1 Comment
Task Force Submits Recommendations on DHS’s Flawed Secure Communities Program

Anyone following the saga surrounding Secure Communities—DHS’s flawed enforcement program that runs fingerprints through federal databases—can tell you that the program has been rife with controversy since its inception in 2008. As DHS began to stray from the program’s original focus on criminal aliens—state and city leaders, police chiefs, immigration advocates, and congressional members blasted […]

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