Archive for November, 2011

House Subcommittee Hearing Underscores Problems with Secure Communities Program

House Subcommittee Hearing Underscores Problems with Secure Communities Program

Congressman Steve King (R-IA), Subcommittee on Immigration Policy & Enforcement. Today, the House Immigration Subcommittee held a hearing on the Secure Communities program (S-Comm)—an enforcement program that has been rife with controversy since its inception in 2008. Today’s hearing featured statements from a variety of witnesses and members of Congress which further underscored the problems […]

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Children of Immigrant Entrepreneurs Excel Educationally, Report Finds

Children of Immigrant Entrepreneurs Excel Educationally, Report Finds

The contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs—innovation, job creation and economic growth—are often cited by economists as strong reasons to reform our outdated immigration system.  However, the kids of immigrant entrepreneurs receive relatively little attention.  Delving into the experiences of these adult children of immigrants provides a new lens through which to witness the struggles and triumphs […]

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Report Debunks Myth that High-Skilled Immigrants Steal American Jobs

Written by on November 28, 2011 in Business, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Restrictionists with 1 Comment
Report Debunks Myth that High-Skilled Immigrants Steal American Jobs

It is an article of faith among anti-immigrant activists that immigration results in fewer jobs and lower wages for native-born workers. For instance, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) recently released a report in which it claims that native-born workers with science and engineering (S&E) degrees are being driven en masse into non-S&E occupations […]

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How to Talk Turkey on Immigration: Redux

How to Talk Turkey on Immigration: Redux

Washington, D.C. area schools participate in the Urban Debate program, which gives middle school children the opportunity to learn the art of debate. My sixth grader signed up right away. She was surprised to learn, however, at her first tournament that many people have no qualms debating either side of an issue, no matter how […]

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Thousands Rally for Repeal of Alabama’s Extreme Anti-Immigrant Law

Thousands Rally for Repeal of Alabama’s Extreme Anti-Immigrant Law

Thousands gathered outside the historic 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama yesterday to demand the repeal of the state’s harsh anti-immigration law, HB 56. Religious, community and civil rights leaders, as well as a special Congressional delegation, urged state legislators to bring an end to Alabama’s immigration law—a law which continues to slow state […]

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Heads Up, Virginia, Anti-Immigrant Agenda Could Be 2012 Legislative Focal Point

Heads Up, Virginia, Anti-Immigrant Agenda Could Be 2012 Legislative Focal Point

BY CLAIRE GUTHRIE GASTAÑAGA The Virginia General Assembly that convenes in January 2012 will be much changed from the one that it replaces.  Effective control of Virginia’s government—a Governor, House of Delegates and Senate— is now in the hands of legislators who have consistently sought to lead Virginia in the direction of states like Arizona […]

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New Report Predicts Continuing Integration of Immigrants into U.S. Society

Written by on November 18, 2011 in Demographics, Economics, Family, Integration with 0 Comments
New Report Predicts Continuing Integration of Immigrants into U.S. Society

Anti-immigrant activists like to pretend that immigrants are destined to be poor and to never successfully integrate into U.S. society. However, a new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) concludes that, in reality, “immigrants are integrating into American life, learning English, and becoming homeowners.” When socioeconomic advancement is tracked over time, it becomes […]

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DHS Begins Review of Deportation Cases, Issues Awaited Prosecutorial Discretion Guidelines

DHS Begins Review of Deportation Cases, Issues Awaited Prosecutorial Discretion Guidelines

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) directed ICE attorneys to begin a review process of current immigration cases pending before immigration courts in order to close or dismiss those cases warranting prosecutorial discretion. The attorneys also received additional guidance on how to apply discretion in certain low priority cases. At the same time, DHS announced […]

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Report Reveals Disturbing Truths Behind Border Patrol Transportation Raids

Report Reveals Disturbing Truths Behind Border Patrol Transportation Raids

When news broke last month that the Border Patrol would scale back raids on trains and buses near the northern border, the response from Capitol Hill was rather predictable. In a breathless letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) fretted that the policy will “entice potential terrorists, drug smugglers, and illegal […]

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Policing the Enforcers: Criminalizing Alabama Employees Encourages Discrimination

Policing the Enforcers: Criminalizing Alabama Employees Encourages Discrimination

Alabama lawmakers want undocumented immigrants to be so afraid of the consequences of the state’s new anti-immigrant law (HB 56) that they leave the state. However, that’s not the only fear factor built into the law. Under section 6(f), state and local government employees must report violations of HB 56—which includes unlawfully present immigrants even […]

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