Archive for December, 2011

Happy Holidays from All of Us at Immigration Impact!

Written by on December 22, 2011 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Happy Holidays from All of Us at <em>Immigration Impact</em>!

We hope everyone has a great holiday and a happy New Years! Immigration Impact will return on Monday, January 3rd, 2012. Thanks for reading!

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Immigration Impact’s Top 11 Blogs of 2011

<em>Immigration Impact</em>’s Top 11 Blogs of 2011

A review of immigration issues for 2011 reads like a rollercoaster of American politics. Some state legislatures, for example—backed by restrictionists groups—attempted to pass harsh enforcement-only immigration laws. Some states succeeded; others struck down these bills; and a few even passed progressive immigration laws like tuition equity for undocumented students. At the federal level, Congress [...]

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New Reports Track Devastating Impact of Alabama’s Extreme Immigration Law on Residents

New Reports Track Devastating Impact of Alabama’s Extreme Immigration Law on Residents

Despite recent court decisions and interpretations from the state’s Attorney General that limit implementation of Alabama’s draconian immigration law, HB 56, much of damage has already been done. Two recent reports by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the AFL-CIO further illustrate the ways in which HB 56 is complicating many aspects of daily life. Both [...]

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As Iowa Caucuses Approach, Signatories of Iowa Compact Hope to Reframe Immigration Debate

As Iowa Caucuses Approach, Signatories of Iowa Compact Hope to Reframe Immigration Debate

Exhausted by the base immigration rhetoric prevalent in the GOP presidential debate, a group of concerned Iowans is seeking to reframe the issue in anticipation of the Iowa Caucuses next month. Last week, business, faith and city leaders in Iowa signed the Iowa Compact—a list of five principles meant to guide how people discuss immigration. [...]

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Federal Verification System Won’t Help Alabama Determine Legal Status Under New Law

Federal Verification System Won’t Help Alabama Determine Legal Status Under New Law

While the devastating impacts of Alabama’s over-the-top immigration law, HB 56, continues to be felt by Alabamans, there have been a recent string of victories. In addition to a federal judge’s ruling this week temporarily blocking state agencies from denying mobile home registrations to immigrants who cannot prove legal status, the state’s Attorney General also [...]

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DHS Shuts Down 287(g) Agreement with Maricopa County Following DOJ Investigation, Restricts Secure Communities

DHS Shuts Down 287(g) Agreement with Maricopa County Following DOJ Investigation, Restricts Secure Communities

Today, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Janet Napolitano, announced that DHS will terminate its 287(g) agreement with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and restrict access to the Secure Communities program, following damaging findings released by the Department of Justice (DOJ). After a three year long civil rights investigation into the Maricopa [...]

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Federal Judge Blocks Yet Another Provision of Alabama’s Extreme Anti-Immigrant Law

Federal Judge Blocks Yet Another Provision of Alabama’s Extreme Anti-Immigrant Law

As if people needed more proof that Alabama’s extreme anti-immigrant law, HB 56, is bad for the state, a federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of yet another provision of the law this week. U.S. District Court Judge Myron Thompson temporarily enjoined enforcement of Section 30 that, as applied, requires mobile home owners to provide proof [...]

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Just in Time for the Holidays: Congress Moves 4 Million Children Closer to Poverty

Written by on December 13, 2011 in Congress, Economics, Undocumented Immigration with 6 Comments
Just in Time for the Holidays: Congress Moves 4 Million Children Closer to Poverty

Congress has been unable to pass any meaningful immigration legislation this year, but the House couldn’t miss a chance to stick it to immigrants by going after their U.S. citizen children in a recent tax bill. While Americans are debating whether taxes on millionaires should be raised, the House, at least, is planning to raise [...]

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Supreme Court to Weigh in on Injunctions Against Arizona SB 1070

Supreme Court to Weigh in on Injunctions Against Arizona SB 1070

Earlier today, the Supreme Court announced what many supporters and opponents of Arizona SB 1070 long expected: that the Justices will themselves have the final word on the validity of the injunctions entered shortly after the law was enacted last year. Technically, the question before the Justices is simply whether four of the law’s provisions [...]

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New Report Shows Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs Create Jobs and Contribute to Economy

Written by on December 9, 2011 in Business, Demographics, Economics, Employment, Entrepreneurship with 1 Comment
New Report Shows Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs Create Jobs and Contribute to Economy

Economists readily acknowledge the economic contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs to the U.S. After all, we wouldn’t have one-quarter of all public companies in the U.S.—companies like Google, Yahoo!, and Intel which employed 220,000 people and generated more than $500 billion in one year—without them. But lost in that acknowledgement are the contributions of immigrant women [...]

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