Archive for January, 2012

GOP Candidates Ignore Florida’s Diversifying Latino Population

Written by on January 31, 2012 in Demographics, Election 2012, Republicans, Rhetoric with 0 Comments
GOP Candidates Ignore Florida’s Diversifying Latino Population

Campaigning in Florida this month, GOP Presidential candidates continued to display a general lack of understanding of the state’s diversifying Latino population. While it’s well-documented that the Cuban-American population is currently a strong political force, the emerging story in Florida is that the state’s future voting population will become increasingly Latino, but less Cuban.

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Nativist Group Twists Facts on Effectiveness of Arizona’s Immigration Law

Nativist Group Twists Facts on Effectiveness of Arizona’s Immigration Law

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has outdone itself when it comes to shoddy research. In a recently released report on “demographic changes” in Arizona, FAIR utilizes an almost random assortment of statistics to make its case that the state’s unauthorized immigrants are fleeing in droves thanks to get-tough immigration policies. The report occasionally […]

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Following State of the Union, President Obama Needs to Follow Through on Immigration Reforms

Following State of the Union, President Obama Needs to Follow Through on Immigration Reforms

The President’s State of the Union address this week re-iterated some of his key themes on immigration—support for comprehensive reform, dismay that DREAM Act students and foreign students educated in this country have no way to legalize their status, and a belief that he’s done enough to the secure the border. More importantly, he framed […]

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Romney Uses Restrictionist Code Words to Describe Immigration Policy

Romney Uses Restrictionist Code Words to Describe Immigration Policy

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney stole a page from the restrictionists’ playbook this week when he promoted the idea of “self-deportation” during a presidential debate. “If people don’t get work here,” Romney stated, “they’re going to self-deport to a place where they can get work.” Rather than initiate a constructive solution to our nation’s immigration […]

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New Report Highlights Contributions of Immigrant Entrepreneurs to U.S. Economy

Written by on January 25, 2012 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Integration with 1 Comment
New Report Highlights Contributions of Immigrant Entrepreneurs to U.S. Economy

BY MARCIA HOHN, IMMIGRANT LEARNING CENTER At last night’s State of the Union Address, two immigrant entrepreneurs were among the President’s guests—Japan-born Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita, founder, president and chief executive officer of Quality Electrodynamics (QED) in Cleveland, Ohio and Brazil-born Mike Krieger, co-founder of Instagram, a fast growing social mobile startup. Dr. Fijuita and Mike […]

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New Report Draws Connections Between Anti-Immigrant and Tea Party Movements

Written by on January 24, 2012 in Enforcement, Nativists, Restrictionists, Tea Party with 3 Comments
New Report Draws Connections Between Anti-Immigrant and Tea Party Movements

The lines between the anti-immigrant movement and the Tea Party movement are blurred. That is the most important finding of a new report from the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR), entitled Beyond FAIR: The Decline of the Established Anti-Immigrant Organizations and the Rise of Tea Party Nativism. As its title suggests, […]

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It’s Time to Improve Noncitizens’ Access to Counsel

It’s Time to Improve Noncitizens’ Access to Counsel

In the United States, most immigration decisions impacting noncitizens are made by immigration officials in informal proceedings far from a courtroom. While the right to an attorney (at the noncitizens’ own expense) in immigration court proceedings is widely recognized, the right to counsel in administrative settings outside of a courtroom is often overlooked or explicitly […]

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Holding the Obama Administration to Its Word on Prosecutorial Discretion

Holding the Obama Administration to Its Word on Prosecutorial Discretion

Signs that ICE is invested in the “Morton Memo” and subsequent guidance on prosecutorial discretion are beginning to show up at both ends of the legal spectrum.  At one end, the New York Times reported yesterday that approximately one in six cases reviewed in a pilot program at the Denver immigration court may be indefinitely […]

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Border Patrol to Roll Out New “Get Tough” Policy on Unauthorized Immigrants

Border Patrol to Roll Out New “Get Tough” Policy on Unauthorized Immigrants

This month, the U.S. Border Patrol is set to end the practice of sending unauthorized Mexican immigrants back to Mexico without any sort of punishment. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the Border Patrol believes it now has sufficient resources and personnel “to begin imposing more serious consequences on almost everyone it catches from […]

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New Report Says Legalization Would Result in $1.4 billion in Revenues for Houston, Texas

New Report Says Legalization Would Result in $1.4 billion in Revenues for Houston, Texas

A new report issued this month by the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), a business advocacy organization, confirms that legalization of unauthorized workers would result in those workers earning higher wages and paying more taxes. Potential Tax Revenues from Unauthorized Workers in Houston’s Economy uses data from the Pew Hispanic Center to estimate the number of […]

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