Archive for April, 2012

Study Shows Self-Deportation is Irrational Behavior and a False Premise

Study Shows Self-Deportation is Irrational Behavior and a False Premise

Proponents of “attrition through enforcement” would have you believe that, given the right conditions, unauthorized immigrants will choose to leave the U.S. and return to their home countries. The Myth of Self Deportation, by Alexandra Filindra, questions the assumptions behind the attrition strategy and concludes that self-deportation is not rational because unauthorized immigrants have invested […]

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SB1070 Author Shares Fears About America Becoming a “Minority, Majority” Nation

SB1070 Author Shares Fears About America Becoming a “Minority, Majority” Nation

On the same day the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Arizona v. United States the Washington Post published an article featuring Michael Hethmon, general counsel for the Immigration Reform Law Institute. Hethmon is the lesser-known legal mind behind SB1070, and a variety of other anti-immigrant measures. His legal counterpart, Kris Kobach tends to get […]

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Nebraska Upholds Bill that Provides Prenatal Care to Undocumented Women

Nebraska Upholds Bill that Provides Prenatal Care to Undocumented Women

In a move that brought together an unusual group of allies, Nebraska’s Republican-controlled legislature recently upheld a bill that allows undocumented pregnant women to access state-funded prenatal care, overriding a veto by Republican Governor Dave Heineman. Nebraska Right to Life, Nebraska Catholic Conference, Planned Parenthood, and Nebraska Appleseed actually came together to support LB599, a […]

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DHS’s Current Southern Border Enforcement Strategy a Bust, Group Says

DHS’s Current Southern Border Enforcement Strategy a Bust, Group Says

A comprehensive new report finds that the fortification of the U.S.-Mexico border which began two decades ago has reached the limits of its effectiveness, has produced severe negative side effects, and should be systematically re-evaluated. In Beyond the Border Buildup: Security and Migrants Along the U.S.-Mexico Border, the Washington Office on Latin America and the […]

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Supreme Court Asks Hard Questions at Oral Arguments Over Arizona SB 1070

Supreme Court Asks Hard Questions at Oral Arguments Over Arizona SB 1070

Almost two years to the day after Arizona enacted the notorious immigration law known as SB 1070, the Supreme Court heard arguments in what could be the first of many cases over the validity of the measure. Although most critics of the law have focused on its potential for civil rights violations, the only question […]

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Several Factors Cited for Drop in Net Migration from Mexico

Several Factors Cited for Drop in Net Migration from Mexico

Net migration from Mexico to the United States, both legal and illegal, now stands at zero—or less. In other words, the number of migrants coming here from Mexico is equal to, or less than, the number of migrants leaving or being deported from the United States and returning to Mexico. That is the main conclusion […]

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Five Things to Know Before the Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Arizona SB1070

Five Things to Know Before the Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Arizona SB1070

In less than 48 hours, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Arizona v. United States, the long-anticipated dispute over the legality of SB 1070. More than any case in recent history, the dispute raises fundamental questions about the role of states in the enforcement of federal immigration law. The Court’s decision could thus […]

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Report Brings Border Patrol Abuses to Light in Washington State

Report Brings Border Patrol Abuses to Light in Washington State

The borderlands of the southwestern United States are not the only place where immigration enforcement tramples upon the most basic of civil and human rights. Many communities along the northern border are also subject to such abuses, as detailed in a recent report from OneAmerica and the University of Washington Center for Human Rights. The […]

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Young, Professional DREAMers Deserve Recognition

Young, Professional DREAMers Deserve Recognition

Earlier this week, numerous media outlets covered the story of Jose Godinez-Sampiero, a DREAM Act-eligible law school graduate whose application for a law license is currently pending before the Florida Supreme Court. Similar stories are playing out in California and New York, as young people brought to this country as children are now law school […]

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FAIR’s Economic Analysis of HB56 Ignores Reality in Alabama

FAIR’s Economic Analysis of HB56 Ignores Reality in Alabama

While the original sponsors of Alabama’s extreme anti-immigrant bill HB56 have acknowledged that the law is deeply flawed, as evidenced by a new bill to modify some of the harsher provisions, the restrictionist stalwarts at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) want Alabamians to remember what it has supposedly done for the state.  In […]

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