Archive for June, 2012

How the President’s Deferred Action Initiative Will Help the U.S. Economy

How the President’s Deferred Action Initiative Will Help the U.S. Economy

President Obama’s June 15 “deferred action” announcement is good not only for the 1.4 million unauthorized children and young adults who have been granted a temporary reprieve from deportation, but also good for the U.S. economy. Each year, tens of thousands of unauthorized students graduate from primary or secondary school, often at the top of [...]

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Clearing the Air on Immigrants, the Military, and Deferred Action

Clearing the Air on Immigrants, the Military, and Deferred Action

President Obama’s June 15 announcement on deferred action for DREAMers raised a number of questions about what it means and how it will be administered. One of the biggest questions is regarding military service. According to the DHS memo, among those eligible to be granted deferred action are an individual who is an “honorably discharged [...]

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DHS’s NSEERS Program, While Inactive, Continues to Discriminate

DHS’s NSEERS Program, While Inactive, Continues to Discriminate

For a long time after 9/11, immigration reform was only discussed as a national security issue, and many policies were put in place aimed at stopping terrorists from entering the country. Unfortunately, some of these policies—such as the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) program—targeted particular ethnic groups, promoted profiling, and resulted in discrimination and [...]

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In Arizona Case, Supreme Court Affirms Legality of Prosecutorial Discretion

In Arizona Case, Supreme Court Affirms Legality of Prosecutorial Discretion

The Supreme Court dealt a blow to the restrictionist movement on Monday by striking down three provisions of Arizona SB 1070 and leaving a fourth vulnerable to future challenge. But in a lesser noticed development, the Court also undercut the arguments of critics who contend the President violated the Constitution by recently directing his administration [...]

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DHS Rescinds Part of Controversial 287(g) Program in Arizona

DHS Rescinds Part of Controversial 287(g) Program in Arizona

The Obama administration suspended part of its controversial 287(g) program in Arizona this week following the Supreme Court’s ruling in Arizona v. United States. DHS announced that it was ending its “287(g) task force agreements” in Arizona —agreements which deputize certain local police to enforce immigration laws. Other state immigration programs, however, like Secure Communities [...]

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Does the Supreme Court Think Most Immigrants are Criminals?

Does the Supreme Court Think Most Immigrants are Criminals?

Even as the Supreme Court struck down three provisions of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law (SB 1070), the Justices appeared to embrace a major falsehood of nativist ideology: that immigrants are more likely to be criminals than the native-born. On page six of the majority opinion, the Court maintains that unauthorized immigrants are “reported to be responsible [...]

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Supreme Court Issues Mixed Decision on Arizona SB 1070

Supreme Court Issues Mixed Decision on Arizona SB 1070

The Supreme Court issued a mixed ruling on Monday in the Obama administration’s challenge to Arizona SB 1070. By a 5-3 margin, the Justices upheld the injunction against provisions of the law that authorize police to arrest immigrants suspected of committing removable offenses (Section 6), and that impose penalties under state law for immigrants who fail to carry [...]

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In Speech, Romney Provides Few Details on Immigration Policy

In Speech, Romney Provides Few Details on Immigration Policy

On Thursday, Mitt Romney gave a much-anticipated speech in which he was expected to address whether—as President—he would reverse the new Obama administration policy toward immigrant youths who would qualify for the DREAM Act. The answer? It’s still unclear. Despite adopting a noticeably softer tone toward undocumented immigrants, Romney again failed to say whether he [...]

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DHS Creates Obstacles for Small Businesses Seeking High-Skilled Immigrants

DHS Creates Obstacles for Small Businesses Seeking High-Skilled Immigrants

Politicians love small businesses. They also love high-skilled workers. One might assume, then, that entrepreneurs and start-up companies would have a relatively easy time hiring immigrant professionals through the H-1B program. Not so. In fact, a recently released memo confirms that far from receiving preferential treatment, small businesses are singled out for heightened fraud investigations [...]

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New Data Reveals Immigrants’ Voting Potential at the Local Level

Written by on June 20, 2012 in Demographics, Elections, Integration, Voting with 0 Comments
New Data Reveals Immigrants’ Voting Potential at the Local Level

Newly obtained data from the DHS Office of Immigration Statistics provide another indication that immigrants in the United States hold untapped electoral power. There are 8.1 million legal immigrants who arrived in this country between 1985 and 2005 and who are likely eligible to become naturalized U.S. citizens with the power to vote. If these [...]

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