Archive for September, 2012

Use of Segregation in Immigration Detention has Harmful Effects

Use of Segregation in Immigration Detention has Harmful Effects

The U.S. immigration system continues to detain more and more noncitizens in federally-operated detention facilities, in private prisons, and in state and local prisons and jails across the country.  Currently, DHS detains approximately 34,000 persons every night, the majority of whom have no criminal history.  Over the last several years there have been numerous reports […]

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Arizona’s Immigration Policies are an Economic Disaster

Arizona’s Immigration Policies are an Economic Disaster

Faced with a battered, post-recession economy, lawmakers in Arizona adopted a unique approach to fostering economic recovery; they passed a law that beat down or drove out tens of thousands of the state’s workers, consumers, and taxpayers. The rationale for this counterintuitive action was that the workers, consumers, and taxpayers in question were unauthorized immigrants, […]

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Author of Torture Memos Challenges Legality of DACA

Author of Torture Memos Challenges Legality of DACA

As a high-ranking Justice Department attorney after 9/11, John Yoo authored an infamous legal memo arguing that the President, as commander-in-chief of the armed forces, possessed irrevocable authority to order the torture of alleged “enemy combatants.” Although the memos were subsequently revoked, Yoo has remained an ardent defender of presidential power—except, it appears, when it […]

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The Harmful Effects of Using Border Patrol as Interpreters Along the Northern Border

The Harmful Effects of Using Border Patrol as Interpreters Along the Northern Border

Most people are aware of increasing collaboration between state and local police and federal immigration officers. Programs like 287(g) and the Secure Communities program, as well as state laws like SB1070, create a new role for local police, who are now put in the position of identifying immigrants for possible deportation. It has meant that […]

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Agriculture Industry Harmed by Restrictive State Immigration Laws

Agriculture Industry Harmed by Restrictive State Immigration Laws

The American agricultural industry is facing billions of dollars in losses due to labor shortages resulting from recent anti-immigrant laws passed in various states around the country.  The American farming industry is heavily dependent on undocumented workers, and according to a recent article in Time Magazine, has had an extremely difficult time replacing those who […]

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Immigrant Detention and the Private Prison Industry

Immigrant Detention and the Private Prison Industry

The latest data on immigration enforcement show that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained a record high of 429,247 noncitizens in the 2011 fiscal year, an increase of 18 percent over 2010. Immigration detention has been steadily increasing over the last two decades.  A new report by Justice Strategies suggests this increase is largely […]

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Lifting Up Cities That Are Welcoming Immigrants

Written by on September 20, 2012 in Business, Demographics, Economics, Employment, Immigration Law with 5 Comments
Lifting Up Cities That Are Welcoming Immigrants

When it comes to immigration policymaking at the state and local level, all eyes have been focused for quite some time on train wrecks like Arizona and Alabama. These are places in which policymakers have chosen to deal with unauthorized immigration by embarking on a path of economic self-destruction—blindly lashing out at immigrants and Latinos […]

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Congress Pits One Form of Legal Immigration Against Another

Congress Pits One Form of Legal Immigration Against Another

We recently noted that the only point of agreement in the Republican and Democratic platforms on immigration was on the need for an infusion of green cards for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) graduates with advanced degrees from American colleges and universities.  A recent poll conducted for the Partnership for a New American Economy […]

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As Chicago Passes Anti-Detainer Ordinance, TRUST Act Awaits Signature in California

As Chicago Passes Anti-Detainer Ordinance, TRUST Act Awaits Signature in California

Lost amongst media coverage of the ongoing teachers’ strike was the passage in Chicago last week of a historic measure that largely prohibits local police from detaining individuals on behalf of federal immigration authorities. Dubbed the “Welcoming City Ordinance,” the measure makes Chicago the latest jurisdiction to push back against immigration “detainers,” the lynchpin of […]

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No Paid Sick Days for Immigrant Caregivers Risky to Workers, U.S. Economy

Written by on September 17, 2012 in Economics, Employment, Family, Health Care, Integration, Reform with 0 Comments
No Paid Sick Days for Immigrant Caregivers Risky to Workers, U.S. Economy

By Elisa Batista, Women Immigrants Fellow, New America Media In 91-year-old Elda Frank’s apartment is a scenario that plays out every moment of every day. An immigrant caregiver with no paid sick days scrambles for backup when she becomes ill on the job.  In caregiver Paula Osorio’s case, she called Frank’s son, Bruce, and offered […]

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