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Immigrants May Hold the Key to Urban Renewal in Baltimore

Immigrants May Hold the Key to Urban Renewal in Baltimore

In an attempt to reverse decades of population decline, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has launched a high-profile effort to attract “new Americans” to the city. The theory is that these new Americans—that is, immigrants—will bring the skills, entrepreneurship, and tax base needed to revitalize blighted neighborhoods that are now full of boarded-up buildings rather than […]

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Arizona Faces Lawsuit over DACA Driver’s License Policy

Arizona Faces Lawsuit over DACA Driver’s License Policy

Less than six months after it received a stinging rebuke from the Supreme Court, Arizona today was hit with another major lawsuit over its punitive immigration policies—this time challenging its practice of denying driver’s licenses to beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Filed in federal court in Phoenix, the class-action suit […]

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This Week’s Immigration Proposals: Old News, Old Ideas

This Week’s Immigration Proposals: Old News, Old Ideas

If you follow immigration, but are returning from a month-long, news-free vacation, there’s only one conclusion you would draw from the legislation Republicans offered up this week in Congress:  Mitt Romney must have won the presidential election.  After all, the ACHIEVE Act, introduced yesterday by retiring Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), […]

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STEM Bill Still Plagued by Politics

STEM Bill Still Plagued by Politics

In 2010, the lame duck session of Congress was dominated by debate over the DREAM Act, which passed the House of Representatives before succumbing to a conservative-led filibuster in the Senate. Congress will again tackle a significant immigration measure during the current lame duck session, with the House expected to vote on Friday on a […]

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Kris Kobach Continues Digging Immigration Hole

Kris Kobach Continues Digging Immigration Hole

Despite a general consensus that adopting “self-deportation” as immigration policy helped sink Mitt Romney’s White House aspirations, the architect of this philosophy, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, isn’t ready to give in. Kobach doesn’t seem to care that most in his party have awakened to the fact that they are in a “death spiral” […]

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Talking Turkey on Immigration 2012

Written by on November 21, 2012 in Administration, Demographics, Elections, Family, Rhetoric with 1 Comment
Talking Turkey on Immigration 2012

After cheers for football, some of the loudest shouting at many Thanksgiving feasts will come from political discussions gone awry.   You might think that you can take it easy on the immigration issue this year, as the political chatter is now heavily in favor of immigration reform.  But the blessings of conservative politicians and pundits […]

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Foreign Students Add Billions of Dollars to the U.S. Economy Each Year – And That’s Just the Beginning

Written by on November 20, 2012 in Business, Economics, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Reform, Students, Visas with 2 Comments
Foreign Students Add Billions of Dollars to the U.S. Economy Each Year – And That’s Just the Beginning

Most people don’t think of foreign students as an economic resource, yet that is precisely what they are. Each year, students from other countries spend billions of dollars in the U.S. economy, pumping money not only into the colleges and universities they attend, but the surrounding businesses as well. In addition, many foreign students go […]

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A Look at Immigrant Detention Facilities: Abuses and Proposed Reform

A Look at Immigrant Detention Facilities: Abuses and Proposed Reform

Last week, Detention Watch Network (DWN) launched its “Expose and Close” campaign, an initiative designed to reveal the egregious human rights violations taking place in immigrant detention facilities throughout the United States and to advocate for reform. As part of this campaign, DWN, in collaboration with human rights advocates, community organizers, legal service providers, and […]

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BREAKING: DACA Approvals Surpass 50,000

BREAKING: DACA Approvals Surpass 50,000

Earlier this afternoon, the Obama administration released updated statistics indicating that 53,273 undocumented youths have been granted relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As of November 15, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had received more than 300,000 requests for deferred action, with most applicants still awaiting the completion of background […]

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Including DACA Recipients in Health Care Reform

Including DACA Recipients in Health Care Reform

By Jenny Rejeske, Health Policy Analyst National Immigration Law Center The Obama administration’s decision to cut access to affordable health care for young people granted relief from deportation hurts everyone. This decision came weeks after the administration initiated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which lifts the cloud of deportation for immigrant youth […]

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