Archive for February, 2013

Bipartisan Signals Show Lawmakers Are Seizing The Opportunity On Immigration Reform

Written by on February 14, 2013 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Bipartisan Signals Show Lawmakers Are Seizing The Opportunity On Immigration Reform

After more than a decade of being overshadowed by other events and political causes, there is a distinct opportunity now for Congress to reform our nation’s immigration laws.  Voters signaled in the 2012 federal elections that they were tired of enforcement-only immigration policies, record-setting deportations, and the senseless pain they caused by separating families. Now, […]

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True Border Security and Legalization Go Hand in Hand

Written by on February 13, 2013 in Enforcement, Reform with 1 Comment
True Border Security and Legalization Go Hand in Hand

A sticking point in current and past immigration reform proposals has been the misguided belief that a legalization program for unauthorized immigrants cannot proceed until the border is “secure.”  The immigration framework developed by the Senate “Group of 8” introduces that same sticky framework by proposing to create certain border-security benchmarks that must be met […]

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Can A Nation Have Too Many Smart People?

Can A Nation Have Too Many Smart People?

A February 8 op-ed in the New York Times entitled “America’s Genius Glut” argues that America already has too many high-tech workers, and thus does not need more scientists and engineers from abroad.  It is a surprising claim that is at odds not only with the empirical evidence, but is out of touch with the […]

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Senate Likely Will Pass Expanded Violence Against Women Act Today

Written by on February 11, 2013 in Legislation, Reform with 1 Comment
Senate Likely Will Pass Expanded Violence Against Women Act Today

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) promised that the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) would be the first bill he pushed in the 113th Congress after the House failed to vote on a version of VAWA that the Senate passed last year. The Senate version expanded protections for immigrant, LGBT, and Native American victims, which […]

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Survey: Asian Americans Concerned with Legalization, Family Backlogs

Survey: Asian Americans Concerned with Legalization, Family Backlogs

In the current debate, immigration is often depicted as a Latino issue.  This is partially because just over half of America’s foreign-born population is from Latin America and the Caribbean, and the current political climate around immigration is largely seen as being driven by Latino turnout for Democrats in the 2012 election.  But this depiction […]

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Nativists Fail to Grasp Economics of Immigration Reform

Nativists Fail to Grasp Economics of Immigration Reform

This week, the New York Times gave voice to the nativist argument that legalizing unauthorized immigrants would drain the federal budget because newly legalized immigrants will start using public benefits. However, this flawed fiscal accounting overlooks the myriad ways in which immigrants, just like the native-born, contribute to the U.S. economy over the course of […]

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House Republicans Show Uncertainty About Where the Party Stands On Immigration

Written by on February 6, 2013 in Enforcement, Legislation, Reform with 1 Comment
House Republicans Show Uncertainty About Where the Party Stands On Immigration

For six hours on Tuesday, the Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee tried to come to terms with a new landscape on immigration reform and where House Republicans will fit into the picture. Despite attempts by committee leadership to paint an earned path to citizenship as an extreme option and questions about whether citizenship was even necessary, […]

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Politicians Invent Doomsday Predictions About Immigration Reform

Written by on February 5, 2013 in Demographics, Economics, Enforcement with 3 Comments
Politicians Invent Doomsday Predictions About Immigration Reform

Nativists are rarely encumbered by facts. By its very nature, nativist rhetoric is based on stereotype and mythology, not empirical evidence. Regrettably, some of our elected leaders in the House of Representatives and the Senate have embraced the mirage of nativism as they embark on a crusade to derail any meaningful reform of the U.S. […]

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Incentivizing Arrests for Border Patrol Agents

Written by on February 4, 2013 in Detention, Enforcement with 2 Comments
Incentivizing Arrests for Border Patrol Agents

Strengthening border security, including increasing the number of border patrol agents, continues to be a component of the latest immigration reform proposals, as they have in the past. What may be overlooked in these proposals is the administration’s call for enhanced training to protect civil rights. This is critical, given the results of a new […]

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New Report Shows That Border Benchmarks Already Have Been Met

Written by on February 1, 2013 in Detention, Enforcement, Legislation, Reform with 1 Comment
New Report Shows That Border Benchmarks Already Have Been Met

As the components of what should be included in an immigration reform bill take shape, border security, along with enforcement, is proving to be a key part of the framework. Eight senators released a bipartisan proposal earlier this week that included a path to citizenship for the 11 million unauthorized immigrants currently living in the […]

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