Archive for April, 2013

Terrified Nativists Unleash Everything They’ve Got Against Senate Immigration Bill

Terrified Nativists Unleash Everything They’ve Got Against Senate Immigration Bill

Nativists are terrified by the Senate immigration bill. Legal status for most unauthorized immigrants; a pathway to citizenship for those who are legalized; more flexible limits on future immigration—all of these are anathema to the nativist vision of what the United States should become. So it’s not surprising that the nativists are letting loose with […]

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States Move Forward To Allow Undocumented Immigrants To Drive Legally

States Move Forward To Allow Undocumented Immigrants To Drive Legally

In a stark change from the harmful measures that swept across states in previous years, 2013 has started out as a good year for immigration reform at the state level. Lawmakers continue to push for pro-immigrant policies to help immigrants already living in the U.S., while the Georgia legislature’s passage of an anti-immigrant bill stands […]

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Can We Afford Not to Include 11 Million People in Health Care Reform?

Can We Afford Not to Include 11 Million People in Health Care Reform?

By Sonal Ambegaokar, Health Policy Attorney at the National Immigration Law Center To date, policy discussions regarding immigrants and health care and other benefits primarily focus on negative stereotypes and myths. As a result, the default policy solution to any issue involving immigrants and benefits is to simply deny the benefits, even when the immigrants […]

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High-Skilled Immigration and Entrepreneurship in the Senate’s Immigration Bill

High-Skilled Immigration and Entrepreneurship in the Senate’s Immigration Bill

On the road to reform, the Senate’s Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act contains several changes and new provisions for skilled immigration and entrepreneurship. Specifically, the bill provides balanced reforms to the H-1B nonimmigrant visa for high-skilled individuals, various provisions for highly skilled individuals through permanent employment-based immigration, and a new INVEST visa […]

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Napolitano Hearing Points the Way Forward on Immigration Reform

Napolitano Hearing Points the Way Forward on Immigration Reform

At an April 23rd hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano delivered two messages on behalf of the Obama administration. First, the administration strongly supports the Senate immigration reform bill—S.744, “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.” Secondly, the administration has, contrary to the claims of its critics, significantly […]

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Senate Hearing Reinforces Why Congress Needs To Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Senate Hearing Reinforces Why Congress Needs To Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform

For more than seven hours on Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee listened to testimony from almost two dozen people about the immigration reform bill a bipartisan group of senators introduced last week. From visas for farm workers and other foreign workers to the mandatory E-Verify system included in the bill, senators debated and questioned the […]

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Nativists Trot Out Same Old Arguments at Hearing on Senate Immigration Reform Bill

Written by on April 23, 2013 in Enforcement, Nativists, Raids, Reform, Restrictionists, Rhetoric with 1 Comment
Nativists Trot Out Same Old Arguments at Hearing on Senate Immigration Reform Bill

With an immigration reform bill beginning to move through the Senate, one would expect a little originality from the nativists trying to stop it. After all, if “enforcement first” and “self-deportation” haven’t worked yet, perhaps it’s time to try something new. And yet the same dusty old arguments were on display among the nativists who […]

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Letting Tragedy Guide, Not Derail Policy-Making

Letting Tragedy Guide, Not Derail Policy-Making

Last week, the U.S. Senate introduced a long-awaited immigration reform bill, which many are predicting is our best chance in 20 years to fix the broken immigration system. While awaiting the Senate’s formal introduction however, devastating events unfolded in Boston.  The nation stood transfixed on developments in Massachusetts, as did the Senators and those involved […]

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Former Bush Administration Official Explains Why Immigration Bill Is Good For The Economy

Former Bush Administration Official Explains Why Immigration Bill Is Good For The Economy

Following the introduction of the Senate immigration reform bill earlier this week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held its first hearing about the measure today. It gave the senators a chance to air their various complaints about the bill – that it does not protect LGBT couples or that the bill micro-manages the hiring process for […]

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Immigration Bill Praise Further Marginalizes Opponents

Immigration Bill Praise Further Marginalizes Opponents

Now that the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” has officially introduced its immigration bill, the public, analysts, and newspaper editorial boards are all having a chance to weigh in about the sweeping overhaul of the nation’s broken immigration system. The reaction from many has been positive because, while it is not a perfect measure, the legislation […]

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