Archive for July, 2013

Letter from Business Urges Congress to Create a 21st Century Immigration System

Letter from Business Urges Congress to Create a 21st Century Immigration System

As an increasing number of organizations voice their support for comprehensive immigration reform, the business community added theirs this week through a letter  to Congress. Business now joins a broad swath of the American public that wants Congress to pass immigration reform. The letter sent to Members of the U.S. House of Representatives represents a […]

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Anti-DACA Lawsuit Dismissed!

Written by on July 31, 2013 in DACA/DAPA with 4 Comments
Anti-DACA Lawsuit Dismissed!

Crane v. Napolitano, the lawsuit brought by Kris Kobach on behalf of several ICE officers opposed to implementing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program, was dismissed today on procedural grounds in a U.S. district court in Texas. The court held that the Civil Service Reform Act, a law governing federal employment disputes, barred […]

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Why Citizenship Matters in Immigration Reform

Written by on July 30, 2013 in Economic Impact, Legislation, Reform with 0 Comments
Why Citizenship Matters in Immigration Reform

As the August recess approaches, the debate surrounding immigration reform and citizenship will shift away from Washington and into town hall meetings and events in local communities.  In anticipation of this, today the AFL-CIO hosted an event on citizenship featuring among others, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA).  Both men emphasized the […]

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The Immigration Debate Could Use a Healthy Dose of Facts

The Immigration Debate Could Use a Healthy Dose of Facts

Immigration is sure to be a hot topic when Members of Congress meet their constituents face-to-face during the upcoming summer recess. The full Senate has passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill that includes a controversial “border surge” as well as a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants already living in the United States; the House […]

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How States And Local Economies Benefit From Immigrants

How States And Local Economies Benefit From Immigrants

Detroit usurped Jefferson County, Alabama’s place last week as the largest municipality in the United States ever to file for bankruptcy. And as signs increasingly pointed toward the city’s financial issues, local leaders in Southeast Michigan have been exploring ways in which to stabilize or strengthen Detroit’s economy. One way to do that is to […]

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Steve King’s Tall Tales About Immigrants and Crime Don’t Add Up

Steve King’s Tall Tales About Immigrants and Crime Don’t Add Up

There is no denying that Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has a vivid imagination. As he sits in Border Patrol vehicles at night, he apparently sees hundreds of DREAM Act-eligible drug mules with muscular calves hauling heavy loads of marijuana across the border. How does he know these drug mules would meet the rather stringent criteria […]

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Hearing Highlights Similarities Between Senate Immigration Bill and House Border Bill

Written by on July 24, 2013 in Enforcement, Legislation, Reform with 1 Comment
Hearing Highlights Similarities Between Senate Immigration Bill and House Border Bill

Ostensibly, the July 23rd hearing of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security was about the many differences between the Senate’s immigration-reform bill and the House’s border-enforcement bill. The hearing was even titled “A Study in Contrasts: House and Senate Approaches to Border Security.” However, while highlighting very real differences between the […]

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Opposition Builds To Limited Proposal That Would Offer Citizenship Only To DREAMers

Opposition Builds To Limited Proposal That Would Offer Citizenship Only To DREAMers

So far, House leaders have considered providing an opportunity for citizenship only to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children, often known as DREAMers. Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) confirmed earlier this month that they are working on a bill, called the KIDS Act, to create […]

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Immigration Reform an Imperative for Cities and Metropolitan Areas

Immigration Reform an Imperative for Cities and Metropolitan Areas

Metropolitan leaders from around the country made the case for immigration reform at an event hosted by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program today. Over 80 percent of the U.S. population, including 95 percent of immigrants, now live in metropolitan areas; cities and towns across the country therefore have a huge stake in passing immigration […]

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Former Attorney General Gets it Wrong on DOMA and Same Sex Immigration Benefits

Former Attorney General Gets it Wrong on DOMA and Same Sex Immigration Benefits

Former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales is advocating in the New York Times that the Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Windsor, which invalidated Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), should not allow the Obama administration to afford immigration benefits to married, same-sex bi-national couples.  Rather, he argues, the administration is bound […]

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