Archive for August, 2013

Labor Day Celebrations Should Also Pay Tribute to Immigrant Workers

Labor Day Celebrations Should Also Pay Tribute to Immigrant Workers

Americans are observing Labor Day, which pays tribute to the many contributions and achievements of American workers. As celebrations are underway, the holiday offers an opportune moment to reflect on the very concept of American workers. In other words, who is an American worker? Where do immigrants—who contribute their talents and labor to the production […]

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Immigrant Business Owners Continue to Contribute to Communities Across America

Immigrant Business Owners Continue to Contribute to Communities Across America

During the August recess, Members of Congress have been meeting with constituents in their home states and districts. During this time, many have likely dined at an immigrant-owned restaurant or used the services of an immigrant-owned business within their home state. The fact is, immigrant businesses are important in many communities across America. Immigrant entrepreneurs […]

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Lessons from the Civil Rights Era for Immigration Reformers

Written by on August 28, 2013 in Immigration 101, Legislation, Reform with 0 Comments
Lessons from the Civil Rights Era for Immigration Reformers

On the 50th Anniversary of the historic “March on Washington” which led to some of the most significant legislative victories in the civil rights movement, it’s hard to not reflect on the influence that activists and legislators in the 1960’s have had and should have on the immigrant rights movement today. There are, in fact […]

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Fight for Fairness and Justice in its Many Forms Far From Over

Written by on August 27, 2013 in Integration, Legislation, Reform with 0 Comments
Fight for Fairness and Justice in its Many Forms Far From Over

Wednesday marks 50 years since more than 250,000 people joined the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and pushed the government to extend civil and economic rights to African Americans. A massive rally where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made his historic “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln […]

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ICE Policy on Parental Rights Addresses Long Overdue Problem in Immigration System

ICE Policy on Parental Rights Addresses Long Overdue Problem in Immigration System

For years, leading family and children’s advocates have argued that the bond between parent and child is often a casualty of our broken immigration system.  Consequently, they have argued that ensuring parental rights in the context of immigration proceedings is critical—whether the issue is about determining who should have custody of an unaccompanied minor, exercising […]

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The RNC on Immigration Reform

Written by on August 23, 2013 in Elections, Legislation, Reform with 3 Comments
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The RNC on Immigration Reform

The Republican National Committee took two steps forward last week when they passed a resolution calling on Congress to get immigration reform done by year’s end, but took one step back by suggesting Congress offer legal status, but no path to citizenship for the currently undocumented population. This was followed by statements from Rep. Bob […]

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Our Immigration System Must Encourage Foreign Entrepreneurs to Invest in the U.S.

Our Immigration System Must Encourage Foreign Entrepreneurs to Invest in the U.S.

Immigrants started 33 percent of U.S. venture-backed companies between 2006 and 2012 that went public, according to a new report from the National Venture Capital Association. The report, however, also noted that there is no reliable immigration program for foreign entrepreneurs, who must surmount enormous legal difficulties in order to come here to create businesses […]

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Immigrant Entrepreneurs Help Build U.S. Economy One Company at a Time

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Help Build U.S. Economy One Company at a Time

Google, Intel, eBay, Yahoo!, Facebook, LinkedIn, SanDisk, Altera, Zoosk, Etsy, Tesla Motors. What characteristic does each of these well-known companies share? They each were either founded by an immigrant or have at least one immigrant founder. Now, a new report from the National Venture Capital Association highlights the profound impacts that immigrant entrepreneurs—like the immigrants […]

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Newark Police Department Latest to Push Back on ICE Detainer Requests

Newark Police Department Latest to Push Back on ICE Detainer Requests

The Newark Police Department is the most recent local law enforcement agency to announce that it will  refuse requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain people who have been picked up for minor criminal offenses.  Newark is the first city in New Jersey to stop honoring detainer requests from ICE, and the announcement follows […]

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New Study Shows How Native-Born Workers Benefit from Immigration

New Study Shows How Native-Born Workers Benefit from Immigration

One of the fears recurrently raised by those who oppose immigration is that inflows of immigrants negatively affect the native-born labor force in general, and less-educated working class individuals in particular. The idea upon which this assertion relies is that when less-educated workers immigrate into the host country, they systematically bring down the wages of […]

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