Archive for September, 2013

How a Government Shutdown Likely Affects Immigration Agencies

Written by on September 30, 2013 in Legislation, Reform with 3 Comments
How a Government Shutdown Likely Affects Immigration Agencies

The government’s fiscal year ends today, and without legislation authorizing spending to continue, whether for the full fiscal year or even a few weeks, many federal offices and services will be shuttered starting tomorrow. Unfortunately, the chances the United States government will avoid a shutdown are low. The Senate has tabled the House-approved spending bill, […]

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College Leaders Know Immigration Reform Will Help Their Students and the Country

College Leaders Know Immigration Reform Will Help Their Students and the Country

The U.S. has long been a destination for students around the world. They come to attend the nation’s colleges and universities, and many wish to stay to pursue job opportunities and make their lives here, but our immigration system throws up barriers at every step of the way. Foreign students add billions of dollars to […]

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Colorado Emergency Relief Efforts Impeded by Immigrants’ Mistrust of Law Enforcement

Written by on September 26, 2013 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments
Colorado Emergency Relief Efforts Impeded by Immigrants’ Mistrust of Law Enforcement

The recent flooding in Colorado, in which eight people died and property losses are likely to reach $2 billion, offers another reminder that local law enforcement efforts are often hindered by our broken immigration system. The Denver Post reported that some unauthorized immigrants risk injury or miss out on assistance because they are afraid to […]

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Customs and Border Protection’s New “Use of Force” Initiatives Are Welcome First Steps

Written by on September 25, 2013 in Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Customs and Border Protection’s New “Use of Force” Initiatives Are Welcome First Steps

The endemic use of force within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) made national headlines in 2010 when Anastacio Hernandez Rojas, a 42-year old Mexican national living in San Diego, was killed by a Border Patrol Officer while in CBP custody. Since then, at least 18 other people have have died as the result of […]

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Possible Increase in Unauthorized Immigration, Brought to You by an Improving Economy

Written by on September 24, 2013 in Economics, Employment and Wages with 1 Comment
Possible Increase in Unauthorized Immigration, Brought to You by an Improving Economy

The dynamic between the economy and the size of the unauthorized population living in the United States was brought home by a new report from the Pew Research Center, which finds that the shrinking number recorded during and immediately after the Great Recession may be slightly  on the rise in light of the improving economy. […]

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Dollars and Lives Lost in the Wait for Immigration Reform

Written by on September 23, 2013 in Economic Impact, Economics, Enforcement, Legislation, Reform with 0 Comments
Dollars and Lives Lost in the Wait for Immigration Reform

Two-and-a-half months after the Senate passed immigration reform legislation (S. 744), the House of Representatives continues to dawdle. Other than giving speeches and mulling over a few backward-looking, enforcement-only bills, the House has done nothing to revamp the broken U.S. immigration system or to realistically resolve the status of the 11 million unauthorized immigrants now […]

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Months After Passage, Anti-Immigrant Group Still Mischaracterizes Senate Bill

Months After Passage, Anti-Immigrant Group Still Mischaracterizes Senate Bill

The immigration reform bill (S.744) that the Senate passed in June would fix our broken work visa programs for lower skilled, higher skilled, and agricultural workers; eliminate decades-long backlogs in our immigrant visa programs; increase job and wage protections for U.S. workers; and greatly increase our investment in border security. In addition, the bill would […]

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White House Honors Local Groups Leading the Way to Welcome Immigrants in Their Cities

White House Honors Local Groups Leading the Way to Welcome Immigrants in Their Cities

Thousands of immigrants every day demonstrate a commitment to being part of America by becoming naturalized citizens every day. These Americans by choice often make huge sacrifices to move to the United State and become part of their community. But it also takes support from the local community to welcome new immigrants who want to […]

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Immigration is a Positive Force for Economic Growth in Cities

Immigration is a Positive Force for Economic Growth in Cities

Posters on metro buses and trains in St. Louis will now welcome you to the city in 17 different languages, one of the many initiatives begun by the St. Louis Mosaic Project to create an atmosphere that welcomes and encourages immigrants to the area. Signs in the public transit system aren’t just designed to look […]

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Taking the Important Leap to Citizenship

Taking the Important Leap to Citizenship

Each year on September 17, the United States observes Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, a combined event that commemorates the anniversary of the nation’s constitution and recognizes all those who are or have become U.S. citizens. It is considered a time for Americans to reflect on the importance of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, […]

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