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New Report Sheds Little Light on Deportation Debate

New Report Sheds Little Light on Deportation Debate

A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) sheds little light on the ongoing debate around who does and does not get deported from the United States. The report would have us believe that the federal government is knowingly letting tens of thousands of violent foreign-born criminals go free. It’s certainly a sensational […]

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New Website Documents Border Patrol Abuses

Written by on March 27, 2014 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
New Website Documents Border Patrol Abuses

An alliance of immigration advocacy groups launched HoldCBPAccountable.org, a website that catalogues lawsuits and administrative complaints brought against U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The American Immigration Council, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties have joined forces to document litigation that […]

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House Immigration Reform Bill Gets Fiscal Seal of Approval from CBO

Written by on March 26, 2014 in Economics, Reform with 0 Comments
House Immigration Reform Bill Gets Fiscal Seal of Approval from CBO

Ahead of the introduction of a discharge petition demanding a vote on HR 15, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Tuesday issued its fiscal verdict on the immigration reform bill that has been languishing in the House of Representatives since October 2013. According to the CBO, the reforms called for in the bill would more […]

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Report Documents Dramatic Shift in State Immigration Policies

Written by on March 25, 2014 in Elections, State and Local with 0 Comments
Report Documents Dramatic Shift in State Immigration Policies

For more than 100 years, the federal government has had authority over U.S. immigration policies while states possessed only limited power to regulate the “lives and livelihoods” of immigrants living within their borders. However, the past decade has seen an increase in immigration-related legislation including anti-immigrant laws, which have failed both as policy and as […]

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House Members to Introduce Discharge Petition on Immigration Reform

Written by on March 24, 2014 in Legislation, Reform with 4 Comments
House Members to Introduce Discharge Petition on Immigration Reform

The press is reporting that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will file a discharge petition to bring HR 15, the bipartisan comprehensive immigration bill that has been languishing in the House since October, to the floor. A discharge petition is a procedural move that requires the signature of 218 House members; if successful it forces House […]

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Nuevo Informe Examina Peso de Casos de Inmigración en Tribunales Federales

Nuevo Informe Examina Peso de Casos de Inmigración en Tribunales Federales

Mientras que el gobierno de Obama afirma que sus esfuerzos en la aplicación de las leyes de inmigración se centran en la aprehensión de delincuentes y terroristas peligrosos, las estadísticas federales indican que una gran cantidad de tiempo, esfuerzo y dinero se dedica a detener y deportar inmigrantes que no representan una amenaza para nadie. […]

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New Report Analyzes Immigration Cases Clogging Federal Courts

New Report Analyzes Immigration Cases Clogging Federal Courts

While the Obama administration claims that its immigration-enforcement efforts are focused on the apprehension of dangerous criminals and terrorists, federal statistics indicate that a great deal of time, effort, and money are devoted to locking up and deporting immigrants who aren’t a threat to anyone. In fact, a large number of deportees have only committed […]

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While Congress Recesses, Activists Organize for Immigration Reform

Written by on March 20, 2014 in Enforcement, Legislation, Reform with 0 Comments
While Congress Recesses, Activists Organize for Immigration Reform

While Congress is on recess and members travel home to their districts to hear from their constituents on the issues that matter to them, immigration advocates are turning up the heat through a series of grassroots and netroots organizing events. Today, the Alliance for Citizenship is organizing a national digital day of action, encouraging supporters […]

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Broken H-1B Visa Program is Costing American Jobs

Broken H-1B Visa Program is Costing American Jobs

Compete America, an association of high-tech companies advocating for reform of immigration policies affecting higher-skilled workers, launched a job loss calculator today estimating the numbers of American jobs lost due to the lack of H-1B visas, the primary work visa for higher-skilled workers. The calculator estimates that 500,000 new U.S. jobs could have been created […]

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Labor Shortages Increase U.S. Reliance on Imported Foods, Harming Local Economies

Labor Shortages Increase U.S. Reliance on Imported Foods, Harming Local Economies

While U.S. consumers increasingly seek out locally grown produce in grocery stores and farmers markets, imported fruits and vegetables are making up a growing share of the produce consumed in the United States. U.S. agricultural production is out of alignment with the demands of consumers and one problem is the difficulty in finding skilled farm […]

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