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As Iowa Caucuses Approach, Signatories of Iowa Compact Hope to Reframe Immigration Debate

As Iowa Caucuses Approach, Signatories of Iowa Compact Hope to Reframe Immigration Debate

Exhausted by the base immigration rhetoric prevalent in the GOP presidential debate, a group of concerned Iowans is seeking to reframe the issue in anticipation of the Iowa Caucuses next month. Last week, business, faith and city leaders in Iowa signed the Iowa Compact—a list of five principles meant to guide how people discuss immigration. [...]

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Polls Reveal Even Conservative Voters Favor Path to Legal Status for Unauthorized Immigrants

Polls Reveal Even Conservative Voters Favor Path to Legal Status for Unauthorized Immigrants

Immigration is a hot issue in the GOP primary debates, complete with extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric and far-fetched policy proposals. Michele Bachman, for example, promised to deport every undocumented immigrant in the country—a costly and unworkable task. And she’s not the only one. Herman Cain recently “joked” that he would electrify the border fence as a [...]

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Thousands of Children Stuck in Foster Care after Parents Deported, Report Finds

Thousands of Children Stuck in Foster Care after Parents Deported, Report Finds

A report released this week reveals yet another devastating consequence of the enforcement-only approach to immigration—a startling number of children whose parents have been detained and deported are placed in foster care and face enormous barriers reuniting with their families. According to the Applied Research Center, 1 in 4 people deported in FY 2011 (nearly [...]

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Congressional Members to Join Civil Rights Groups in Fight Against Alabama’s “Juan Crow” Law

Congressional Members to Join Civil Rights Groups in Fight Against Alabama’s “Juan Crow” Law

In the days following passage of Alabama’s extreme immigration law (HB 56), many business, religious and civil rights leaders spoke out about the law’s damaging impact on immigrant communities, farms, businesses, and schools. Since then, many notable community and civil rights leaders have stepped forward to add their voice to those demanding a repeal of [...]

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ACLU Brings Cases of Immigration Detention Abuse to Light

ACLU Brings Cases of Immigration Detention Abuse to Light

Reports of abuse from immigration detention facilities are nothing new. In fact, due to private contractors’ lax attitude and lack of federal oversight, many experts are finding that cases of abuse are vastly underreported. Last week, the ACLU reported on 185 allegations of sexual abuse of undocumented female detainees held in federal detention facilities. While [...]

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Dayton, Ohio Passes Plan to Revitalize Economy through Immigrant Integration

Dayton, Ohio Passes Plan to Revitalize Economy through Immigrant Integration

Shortly after Alabama began implementing their anti-immigration law (HB 56), Dayton, Ohio passed legislation that welcomes and integrates immigrants with the hope that they will revitalize their slowing economy. Faced with a declining population, Dayton’s City Commission voted unanimously last week to adopt the Welcome Dayton Plan—a plan that is tapping into the very economic [...]

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Declining Cities Look to Immigrants to Revitalize Economies and Increase University Enrollment

Declining Cities Look to Immigrants to Revitalize Economies and Increase University Enrollment

In a recent speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg highlighted the vital role immigrants play in stimulating economic growth. Bloomberg called for immigration policies that “spur innovation, increase the number of entrepreneurs who start businesses here, and create jobs for Americans on every rung of the economic ladder.” [...]

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