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In California Cities, Rising Housing Costs Force Immigrants Out

Written by on January 24, 2017 in Economics, State by State with 0 Comments
In California Cities, Rising Housing Costs Force Immigrants Out

California’s economy is big, and so is the immigrant contribution to it. The state’s economy is the sixth largest in the world, and immigrants provide one-third (or $715 billion) of the state’s GDP. Undocumented immigrants alone contribute $181 billion to the state’s GDP—an amount that roughly equals the economic output of the entire state of […]

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President Obama’s Change to Cuban Migration Policy, Explained

Written by on January 13, 2017 in Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments
President Obama’s Change to Cuban Migration Policy, Explained

On January 12, the White House announced the end of the “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy towards Cuban migrants. Effective immediately, Cubans who attempt to enter the U.S. unauthorized will be treated the same as other migrants. They will not be automatically “paroled” (granted entry to the United States by an immigration officer), and thus eligible for benefits […]

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What John Kelly Said About Immigration Policy at His Confirmation Hearing for DHS Secretary

Written by on January 11, 2017 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
What John Kelly Said About Immigration Policy at His Confirmation Hearing for DHS Secretary

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a hearing on the nomination of General John Kelly for the position of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week. Kelly, if confirmed, will be only the fifth person to hold the position which was created in 2002. The Department of Homeland Security […]

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Ending DACA Comes With Costs to Business and Government

Written by on December 19, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Economics with 0 Comments
Ending DACA Comes With Costs to Business and Government

In June of 2012, President Obama used his authority to provide protection from deportation and work authorization to certain undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. In the ensuing four years, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has proven enormously successful for the 740,000 individuals who have benefited from the initiative. Removal […]

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DHS Secretary Nominee John Kelly’s Resume is Thin on Immigration

Written by on December 16, 2016 in Enforcement, Immigration and Crime with 1 Comment
DHS Secretary Nominee John Kelly’s Resume is Thin on Immigration

Earlier this month, President-elect Donald Trump selected retired General John Kelly to be his nominee for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). There is not much in the record to indicate Kelly’s views on immigrants and immigration. In February of this year, Kelly retired as commander of the U.S. Southern Command, which is […]

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Immigrant Potential Is an Expensive Thing to Waste

Written by on December 8, 2016 in Economics, High Skilled with 0 Comments
Immigrant Potential Is an Expensive Thing to Waste

High-skilled new Americans often face obstacles in obtaining jobs appropriate to their skill level. There are many reasons for this. Those who are educated outside the U.S. may fail to have their foreign training recognized by U.S. employers and licensing bureaus. Some lack proficiency in English and race and ethnicity also play a factor. A […]

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What the Immigration Restrictionists’ Agenda Will Look Like for the Next Four Years

Written by on December 2, 2016 in Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
What the Immigration Restrictionists’ Agenda Will Look Like for the Next Four Years

One does not have to look hard to find what the restrictionists’ immigration agenda will look like for the next four years. The groups and individuals leading the charge are not shy about sharing what they think the new administration should do when it comes to immigration. This week, the Federation for American Immigration Reform […]

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Colleges Rally to the Defense of Undocumented Students

Written by on November 30, 2016 in DACA/DAPA with 0 Comments
Colleges Rally to the Defense of Undocumented Students

Among the many things President-elect Donald Trump has promised is undo President Obama’s executive action protecting young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, also known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). What happens next is complicated. It’s easy to talk about deporting these young people in the abstract. As Libby […]

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