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The Power of DACA Continues to Grow

Written by on June 16, 2014 in Children, Deferred Action, Students with 2 Comments
The Power of DACA Continues to Grow

June 15 marked the two-year anniversary of President Obama’s announcement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. DACA temporarily defers the deportation of eligible undocumented youth and young adults, and grants them access to renewable two-year work permits and Social Security Numbers. As of March 2014, 673,417 young people had applied to the [...]

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Why Federal Officials Reminded Schools Not to Discriminate Against Immigrant Students

Why Federal Officials Reminded Schools Not to Discriminate Against Immigrant Students

Last week, the Department of Education took steps to help ensure that undocumented students are not deterred from enrolling at K-12 public schools.  The Department issued updated guidance regarding public schools’ responsibility to provide equal access to elementary and secondary education for all students regardless of immigration status. As the Supreme Court ruled in its [...]

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Florida Legislators Approve In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students

Florida Legislators Approve In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students

The Republican-controlled Florida legislature has passed HB 851, a bill allowing qualified undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities. After voting against similar bills in previous years, the Florida Senate approved the legislation on Thursday. The state House had already passed the bill in March but voted again to pass [...]

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USCIS Releases Information About DACA Renewal Process

USCIS Releases Information About DACA Renewal Process

Yesterday, USCIS posted an update shedding light on what the renewal process for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will look like. Though the notice is preliminary and subject to change, it offers over half a million DACA recipients vital information about what they should do to prepare for the road ahead. The update [...]

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How Immigration Is Good for Science Research in U.S.

Written by on March 4, 2014 in Economics, Students with 0 Comments
How Immigration Is Good for Science Research in U.S.

Research and knowledge are becoming key to economic growth worldwide, increasing the importance of intellectual work. And for the United States in particular, immigrants play an important role in science and engineering (S&E) research. Indeed, a February report from the National Science Board of the National Science Foundation (NSF), Science and Engineering Indicators 2014, notes [...]

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States Make Progress on Helping DREAMers Afford College

States Make Progress on Helping DREAMers Afford College

For several years now, more and more states have begun to allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities. In fact, a majority of young undocumented immigrants now live in a state that offers tuition equity regardless of immigration status. In 2014, additional states—especially in the Southeast—are finally moving to make [...]

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Fremont, Nebraska Has More to Gain from Welcoming Immigrants

Fremont, Nebraska Has More to Gain from Welcoming Immigrants

Fremont, Nebraska, has become ground zero for one of the longest-standing anti-immigrant experiments in the United States. In 2010, the small, Midwestern town of 26,000 voted on an ordinance that would create unwieldy and costly housing permits to verify the immigration status of all Fremont renters and would force businesses to use E-Verify (an electronic [...]

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What Does the Anti-Immigrant Movement Have Planned for the States in 2014?

What Does the Anti-Immigrant Movement Have Planned for the States in 2014?

As Congress continues their protracted debate on immigration reform, state governments are taking the lead on moving positive measures forward. Thus, anti-immigrant groups like the Federation for American Immigration Reform and Numbers USA  will be on the defensive in 2014, devoting time and resources towards preventing pro-immigrant state policies from taking root. They are certain [...]

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Why 2013 Was the Year of Positive State Immigration Measures

Why 2013 Was the Year of Positive State Immigration Measures

States took the lead on immigration reform in 2013, and compared to previous years, the majority  were positive measures to help integrate and improve the day-to-day lives of immigrants in their respective states. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) 2013 Immigration Report, 45 states passed 184 immigration-related laws in 2013 and adopted [...]

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Nativist Group Blames Students for Texas Budget Gap

Written by on January 21, 2014 in Children, Economics, Nativists, Restrictionists, Rhetoric, Students with 0 Comments
Nativist Group Blames Students for Texas Budget Gap

In a case of creative accounting, the nativist Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is blaming students for the fiscal woes of Texas. In a new report, FAIR lumps together students who are unauthorized immigrants with U.S.-born students who have unauthorized parents and claims that they are all costing Texas taxpayers astronomical sums in educational [...]

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