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Countdown of the Top Five Immigration Stories of 2012

Countdown of the Top Five Immigration Stories of 2012

In the beginning of 2012, the landscape of the immigration world looked much different.  Pro-immigrant groups were coming off of a rough few years that saw the failure of the DREAM Act, a spike in deportations under President Obama, and the passage of several state-level restrictionist bills like Arizona’s infamous SB 1070 and Alabama’s HB [...]

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This Week’s Immigration Proposals: Old News, Old Ideas

This Week’s Immigration Proposals: Old News, Old Ideas

If you follow immigration, but are returning from a month-long, news-free vacation, there’s only one conclusion you would draw from the legislation Republicans offered up this week in Congress:  Mitt Romney must have won the presidential election.  After all, the ACHIEVE Act, introduced yesterday by retiring Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), [...]

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Kris Kobach Continues Digging Immigration Hole

Kris Kobach Continues Digging Immigration Hole

Despite a general consensus that adopting “self-deportation” as immigration policy helped sink Mitt Romney’s White House aspirations, the architect of this philosophy, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, isn’t ready to give in. Kobach doesn’t seem to care that most in his party have awakened to the fact that they are in a “death spiral” [...]

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In Presidential Election, “Self-Deportation” Goes Down to Defeat

In Presidential Election, “Self-Deportation” Goes Down to Defeat

It did not become certain until late Tuesday night that President Obama would win re-election. But for Mitt Romney, the campaign may have been lost during the Republican primary, when he cited “self-deportation” as the solution to our nation’s immigration problems. With the post-election dust now settled, it has become increasingly clear that supporting the [...]

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Immigration (Finally) Takes the Stage at a Presidential Debate

Immigration (Finally) Takes the Stage at a Presidential Debate

George W. Bush made several appearances in last night’s presidential debate, but perhaps nowhere with greater effect than when President Obama contrasted Governor Mitt Romney’s position on immigration reform.  Where President Bush supported comprehensive immigration reform, declared President Obama, Governor Romney supports “self-deportation” and Arizona style anti-immigrant laws.  Moderator Candy Crowley then segued into a [...]

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Pace of DACA Approvals Quickens, but Will it be Fast Enough?

Pace of DACA Approvals Quickens, but Will it be Fast Enough?

For the first time since immigration authorities officially launched Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in mid-August, the federal government released statistics last Friday indicating that thousands of requests have been officially granted. But while the figures themselves are an encouraging sign, other evidence suggests that most applicants will not have their requests considered until after [...]

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Kansans Push for Kobach Recall

Kansans Push for Kobach Recall

Activists in Kansas are mounting a campaign to recall the state’s Secretary of State and notorious immigration restrictionist Kris Kobach.  According to the Associated Press, there is a movement to collect signatures to recall him.  For months, several groups have held rallies and press conferences, accusing Kobach of spending too much time working on his [...]

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Naturalized Citizens Have the Power to Swing Elections

Naturalized Citizens Have the Power to Swing Elections

There is no doubt that immigrants are a force to be reckoned with in this year’s presidential race. After all, the Obama administration unveiled its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in June, just a couple of months before the official start of the campaign. And Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has said that, [...]

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In Speech, Romney Provides Few Details on Immigration Policy

In Speech, Romney Provides Few Details on Immigration Policy

On Thursday, Mitt Romney gave a much-anticipated speech in which he was expected to address whether—as President—he would reverse the new Obama administration policy toward immigrant youths who would qualify for the DREAM Act. The answer? It’s still unclear. Despite adopting a noticeably softer tone toward undocumented immigrants, Romney again failed to say whether he [...]

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