Immigration 101

Say It With Me: Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes

Written by on April 17, 2017 in Immigration 101, Tax Contributions with 1 Comment
Say It With Me: Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes

Each year, undocumented immigrants file their tax returns, just like all Americans. They pay federal, state, and local taxes, in addition to income, property, and sales taxes. However, there are some anecdotal reports that fewer undocumented immigrants may file their taxes this year. Some tax preparers have reported declines in the number of immigrants filing […]

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It’s Not up for Debate: Immigrants Invigorate the Economy

Written by on March 30, 2017 in Economics, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
It’s Not up for Debate: Immigrants Invigorate the Economy

As any reputable economist will tell you, immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy in many ways. Yet the often subtle complexities of immigration economics are largely absent from a March 24 opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal authored by Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies. To begin with, immigrants […]

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Border Wall May Be an Expensive Solution to a Nonexistent Problem

Written by on March 27, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Demographics, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Border Wall May Be an Expensive Solution to a Nonexistent Problem

If the Trump administration fulfills its promise to build a “big, beautiful wall” along the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border, it will be a very costly solution to a problem that no longer exists—and may not exist again for a very long time. A report from the Brookings Institution has concluded that changes in […]

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Trump Scapegoats Immigrants with Creation of Office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement

Trump Scapegoats Immigrants with Creation of Office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement

President Trump stated that he has “ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American victims during his Joint Address to congress. The office is called VOICE – Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement. Any victim of crime deserves acknowledgement and sympathy, and crime is an issue that must be taken seriously. […]

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Here’s How Immigrant Women Are Essential to Our Labor Force

Here’s How Immigrant Women Are Essential to Our Labor Force

International Women’s Day is an appropriate time to take stock of the many ways in which immigrant women contribute to the labor force of the United States. Some of these contributions are often overlooked, but all of the work that immigrant women do adds value to the economy—and to U.S. society as well. Immigrant women […]

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Undocumented Immigrants Are Making a Huge Impact as Taxpayers

Written by on March 3, 2017 in Economics, Immigration 101, Tax Contributions with 1 Comment
Undocumented Immigrants Are Making a Huge Impact as Taxpayers

President Trump made many promises on the campaign trail. One of which was to breathe new life into what some see as a stagnant U.S. economy. In fact, there are indications that it was this one promise that motivated a great many of his supporters and may have won him the White House. However, the […]

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“Sanctuary” Policies Protect Communities, Not Criminals

“Sanctuary” Policies Protect Communities, Not Criminals

State by state “sanctuary” policies have received significant attention lately. Hundreds of communities across the nation have passed some version of a sanctuary policy and in doing so have made decisions about how they want to use their local resources. Yet the new administration, as well as others, are attempting to impede their ability to […]

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Understanding the Dangerous Implications of President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

Understanding the Dangerous Implications of President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

On January 25, President Trump signed a pair of immigration-related executive orders, one dealing with border security and the other with immigration enforcement in the interior of the country. The order on border security has received the most public attention—particularly the “great wall” that Trump is so anxious to build. But it is the other […]

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USCIS Changes How Processing Times Are Posted

Written by on January 6, 2017 in How the Immigration System Works with 3 Comments
USCIS Changes How Processing Times Are Posted

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that beginning on January 4, 2017, it has changed how it posts processing times. Rather that listing weeks or months, it now provides specific dates. This is a small initial step toward providing better customer service and giving individuals and employers the information they need about their […]

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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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