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Latino Voters Turn Out in Record Numbers, Many Driven by Immigration Concerns

Written by on November 8, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
Latino Voters Turn Out in Record Numbers, Many Driven by Immigration Concerns

Reports on early voting trends, election-eve polling and Election Day exit polls are coming together a powerful narrative about the Latino electorate and the public’s desire to move forward with humane and practical immigration solutions. Not only are Latino voters turning out in record numbers, but they are self-reporting that they care deeply about the […]

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Presidential Candidates Offer Vastly Different Visions on Immigration Policy

Written by on November 7, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
Presidential Candidates Offer Vastly Different Visions on Immigration Policy

After more than a year of intense campaigning, election-day is finally here. The two major party candidates have offered two completely different visions for America and the direction they would take immigration policy. Hillary Clinton has said that she will introduce comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship within the first hundred days of […]

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New Census Numbers Underscore Importance of Immigration

Written by on November 4, 2016 in Demographics with 0 Comments
New Census Numbers Underscore Importance of Immigration

There is no denying that the number of foreign-born individuals in the United States has increased in recent years. According to the Pew Research Center, the foreign-born population rose from 39.9 million in 2010 to 42.2 million in 2014. This is good news for a nation and economy that have long benefited from immigration. However, […]

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What We Learned About the Candidates’ Immigration Views in the Final Debate

Written by on October 20, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
What We Learned About the Candidates’ Immigration Views in the Final Debate

The 2016 presidential debate cycle is now complete and little was said on the topic of immigration until the final one. Not surprisingly, no new information came to light.  In fact, each of the candidates basically assumed their fallback positions on immigration: Donald Trump believes in enforcement-first, focusing on building a wall on the southern […]

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Sensible Immigration Policies Enhance U.S. National Security

Sensible Immigration Policies Enhance U.S. National Security

Putting down a welcome mat for immigrants—rather than building a wall—ultimately makes the United States a more secure nation. Of course, measures that ensure we keep those out who represent a risk to public safety or national security are important. But trying to keep everybody out—be it foreigners in general or all foreigners of particular […]

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How the Vice Presidential Candidates Responded to Immigration Issues at the Debate

Written by on October 5, 2016 in Enforcement, Immigration and Crime, Reform with 0 Comments
How the Vice Presidential Candidates Responded to Immigration Issues at the Debate

During last night’s vice presidential debate, candidates U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence engaged in a heated exchange on immigration. Kaine reiterated his running mate Hillary Clinton’s stated policy positions, while Pence attempted to soften Donald Trump’s many radical anti-immigrant statements. Debate moderator Elaine Quijano turned to immigration by noting that Trump […]

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Investing in the Children of Immigrants is Critical for American Economy

Written by on September 26, 2016 in Economics, Immigration 101, Integration, Tax Contributions with 0 Comments
Investing in the Children of Immigrants is Critical for American Economy

Immigrants make many contributions to the U.S. economy through their labor power, purchasing power, tax payments, business formation and scientific innovation. Some of these contributions are captured in traditional cost-benefit analyses; others are not. But one of their most valuable economic contributions comes in the form of their native-born children. These children—the immigrant “second generation”—tend […]

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Immigration Policy Fifteen Years After 9/11

Immigration Policy Fifteen Years After 9/11

Fifteen years ago on September 11, 2001, it appeared that comprehensive immigration reform was imminent. The prior week, President Vicente Fox of Mexico visited the U.S. and spoke to President Bush and Congress about the need for reform, and serious momentum was growing. However, the tragic events on September 11 set the immigration debate back […]

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How USCIS Calculates Processing Times and How It Could Be Improved

How USCIS Calculates Processing Times and How It Could Be Improved

When people think about immigration reform, they usually think about legalization, enforcement, and updating the legal immigration system. However, there are other upgrades to the immigration system that can be implemented by agencies without legislation which would significantly improve efficiency and could ensure that immigrants, their families, and employers receive better information and customer service. […]

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Why Restricting Immigration Won’t Improve Work Opportunities for Natives

Why Restricting Immigration Won’t Improve Work Opportunities for Natives

Serious economists know that immigrant and native-born workers cannot simply be swapped for one another like batteries. On average, immigrants and the native-born differ in terms of formal education, job experience, and English-language skills. As a result, immigrants and the native-born tend to “complement” each other rather than directly compete. Even among workers with the […]

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