National Legislation

How Inaction on Immigration Impacts the Agricultural Economy

Written by on April 1, 2015 in AgWorkers, Economics with 1 Comment
How Inaction on Immigration Impacts the Agricultural Economy

Due to its geographic diversity and natural resource abundance, the United States is one of the world’s leading agricultural producers and suppliers. Indeed, the $374 billion U.S. agriculture sector is critical to the U.S. economy, but its health depends on a functioning immigration system. From migrant workers on farms, to foreign-born scientists at agribusiness and […]

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House Judiciary Committee Signs Off on Comprehensive Mass Deportation Plan

Written by on March 19, 2015 in Deportation, National Legislation, Republicans with 2 Comments
House Judiciary Committee Signs Off on Comprehensive Mass Deportation Plan

Although comprehensive immigration reform was not brought to a vote by House of Representatives, the public still overwhelmingly and consistently supports reform.  Yet yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would take the opposite approach—not only repealing President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, but imposing the most draconian immigration enforcement scheme in America’s history. Immigration […]

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House Bill to Seal the Border is Unrealistic, Congressional Budget Office Finds

Written by on January 28, 2015 in Border, Congress, National Legislation with 1 Comment
House Bill to Seal the Border is Unrealistic, Congressional Budget Office Finds

Last week, the House Homeland Security Committee sent to the House floor H.R. 399, the “Secure our Borders First” Act. The measure would mandate 100 percent “operational control”—defined as “the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States”—of high traffic areas within two years, and the entire Southern border within five. DHS Secretary Jeh […]

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House to Vote on Bill to Further Militarize the U.S. Border

Written by on January 23, 2015 in Border, National Legislation with 0 Comments
House to Vote on Bill to Further Militarize the U.S. Border

With the start of the 114th Republican-controlled Congress, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, introduced H.R. 399, the “Secure Our Borders First” Act. McCaul introduced the new bill exclusively with Republican co-sponsors unlike his 2013 bill, the Border Security Results Act, that had four Democratic co-sponsors. But examining the bill’s […]

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The Legacy of S. 744, the Senate Immigration Reform Bill

The Legacy of S. 744, the Senate Immigration Reform Bill

On June 27, 2013, the Senate passed S. 744, an ambitious, bipartisan comprehensive reform of our immigration system.  Although far from perfect, it represented a genuine effort to wrestle with the complex, confusing, and highly emotional train wreck that has become our immigration system.  In the months that followed, a small bipartisan team in the […]

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Honoring the Foreign-Born Service Members of Yesterday and Today

Honoring the Foreign-Born Service Members of Yesterday and Today

Each year, roughly 8,000 immigrants join the U.S. military, bringing linguistic skills and cultural diversity that enrich each branch of the Armed Forces. Nearly 65,000 service members have become naturalized U.S. citizens since September 2001, but there are still limits that prevent young immigrants who want to serve from doing so. In addition, there are […]

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May Day Protests Remind Legislators Immigration Reform is Workers Issue

May Day Protests Remind Legislators Immigration Reform is Workers Issue

On Thursday, protesters expressed their mounting frustration over Congress’ failure to pass immigration reform in May Day demonstrations across the nation. From New York to California, thousands of labor, faith, and immigrant rights activists took to the streets to lift up the positive impact immigrant workers have on our economy and the detrimental impact our […]

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Virginia Allows DACA Recipients to Pay In-State Tuition

Virginia Allows DACA Recipients to Pay In-State Tuition

Young immigrants in Virginia who receive temporary legal status through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program now qualify for in-state tuition at state colleges and universities. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring made the announcement Tuesday at the Northern Virginia Community College. “We should welcome these smart, talented, hard-working young people into our economy […]

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On Immigration, Legislative Reform and Administrative Action Are Not at Odds

On Immigration, Legislative Reform and Administrative Action Are Not at Odds

A year ago this week, senators introduced S. 744, the comprehensive immigration reform bill, to much fanfare. It was a high point for the immigration reform movement, only to be eclipsed by the bipartisan vote to move the bill out of committee and then, in June 2013, final passage in the Senate itself. Thus far, […]

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Undocumented Immigrants Contribute Billions in Taxes

Undocumented Immigrants Contribute Billions in Taxes

Death and taxes, according to Benjamin Franklin, are the only things in life that are certain. And despite the prevailing myth perpetrated by nativist groups, there are plenty of undocumented immigrants facing the certainty of taxes on April 15. They pay billions in state and local taxes every year that help to fund benefits they […]

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