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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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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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Immigration Advocates End Fast, Bus Tour with Calls for House Action

Immigration Advocates End Fast, Bus Tour with Calls for House Action

After traveling 18,000 miles and meeting with hundreds across the country, the Fast for Families bus tour ended in Washington, D.C., Wednesday with a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol. The fasters, faith leaders, and immigration advocates left Los Angeles seven weeks ago to take their message to 96 congressional members’ home districts. To […]

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House Immigration Reform Bill Gets Fiscal Seal of Approval from CBO

Written by on March 26, 2014 in Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Economics with 0 Comments
House Immigration Reform Bill Gets Fiscal Seal of Approval from CBO

Ahead of the introduction of a discharge petition demanding a vote on HR 15, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Tuesday issued its fiscal verdict on the immigration reform bill that has been languishing in the House of Representatives since October 2013. According to the CBO, the reforms called for in the bill would more […]

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House Members to Introduce Discharge Petition on Immigration Reform

House Members to Introduce Discharge Petition on Immigration Reform

The press is reporting that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will file a discharge petition to bring HR 15, the bipartisan comprehensive immigration bill that has been languishing in the House since October, to the floor. A discharge petition is a procedural move that requires the signature of 218 House members; if successful it forces House […]

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