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Trump Dumps His Immigration Plan on America

Written by on August 17, 2015 in Elections, Myths with 1 Comment
Trump Dumps His Immigration Plan on America

Over the weekend, Donald Trump—the current frontrunner in the race for the 2016 GOP Presidential nomination—released his immigration policy platform, which is at its core a smorgasbord of tired, old anti-immigrant policy ideas backed up by half-truths, misstatements, and loads of conflation. He begins the “Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again Plan” by […]

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Anti-Immigrant Group Thinks the Border Can Be Sealed

Written by on July 20, 2015 in Enforcement, Myths, Nativists, Restrictionists with 0 Comments
Anti-Immigrant Group Thinks the Border Can Be Sealed

If there is one thing that the past few decades of immigration enforcement has made clear, it’s that unauthorized immigration responds much more to the U.S. job market and the natural desire for family reunification than it does to border fences or the ubiquitous presence of armed immigration agents. Since the last major overhaul of […]

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Nativist Group Misrepresents Facts Again to Support Detaining Children and Families

Written by on June 29, 2015 in Myths with 1 Comment
Nativist Group Misrepresents Facts Again to Support Detaining Children and Families

Last week, the nativist group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) did it again. This time, CIS misrepresented data on children and families appearing in immigration court, echoing what Fox News reported earlier in the week—both outlets implying that detention is necessary to ensure appearance in court. Yet data from the immigration courts—the same data CIS […]

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Setting the Record Straight on Immigrant Work Authorization

Written by on February 11, 2015 in Myths, Nativists, Restrictionists with 0 Comments
Setting the Record Straight on Immigrant Work Authorization

The anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) issued a report last week alleging a “huge parallel immigrant work authorization system outside the bounds of the laws.” Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) seized upon it to demand a “full investigation.” Yet the issuance of work permits is not new, huge, or unlawful. In fact, the report merely […]

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Six Reasons Why Sen. Jeff Sessions’ New ‘Immigration Handbook’ is a Work of Fiction

Written by on January 29, 2015 in Congress, Myths, Republicans with 10 Comments
Six Reasons Why Sen. Jeff Sessions’ New ‘Immigration Handbook’ is a Work of Fiction

The newly installed chairman of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, Jeff Sessions (R-AL), wasted no time in advertising his antipathy towards immigrants. Shortly after assuming his post, Sessions released an “Immigration Handbook for the New Republican Majority” that, in only 23 pages, managed to distill just about every fact-free sound bite ever conceived by the nativist […]

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Why Immigration Helps African American Employment

Written by on October 30, 2014 in Employment, Myths with 2 Comments
Why Immigration Helps African American Employment

An old myth about African Americans and immigrants resurfaced on Monday thanks to a series of over-reactions to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) procurement order. In the complicated world of government procurement, the government has to plan for purchases far in advance, even if it ultimately doesn’t purchase everything on its list.  Consequently, […]

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Opponents of Immigration Reform Exploit Tragic California Shooting

Written by on October 29, 2014 in Myths, Restrictionists with 3 Comments
Opponents of Immigration Reform Exploit Tragic California Shooting

An unauthorized immigrant allegedly shot and killed two police officers on Friday in Northern California. Not surprisingly, opponents of immigration reform immediately tried to turn a tragic incident into an argument against immigration reform. As Kevin Johnson, dean of University of California-Davis Law School, said, “Everyone agrees that this is the sort of person we […]

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Non-Citizen Voter Fraud is Not Swaying Elections

Written by on October 27, 2014 in Elections, Myths with 3 Comments
Non-Citizen Voter Fraud is Not Swaying Elections

Along with campaign ads and ballot initiatives, the November elections inevitably bring allegations that non-citizens are turning out in droves to skew elections.  Despite repeated investigations over the years finding no indication that systematic vote fraud by non-citizens occurs, some voters will have to navigate cumbersome voter identification laws designed to address a non-existent problem. […]

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Immigration Restrictionists Exploit Ebola Tragedy

Written by on October 20, 2014 in Myths, Restrictionists, Rhetoric with 1 Comment
Immigration Restrictionists Exploit Ebola Tragedy

As the Ebola outbreak continues to take lives in West Africa, restrictionists have predictably started their  “crusade” to ban travel from West African countries. Specifically, over the past few weeks, nativist groups such as the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) as well as some lawmakers started criticizing […]

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Majority of Individuals Released from Immigration Custody Do Appear in Court

Written by on September 29, 2014 in Courts, Myths with 0 Comments
Majority of Individuals Released from Immigration Custody Do Appear in Court

Media outlets reported last week that according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), about 70 percent of migrant families encountered at the border since May and released “haven’t reported” to an immigration office as instructed. ICE has released little other information about this data point. Several media outlets published this number but failed to provide […]

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