Rhetoric

Nativist Group Blames Students for Texas Budget Gap

Written by on January 21, 2014 in Children, Economics, Nativists, Restrictionists, Rhetoric, Students with 0 Comments
Nativist Group Blames Students for Texas Budget Gap

In a case of creative accounting, the nativist Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is blaming students for the fiscal woes of Texas. In a new report, FAIR lumps together students who are unauthorized immigrants with U.S.-born students who have unauthorized parents and claims that they are all costing Texas taxpayers astronomical sums in educational [...]

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Talking Turkey on Immigration 2013

Talking Turkey on Immigration 2013

In an effort to preserve harmony at the Thanksgiving table, we have for the last several years offered up tips on making the case for immigration reform in front of, what is for many, the most hostile audience of all—their families. Even in the most congenial of families, there’s likely to be someone who can [...]

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Rumors of Immigration Reform’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated, Again

Rumors of Immigration Reform’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated, Again

The rumors of immigration reforms’ death have been greatly exaggerated over the years. In only the past few months, we’ve seen headlines like “Immigration Reform Heads for a Slow Death,” “Immigration Reform is Probably Dead,” and “RIP: Immigration Reform Bill is Dead.” Everyone wants to be the first to call it, the first to declare [...]

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Anti-Immigrant Think Tank Beats Same Old “Tax Fraud” Drum

Written by on October 17, 2013 in Children, Crime, Family, Nativists, Restrictionists, Rhetoric with 0 Comments
Anti-Immigrant Think Tank Beats Same Old “Tax Fraud” Drum

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) recently released a paper with the inflammatory title “Paying Illegals to Stay.” The paper highlights a two-year-old report from the Treasury Department’s Inspector General which enumerated what immigrant taxpayers who file their taxes using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) were receiving in tax refunds through the Additional Child [...]

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How to Have Productive Conversations on Immigration

How to Have Productive Conversations on Immigration

In preparation for the August recess, the Immigration Policy Center released a new guide to answering the tough questions on immigration. This is perhaps a misnomer, as the issues we cover—the intersection of crime, the economy, integration, and immigration—aren’t so much tough as they are complicated. There is plenty of evidence available on the significant [...]

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New Report Reveals Scale of Deaths Along U.S.-Mexico Border

New Report Reveals Scale of Deaths Along U.S.-Mexico Border

Nothing illustrates the high stakes of the immigration reform debate now taking place in the Senate quite as powerfully as the growing body count along the U.S.-Mexico border. Despite the U.S. government’s decades-long effort to stop unauthorized immigration through an “enforcement first” strategy, unauthorized migrants continue to cross the border—and scores die before completing the [...]

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Nativists Trot Out Same Old Arguments at Hearing on Senate Immigration Reform Bill

Written by on April 23, 2013 in Enforcement, Nativists, Raids, Reform, Restrictionists, Rhetoric with 1 Comment
Nativists Trot Out Same Old Arguments at Hearing on Senate Immigration Reform Bill

With an immigration reform bill beginning to move through the Senate, one would expect a little originality from the nativists trying to stop it. After all, if “enforcement first” and “self-deportation” haven’t worked yet, perhaps it’s time to try something new. And yet the same dusty old arguments were on display among the nativists who [...]

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Letting Tragedy Guide, Not Derail Policy-Making

Letting Tragedy Guide, Not Derail Policy-Making

Last week, the U.S. Senate introduced a long-awaited immigration reform bill, which many are predicting is our best chance in 20 years to fix the broken immigration system. While awaiting the Senate’s formal introduction however, devastating events unfolded in Boston.  The nation stood transfixed on developments in Massachusetts, as did the Senators and those involved [...]

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The Associated Press Stylebook Drops “Illegal Immigrant,” The Times Debates Following Suit

Written by on April 4, 2013 in Myths, Reform, Rhetoric, Undocumented Immigration with 2 Comments
The <em>Associated Press</em> Stylebook Drops “Illegal Immigrant,” The <em>Times</em> Debates Following Suit

On Tuesday, the Associated Press (AP) posted a blog saying that they are no longer going to advise writers to use the term “illegal immigrant” in the stylebook.  The AP stylebook is considered the standard among American journalists, so the change is likely lead to a marked drop in the use of the controversial term [...]

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Republican Party Officially Backs Immigration Reform

Republican Party Officially Backs Immigration Reform

Today, the Republican National Committee formally endorsed comprehensive immigration reform, bringing its position back in line with the Republican Party platform of 2004. Championing immigration reform was among the suggestions offered  in a report released today about how the RNC can reinvent itself as part of a $10 million plan to reach out to minority [...]

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