Undocumented Immigration

Without Legalization, State Policies Remain Crucial to Healthy Communities

Without Legalization, State Policies Remain Crucial to Healthy Communities

In the absence of meaningful immigration reform to address the situation of the millions of undocumented individuals living in the United States, state policies have become more and more important. One of the areas in which that is especially true is public health. It is unquestionable that healthy communities require broad access to health care. However, for […]

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How Much Do Undocumented Immigrants Pay in State and Local Taxes?

Written by on April 21, 2015 in Economics, Undocumented Immigration with 2 Comments
How Much Do Undocumented Immigrants Pay in State and Local Taxes?

Undocumented immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy in many ways. They fill essential jobs, they sustain U.S. businesses through their purchase of goods and services, and they pay taxes to federal, state, and local governments. Their contributions would be even greater if they had a chance to earn legal status and didn’t have the danger […]

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How Leveraging Immigrants’ Skills Could Further Boost U.S. Economy

How Leveraging Immigrants’ Skills Could Further Boost U.S. Economy

Now is certainly a good time to think about ways in which to realize the full potential of the immigrant workforce. There are more than 26 million foreign-born workers in the United States, and just over 8 million of them are unauthorized. Two-thirds of all unauthorized immigrants have lived here for at least 15 years. […]

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White House Proposes Plan to Address Causes of Children Fleeing Central America

Written by on February 4, 2015 in Children, Undocumented Immigration with 1 Comment
White House Proposes Plan to Address Causes of Children Fleeing Central America

President Obama requested $1 billion in his fiscal year 2016 budget proposal to address the root causes of unaccompanied children fleeing to the United States. Vice President Joe Biden announced the plan for these funds in a New York Times op-ed, saying that “[a]s we were reminded last summer when thousands of unaccompanied children showed […]

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What Potential GOP Candidates Said on Immigration at Steve King’s Rally

Written by on January 26, 2015 in Republicans, Undocumented Immigration with 0 Comments
What Potential GOP Candidates Said on Immigration at Steve King’s Rally

Although the 2016 presidential elections are two years away, early entrants into the Republican presidential field have apparently decided that immigration is a topic that can safely be exploited. Similarly, congressional Republicans, particularly newly appointed Senate Immigration Subcommittee chair, Jeff Sessions, is offering up a game plan that seems designed to pit immigrants against American […]

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Top Five Immigration Stories of 2014

Top Five Immigration Stories of 2014

This year, the narrative on immigration swung from hope that the House of Representatives would follow the Senate’s lead and act on comprehensive immigration reform legislation to hopelessness when Republican leaders refused to act. Then attention turned to anticipation of the President’s announcement of temporary executive actions to improve the nation’s immigration system. Also, over […]

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How New Guidance Improves a Waiver Program to Limit Family Separations

How New Guidance Improves a Waiver Program to Limit Family Separations

When President Obama announced his executive actions on immigration in November, much of the focus was on the new temporary immigration protections, namely the deferred action programs (called DACA and DAPA). Of all of the announced reforms, DACA and DAPA certainly will affect the greatest number of people, with potentially 5 million individuals eligible to […]

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After Election, Attention Turns to President Obama’s Immigration Plans

After Election, Attention Turns to President Obama’s Immigration Plans

After last night’s midterm elections, Republicans will control both the House and Senate for the last two years of President Obama’s administration. The GOP won Senate seats in at least seven states to give them a majority, and the party held onto its control of the House. That Republicans would control both chambers was to […]

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Immigrant Mothers Fast at White House to Remind Obama of His Promise to Act

Immigrant Mothers Fast at White House to Remind Obama of His Promise to Act

President Obama back in September pushed off taking administrative action on immigration until after the midterm elections were over. “The president believes it would be harmful to the policy itself and to the long-term prospects for comprehensive immigration reform to announce administrative action before the elections,” a White House official said at the time. Now […]

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With Immigration Reform in Limbo, Churches Offer Sanctuary

Written by on October 31, 2014 in Deportation, Faith, Undocumented Immigration with 0 Comments
With Immigration Reform in Limbo, Churches Offer Sanctuary

Immigration reform legislation remains stalled in Congress, and the Obama administration has yet to announce what executive actions the president will take on immigration after the election. In response to the lack of reform, churches across the country are sheltering undocumented immigrants who face imminent deportation by providing them with sanctuary. Arturo Hernandez Garcia is […]

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