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Report Documents Dramatic Shift in State Immigration Policies

Report Documents Dramatic Shift in State Immigration Policies

For more than 100 years, the federal government has had authority over U.S. immigration policies while states possessed only limited power to regulate the “lives and livelihoods” of immigrants living within their borders. However, the past decade has seen an increase in immigration-related legislation including anti-immigrant laws, which have failed both as policy and as […]

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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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Kris Kobach Continues Digging Immigration Hole

Kris Kobach Continues Digging Immigration Hole

Despite a general consensus that adopting “self-deportation” as immigration policy helped sink Mitt Romney’s White House aspirations, the architect of this philosophy, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, isn’t ready to give in. Kobach doesn’t seem to care that most in his party have awakened to the fact that they are in a “death spiral” […]

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Anti-Immigration Group Blames Students for Maryland’s Budget Gap

Anti-Immigration Group Blames Students for Maryland’s Budget Gap

In a case of very creative accounting, the nativist Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is blaming students for Maryland’s fiscal woes. 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 Maryland taxpayers astronomical sums in educational expenditures. […]

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Study Shows Self-Deportation is Irrational Behavior and a False Premise

Study Shows Self-Deportation is Irrational Behavior and a False Premise

Proponents of “attrition through enforcement” would have you believe that, given the right conditions, unauthorized immigrants will choose to leave the U.S. and return to their home countries. The Myth of Self Deportation, by Alexandra Filindra, questions the assumptions behind the attrition strategy and concludes that self-deportation is not rational because unauthorized immigrants have invested […]

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Is Mississippi About to Make a Costly Mistake on Immigration?

Is Mississippi About to Make a Costly Mistake on Immigration?

Either Mississippi lawmakers aren’t aware of the hefty fiscal and legal burdens brought on by harsh immigration legislation in other states, or they just don’t care. This week, the Mississippi House passed HB 488, an immigration enforcement bill that allows local law enforcement to determine the immigration status of individuals during an arrest whom they […]

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Mother Jones Exposes Inner Workings of the Self-Deportation Movement

<em>Mother Jones</em> Exposes Inner Workings of the Self-Deportation Movement

In its March/April issue, Mother Jones Magazine goes “inside the self-deportation movement,” exploring “164 state anti-immigration bills and the forces behind them.” The concept of “self deportation,” popularized by GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney, is central to the philosophy of “attrition through enforcement.” The basic idea is that, if you make life hard enough for […]

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New Report Examines Dire Consequences of “Attrition through Enforcement” Immigration Strategy

New Report Examines Dire Consequences of “Attrition through Enforcement” Immigration Strategy

Federal immigration enforcement resources have increased significantly in recent years, as have the number of deportations. Meanwhile, states have passed harsh immigration laws intended to crack down on unauthorized immigrants. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has announced that he supports a policy of “self-deportation.” What do these things have in common? The belief that making daily […]

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Romney Uses Restrictionist Code Words to Describe Immigration Policy

Romney Uses Restrictionist Code Words to Describe Immigration Policy

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney stole a page from the restrictionists’ playbook this week when he promoted the idea of “self-deportation” during a presidential debate. “If people don’t get work here,” Romney stated, “they’re going to self-deport to a place where they can get work.” Rather than initiate a constructive solution to our nation’s immigration […]

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New Report Challenges Notion that Harsh Enforcement Measures Drive Unauthorized Immigrants Out

New Report Challenges Notion that Harsh Enforcement Measures Drive Unauthorized Immigrants Out

Last week, a new report released by the Pew Hispanic Center found that nearly two-thirds of all unauthorized adult immigrants currently living in the U.S. (10.2 million) have been here for at least 10 years and nearly half of them (4.7 million) are parents of minor children. The longevity of their U.S. residency and pattern […]

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