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Marco Rubio’s Complex History with Immigration Policy

Written by on April 17, 2015 in Elections, Republicans with 0 Comments
Marco Rubio’s Complex History with Immigration Policy

This week, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) became the latest candidate to announce his 2016 presidential bid, which he did from the Freedom Tower in Miami, Florida. Known as the Ellis Island of the South, Freedom Tower served Cuban refugees seeking political asylum from 1962-1974 and his presence there sought to highlight his immigrant roots, his […]

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Four Things We Know About Rand Paul’s Immigration Policy Views

Written by on April 9, 2015 in Elections, Republicans with 6 Comments
Four Things We Know About Rand Paul’s Immigration Policy Views

Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has entered the 2016 presidential race with the campaign slogan “defeat the Washington machine.” Yet his views and past legislative actions on immigration show that he is more likely to maintain the status quo of leaving reform in limbo rather than push forward meaningful reforms that harness the skills and talents […]

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Still Cannot Connect the Dots Between Immigration Reform and Border Security

Written by on August 7, 2013 in Border, Enforcement, Republicans, Restrictionists with 0 Comments
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Still Cannot Connect the Dots Between Immigration Reform and Border Security

Anti-immigrant politicians suffer from a chronic inability to understand that immigration reform must be truly comprehensive if it is to be effective. That is, all facets of the extremely complex U.S. immigration system must be fixed at the same time if the system as a whole is to function properly—everything from border enforcement to family […]

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Congressional Opponents of Immigration Reform Demand Endless Increases in Border Security

Congressional Opponents of Immigration Reform Demand Endless Increases in Border Security

Not surprisingly, the issue of border security is emerging as the biggest stumbling block to passage of the immigration reform bill now moving through the Senate. Conservative opponents of reform are refusing to support any measure that would grant legal status to unauthorized immigrants already in the country without first achieving that most nebulous of […]

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The U.S. Has Been Implementing an “Enforcement-First” Immigration Policy for More Than a Decade

The U.S. Has Been Implementing an “Enforcement-First” Immigration Policy for More Than a Decade

Anti-immigrant activists often say that we must first enforce current U.S. immigration laws before even considering any reforms that might grant legal status to unauthorized immigrants already living in the country. However, as the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) documents in a comprehensive new report (and a more condensed Report in Brief), that is what we […]

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