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Report Says Obama Should “Go Big” on Immigration Action

Written by on July 2, 2014 in Executive Action, President Obama, Reform with 4 Comments
Report Says Obama Should “Go Big” on Immigration Action

This week, President Obama concluded that the House would not act on immigration reform this year, leading him to announce that he would use his executive authority to fix what he could of the immigration system on his own. This is a welcome decision, although details of his plans are unlikely to unfold until later […]

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Obama Announces He Will Act Without Congress On Immigration Reform

Obama Announces He Will Act Without Congress On Immigration Reform

President Obama said Monday that he plans to take administrative action to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.” As the president explained in his White House speech, his first step is to direct Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to shift resources […]

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The Legacy of S. 744, the Senate Immigration Reform Bill

The Legacy of S. 744, the Senate Immigration Reform Bill

On June 27, 2013, the Senate passed S. 744, an ambitious, bipartisan comprehensive reform of our immigration system.  Although far from perfect, it represented a genuine effort to wrestle with the complex, confusing, and highly emotional train wreck that has become our immigration system.  In the months that followed, a small bipartisan team in the […]

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Undocumented Immigrants Contribute Billions in Taxes

Undocumented Immigrants Contribute Billions in Taxes

Death and taxes, according to Benjamin Franklin, are the only things in life that are certain. And despite the prevailing myth perpetrated by nativist groups, there are plenty of undocumented immigrants facing the certainty of taxes on April 15. They pay billions in state and local taxes every year that help to fund benefits they […]

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Broken H-1B Visa Program is Costing American Jobs

Written by on March 19, 2014 in Business, Employment, Visas with 0 Comments
Broken H-1B Visa Program is Costing American Jobs

Compete America, an association of high-tech companies advocating for reform of immigration policies affecting higher-skilled workers, launched a job loss calculator today estimating the numbers of American jobs lost due to the lack of H-1B visas, the primary work visa for higher-skilled workers. The calculator estimates that 500,000 new U.S. jobs could have been created […]

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Draft of GOP Principles on Immigration Reform Released

Draft of GOP Principles on Immigration Reform Released

A draft of the House Republican principles on immigration reform has been released as House GOP members gather for their retreat to discuss their position on a range of issues, including immigration. Standards for Immigration Reform PREAMBLE Our nation’s immigration system is broken and our laws are not being enforced. Washington’s failure to fix them […]

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Immigrant Victims Left Waiting After U.S. Reaches U Visa Cap

Written by on December 16, 2013 in Reform, Visas with 1 Comment
Immigrant Victims Left Waiting After U.S. Reaches U Visa Cap

The federal government has already reached its limit on the number of U visas—a special category for crime victims—available for the 2014 fiscal year. After only two months, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials have already filled the 10,000 visas available this year. Every year since the visa program began in 2008, USCIS has […]

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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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States Drive Positive Change on Immigration While House Is Stuck in Low Gear

States Drive Positive Change on Immigration While House Is Stuck in Low Gear

Despite the slow pace of immigration reform in the House of Representatives, it has been a banner year for legislation at the state level to help undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. As the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) explains in a new report, “Inclusive Policies Advance Dramatically in the States,” state legislatures approved laws […]

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Lessons from the Civil Rights Era for Immigration Reformers

Lessons from the Civil Rights Era for Immigration Reformers

On the 50th Anniversary of the historic “March on Washington” which led to some of the most significant legislative victories in the civil rights movement, it’s hard to not reflect on the influence that activists and legislators in the 1960’s have had and should have on the immigrant rights movement today. There are, in fact […]

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