Tag: Rhetoric

No Pivot Here: Donald Trump’s Rhetorical Tricks on Immigration

Written by on August 24, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
No Pivot Here: Donald Trump’s Rhetorical Tricks on Immigration

The media has swooned over a few vague statements made of late by presidential candidate Donald Trump. He has spent the past few days hinting that he may “soften” his immigration policy with respect to the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Up until very recently he has said  that undocumented immigrants […]

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Donald Trump’s Losing View on Immigration Policy

Written by on July 22, 2016 in Elections with 1 Comment
Donald Trump’s Losing View on Immigration Policy

Historically, America has done well when everyone works together towards common goals that pool our collective strengths. We have built a great nation, and much of our success continues to derive from the fact that we are a nation that welcomes and integrates people from around the world. Yet, most of Mr. Trump’s speech at […]

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One Pennsylvania Town Illustrates the Difficult Immigration Debate Ahead

Written by on July 13, 2016 in Business & the Workforce, Elections with 0 Comments
One Pennsylvania Town Illustrates the Difficult Immigration Debate Ahead

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is a manufacturing town that has seen hard economic times. After the coal mining industry disappeared, factories involved in shoemaking, dressmaking, ironwork and television manufacturing moved in. These industries tended to employ less-educated workers. However, these factories are no longer faring well, and local workers have lost their jobs. The newer industries moving […]

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Polls Show Millennials More Likely to Reject Deportation and Support Path to Citizenship

Written by on April 4, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
Polls Show Millennials More Likely to Reject Deportation and Support Path to Citizenship

In contrast to the virulent anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from several presidential candidates, new polling shows that the majority of Americans – 62 percent – support allowing undocumented immigrants to legalize and become U.S. citizens, while only 19 percent said they should be deported. Even in Arizona, a state known for its anti-immigrant legislation, more than half […]

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Steve King’s Committee Continues Attack on President’s Immigration Actions

Written by on March 15, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Executive Action, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
Steve King’s Committee Continues Attack on President’s Immigration Actions

This week, the newly created “Task Force on Executive Overreach” and its Chairman Steve King (R-IA) held a sparsely-attended hearing on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, specifically related to expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). This was the first hearing by […]

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Talking Turkey on Immigration 2015

Talking Turkey on Immigration 2015

Today, I have the pleasure of following in the footsteps of Mary Giovagnoli, who, during her five years at the American Immigration Council, entertained and enlightened us with her annual blog about how to survive and thrive when the topic turns to immigration at the Thanksgiving Day table. With good humor, she reminded us that […]

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Why Congress Should Eliminate the Term “Alien” from Federal Law

Written by on October 27, 2015 in Legislation with 3 Comments
Why Congress Should Eliminate the Term “Alien” from Federal Law

Last week, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) introduced legislation to remove derogatory language describing noncitizens as “aliens” from federal law. The bill, known as the Correcting Hurtful and Alienating Names in Government Expression (CHANGE) Act, eliminates the use of this terminology in U.S. code and federal agencies’ materials and documentation.

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Four Myths That Sen. Sessions Believes About Immigration to the United States

Written by on April 14, 2015 in Immigration 101 with 3 Comments
Four Myths That Sen. Sessions Believes About Immigration to the United States

Nativist ideology is filled with falsehoods, half-truths, and distortions. From the impact of immigrants on the economy to the pace of their integration into U.S. society, the nativist creed more often than not gets it wrong. For example, consider the current chairman of the Senate’s immigration subcommittee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). In an opinion piece […]

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Talking Turkey—and all the Trimmings—on Immigration in 2014

Written by on November 26, 2014 in Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
Talking Turkey—and all the Trimmings—on Immigration in 2014

My daughter, who is now in high school, casually mentioned to me that she had been talking to the receptionist in the school counselor’s office about the new deferred action program for parents of U.S. citizens and kids. She told the receptionist that this represents a great community service opportunity for high school kids who […]

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Measuring the Response to Executive Action

Written by on November 24, 2014 in Executive Action with 0 Comments
Measuring the Response to Executive Action

Estimating who may be eligible for immigration relief is always a tricky process. Their status puts them at certain risk and keeps them “in the shadows,” which has long made them difficult to count. Couple that with a strong lack of government data on them (remember Census forms do not inquire about immigration status) and […]

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