Tag: Immigration

Will Unauthorized Immigration Begin to Rise Again?

Written by on April 14, 2014 in Border, Restrictionists, Undocumented Immigration with 0 Comments
Will Unauthorized Immigration Begin to Rise Again?

The record-low level of unauthorized immigration to the United States, particularly from Mexico, raises an obvious question: How long will it last? Presumably, conditions somewhere will change—either here or abroad—and unauthorized immigration will rise again. Even more important than the question of when it will happen, however, is how we will choose to respond. Nativists [...]

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Ongoing Government Shutdown Disrupts Immigration Processing

Ongoing Government Shutdown Disrupts Immigration Processing

With the shutdown of the government in its second week, many immigration-related agencies continue to be closed, affecting availability of services and information necessary for applications for immigration benefits and litigation of immigration cases. Because multiple federal agencies play a role in contributing to the functioning of the immigration system, the impact of the shutdown [...]

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Why Immigration Reform and Gun Control Aren’t in Competition

Why Immigration Reform and Gun Control Aren’t in Competition

Ever since the horrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, political odds makers have been betting that gun safety will top the President’s list of priorities this year, despite previous statements prioritizing immigration reform.  That’s an unfortunate characterization, pitting two important issues against one another and adding to the mistaken idea that immigration reform is such a [...]

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Lawsuit Uncovers USCIS’ Double Standards in H-1B Program

Written by on December 13, 2012 in Administration, Business, Entrepreneurship, Reform, USCIS with 3 Comments
Lawsuit Uncovers USCIS’ Double Standards in H-1B Program

For the past several years, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) H-1B visa review and processing procedures have caused confusion and concern among U.S. businesses that turn to highly-skilled temporary foreign workers in specialty occupations to operate successfully. In newly-uncovered documents, it appears that instead of supporting small businesses that attempt to hire highly-skilled foreign [...]

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Tracking the Immigration Agencies’ Actions Amidst Hurricane Sandy

Tracking the Immigration Agencies’ Actions Amidst Hurricane Sandy

Update (11/2): USCIS has posted this reminder of special services and temporary relief that may be available to individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy, including expedited processing of employment authorization documents and extensions of certain non-immigrant status designations.  In its discretion, USCIS will also take it into account requests from individuals who were unable submit evidence [...]

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Naturalized Citizens Have the Power to Swing Elections

Naturalized Citizens Have the Power to Swing Elections

There is no doubt that immigrants are a force to be reckoned with in this year’s presidential race. After all, the Obama administration unveiled its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in June, just a couple of months before the official start of the campaign. And Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has said that, [...]

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The Harmful Effects of Using Border Patrol as Interpreters Along the Northern Border

The Harmful Effects of Using Border Patrol as Interpreters Along the Northern Border

Most people are aware of increasing collaboration between state and local police and federal immigration officers. Programs like 287(g) and the Secure Communities program, as well as state laws like SB1070, create a new role for local police, who are now put in the position of identifying immigrants for possible deportation. It has meant that [...]

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Lifting Up Cities That Are Welcoming Immigrants

Written by on September 20, 2012 in Business, Demographics, Economics, Employment, Immigration Law with 5 Comments
Lifting Up Cities That Are Welcoming Immigrants

When it comes to immigration policymaking at the state and local level, all eyes have been focused for quite some time on train wrecks like Arizona and Alabama. These are places in which policymakers have chosen to deal with unauthorized immigration by embarking on a path of economic self-destruction—blindly lashing out at immigrants and Latinos [...]

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Where and Who Are The Young People Eligible for the President’s “Deferred Action” Initiative

Where and Who Are The Young People Eligible for the President’s “Deferred Action” Initiative

The Obama Administration’s “deferred action” initiative for unauthorized youth who were brought to this country as children has raised a number of crucial questions. How many people will be eligible? Who are they? And where do they live? A new analysis by the Immigration Policy Center (IPC), together with Rob Paral & Associates, provides some [...]

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Arizona’s SB1070 Champion, State Senator Russell Pearce, Loses in Recall Election

Arizona’s SB1070 Champion, State Senator Russell Pearce, Loses in Recall Election

Arizona state senator Russell Pearce, the leading force behind Arizona’s SB 1070 and other anti-immigrant legislation, was defeated in a recall election Tuesday. Fellow Republican Jerry Lewis—a moderate on immigration issues—won with 54% of the vote.  Citing Pearce’s narrow anti-immigrant agenda and the damage SB 1070 inflicted on the state, a group called Citizens for [...]

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