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Nativists Can’t Back Up Their Claims on Immigration and Crime

Written by on January 3, 2018 in Immigration 101, Immigration and Crime with 0 Comments
Nativists Can’t Back Up Their Claims on Immigration and Crime

Social scientists have concluded that immigrants are far less likely than the native-born to commit serious criminal offenses or end up behind bars. More than one hundred years of research has firmly established this fact. Yet nativists still claim that undocumented immigrants pose a threat to public safety and national security. They do this in […]

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Nativists Line Up in Support of Trump’s Presidential Campaign

Written by on March 2, 2016 in Elections, Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Nativists Line Up in Support of Trump’s Presidential Campaign

If one is judged by the company one keeps, then Donald Trump needs some new friends. The now-undisputed frontrunner in the Republican presidential primary campaign has been receiving endorsements from a rogue’s gallery of nativists. Not surprisingly, Trump and his buddies fail to offer any constructive, realistic, or humane means of fixing the myriad problems […]

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Four Reasons Why Report on Immigrant Welfare Use Is Wrong

Written by on September 3, 2015 in Immigration 101 with 2 Comments
Four Reasons Why Report on Immigrant Welfare Use Is Wrong

Numerous studies have demonstrated and documented the ways in which immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy. As workers, consumers, taxpayers, entrepreneurs, and innovators, the overwhelming majority of immigrants create economic value and sustain new jobs over the course of their lives—just as most native-born Americans do. Confronted by the weight of the evidence in support […]

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Anti-Immigrant Group Thinks the Border Can Be Sealed

Written by on July 20, 2015 in Enforcement, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
Anti-Immigrant Group Thinks the Border Can Be Sealed

If there is one thing that the past few decades of immigration enforcement has made clear, it’s that unauthorized immigration responds much more to the U.S. job market and the natural desire for family reunification than it does to border fences or the ubiquitous presence of armed immigration agents. Since the last major overhaul of […]

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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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Setting the Record Straight on Immigrant Work Authorization

Written by on February 11, 2015 in Employment Authorization, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
Setting the Record Straight on Immigrant Work Authorization

The anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) issued a report last week alleging a “huge parallel immigrant work authorization system outside the bounds of the laws.” Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) seized upon it to demand a “full investigation.” Yet the issuance of work permits is not new, huge, or unlawful. In fact, the report merely […]

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Washington Times Serves Up Some Anti-Immigrant Tea-Party Populism

Written by on December 16, 2014 in Executive Action with 1 Comment
Washington Times Serves Up Some Anti-Immigrant Tea-Party Populism

Since 2010, the boundaries have been blurring among nativist organizations, Tea Party factions, and so-called “Patriot” groups as both their memberships and leaderships commingle.  And so self-described nativists are now likely to spew forth rhetoric that is heavily imbued with the kind of shrill anti-government propaganda one might find on display at a Tea Party […]

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Anti-Immigrant Group Repeatedly Blames Immigrants for Unemployment

Written by on September 11, 2014 in Immigration 101 with 3 Comments
Anti-Immigrant Group Repeatedly Blames Immigrants for Unemployment

According to anti-immigrant groups such as the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), every immigrant worker who enters the U.S. labor force is stealing a job from a native-born worker. In this view of the world, employment is a zero-sum game in which immigrants and the native-born compete for a fixed number of jobs. So it […]

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Anti-Immigrant Group Reduces Lives of Refugee Children to Costs of Education

Written by on September 8, 2014 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Anti-Immigrant Group Reduces Lives of Refugee Children to Costs of Education

The nativist Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has long blamed children for the costs of their own educations. Whether focusing its ire on immigrant children or the U.S.-born children of immigrants, FAIR is routinely outraged at how many taxpayer dollars are devoted to teaching these children to read, write, and count. So it should […]

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Anti-Immigrant Groups Exploiting Humanitarian Situation at the Border

Written by on July 16, 2014 in Enforcement with 8 Comments
Anti-Immigrant Groups Exploiting Humanitarian Situation at the Border

The scenes are chilling. In Murrieta, California, protesters scream and wave signs saying “Return to Sender” at busloads of mothers and children from Central America. In Oracle, Arizona, enraged demonstrators, awaiting the arrival of a busload of Central American children that never comes, initially mistake a YMCA bus for the target they seek. And in […]

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