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Republican Party Platform Shows Little Understanding of Immigration Policy

Written by on July 19, 2016 in Elections with 1 Comment
Republican Party Platform Shows Little Understanding of Immigration Policy

The immigration component of the 2016 Republican Party Platform is deeply flawed. The document reflects a fundamental lack of understanding not only of how the U.S. immigration system works, but why and under what conditions people migrate. It also ignores the lessons of past presidential election cycles, which have shown how a party can pursue […]

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What You Should Know About Mike Pence’s Harsh Policy Record on Immigrants and Refugees

Written by on July 14, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
What You Should Know About Mike Pence’s Harsh Policy Record on Immigrants and Refugees

In Mike Pence, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has found a kindred spirit in his crusade against immigrants. Trump’s get tough approach to immigration has been no secret and reports of the Republican’s official 2016 platform note that it includes support for a border wall and proposing mandatory prison sentences for deportees who return to the […]

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GOP Perfects Its Formula for Losing the Latino Vote

Written by on April 25, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
GOP Perfects Its Formula for Losing the Latino Vote

After each of the last few national elections, Republican strategists prognosticated that despite their low support among Latino voters, the Republican Party could begin to win them over by talking to them about kitchen-table issues like the economy and job creation. However, they also warned that if the party didn’t find new rhetoric and begin […]

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What GOP Presidential Hopefuls Fiorina, Carson, and Huckabee Have Said on Immigration

Written by on May 7, 2015 in Elections with 8 Comments
What GOP Presidential Hopefuls Fiorina, Carson, and Huckabee Have Said on Immigration

This week, three GOP candidates entered the 2016 race. Here’s what we know about their stance on current U.S. immigration policy: Carly Fiorina Fiorina announced on Monday that she is running in the Republican presidential primary. Fiorina is a former Silicon-valley businesswoman who began her career at AT&T and was the CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Her […]

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Marco Rubio’s Complex History with Immigration Policy

Written by on April 17, 2015 in Elections 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 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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Four Things We Know About Rand Paul’s Immigration Policy Views

Written by on April 9, 2015 in Elections 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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House Judiciary Committee Signs Off on Comprehensive Mass Deportation Plan

Written by on March 19, 2015 in Enforcement, Legislation with 2 Comments
House Judiciary Committee Signs Off on Comprehensive Mass Deportation Plan

Although comprehensive immigration reform was not brought to a vote by House of Representatives, the public still overwhelmingly and consistently supports reform.  Yet yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would take the opposite approach—not only repealing President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, but imposing the most draconian immigration enforcement scheme in America’s history. Immigration […]

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Potential Presidential Candidates Fail to Offer Immigration Solutions at CPAC

Potential Presidential Candidates Fail to Offer Immigration Solutions at CPAC

Most Americans want immigration reform. President Obama’s executive actions took temporary steps to provide relief for millions of undocumented immigrants who have spent years here, but it is up to Congress to pass legislation that would comprehensively improve the immigration system. According to a February poll from Public Religion Research Institute, nearly three-quarters of Americans […]

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Six Reasons Why Sen. Jeff Sessions’ ‘Immigration Handbook’ is a Work of Fiction

Written by on January 29, 2015 in High Skilled, Immigration 101, Legislation with 10 Comments
Six Reasons Why Sen. Jeff Sessions’ ‘Immigration Handbook’ is a Work of Fiction

The chairman of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, Jeff Sessions (R-AL), wasted no time in advertising his antipathy towards immigrants. Shortly after assuming his post, Sessions released an “Immigration Handbook for the New Republican Majority” that, in only 23 pages, managed to distill just about every fact-free sound bite ever conceived by the nativist imagination. From […]

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