Silicon Valley Leaders Fund Effort to Help DREAM Students

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Michele Waslin: A group of technology leaders from Silicon Valley are providing scholarships, career advice and legal assistance to undocumented students through a campaign called Educators for Fair Consideration

Harsh Enforcement May Not Drive Unauthorized Immigrants Out

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Seth Hoy: The idea that harsh state immigration enforcement policies are “working”—that is, forcing unauthorized immigrants to return home—just doesn’t seem to hold water.

Immigrant Rights Coalition Launches Campaign to Repeal Mandatory Detention

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Detention Watch Network calls for Dignity, Not Detention on 15-year anniversary of controversial immigration law

Governor Jerry Brown Signs Immigration Bills that Help, Not Hurt, California’s Economy

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Seth Hoy: With an increasing unemployment rate of more than 12%, California legislators concluded that it “must pursue all avenues in facilitating and incubating job development and economic growth.”

Lamar Smith’s E-Verify Arguments Defy Logic

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Michele Waslin: Studies have shown that E-Verify is deeply flawed. Not only does it fail to detect unauthorized workers over half of the time, but it would erroneously flag millions of U.S. citizens and legal workers as not being work authorized.

Ten Years After 9/11, Is the U.S. Deporting Those Who Threaten to Do Us Harm?

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Michele Waslin: Confirming what advocates had reported, while the overall number of deportations has increased, the actual numbers of deportations of terrorists, national security threats, and criminals have declined.

Washington Farmers Fear Economic Impact of National E-Verify Bill

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Seth Hoy: Much like farmers in Georgia who are experiencing labor shortages due to HB 87—the state’s new immigration law which mandates use of E-Verify—growers in Washington state fear that a similar, national E-Verify bill will have a devastating economic impact on the state’s agricultural workforce.

U.S-Mexico Border Residents Feel Safe

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Michele Waslin: As residents who live along the U.S. side of the border have known for years, the border is actually a very safe place, and reports of “spillover” violence from Mexico are unfounded.

Oregon Fights E-Verify Bill

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Seth Hoy: The Coalition for a Working Oregon, a group made up of 22 Oregon businesses, called out Smith’s proposal, highlighting E-Verify’s inaccuracies and calling for a “comprehensive retooling” of our broken immigration system.

Nikki Haley Signs Draconian Anti-Immigrant Bill

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Seth Hoy: Farmers in South Carolina are also worried that the new law will hurt the agriculture industry, making it harder for farmers to find workers

Mandatory E-Verify Will Not Magically Solve Immigration Woes

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Michele Waslin: Immigration restrictionists argue that imposing a mandatory employment verification system will ensure that unauthorized workers are not able to get jobs in the U.S. and will choose to leave, leaving millions of jobs wide open for unemployed U.S. citizens. Of course, this ignores the facts.

Immigration Top Issue for Latino Voters

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Seth Hoy: According to a poll released this week, “U.S. immigration policy” beat out “economy and jobs” as the issue most important for Hispanic voters.

Mass Immigration Sweeps Flood Federal Pens

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Andrea Nill Sanchez: Statistics released this week revealed that Hispanics now comprise nearly half of all people sentenced for federal felony crimes, a number swollen by immigration offenses.

Pawlenty Slams Obama on Immigration

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Andrea Nill: Obama always made clear that immigration reform stood in a line with health care reform, energy legislation, and financial regulatory changes and that at least a few Republicans are needed to pass a bill.

Supreme Court Back Arizona’s E-Verify Law

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Andrea Nill: In his dissent, Justice Breyer wrote that “either directly or through the uncertainty that it creates, the Arizona statute will impose additional burdens upon lawful employment”.

States Toss Costly Immigration Legislation

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Seth Hoy: Clearly, states attempting to take immigration law into their own hands will continue to face costly uphill battles. The question is not whether but when voters will notice that their leaders are putting politics before the state’s best economic interest.

Restrictive Immigrations Measures Dying

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Seth Hoy: The legislative graveyard got a little bit bigger this week as lawmakers in Mississippi pronounced a series of restrictive immigration measures dead.

States Reframing Approach to Immigration

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Seth Hoy: Recognizing the vital role immigrants play in our economy, workforce, and communities would go a long way in crafting fair and workable solutions that go beyond enforcement.

Mass Immigration and the Dilemma of American Unions

Vernon M. Briggs, Jr.

Over the long run immigration flows tend to increase the size of the working class, but also affect the labor supply which can modulate wage conditions.

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Some States “Just Say No” to Harmful Immigration Enforcement Laws

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Seth Hoy: Tennessee, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arizona are still pursing harmful enforcement legislation, but they do so in full light of the social and economic consequences—consequences for which Arizona and other states are still paying.

Arizona Considering Requiring Hospitals to Verify Immigration Status

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Andrea Nill: SB-1405 would require hospitals to conduct an immigration status check before admitting a patient for non-emergency care. If the person is in the country illegally, hospitals will be forced to report the patient to federal authorities.

Brewer Countersues Feds

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Andrea Nill: Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) announced that she is filing a countersuit against the federal government on behalf of the state of Arizona. The countersuit names several counts, including a “failure to protect Arizona from invasion.”

Mandatory E-Verify Is Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be

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Michele Waslin: While everyone agrees that high unemployment levels must be addressed, simplistic measures like mandating E-Verify are not going to open up jobs for millions of unemployed workers.

States Contemplating Enforcement Legislation Continue to Walk the Line

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Seth Hoy: Sadly, however, state legislators seem determined to act against their state’s best interests and move forward on restrictive immigration laws, which have been proven time and time again to hurt small businesses, law enforcement and the pocket books of the constituents they claim to represent.

Will “Stepping on the Gas” of Immigration Enforcement Drive Us into a Brick Wall?

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Michele Waslin: Most importantly, worksite enforcement can only be truly effective if done in conjunction with comprehensive immigration reform—something President Obama alluded to in the State of the Union Address last night and Rep. Zoe Lofgren addressed in today’s hearing.

Are Government Workers the New Illegal Aliens?

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Tina Dupuy: Over 16.5% of Americans are employed by the government, about 22 million of the 135 million payroll jobs. And they’re not just pencil-pushing, useless cushy benefit collectors – but scientists.

Dear Mr. Smith, Your Pants Are on Fire: Sincerely, the Facts

Rep. Lamar Smith

Michele Waslin: Until we focus on policy reforms that improve our immigration system in an honest, fair and effective way instead of disseminating myths and misinformation that divide us, we are destined to keep spinning our wheels with no real improvements to our system.

Arizona Copycat Law Could Cost Kentucky $40 Million

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Andrea Nill: Senate Bill 6 would cost Kentucky a net $40 million a year in court, prison and foster-care costs. Yet, the Kentucky senate voted 24-14 last week to pass the bill without knowing its cost.

Steve King Bitter Over Immigration Subcommittee Snub

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Andrea Nill: Though King is notably disappointed about the GOP leadership’s decision, anti-immigrant groups don’t seem too concerned. The designated hate group, Federation for American Immigration Reform, congratulated Gallegly “on his well-deserved appointment.”

Inch by Inch, Hearing by Hearing: A Look Ahead at the GOP’s Immigration Agenda

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Seth Hoy: Revitalizing the economy and growing jobs are never part of the equation when it comes to ramped-up state and federal immigration enforcement measures.

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