After Immigration Reform: The Good, Bad and Ugly

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The current immigration legislation holds out the opportunity for only good coming out of the reform. However, unintended consequences can and do arise.

Immigration Reform: Not Easy But Not Impossible

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Vicotria Defrancesco Soto: The GOP’s split mindset regarding Latinos and immigration is what will likely prevent the president from crossing off immigration reform from his 2013 to-do list.

STEM Immigration Act: One Step Forward or Two Back?

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The STEM jobs act would essentially staple green cards to the diplomas of 55,000 foreign students. But, the legislation does not help the millions of undocumented immigrants, mainly of Latin American descent already in this country.

US Immigration Seeking to Unify Families Facing Separation

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Michele Waslin: The Obama administration is proposing a rule change that will partially ameliorate one of the most contradictory rules of immigration law, thereby encouraging legal immigration and helping to keep U.S. families together.

Children of Immigrant Entrepreneurs Excel Educationally, Report Finds

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Michele Waslin: Like many American families, the immigrant entrepreneurs highlighted in this study want their children to excel and have opportunities that they themselves did not have.

Remembering the Benefits of IRCA, 25 Years Later

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Michele Waslin: The benefits of IRCA—as well as the bipartisan support needed to pass it—should give our current congressional leaders something to think about.

Raising Per Country Immigration Caps

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Michele Waslin: H.R. 3012 would make small but significant changes to the way green cards are distributed by eliminating per country numerical limits on employment-based green cards and raising the limits on family-based green cards which go to immigrants from each country.

Latinos Defend DHS’s Focus on High Priority Immigration Cases

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Seth Hoy: Anti-immigrant restrictionists will continue to drive a wedge between Latino voters and the Republican party by hurling racially charged sentiments—like today’s accusation that President Obama is waging a war on “white America”—in hopes of stirring up their own base.

Obama Promises to Keep Promising Immigration Reform

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Seth Hoy: Amid frustrated shouts of “Yes, You Can!” from advocates in the audience, President Obama again deferred the power to fix our broken immigration system to Congress Monday during a speech at the National Council of La Raza’s (NCLR) annual conference.

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.

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.

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Leaving the U.S.

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Michele Waslin: Immigrants can start new businesses here, but they’re doing it somewhere else in recent years due to our complicated and dysfunctional immigration system.

What Next after Obama Leads Immigration Meeting?

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Michele Waslin: While passage of comprehensive immigration reform is certainly necessary to fix the outdated and dysfunctional legal immigration system, there is much more that the President can do now

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.

Obama Affirms Desire to Reform Immigration Next Session

Seth Hoy: While the President acknowledged that border security is part of that conversation, he also acknowledged that “changing the politics” of how Congress and his administration engage the public on immigration is equally important—as is “doing right” by the many DREAM students who deserve a fair shot at the American dream.

Pelosi, Reid to Push DREAM Act in Lame Duck

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Seth Hoy: If Reid can nudge the Dream Act through the Senate while Democrats are still in charge of the House, the bill has a real chance to become law, advocates say.

U.S. Border Czar Calls on Congress to Get Serious about Immigration Reform

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Seth Hoy: While some candidates continue to make political fodder out of immigration and border security on the campaign trail, administration officials are pushing Congress to get real about overhauling our broken immigration system.

Senators Menendez and Leahy Introduce the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010

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While this bill provides a strong starting point for Congress to honestly debate meaningful immigration reforms, many wonder whether obstructionists in Congress will continue to use immigration as a political piñata in the name of election politics or put partisanship aside and fix our broken immigration system.

Balancing Family Immigration with Our Economic Needs

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Michele Waslin: Portraying immigration reform as a choice between employment-based and family-based immigration is, in fact, a false choice.

LA Progressive: August 15 to 21, 2010 — Articles

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Articles by Sharon Kyle, Ed Rampell, Marian Wang, Joseph Palermo, Rev. Irene Monroe, John Peeler, Randy Shaw, Shamus Cooke, Andrea Nill, Steve Hochstadt, Mike Price, Tanya Acker, Ron Wolff, Norman Solomon, Robert Reich, H. Scott Prosterman, Tina Dupuy, Sylvia Moore, Lucia Brawley, Berry Craig, Ivan Eland, Sherwood Ross, Jasmyne Cannick, Peter Dreier and Donald Cohen, Seth Hoy, Linda Milazzo

Did Broken Immigration System Bring Down American Apparel?

Andrea Nill: Rather than crippling one of the few clothing manufacturers left in the U.S. — one that pays its workers a decent wage and has dedicated a portion of its profits to advocating for immigration reform — perhaps the focus in the absence of major reform should be on punishing those employers who make a profit by exploiting immigrant workers via the strengthening of our nation’s labor laws.

LA Progressive: August 8 to 15, 2010 — Articles

Articles by Robert Reich, Anthony Samad, Walter M. Basch, Ron Wolff, Randy Shaw, Ted Vaill, Randy Shaw, Steve Hochstadt, Gary Corseri, Georgianne Nienaber, Tina Dupuy, Sharon Kyle, Seth Hoy, Marian Wang, Ivan Eland, Jasmyne Cannick, Howard Roth, Katherine Smith, Michael Sigman, John Summers, Denis Campbell, Norman Solomon, Peter Dreier, Diane Lefer, Andrea Nill, Joseph Palermo, Jim Fuller, Gautam Dutta, Wais Hassan, and Aqeela Sherrills

LA Progressive Articles — 11 July to 17 July, 2010

Articles by Sylvia Moore, Sikivu Hutchinson, Sherwood Ross, Tom Degan, Sharon Kyle, Ivan Eland, David Swanson, David Love, Seth Hoy, Rev. Irene Monroe, Robert Reich, Michelle Waslin, Tina Dupuy, Tracy Emblem, Anthony Samad, Randy Shaw, Michael Sigman, Joseph Palermo, Andrea Nill, Tom Jacobs, Paul Hogarth, Georgianne Nienaber, Mario Solis-Marich, Michaelangelo Price, Ruth Rosen, Linda Milazzo, Berry Craig, and Robert Illes,

The Right Side of History: Religious Leaders Urge Immigration Reform

Seth Hoy: Conservative religious leaders made the case for common sense solutions to our immigration system—comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) that secures our borders, follows the rule of law and provides a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S.

Immigrant Women: The Silent Victims of a Broken Immigration System

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Michele Waslin: Without immigration reforms, many immigrant women will continue to lack economic access, experience separation from their families, and be subjected to exploitation and criminal activity.

LA Progressive Articles: June 6-12, 2010

Articles by Anthony Samad, Gil Troy, Paul Hogarth, Seth Hoy, Carl Matthes, Andrea Nill, Randy Shaw, Tom Degan, Marcy Winograd, Seth Hoy, Mark Bowen, Gary Coseri, Michael Sigman, Tom Hall, Sharon Kyle, Robert Reich, Tom Degan, Sikivu Hutchinson, Adam Eran, Carl Bloice, Shamus Cooke, and Tina Dupuy

Tens of Thousands March in Protest of Arizona’s SB 1070

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Seth Hoy: Tens of thousands of protesters from across the country gathered in Phoenix over the weekend to protest Arizona’s SB 1070. According to some reports, as many as 20,000 protesters carried flags, banners and signs reading “Do I Look Illegal?” and “Where’s the change? Mr. President, how can we trust you for re-election?”

Do We Really Have to Explore Dora’s Immigration Status?

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Seth Hoy: Absurdity takes many forms in the immigration debate. For example, restrictionists have blamed immigrants for everything from global warming and our mortgage crisis to the swine flu epidemic and leprosy. (Where did my other sock go? Immigrants!) But this week, we reach a new level of absurdity—the exploitation of a bi-lingual cartoon character. In a news article published last week, America tackles the age old question, “Is Dora the Explorer an Illegal Immigrant?” Insert. Eye roll. Here.

Hammering Out Future Immigration Flows: Immigration Commissions in Context

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Michele Waslin: While some disagree as to how future immigration flows should be regulated, immigration advocates agree that planning for future flows of legal immigration is among the most critical elements that comprehensive immigration reform must include.

Primaries, Immigration, and an Appetite for Change

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Michele Waslin: Immigrant advocates will be asking themselves what role immigration played in the primaries. The fact is that the immigration issue probably plays a small role, if any. Quite frankly, Members don’t have much of a record on the issue for voters to base their votes on because Congress has been too scared to take on the issue and see what their constituents say about it. But the sentiments behind the immigration debate echo what we saw in the polls—the public has grown tired with inaction.

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