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.

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

Kentucky state Sen. John Schickel

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.

Legislators Intend to Burden States with Costly Immigration Litigation

State Legislators for Legal Immigration member, State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-PA)

Seth Hoy: A group of state legislators, State Legislators for Legal Immigration, presented two measures intended to prevent the American-born children of undocumented immigrants from automatically becoming citizens

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.

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.

Census Shows Population Gains Due to Growing Latino Population

Michele Waslin: States considering anti-immigrant legislation will have to reconsider whether forcing out immigrants is worth potentially losing a Congressional seat, federal funding for schools, roads, and infrastructure, and its reputation.

Mayor Bloomberg: The DREAM Act Makes Dollars and Sense

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Seth Hoy: Mayor Bloomberg is one of the founders of Partnership for a New American Economy, a growing bipartisan group of mayors and business leaders who are urging others to consider the economic benefits of immigration reform.

Will Local Lawmakers Take the Immigration Enforcement Bait?

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Seth Hoy: As local lawmakers begin to lay the groundwork for next year’s legislative agenda, some conservative legislators are attempting to prioritize immigration enforcement ahead of efforts to jump-start flagging economies.

Yet Another Neo-Nazi March In Support Of SB-1070

Andrea Nill: This weekend’s march is yet another example of the increasing participation of white supremacist groups in the SB-1070 immigration debate.

Sanctuary Cities and the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program: Two Things that Do Not Go Together

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Michele Waslin: Despite the clear facts, radio-show hosts, politicians, and immigration restrictionists still want you to believe that cities receiving SCAAP reimbursements are providing “sanctuary” to criminals. Maybe next they’ll try to convince you immigrants are responsible for global warming and teenage obesity—wait, been there, done that.

Russell Pearce Denies Cutting Deal On Immigration, Won’t Say Whether He’ll Run For Governor

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Andrea Nill: The 14th amendment is gonna take a lot of time. I support it. I intend to help move it. But I have other folks who would really like to help carry that water.

Is the Latino Vote Up for Grabs?

Seth Hoy: For both parties, courting the Latino vote must not only involve reigning in the fringe and turning down the fear-mongering, but some honest to God passes at immigration reform.

Post-Election Day Immigration Fallout

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Andrea Christina Nill: While many Democrats are lamenting post-Election Day results, immigration advocates are breathing a small sigh of relief. The general sentiment seems to be that things are bad, but they could’ve been much worse. But the immigrants rights movement also took some big hits last night. . .

A Look Into Lamar Smith’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda

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Andrea Nill: Described as a lawmaker who is “less interested in getting in the spotlight and more interested in driving immigrants out of the country,” Smith will undoubtedly use his leadership position to push through his anti-immigrant agenda.

Prisonomics 101: How ALEC and the Prison Industry Got Arizona’s SB1070 onto Gov. Jan Brewer’s Desk

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Seth Hoy: private prison corporations, who stand to make hundreds of millions in profits from the detention of immigrants, not only had a hand in drafting Arizona’s controversial immigration enforcement law, SB1070, but contributed millions to the bill’s cosponsors and continue to push the legislation in other states.

Underrepresented African Refugees and Potential Problems with DNA Testing

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Michele Waslin: New data documenting the underrepresentation of refugees from Africa in the U.S. looks at allegations of fraudulent African family reunification applications, DNA testing programs, and its implications for U.S. refugee and immigration policy.

Young Immigrant Breaks Down While Sharing Her ‘Greatest Fear’ With Obama

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Andrea Nill: The Obama administration can do something about processing backlogs, however it’s up to Congress to reform the immigration system.Currently, the visa system is currently outdated by over twenty years and does not meet the needs or demands of a 21st century globalized economy — let alone immigrant families.

Van Jones Affirms That Immigrants Lead a Greener Life

Van Jones

Andrea Nill: Jones noted that “there is a greenwashing of hate that is going on in our country.” Anti-immigrant front groups are using “green concerns as a bludgeon against immigrants and low-income communities.”

Congressman Raul Grijalva and Gabriel Buelna

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This is part 2 of an exclusive interview. Dr. Gabriel Buelna talks to Congressman Raul Grijalva of Arizona about his positions on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Arizona Congressman Grijalva Challenges Obama and Mexico

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In this exclusive interview, Dr. Gabriel Buelna talks to Congressman Raul Grijalva of Arizona who takes on the Obama administration for not taking on the issue of immigration and not stopping the flow of arms into Mexico.

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.

Fueling Flames of Dissent Around Illegal Immigration: If Colin Powell Can’t Call It, Nobody Can

Anthony Samad: Colin Powell called on his party to break out of its anti-immigration bag and provide some policy solutions to a difference kind of crisis in our country. But he didn’t know exactly what those solutions would be.

Colin Powell Makes a Case for the DREAM Act

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Seth Hoy: Former Secretary of State and retired General, Colin Powell, called for Republicans to stop driving the anti-immigrant bandwagon, made an economic case for immigration.

Military Experts Call for DREAM Act Passage

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez

Andrea Nill: Many military experts have come out in support of the DREAM Act, which comprises the majority of undocumented immigrants.

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.

Inflation May Be Under Control, But Watch Out for Conflation

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Michael Sigman: Just last week, Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer almost got away with conflating immigration and beheadings. When it became crystal clear she’d made it all up, she reached an Orwellian summit of non-apology-apology, acknowledging only that “If I said that, I misspoke.”

Europe Grapples With Immigration Issue

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Andrea Nill: Rather than adopting the marginalizing policies that have aggravated Europe’s immigration woes, the U.S. would be better off leading the way in building a humane immigration system that’s in tune with today’s modern global economy.

Undocumented Immigrants Giving Social Security, Baby Boomers a Big Boost

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Seth Hoy: So as we pull out of the recession, employment rates return to normal and more and more Baby Boomers retire, who, exactly, is going to fill this gap? Enter immigration.

Associated Press Debunks The ‘Birth Tourism’ Myth

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Andrea Nill: no one ever mentioned having kids in the U.S…what our work shows is that migrants come in response to labor demand in the U.S. and are motivated by economic problems at home.

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