Unai Montes-Irueste: According to the Congressional Budget Office, if Congress were to create a reasonable pathway to citizenship for undocumented Americans this year, it would add around $1 trillion to our country’s GDP over the next decade, and reduce our deficit by an additional $1 trillion over the next two decades.
The State of Immigration in America
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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: In practical political terms, there is no way a conservative Republican member of Congress would be able to sell immigration and an untraditional conception of marriage.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Much like the game of whac-a-mole, border enforcement pushes down the flow of crossings in one sector but then sees it pop up in another.
Claude Fisher: Whatever position one has on the the current immigration debate, if we are going to invoke history in that debate, let’s invoke the real history: European immigrants a century ago did get help, distinctively high levels of help, on their way to assimilation and success in America.
Matt Baretto: Overwhelmingly Latino voters are following the immigration reform debate in Congress and that actions taken on the immigration bill directly influence how Latinos evaluate both political parties.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The correlation between the GOP’s Latino communications and outreach strategy is linear. The harsher and more racially negative the messaging, the fewer Latinos will stand by your label and vote for you. It’s not a complicated concept.
Blanca Guillen-Woods: For women, supporting or reuniting with family is the primary factor; a majority of undocumented Latinas said they came to the U.S. either to build a better life for their family, or to reunite with loved ones.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The last thing we should do is keep banging our heads against the D.C. wall or just sit around strategizing for the 2014 or 2016 election. If immigration reform fails at the federal level then the emphasis must move to our state capitals and city councils.
Anthony Samad: Just as communities have their interlopers and obstructionists (blockers) misrepresenting complicated scenarios, Congress has its interlopers and obstructionists misrepresenting already complicated policy discussions, like gun control and immigration.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The most rational response to the domestic terror attack is to push forward immigration reform—policy that makes us safer by better tracking those immigrants who are here and who are seeking to enter.
Brent Budowsky: Texas is indeed going Blue. The only question is when. If Republicans sabotage immigration reform, Texas Democrats may not have to wait for a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in 2016.
Robert Reich: The horror of the Boston Marathon is real. But the xenophobic fears it has aroused are not. I would have hoped United States senators felt an obligation to calm public passions than pander to them.
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.