Randy Shaw: Obama implemented his “most ambitious immigration initiative” in response to both growing Latino political power and the courageous and inspiring grassroots pressure from young DREAM ACTivists.
Michele Waslin: There are serious questions about whom and how many would qualify for deferred action through the military route. The answer is close to zero.
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.
Seth Hoy: To protect immigrants who might be taken advantage of by immigration consultants, the American Immigration Lawyers Association recently issued a consumer advisory outlining what DHS’s announcement is and is not.
Andrea Nill: Immediately before the vote failed, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) took the Senate floor to tell the young DREAMers who have come to his office that they were “wasting their time” because the border hasn’t been secured.
Immigration Impact: A wide range of economic studies—studies which consider legalization’s impact in both the long term and in context to comprehensive immigration reform—conclude that legalization does in fact benefit both native-born and immigrants alike.
If the Brookings/Kenan report proves one thing, it is that immigration policy is extremely complex, and even the best intentions could have harmful unintended consequences.
In theory, Gingrich’s proposal sounds nice. In practice, his ideas spell a national nightmare.