Seven Reasons Why Undocumented Immigrants are Rooted in America

Seven Reasons Why Undocumented Immigrants are Rooted in America

With immigration legislation now moribund in Congress, all eyes have turned to the White House to see what sorts of non-legislative fixes to the immigration system might be implemented by the Obama administration. While the administration’s deliberations remain private, it is almost certain that one of the fixes being contemplated is the granting of a [...]

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Whistleblower Alleges Cover-ups and Corruption at U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Whistleblower Alleges Cover-ups and Corruption at U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Written by on August 19, 2014 in Customs and Border Protection with 1 Comment

While allegations of abuse committed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers are nothing new, it’s not every day that someone as high-ranking as the former head of the agency’s internal affairs office is the one blowing the whistle. In an interview with The Center for Investigative Reporting that was published on August 14, James [...]

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11-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Held in Immigration Detention at Artesia

11-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Held in Immigration Detention at Artesia

One of the hundreds of children being held at an immigration detention facility in, New Mexico, was released last week when officials realized the 11-year-old boy was a U.S. citizen. According to the boy’s attorney, he spent more than a month there before an immigration attorney visiting the facility found out about his status. “I [...]

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Immigrants, Both Documented and Undocumented, Are Helping Save Medicare and Social Security

Immigrants, Both Documented and Undocumented, Are Helping Save Medicare and Social Security

Written by on August 15, 2014 in Economics, Undocumented Immigration with 0 Comments

A new report from the Partnership for the New American Economy and an analysis of Social Security data by MSNBC offer more evidence that immigrants, whether they are documented or undocumented, are major contributors to the economic well-being of major safety net programs. Because immigrants are generally younger and healthier than the native-born population, as [...]

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Anti-Immigrant Groups Attempt to Incite Fear Over Administrative Action

Anti-Immigrant Groups Attempt to Incite Fear Over Administrative Action

Written by on August 14, 2014 in Myths, Restrictionists with 1 Comment

As news trickles out of the White House that President Obama is planning to announce a program like the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative for other worthy populations, the anti-immigrant community is preparing their fire. An early shot comes via a post in The Hill where the Center for Immigration Studies claims that [...]

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Municipalities Help Advance Access to Counsel for Immigrants

Municipalities Help Advance Access to Counsel for Immigrants

Written by on August 13, 2014 in Courts, Deportation, Due Process with 0 Comments

Historically, “immigrants facing deportation are not provided an attorney if they cannot afford one.” But across the country, municipalities are taking steps to improve access to counsel for those who otherwise would be forced to proceed in immigration court alone. Cities are establishing programs to provide free legal assistance for immigrant detainees. In June, New [...]

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Immigrants Work in More Arduous Jobs than U.S. Natives, New Study Shows

Immigrants Work in More Arduous Jobs than U.S. Natives, New Study Shows

Written by on August 12, 2014 in Economics, Myths, Restrictionists with 0 Comments

One of the reasons often cited to explain the importance of immigrant workers to the U.S. economy is the presumption that immigrants perform jobs that U.S. natives are unwilling to take. Numerous studies show that immigrant workers complement the native-born in various ways. But in spite of the growing evidence, restrictionist groups recurrently argue that [...]

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Why the President Has Authority to Act on Deportations

Why the President Has Authority to Act on Deportations

The Washington Post published an editorial last week that missed the mark on whether the President has the authority to limit deportations of undocumented immigrants, concluding President Obama would be “tearing up the Constitution” by doing so. The New York Times editorial board followed up Sunday with their more accurate assessment that it “would be [...]

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States and Cities Welcome Unaccompanied Children

States and Cities Welcome Unaccompanied Children

Written by on August 8, 2014 in Border, Children with 1 Comment

Many of the Central American children who crossed the U.S. border after fleeing their home countries are being placed with family members and sponsors across the country as they await hearings to adjudicate their claims to stay in the U.S., and some states and cities are welcoming them. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R), who released [...]

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Nativist Group Falsely Blames Immigrants for Unemployment in Tennessee

Nativist Group Falsely Blames Immigrants for Unemployment in Tennessee

Written by on August 7, 2014 in Economics, Employment, Myths, Restrictionists with 0 Comments

From the narrow, nativist perspective of groups such as the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), every immigrant worker who enters the U.S. economy is stealing a job from a native-born worker. In this view of the world, employment is a zero-sum game in which immigrants and the native-born compete for a fixed number of jobs. [...]

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