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Barack Be Nimble: Go BIG and BOLD on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

"I think the country has shifted tectonically in its embrace of CIR, as confirmed by exit polls revealing a 65% preference among all voters for granting unauthorized immigrant workers "a chance at legal status." Like Lyndon Johnson upon his unforeseen ascent to the highest office in the...

A Public Service Component to CIR?

"I have long thought there was a partial solution to the thorny questions surrounding a “path to citizenship.” In my mind, it’s called CitizenCorps. The idea is to use the existing 50-state bureaucracy of AmeriCorps to link undocumented workers with community-service projects where...

Finding Common Ground on Guest Workers a Major Challenge for CIR

"As immigration talks resume, the public debate has once again zeroed in on the merits of granting some type of so-called amnesty to 11 million [unauthorized] immigrants. But another, more complicated dispute – where the sides are equally entrenched – is brewing behind the scenes between...

Senate Must Modify Filibuster Rule to Pass CIR

" Without a softening of the filibuster rules, we're likely to witness, as we already have seen, the resuscitation of previous small-bore CRI proposals that merely traded legalization with a path to citizenship and modest future flows of temporary workers for greater border and worksite enforcement...

'Bibles, Badges and Business' Converge for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

" The "phantasmagoric politics" of Washington DC often produce hallucinatory effects : [A]lmost every time I travel there . . . something comes over me. Inside the Beltway, talk can give off the illusion of action. The mouthing of words, however powerful on the printed page or eloquent...

Permanent Legal Immigration to the United States: Policy Overview

"If the 113th Congress takes up comprehensive immigration reform (CIR), many maintain that revision of the legal immigration system should be one of the major components of a CIR proposal. This primer on legal permanent immigration law, policies, and trends provides a backdrop for the policy options...

President Obama on CIR: 'Let's Get It Done'

"Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants. (Applause.) And right now, leaders from the business, labor, law enforcement, faith communities -- they all agree that the time has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform. (Applause.) Now is...

Immigration Reform and Workers’ Rights

"[I]n all the talk of providing a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented workers while tightening border security, one important issue has, so far, received only passing mention: stronger protections for immigrant workers against exploitation and abuse. Such protections, essential to any...

The Xenophobes Can't Kill Immigration Reform - But What Should CIR Supporters Do Now?

"Despite CIR proponents' quick retorts, the Boston bombings will likely make enactment all the more difficult. Unlike an esteemed colleague who predicts a less than 50% chance, I'm still optimistic that CIR will be enacted. If anything, Boston made the price of doing nothing simply too high...

Will Cows Tip CIR Balance?

"It may seem absurd that the fate of the first major immigration reform effort in 27 years could hinge partially on the country's 9.2 million lactating cows. But in a deeply divided U.S. Congress where accomplishing anything is difficult, this rare, bipartisan bill is a case study in trade-offs...

White House Report: The Economic Benefits of Fixing our Broken Immigration System

"Today, too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers and there are 11 million people living and working in the shadow economy. Neither is good for the economy or the country. It is time to fix our broken immigration system. ... This report outlines the key benefits to the U...

Band of House Republicans Push CIR

"Webster is among about two dozen GOP lawmakers who support an eventual path to citizenship for millions of people who are living in the U.S. illegally. These Republicans are facing the daunting challenge of trying to persuade colleagues to follow them. Most Republicans oppose this approach on citizenship...

Tech Still Hopeful on CIR

"Much of Washington believes a potential military strike and a debt ceiling debacle have swallowed chances this year for immigration reform. Not tech. Silicon Valley and its D.C. representatives still envision that legislation can creep through before momentum fades. Congressional calendars be damned...

Will There Be Enough VOLAGs to Handle CIR?

"Any enacted immigration reform legislation that is comprehensive in scope will include a path to legalization for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Based on the U.S. Senate bill passed in June 2013, the Congressional Budget Office projects about 8 million people...

Will Tallent Hire Lead to CIR?

"Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has hired a veteran expert on immigration policy, a move that could signal a renewed House effort to act on the issue in 2014. Rebecca Tallent, director of immigration policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center , will start her new job as assistant to the Speaker on Wednesday...