Study: Latinos Learn English Faster Than Past Immigrants

"Many who oppose high levels of Latino immigration argue that these new immigrants don't learn English as quickly as prior waves of European immigrants did. A series of new studies, however, reveals a different picture. Latinos are doing pretty well at learning English, especially when compared...

Detention Quota Holds Firm Despite Decline in Illegal Immigration

"As Congress weighs sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system, one thing is unlikely to change: a requirement that the government lock up more undocumented immigrants than it says is necessary. Despite tight budgets and declining illegal immigration, Congress requires the Department of Homeland...

The Voting Rights Act: Voter Purges and Voter IDs

POLITICS & LEADERSHIP FL GEARING UP FOR ANOTHER VOTER 'PURGE': Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is planning to initiate another purge of non-U.S. citizens from the state's voter rolls, despite the uproar created by his last such effort. The U.S. Supreme Court effectively authorized the...

Immigrants Lacking Papers Work Legally — As Their Own Bosses

"At just 20 years of age, Carla Chavarria sits at the helm of a thriving graphic design business, launching branding and media campaigns for national organizations. Some of her projects are so large she has to hire staff. Still, Chavarria has to hop on buses to meet clients throughout Phoenix because...

Brown signs California immigration bills, wins activists’ kudos in pressing for reform

"On a day when immigrant-rights activists nationwide rallied for action from Washington, Gov. Jerry Brown put California at the vanguard of change, signing sweeping laws aimed at speeding the assimilation of those in the country illegally. Brown (D) signed eight bills Saturday, including one prohibiting...

Ailing Midwestern Cities Extend a Welcoming Hand to Immigrants

DAYTON, Ohio — "Fighting back from the ravages of industrial decline, this city adopted a novel plan two years ago to revive its economy and its spirits: become a magnet for immigrants. The Dayton City Commission voted to make the city “immigrant friendly,” with programs to...

E-Verify's Getting Better for Citizens, Worse for Immigrants, Asylees

"A government report released this week found that E-Verify, a federal program that checks whether someone can legally work in the U.S., is growing more accurate. But not for immigrants. The report, commissioned by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), showed that the program is doing...

Northern Colorado immigrants still without homes after the flood

"When more than 300 immigrants lost their trailer homes and apartments in the northern Colorado floods last month, there was heightened concern for their welfare because most don't qualify for government aid. Nearly a month later, immigrants flooded out of their homes in Evans, Milliken and...

Four Out of Nine of this Year’s U.S. Nobel Prize Winners are Immigrants

" What does an eight year old boy escaping Nazis on a boat to the United States have in common with the award-winning chemist who taught at some of the most preeminent Universities in the United States? Easy: they’re the same person. Martin Karplus, an Austrian-born chemist who holds American...

IRS: Phone Scam Targets Immigrants, Threatens Deportation

"The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer . If the victim...

Hazleton, Farmers Branch Petition USSC for Writs of Certiorari

"A city in Pennsylvania and one in Texas have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether they are allowed to enact legislation preventing those illegally living in the country from renting property in their cities — and in the Pennsylvania city's case, from working there too...

New Americans in Our Nation’s Military

"Immigrants and their children comprised half of the total U.S. population growth between 1990 and 2010, and one-quarter of all children under age 18 living in the United States have at least one immigrant parent. Immigrants and their children are increasingly vital resources to military recruitment...

Young Texas immigrants eligible for DACA want to serve, but can't enlist

"When Leonardo Castro says he’s willing to die for his country, he means the United States. For Castro, born in Mexico and brought into the U.S. illegally at age 2, this is the only country he knows and loves. So when the federal government approved his petition for the Deferred Action for...

José Andrés: Immigrants, like me, want to succeed. Congress should let them.

"The first time I saw America was from my perch on the mast of a Spanish naval ship, where I could spot the Statue of Liberty reaching proudly into the open, endless American sky. At night, I would often wonder whether that sky was the explanation for the stars on the American flag — put there...

Revitalization in the Heartland of America: Welcoming Immigrant Entrepreneurs for Economic Development

"A potent combination of declining population growth and economic stagnation has led many cities and metropolitan regions to rethink how to reinvigorate their communities. The Midwest is a prime example of this trend. According to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, “the Midwest cannot...

Castleman SCOTUS Decision Avoids Harming Immigrants

"The US Supreme Court ruled that an expansive definition of domestic violence should apply to firearms cases but notes that the ruling does not apply in the immigration law context, apparently recognizing ASISTA's arguments that its decision should not unwittingly harm immigrants (see footnote...

Immigrants in New York City Bolster Housing Values

"Immigrants have helped stabilize New York City housing values over the past two decades and at the same time boosted property in once-troubled neighborhoods, according to a report to be released Thursday . The report—sponsored by the Americas Society / Council of the Americas—credits...

Immigration and New York City: The Contributions of Foreign-Born Americans to New York's Renaissance, 1975–2013

"This Americas Society / Council of the Americas report shows how immigration has helped revitalize New York City since the mid-1970s by making communities safer, increasing public revenue, and boosting the city’s population. The data shows that immigration has reduced New York City’s...

Health Billboard Banned in Sacramento Airport

"Some call it free speech. Others said it’s too provocative for the public. Either way, a controversial billboard has been banned from the Sacramento International Airport. Busy travelers at the airport's Terminal B might not even know there’s anything missing, but a black canvas...

Colorado to Issue IDs, Driver Licenses to Immigrants Regardless of Status

"Colorado will begin issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to immigrants Friday regardless of their legal status, underscoring a sea change in a state that less than a decade ago passed strict immigration enforcement laws. Now, thousands of immigrants are waiting to get cards they...

Staying Covered: How Immigrants Have Prolonged the Solvency of One of Medicare’s Key Trust Funds and Subsidized Care for U.S. Seniors

"The Partnership for a New American Economy’s new report, Staying Covered: How Immigrants Have Prolonged the Solvency of One of Medicare’s Key Trust Funds and Subsidized Care for U.S. Seniors , shows that immigrants are key contributors to Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund...

State Net Capitol Journal: Congress Fails Immigrants – And The States In Which They Live

By Lou Cannon | When a do-little Congress went home without addressing the crisis caused by the flight of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America across U.S. borders, immense strains were placed on state-supervised programs that provide social services, job training and preventive...

Twitter Chat Today @ 2:00: Reimagining the Midwest - Immigration Initiatives and the Capacity of Local Leadership

"Elected and civic leaders throughout the Midwest are recognizing that they have a role to play in shaping immigration policy despite inaction at the federal level, according to a report released by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the American Immigration Council. Whether by launching...

New Mission for Lawyers: Free Aid to Young Immigrants

"In a departure from their usual clientele, attorneys at major U.S. law firms and corporations are volunteering to represent, at no cost, unaccompanied children who have entered the U.S. illegally. Since late July, when a wave of Central American minors surged at the border, lawyers who regularly...

Alabama Settles Lawsuit, Won't Publish 'Scarlet Letter' Immigrant List

"Alabama has agreed not publish a list of immigrants in the country illegally who are arrested and appear in court, meaning it won't enforce a law passed by the Legislature in 2012. The state had yet to implement the law and to publish what critics called a "scarlet letter list." The...