Immigration Law

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President Obama on CIR: 'Let's Get It Done'
Posted on 13 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: Obama , reform , cir

Immigration Reform Advocates Hit The Hill With Studies
Posted on 6 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Eager to revive House GOP interest in immigration reform before the August congressional recess, advocates for reform put out a slew of new studies Thursday. One posits that the short supply of H-1B temporary workers negatively affects tech job... Read More

Tags: tech , reform , jobs , studies

5 Reasons Immigration Reform Might Actually Pass
Posted on 4 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[T]he months since the election have seen a number unexpected developments that indicate a bill may have more momentum than its backers initially hoped. Everything comes with the caveat that it’s still early and there’s plenty that could... Read More

Tags: reform , Congress

Obama Offers Rough Timetable for Immigration Reform
Posted on 1 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"President Obama said Wednesday that he wants Congress to pass an overhaul of immigration law in the first half of the year, suggesting that if lawmakers cannot produce a detailed plan within a few months, he would probably intervene with his own... Read More

The Immigration Scandal at DHS - Just as Bad as at IRS
Posted on 28 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" Americans are outraged when tax laws and revenue agents bite them, but seem scantly or not at all troubled when our immigration laws and their bureaucratic enforcers devour people and property rights. No doubt this disparity of concern proves the... Read More

The (Aristotelian) Rhetoric of Immigration Reform
Posted on 26 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"While supporters of the DREAM Act and CIR offer powerful moral and policy arguments for providing a pathway to citizenship to many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, opponents continue to make inroads by offering up... Read More

Permanent Legal Immigration to the United States: Policy Overview
Posted on 20 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: wasem , policy , reform , crs , cir

Immigration Quota Reform: Waste Not, Want Not
Posted on 25 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[I]mmigrant visa quota numbers evaporate without a trace rather than linger in the environment. Every September 30, all unused immigrant visas for that fiscal year disappear. Moreover, unless Congress intervenes, nothing can be done to recapture... Read More

Congress: How Immigration Reform Died (Part I)
Posted on 12 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[I]n a series of interviews with The Hill over the past two months, Democratic and Republican negotiators said the group’s failure stemmed from divisions among Democrats over strategy and policy, as well as Boehner’s refusal to put his... Read More

Small Changes Could Make Big Difference for Immigrants
Posted on 13 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As Congress prepares for what is expected to be a contentious debate over immigration reform, with issues like the DREAM Act and what kind of reforms constitute "amnesty" expected to be at the forefront, immigration lawyers say addressing... Read More

Immigration Lessons from Alabama
Posted on 17 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"“Illegal is illegal.” With that rallying cry, Alabama passed HB 56 in 2011, the harshest state immigration law in the country. The lead sponsor of the bill boasted to state representatives that the law “attacks every aspect... Read More

Tags: hb56 , Alabama , reform

Immigration Law, Clear as Mud
Posted on 6 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"If Congress ever grows enough of a spine to tackle comprehensive immigration reform, it must do more than merely resolve the big items -- border and interior enforcement; legalization of unauthorized migrants already here; and a plan for future... Read More

Tags: paparelli , reform

U.S. Chamber, AFL-CIO Reach Immigration Accord
Posted on 22 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" Business and labor have struggled to find consensus on immigration reform, but two of their biggest representatives have just achieved a breakthrough. The AFL-CIO and U.S. Chamber of Commerce have agreed to three immigration reforms that reflect... Read More

Norquist Joins Cato, Attacks Heritage Foundation on Immigration
Posted on 8 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Americans for Tax Reform on Monday joined the Cato Institute in launching a pre-emptive strike against The Heritage Foundation. The conservative advocacy organization, which enforces the Taxpayer Protection Pledge against raising taxes and is led... Read More

Iraq War Army Veteran Now Immigration Reform Activist
Posted on 14 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Francisco Lema has become an immigration activist — in great part because the Ecuadorian-born Iraq war veteran has family members who are undocumented. “I still have some relatives that live here in New York, that unfortunately don’t... Read More

Tags: veteran , Iraq , pearson , reform , lema , Army
  • Blog Post: Report calls for reform of flawed immigrant detention system

    Links to the report , the press release , and an Associated Press article . "The report, Not Too Late for Reform , authored by Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR), demonstrates that the Obama administration...
  • Blog Post: Ex-Border Patrol agent turns reformer, musician

    "A former Border Patrol agent has become an immigrants rights activist and is using his singing talents to call for immigration reform and better understanding of those who cross the border in search of better economic opportunities in the United States . John Randolph worked for the Border...
  • Blog Post: Is Illegal Immigration Passé?

    "Fantasies of a mass exodus are as unrealistic as the demand for a vacuum-sealed border. The Obama administration is already detaining and deporting a record number of immigrants — nearly 400,000 annually. Besides, a real exodus would leave some sectors of the domestic economy struggling...
  • Blog Post: Angelo's Answer: Uncap and Grow

    "[M]arket-testing has already proven that -- at least in the nonimmigrant sector -- artificial visa quotas are not necessary. History shows (as Peri notes) that when the economy sizzles, the annual allotment of quota-based visas has been consumed in days, but when it is frail, the quota...
  • Blog Post: Will Evangelicals Help Break GOP 'Fever' Over Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

    "The emerging and broad-based support among evangelicals for immigration reform could be an additional nudge to the Obama administration toward the issue. Though the introduction of policy specifics will certainly complicate the picture , immigration reform appears to have a fighting chance...
  • Blog Post: Immigration Reform...Outside the Box

    Policy superstars Roxana Bacon and Esther Olavarria engaged law students to tackle the thorniest problems in immigration law reform. The results may surprise you. - Angelo Paparelli's Blog, July 22, 2012 .
  • Blog Post: Immigration Law, Clear as Mud

    "If Congress ever grows enough of a spine to tackle comprehensive immigration reform, it must do more than merely resolve the big items -- border and interior enforcement; legalization of unauthorized migrants already here; and a plan for future flows of sojourners and permanent residents. It must...
  • Blog Post: Could Latino Turnout Force CIR? - Paparelli

    " A convention segment last week on POTUS (Politics of the United States) , the [Sirius XM] satellite radio station, entitled "Hispanic Voices," offered a plausible route to CIR: Latino voters turn out in large numbers; Obama is reelected, but one Congressional chamber remains...
  • Blog Post: We Need Not Fear Change: Terri Givens

    "This [immigration reform] is going to be a difficult process, because there are many interests that have taken positions for and against reform, but all agree change is needed. It will take pressure from both inside and outside of Washington, DC to get Congress to move forward, but it is in everyone’s...
  • Blog Post: Obama Wins and So Does Immigration Reform

    "Since President Obama’s decisive re-election victory, there has been a growing realization, mainly among Republicans, that the party will continue to be decimated in future elections if it does not take action on reforming the broken immigration system." Gary Endelman and Cyrus D. Mehta...
  • Blog Post: Migrants Are Also Neighbors

    "Comprehensive immigration reform has been an elusive goal of both parties for two decades and is a priority of President Obama’s second term. But it will be hard to achieve unless the United States also re-envisions its approach to Mexico and other Latin American countries. ... [M]ore emphasis...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Immigration Debate Does an About-Face

    "What matters now is that both parties recognize that previous strategies have failed both parties. Without biā€partisan support, progress in congress is unlikely for Democrats, and without the immigrant vote, prospects for a successful 2016 Republican candidate are slim. If Republicans and Democrats...
  • Blog Post: Report: Detention Reforms Needed

    "A new report calls for changes in the nation’s growing immigration detention system, where Texas provides more than a quarter of beds for those charged with violating civil immigration laws. Detention Watch Network , a coalition of advocacy groups, said changes didn’t go far enough...
  • Blog Post: Where Do We Go From Here? - The New Face of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

    "The graying of America may be the most serious domestic problem of the next quarter-century. As the massive baby boomer generation slouches towards retirement, an aging population needs the fountain of youth. Immigration may be the magic elixir." - Gary Endelman & Cyrus D. Mehta, Nov....
  • Blog Post: Will New GOP Super PAC Provide Cover for Immigration Pragmatists?

    "Prominent Republicans are launching a new super PAC they hope will help begin repairing the political damage left by years of anti-illegal-immigrant rhetoric that has dominated GOP primaries and alienated crucial Hispanic voters. The organization, to be called Republicans for Immigration Reform...
  • Blog Post: New Hope for Immigration Law Reform

    "Funny how quickly some principles collapse when given the right kind of shove. One day, the Republican Party is rock-ribbed restrictionist, dedicated to the proposition that unauthorized immigrants are an invading army of job stealers, welfare moochers and criminals whose only acceptable destiny...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Reforming Immigration 'With Liberty and Justice for All'

    "America would be wise to transform our immigration laws in tangible ways that make manifest the Pledge's promise of justice and liberty for all. Here, then, are several suggested reforms to the immigration laws (with more to follow in future posts) that would serve us well by serving the needs...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Election Realigns Stars for Immigration Reform, But Significant Hurdles Remain

    "[F]or all the goodwill, political momentum, and policy arguments pointing toward legislative action, a number of obstacles stand in the way of the passage of a broad, systemic immigration bill in the 113th Congress. The first obstacle is the lack of consensus on the scope and nature of a legalization...
  • Blog Post: GOP Immigration Bill - With No Path to Citizenship - 'Insulting' to Reformers

    "The Achieve Act has plenty of limitations but may offer a preview of one of the Republicans' negotiating positions in the next year, said Muzaffar Chishti, director of the Migration Policy Institute's office at the New York University School of Law. Some Republicans want lay claim to at...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Latino Megadonors Launch Immigration Reform Push

    "President Barack Obama won reelection with overwhelming support from Hispanics — and now Latino megadonors aligned with the White House are trying to mobilize that community behind his second-term agenda. They’re working feverishly behind the scenes to launch an organization that will...
  • Blog Post: Bibles, Badges, Businesses Call for Immigration Reform

    "A bipartisan coalition of religious, business, and law-enforcement leaders is asking for federal comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally. The group met in Washington on Tuesday to pressure Congress and the White House to make immigration...