Immigration Law

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Will There Be Enough VOLAGs to Handle CIR?
Posted on 21 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

'Bibles, Badges and Business' Converge for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Posted on 10 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" 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... Read More

Tags: paparelli , reform , cir

Analyst Predicts CIR Will Tank in House
Posted on 31 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As the immigration battle shifts to the House, word has spread among activists that Wong might be the Nate Silver of immigration reform — the go-to data geek with the crystal ball. But Wong doesn't just want to predict the future. He also... Read More

U.S. Immigration Policy: Chart Book of Key Trends
Posted on 31 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This report is a chart book of selected immigration trends that touch on the main elements of comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). Most policymakers agree that the main issues in CIR include increased border security and immigration enforcement... Read More

Tags: trends , wasem , chart , crs , cir

Immigration Reform and Workers’ Rights
Posted on 24 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[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... Read More

Will Evangelicals Provide CIR Boost?
Posted on 4 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Richard Land endorsed Mitt Romney, opposes same-sex marriage and abortion rights, and is a leader in one of the nation's largest organizations of Southern Baptists. But on Tuesday he and other conservative Christians - as well as antitax leader... Read More

Tags: evangelicals , cir

Comprehensive immigration reform: Jesus 'wasn't kidding around'
Posted on 24 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Evangelical Christian leaders took up a bully pulpit on Thursday to call for a "humane" overhaul of the U.S. immigration system in response to tough crackdowns on [unauthorized] immigrants enacted by Alabama and other states. "Because... Read More

No Time for Rich-Whining, CIR Advocates Must Stay Focused on the Senate
Posted on 13 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The point of this post is not that revelry over the fall of xenophobes and eugenicists is wrong; rather, it is that celebrations of that sort are unaffordable luxuries. That wine is just too rich at this late hour. Advocates for enlightened CIR... Read More

McCain: Comprehensive Immigration Reform Must Include Path To Citizenship
Posted on 27 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Senator John McCain (R-AZ) confirmed on Sunday morning that he that he and a bipartisan group of senators will roll out a comprehensive immigration reform effort in Congress. Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” McCain, who has previously... Read More

Will 'Path to Citizenship' Prove Fatal to CIR in House of Representatives?
Posted on 1 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[A]lthough Republican leaders are newly interested in a compromise on immigration, many in the party say that allowing undocumented immigrants to live here legally is enough and that a push for citizenship would face fierce, and possibly insurmountable... Read More

The Xenophobes Can't Kill Immigration Reform - But What Should CIR Supporters Do Now?
Posted on 21 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: Boston , paparelli , reform , cir

MPI Launches CIR Page
Posted on 22 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Throughout its history, MPI has placed major focus on analysis of the US immigration system and the complex demographic, economic, political, foreign policy, and other trends that affect immigration to the United States. Through its US Immigration... Read More

Tags: mpi , cir

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

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

Senators Roll Out Immigration Reform Blueprint
Posted on 28 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Here is the Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform released on Jan. 28, 2013 by Senators Schumer, McCain, Durbin, Graham, Menendez, Rubio, Bennet, and Flake. Here's coverage from the New York Times . Read More