Immigration Law

Recent Posts

Making Legal: The Dream Act, Birthright Citizenship, and Broad-Scale Legalization
Posted on 30 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Some of the most controversial topics in immigration and citizenship law involve granting lawful immigration status - or citizenship itself - to persons who might otherwise be in the United States unlawfully. In this Article, I examine arguments... Read More

New Report Says Legalization Would Result in $1.4 billion in Revenues for Houston, Texas
Posted on 22 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A new report issued this month by the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), a business advocacy organization, confirms that legalization of unauthorized workers would result in those workers earning higher wages and paying more taxes. Potential Tax... Read More

A Divide on the Payoff of Legalizing Immigrants
Posted on 29 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Granting legal status to the [unauthorized*] immigrants living in one of Texas’ largest metropolitan areas would generate at least $1.4 billion a year in revenue for state and federal agencies, with Social Security and Medicare being the... Read More

Legalizing Immigrants Can Help Reduce Poverty
Posted on 18 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Most analysis indicates that legalizing immigrants would provide momentum for their families to escape poverty. Twenty years of study has found that while education levels and English-language ability may constrain their earnings, legalized immigrants... Read More

The Consequences of Legalization Versus Mass Deportation
Posted on 30 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In this report we describe the direct impacts of either deporting or legalizing undocumented workers. In reality, the effects would be much larger. Mass deportation, for example, would result in an indirect negative impact on local businesses... Read More

New Research: House and Senate Could Be Positioned for Agreement on Legalization of the Unauthorized Immigrants
Posted on 14 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"While a potential House approach on legalization would allow fewer unauthorized immigrants to gain lawful permanent residence than Senate bill S. 744, it could form the basis for an agreement on immigration reform, according to a new analysis by... Read More

At the Edge of US Immigration’s “Halt of Folly:” Data, Information, and Research Needs in the Event of Legalization
Posted on 31 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In September 2013, the Center for Migration Studies of New York, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, convened a group of immigration specialists, researchers, scholars, and advocates in Washington, DC to discuss... Read More

House GOP Proposals Could Legalize 6.5 Million Immigrants
Posted on 15 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Between 4.4 million and 6.5 million immigrants illegally in the United States could gain an eventual pathway to citizenship under proposals being discussed by Republicans in the House of Representatives, according to an estimate published Tuesday... Read More

Second-Class Noncitizens
Posted on 31 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The United States has a long track record not only of legalizing illegal immigrants, by legislative or administrative action, but also of pairing legalization with a grant of permanent residency, the prerequisite for naturalization. ... Today’s... Read More