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Immigration Lessons from Alabama

"“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 of an illegal alien’s life.” Among its...

Immigration Reform Must Redress the Current Law's Gender Biases

" As documented in a report (“ Gendered Paths to Legal Status ”) issued by the Immigration Policy Council, immigration laws which appear gender neutral “actually contain gender biases that create barriers for many women trying to gain [lawful status] within the current immigration...

Immigration Reform a Moral, Economic Issue, Must Be Top Priority: SecComm Pritzker

"For the second time in a week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker publicly expressed her support for immigration reform. "Put simply, this must be at the top of our to-do list," Pritzker said Thursday at an event for the Los Angeles World Affairs Council that was attended by consuls...

House GOP Proposals Could Legalize 6.5 Million Immigrants

"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 by the National Foundation for American Policy,...

Path to Citizenship: Deal-Breaker for Reform?

"As rumblings begin again about Congress taking up overhauling U.S. immigration laws, tension has developed between key advocates in the reform community over what exactly should be pursued in terms of citizenship. In a letter obtained by BuzzFeed , a group of more than 80 so-called DREAMers, undocumented...

IRCA in Retrospect: Guideposts for Today’s Immigration Reform

"The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) was an important milestone in U.S. immigration history, representing the first and most comprehensive legislation to take on the issue of illegal immigration to the United States. Like all major legislation, IRCA was based on imperfect knowledge...

Text of GOP 'Standards for Immigration Reform'

"On Thursday, Congressional Republicans released a one-page document , obtained by The New York Times, outlining their blueprint for immigration overhaul." - NYT, Jan. 30, 2014 .

Farmers 'Heart' Immigration Reform

"It is our preference to grow our nation’s food here, and having the labor required to do that is in the best interest of all Americans. As you put dinner on the table tonight, remember a large part of it is made possible by American farmers, ranchers and immigrant labor. Immigration reform...

Gauging the Farm Sector’s Sensitivity to Immigration Reform via Changes in Labor Costs and Availability

Gauging the Farm Sector’s Sensitivity to Immigration Reform via Changes in Labor Costs and Availability : "This report describes the extent of the farm sector’s dependence on undocumented workers and the political, economic, and social forces that shaped this growing dependence since...

White House Statement on Immigration Reform

"One year ago, the Senate introduced comprehensive bipartisan legislation to fix our broken immigration system. Both sides worked together to pass that bill with a strong bipartisan vote. The Senate’s commonsense agreement would grow the economy by $1.4 trillion and shrink the deficit by nearly...

Speaker Boehner Mocks GOP House Colleagues Opposed to Immigration Reform

"That's Boehner speaking at a meeting of the Rotary Club in his home district near Cincinnati, Ohio. He was in the area specifically to bolster his standing for the upcoming Republican primary in his district, the Cincinnati Enquirer writes. But — even while acknowledging that he was being...

Charles Schumer Promises Immigration Reform This Summer

"Immigration reform will be passed this summer, Sen. Charles Schumer predicted Monday during a visit to the 12th annual Daily News/CUNY Citizenship NOW! immigration call-in. “I want to let you in on a little secret. We are going to pass that bill and sign it into law this year," said...

Video: President Obama Speaks on Immigration Reform

"During a law enforcement briefing, the President delivers remarks on fixing our broken immigration system, May 13, 2014." - White House, May 13, 2014 .

Immigration Reform Advocates Hit The Hill With Studies

"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 creation and wage growth for American workers, even...

62% of Americans Favor Immigration Reform

"At present, 62% of Americans favor providing a way for immigrants who are currently living in the United States illegally to become citizens provided they meet certain requirements, while 17% support allowing them to become permanent legal residents but not citizens, and roughly 1-in-5 (19%) favor...

Yale-Loehr: Cantor Loss Not Necessarily Fatal to Immigration Reform

"Cantor's loss might make other Republicans facing conservative challenges skittish, said [LexisNexis expert author] Stephen Yale-Loehr , an immigration law professor at Cornell University Law School. "One primary does not determine the fate of immigration reform, however it does make it...

Real Reform Starts With More Visas: Daniel M. Kowalski

"We need a surge of green card visa numbers on the front end, right now, to wipe out the backlog of thousands of family members and potential employees who have been waiting in line patiently for years. And to eliminate a future buildup of another undocumented immigrant population, we need many...

Expert: Immigration Reform May Be Victor in Midterm Elections

Stephen Yale-Loehr , Cornell law professor and co-author of a 21-volume immigration law treatise , assesses how the election results will affect immigration reform. With Republicans now controlling both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, is comprehensive immigration reform dead for the...

The Laboratories of Democracy: State Initiatives and Promotion of Immigration Reform

"Although states have been experimenting with their own initiatives on immigration, they have been related to mainly punitive enforcement laws, the most notorious being Arizona’s SB 1070. Section 2(B) of the Arizona law, which was upheld by the Supreme Court in Arizona v. USA , requires police...

Expert: Immigration Reform May Come In 'Bite-Size Packages,' If At All

“[Sessions’ opposition to the bill] shows the tension within the Republican Party. You've got some members who want to be accommodating on immigration because they want to attract the Latino vote for 2016, whereas others are firmly anti-immigrant and want to focus solely on strengthening...

MYTH OR REALITY: IS THE DHS TRULY SERIOUS ABOUT VISA MODERNIZATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY?

"On November 21, 2014, as part of President Obama’s Executive Actions, the President issued a memorandum to modernize and streamline the U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visa system for the 21 st century. The DHS followed up by publishing a notice in the Federal Register on December 30, 2014...

The Power and Potential of High Skilled Immigration

"Now more than ever, we need an honest conversation about reforms that can improve and strengthen the admission of these immigrants into our labor force. But to do that, we must move the current immigration debate beyond the stereotypes, myths, and hyperbole that distract from that conversation...

Free Event in NYC: Reform of the US Immigrant Detention System (Thurs. Sept. 17, 2015)

Reform of the US Immigrant Detention System - Family Detention, Privatization, and Lessons from the Criminal Justice and National Security Debates Thursday, September 17, 2015 2:00pm to 5:00pm Center for Migration Studies 307 East 60th Street, 6th Floor New York, NY 10022 Free Event [REGISTRATION...

This Is How Immigration Reform Happened 50 Years Ago. It Can Happen Again.

Recalling the civil-rights history of the Hart-Celler Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 can help us think about how to change immigration policy today. - By Mae Ngai

The Overwhelming Barriers to Successful Immigration Reform - Daniel J. Tichenor

Daniel J. Tichenor, May 25, 2016 - "Nearly every new American president of the modern era has viewed the nation’s immigration policies as deeply flawed. Yet few of these modern executives have been willing to make immigration reform — one of the most dangerous issues in American politics...