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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Immigration Changes 'Gotta Happen This Year'

"Republicans and Democrats are pushing to make overhauling immigration a priority in 2013. Senator-elect Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, is expected to play a big part in any overhaul of immigration laws." - NPR audio, Dec. 17, 2012 .

Small Changes Could Make Big Difference for Immigrants

"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 lesser-known and arcane policies could be just...

Leahy: Immigration Top Priority for Senate Judiciary Committee

"The Senate Judiciary Committee will dedicate most of its time this spring to comprehensive immigration reform, including changes for technology companies and agricultural businesses, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the committee's chairman, said Wednesday." - Todd Ruger, Jan. 16, 2013 ...

Now the Work Begins

The President gave a speech and posted a Fact Sheet . The Senate 'Gang of Eight' issued a blueprint . And the House has scheduled a hearing . So let's roll up our sleeves and...

Obama Offers Rough Timetable for Immigration Reform

"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 legislation. In interviews with Hispanic television...

Will House Republicans Accept the Senate Proposal for Immigration Reform?

Former House Judiciary Committee counsel Nolan Rappaport goes through the recent bipartisan Senate proposal for immigration reform and discusses its pluses, minuses, and prospects in the House of Representatives. Excerpt: "...Resistance to comprehensive immigration reform in the House of Representatives...

Major GOP Group Readies Pro-Immigration Ad Blitz

"Republicans looking to bring their party around on immigration are set to launch a major ad campaign in support Congressional efforts to pass a comprehensive bill. According to Politico , the American Action Network, which spent $44 million backing GOP candidates in 2011 and 2012, is preparing...

Norquist Joins Cato, Attacks Heritage Foundation on Immigration

"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 by Grover Norquist, supports a comprehensive immigration...

House Democrats Present Immigration Overhaul Plan

"Just days before a bipartisan group of eight senators is expected to present legislation that would make broad changes to the nation’s immigration system, a group of Democrats in the House unveiled its own blueprint for an immigration overhaul." - NYT, Apr. 11, 2013 .

Full Text of Senate Immigration Bill: BSEOIMA13

844 pages . Let the close reading begin!

Parsing the Senate's Immigration Bill

You could read all 844 pages for yourself. Or you could reference the interactive New York Times highlighted version .

Immigration Reform Bill Is A Multi-Billion Dollar Bonanza For Defense Contractors

"Last week, the U.S. Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, a massive bill that overhauls American immigration policy –and offers a bonanza of cash for the defense industry. The bill –which must still be approved by the House and signed...

Why immigration is a major issue for women

"On the House side, U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D.-Calif., formed a Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform, whose members have been delivering speeches and sending colleagues letters about women and immigration. Politically, both immigrants and women have shown their voting power...

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...

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...