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Colorado to Issue IDs, Driver Licenses to Immigrants Regardless of Status

"Colorado will begin issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to immigrants Friday regardless of their legal status, underscoring a sea change in a state that less than a decade ago passed strict immigration enforcement laws. Now, thousands of immigrants are waiting to get cards they...

Staying Covered: How Immigrants Have Prolonged the Solvency of One of Medicare’s Key Trust Funds and Subsidized Care for U.S. Seniors

"The Partnership for a New American Economy’s new report, Staying Covered: How Immigrants Have Prolonged the Solvency of One of Medicare’s Key Trust Funds and Subsidized Care for U.S. Seniors , shows that immigrants are key contributors to Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund...

State Net Capitol Journal: Congress Fails Immigrants – And The States In Which They Live

By Lou Cannon | When a do-little Congress went home without addressing the crisis caused by the flight of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America across U.S. borders, immense strains were placed on state-supervised programs that provide social services, job training and preventive...

Twitter Chat Today @ 2:00: Reimagining the Midwest - Immigration Initiatives and the Capacity of Local Leadership

"Elected and civic leaders throughout the Midwest are recognizing that they have a role to play in shaping immigration policy despite inaction at the federal level, according to a report released by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the American Immigration Council. Whether by launching...

New Mission for Lawyers: Free Aid to Young Immigrants

"In a departure from their usual clientele, attorneys at major U.S. law firms and corporations are volunteering to represent, at no cost, unaccompanied children who have entered the U.S. illegally. Since late July, when a wave of Central American minors surged at the border, lawyers who regularly...

Alabama Settles Lawsuit, Won't Publish 'Scarlet Letter' Immigrant List

"Alabama has agreed not publish a list of immigrants in the country illegally who are arrested and appear in court, meaning it won't enforce a law passed by the Legislature in 2012. The state had yet to implement the law and to publish what critics called a "scarlet letter list." The...

95 Years Ago: Palmer Raids Target Immigrants

"At the end of World War I, anxiety in Europe and the U.S. over an emerging Bolshevik government in Russia all but overshadowed Allied victory. Known in America as the Red Scare, this fear of world communism often expressed itself as xenophobia, racism and the suppression of organized labor. In...

Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States - MPI

"Immigration has a significant impact on many aspects of life in the United States, from the workforce and the classroom to communities across the country. As such, many seek to know more about those who were born abroad and now make their lives here, whether as naturalized citizens, legal permanent...

CMS Releases Database Featuring Estimates and Characteristics of US Unauthorized Immigrants

"The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) announces the release of an innovative database that provides detailed information about US unauthorized residents at the national, state, and sub-state levels." - CMS, Mar. 3, 2015 .

Debunking the Myth of the Job-Stealing Immigrant

"[I]mmigration is the greatest example of our faulty thinking, a shortsightedness that hurts others while simultaneously hurting ourselves. The State Department issues fewer than half a million immigrant visas each year. Using the 7 percent figure from the Mariel boatlift research, it’s possible...

Exclusive: TSA ‘Behavior Detection’ Program Targeting Undocumented Immigrants, Not Terrorists - Jana Winter

"A controversial Transportation Security Administration program that uses “behavior indicators” to identify potential terrorists is instead primarily targeting undocumented immigrants, according to a document obtained by The Intercept and interviews with current and former government...

Colorado Attorney Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Ripping Off Immigrant Clients

"Boulder immigration attorney Emily Cohen — who was convicted last year of scamming immigrant families out of tens of thousands of dollars — was sentenced Friday to six years in prison and 10 years of probation for what a Boulder judge called an act of “unspeakable betrayal.”...

Feds Charge Texas Immigration Scammer - Law360

Law360, July 10, 2015 - "A Texas woman who authorities say ripped off immigrants in federal detention centers by pretending to represent attorneys has been charged with wire fraud and identity theft. Jessica Rivas Alva visited two detention facilities in Louisiana this year and offered the immigrants...

How Undocumented Status Impacts the Working Conditions and Safety of Latino Immigrants

By Roger Rabb, J.D., Special Correspondent for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter Although the debate over undocumented immigrants and immigration reform is constantly in the headlines, one area that receives less attention is the working conditions for those undocumented immigrants...

The Integration of Immigrants into American Society

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Sept. 2015 - "The United States prides itself on being a nation of immigrants, and the country has a long history of successfully absorbing people from across the globe. The integration of immigrants and their children contributes to...

Immigrants Far More Law-Abiding Than Natives: Research

New York Times, Jan. 14, 2016 - "In America, as in Europe, anti-immigrant backlashes have often followed episodes in which foreigners are blamed for crimes and other problems. But statistical studies show that in the United States, at least, immigrants are far more law-abiding than natives, regardless...

State and Local Tax Contributions by Undocumented Immigrants - Updated

ITEP, Feb. 24, 2016 - "An updated 50-state study, Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions , by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy finds that undocumented immigrants’ tax contributions would increase significantly under the Obama Administration’s executive...

BOP to Give ICE 'Right of First Refusal' to Immigrant Prisoners

Josh Gerstein, Politico, Feb. 24, 2015 - "Under the new policy, the federal Bureau of Prisons will put prisoners finishing their sentences into immigration custody by default when immigration authorities seek deportation, even if local or state officials want the immigrant for prosecution or to...

Memphis Non-Profit Helps Young Immigrants Navigate Legal Sytem

María Ines Zamudio, Commercial Appeal, Mar. 10, 2016 - " Mid-South Immigration Advocates started in 2013 helping immigrants of all ages, but the organization shifted its focus to children. Attorney and founding member Wannamaker said she helped to start the organization because she saw the...

Immigrants Play Key Role in Billion Dollar Startups - NFAP

NFAP, March 2016 - "Immigrants play a key role in creating new, fast-growing companies, as evidenced by the prevalence of foreign-born founders and key personnel in the nation’s leading privately-held companies. Immigrants have started more than half (44 of 87) of America’s startup companies...

Public Defenders Are Needed to Ensure Justice in Our Immigration Court System

Prof. Ingrid Eagly, Apr. 11, 2016 - "The global migration crisis is placing immigration courts in the world spotlight. In the United States, immigration courts are severely backlogged and detention costs are soaring. Yet, because deportation is considered a civil, not a criminal, matter, the Sixth...

Louisiana Isn’t Letting Immigrants Get Married

Catherine Rampell, Oct. 10, 2016 - "For an illustration of how cruel the country’s latest wave of nativism has grown, look to Louisiana. Here, a little-noticed new state law has effectively made it illegal for thousands of refugees to get married. It all started last year. Having lost...

6 Immigrant Stories That Will Make You Believe In The American Dream Again

Monte Burke, Forbes, Oct. 25, 2016 - "Precisely 42 slots on The Forbes 400 belong to naturalized citizens who immigrated to America. That’s 10.5% of the list, a huge overperformance considering that naturalized citizens make up only 6% of the U.S. population. (If you add noncitizens, about...

Unauthorized Immigrants with Criminal Convictions: Who Might Be a Priority for Removal? - MPI

MPI, Nov. 15, 2016 - "There has been much interest—and confusion—in recent days regarding the number of unauthorized immigrants who could be deported because of criminal records when the Trump administration takes charge. During an interview Sunday on CBS’ 60 Minutes, President...

Untapped Talent: The Costs of Brain Waste among Highly Skilled Immigrants in the United States - MPI

MPI, Dec. 2016 - "While the United States has long been a top destination for the world's best and brightest, it has fallen short when it comes to fully tapping the skills and training of these newcomers. As a result, nearly 2 million immigrants with college degrees in the United States—one...