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Immigrants jailed just to hit a number
Nobody likes quotas. When there’s even a whiff of a parking-ticket quota, the public is outraged. When France imposed a quota on imported American movies, it provoked international controversy. But there is one quota — and a pernicious one — that no one denies. While the Congress is to be congratulated for passing an appropriations […]
Immigration Debate: What’s More Important, Border Security Or Protecting Immigrant Workers?
As billions of dollars of legal goods, as well as shipments of drugs and groups of undocumented immigrants continue to cross the U.S. border, immigration reform and border security have become a major topic of discussion. Photo by N. Parish Flannery @LatAmLENS The immigration debate is under way in the United States. While several prominent […]
Republican Ideas on Immigration Could Legalize Up to 6.5 Million, Study Says
By JULIA PRESTON Win McNamee/Getty ImagesA Dream Action Coalition demonstration last month. 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, a nonpartisan research group in […]
House Republicans Preparing Plan for Immigration Overhaul
ASHLEY PARKER WASHINGTON — The House speaker, John A. Boehner, and his Republican leadership team are preparing to release their principles for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws later this month, the speaker told his members at a closed-door conference on Wednesday. Though the “standards or principles document,” as Mr. Boehner of Ohio referred […]
Eight Immigration Wins In 2013
Despite a landmark comprehensive immigration reform bill that cleared the Senate in June, a corresponding bill that addresses the 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the United States has yet to come to a vote in the House. In fact, the only immigration-related bill that House members brought to a floor vote was a measure to […]
U.S. citizens ditch passports in record numbers
If the recent quarter’s pace continues, 2013 will become a landmark year for saying goodbye to America, tax-wise. By Lynnley Browning Mahmood Karzai, no longer a U.S. citizen. FORTUNE — Americans are ditching their U.S. passports in record numbers, a sign of growing frustration with a system that taxes U.S. citizens on their global wealth […]
Immigration Problems Only Get Worse
By Peter Muller As the first session of the 113th Congress winds to a close, it is clear the House of Representatives will not vote on immigration legislation before 2014. But the practical need to fix our broken immigration system remains, the political imperative for reform is stronger than ever, and a window of opportunity exists for […]
Deportations Drop as Obama Pushes for New Immigration Law
By Michael C. Bender December 17, 2013 The Obama administration has cut back on deporting undocumented immigrants, with forced departures on track to drop more than 10 percent, the first annual decline in more than a decade. In his first term, President Barack Obama highlighted record deportations to show he was getting tough on immigration enforcement, […]
Can immigration reform transform the housing market?
As Congress restarts conversations about the federal budget and deficit reduction, the immigration reform debate is still front and center for many. As that debate unfolds, it is important to put some hard facts on the table. What are the costs and benefits of reform? What impact will reform have on economic growth and wages? […]
Boehner hire signals new hope for migrant reform
House Speaker John Boehner’s hiring of a former top aide to Sen. John McCain to advise him on immigration issues has renewed hopes that House Republican leaders are planning to move forward on reform legislation next year. Boehner’s hiring of Rebecca Tallent as assistant to the speaker for policy handling immigration issues comes amid intensifying pro-reform activism […]