Immigration Reform, 2013 Edition

A bipartisan group of eight senators will unveil a framework for comprehensive immigration reform later today.  It is based on the following principles: Creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already here, contingent upon securing the border and better tracking of people here on visas. Reforming the legal immigration system, including awarding green cards …

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Immigration, Economics, and Nativism

This essay by Ezra Klein argues that the positive aspects of immigration on the economy outweigh the negative one.  He'll find no argument with me on that point, however, he falls into the trap that so many pro-immigrant advocates do: he assumes that the obscure intellectual economic discussion will actually influence people who believe that …

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Polling on Arzona’s new Immigration Law

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that more than half of all Americans support Arizona's attempt to deal with immigration. The full poll results are offered here.Here is the overview:American opinion is divided largely by race: on the Arizona question  68 percent of whites back the law, compared with 31 percent of non-whites. White …

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Why does inaction trump problem-solving on Immigration?

Ever wonder why more people don't ask this question?I think there are several reasons why Washington has overlooked dealing with our immigration problem. The first has to do with politics. The second has to do with will.This article in today's Washington Post examines the benefits of the recently proposed comprehensive immigration reform measures.The multifaceted approaches …

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American Rage? It’s not all about Health Care

For many months I have been writing about the disproportionate rage that has been expressed by people, particularly here in Northern Virginia, but also around the nation regarding immigration and immigrants. More recently, I've been watching the response to the health care debate with s similar curiosity. Surely this cannot be about increasing health coverage …

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Where America Stands on Immigration Reform

Something to think about while you're mulling over the possibility of immigration reform in 2010.  This is a great report by by Scott Keeter, Director of Survey Research, Pew Research Center.   Recently the Obama administration announced that it will push for legislation next year to overhaul the nation's immigration system. Homeland Security Secretary Janet …

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