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Q&A Guide to Arizona's New Immigration Law

Posted by Michael Pollak on Wed, Jun 02, 2010 @ 7:55 PM

What You Need to Know About The New Law and How It Can Impact Your State

Washington, D.C. - Tomorrow Arizona Governor Jan Brewer will meet with President Obama to discuss border security and Arizona's controversial new immigration law SB 1070. Barely a month after passage of  SB 1070, both opponents and proponents are attempting to assess the impact the new law may have on residents of Arizona-citizens and immigrants alike. At the same time, approximately 22 states (at last count) are considering similar legislation. Multiple lawsuits have been filed challenging the constitutionality of the law, opponents are mounting a boycott, and numerous polls show that a majority of the public both supports the Arizona law and comprehensive immigration reform. 

Immigration Policy Center


The Immigration Policy Center has developed a Q&A Guide to Arizona's New Immigration Law. This guide provides key answers to basic questions about Arizona's law - from the substance of the law and myths surrounding it to the legal and fiscal implications. As other states contemplate similar legislation, knowing the answers to basic questions about Arizona's law will prove to be critically important in furthering the discussion.

To view the guide in its entirety see:

  • Q&A Guide to Arizona's New Immigration Law (IPC Special Report, June 2, 2010)

What Reforming Immigration Could Do For America

Posted by Michael Pollak on Thu, Mar 25, 2010 @ 12:47 AM

The Immigration Policy Center of the American Immigration Council presents: "Out With the Old, In With the New: What Reforming Immigration Could Do For America."  


Myth: Removing Illegal Aliens Improves Job Prospects for Americans

Posted by Michael Pollak on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 @ 8:16 AM

Immigration Policy CenterAlthough the United States is currently experiencing its highest unemployment levels in a generation, it is untrue that subtracting 8.3 million unauthorized immigrant workers from the labor force would automatically improve job prospects for the 15.7 million Americans who are now unemployed.  Employment is not a "zero sum" game.  Swapping unemployed natives for employed unauthorized immigrants is not valid economically.  In reality, native workers and immigrants workers are not easily interchangeable says the Immigration Policy Center.  Even if unemployed native workers were willing to travel across the country or take jobs for which they are overqualified, that is hardly a long-term strategy for economic recovery.  Legalizing millions of unauthorized workers, taxpayers, and consumers would benefit the economy by increasing tax revenues and consumer spending.

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