When Immigration Matters

2018: A Tough Year in US Immigration Policy

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 @ 9:07 PM

Many people will remember 2018 as one of the most restrictive years for immigration to the United States. As explained by Frank Sharry, head of pro-immigrant group America’s Voice, “This is our generation’s sort of existential moment… Are we going to continue to be a nation that practices ‘e pluribus unum’and welcomes people from around the world to make this country better?  Or are were going to continue to shut the door?”  Throughout the past year, the answer seems to be the latter.

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Immigration Law Showdown | The United States vs. Arizona

Posted by Karen Pollak on Tue, Jul 06, 2010 @ 3:13 PM

The United States v. Arizona
Drawing a Clear Line Between Federal and State Immigration Authority

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Prioritize Immigration Reform Says Univision's Jorge Ramos

Posted by Michael Pollak on Tue, Jul 06, 2010 @ 10:19 AM

As a follow up to President Obama's immigration speech last week, Kiran Chetry, Anchor of CNN's American Morning interviews Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, author of a new book, "A Country for All".  Ramos comments on President Obama's speech and urges him to make comprehensive immigration reform a priority. Last week, President Obama called for securing the borders and paving the way for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants to become legal citizens. 

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Napolitano Reaffirms Immigration Reform is Top Priority for 2010

Posted by Michael Pollak on Sat, Nov 14, 2009 @ 8:37 AM

WASHINGTON DC-- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Friday reaffirmed President Obama's commitment to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

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Visas for Skilled Workers Under Attack

Posted by Michael Pollak on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 @ 1:38 PM
Recent congressional efforts to create stricter rules for skilled-worker visas are cause for concern for immigration advocacy groups and skilled immigrants.  Despite the intense focus on illegal immigration, visas for skilled workers also are under attack, from Congress and from nativist and union lobbies. Jagdish N. Bhagwati, CFR's senior fellow for International Economics and a professor at Columbia University, who also recently coedited the book Skilled Immigration Today: Prospects, Problems and Policies is critical of the policy because it fails to account for the quality of skilled-worker visa holders. He points out that many of these hires are from world-class technological and management institutions in India, Seoul, and China, which the United States has often helped to set up.

"Intel, Microsoft--they are looking for the best people they can get," Bhagwati says, and "the Americans who do not get the jobs in competition with the foreign hires tend to be graduates who are at the bottom of the class." Any openness policy is going to be a tough sell for lawmakers right now, but he argues that openness benefits the country economically.

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GOP Candidate Whitman Supports Path to Citizenship

Posted by Michael Pollak on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 @ 3:03 PM
Californian Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman voices her opinion on immigration policy issues yesterday, saying it is "simply not practical" to deport the estimated 12.5 million illegal immigrants living and working in the United States.

Whitman supports a solution that allows illegal immigrants to live here legally. "Can we get a fair program where people stand at the back of the line, they pay a fine, they do some things that would ultimately allow a path to legalization?" she asked.

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