Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Legalization - it is a viable immigration option!

The Immigration Policy Center has just released a paper where a cost-benefit analysis to three of the immigration debate options is presented. A "deportation only" option turns out the most expensive, "attrition through enforcement" where immigrants' lives in the United States is made difficult by limiting their options, is also very expense and not likely to be very effective, so why not consider a legalization path? Considering the financial benefits - it surely seems the most viable option.

Here is the link: http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/images/File/perspective/Immigration%20Stimulus%20Perspective%20090109.pdf

Friday, August 14, 2009

Legalizing Immigrants has its benefits!

Leading economists agree any immigration reform bill should include some form of legalization for the roughly 12 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. Legalization would improve wages and working conditions for all workers—including the native-born—and would yield a net benefit to the recovering U.S. economy. One study estimates that an immigration reform bill which includes legalization would yield a net benefit of $180 billion over a ten-year period, while enforcement efforts alone would actually cost $80 billion over the same period.

Read all about it: http://immigrationimpact.com/2009/08/14/new-report-from-cato-institute-highlights-economic-benefits-of-legalizing-unauthorized-immigrants/

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Napolitano focuses on enforcement, not reform!

A day after President Obama announced that legislation to overhaul immigration laws would have to wait until next year, the secretary of homeland security played down the need for change and took a tough stance on enforcing current immigration laws.

The secretary, Janet Napolitano, defended the administration's assertive strategy against illegal immigrants and companies that employ them, relying largely on programs started under President George W. Bush.

Our imigration system cannot be fixed without a comprehensive reform of the current laws. The administration must realize reform of the current laws is needed.

MYTH: Immigrants taking away jobs from US workers

CNN is airing an incendiary ad by the an anti-immigrant front group, Coalition For The Future Of The American Worker, which warns that the US government is letting in 1.5 million foreign workers a year to take jobs from the 15 million unemployed Americans. A previous version of the ad aired earlier this year.

Watch it at this link: http://www.americanworker.org/

How does the Coalition arrive at the notion that the US is even accepting 1.5 million "new" foreign workers? pure fabrication. A few months ago, when NumbersUSA trumpeted the data (then estimated at 1.6 million immigrant workers), the Immigration Policy Center picked the far-fetched estimate apart - check it out: http://immigrationimpact.com/2009/02/23/anti-immigration-numbersusa-distorts-statistics/

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

It's time to fix the broken immigration system!

Tell Congress: "It's time to fix the broken immigration system. Pass comprehensive immigration reform this year!"

Our broken immigration system is hurting our economy, American families, and all American workers. Comprehensive immigration reform is the solution. President Obama supports reform. But only Congress has the power to pass legislation.

Join the campaign for Reform Immigration for America!


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tell Congress to move on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

National polling data shows that a majority of Americans want Comprehensive Immigration Reform. By consistently strong majorities, Americans want a fair, common sense plan to fix our broken immigration system. In 2009 as in previous years, voters want the President and Congress to advance an immigration plan that legalizes the undocumented workforce and requires them to pay taxes; levels the playing field for workers and employers; and restores the rule of law.

Americans want a solution and Crompehensive Immigration Reform is the solution we need!

Tell Congress that it's time to start the debate on CIR. Visit Contact Congress at: http://capwiz.com/aila2/issues/alert/?alertid=13300836 to send a message of support to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Barbara Boxer, and Your US Representative!

Stop ICE abuse

In a published UFCW report, you’ll read about the human toll exacted by the Bush administration’s enforcement-only policy. It includes the story of a young man, born in the United States and educated in Mexico, whose halting English subjected him first to searing ridicule, then intimidation, and, finally, threats of imprisonment. A mother separated
from her diabetic child. A young high school student, born and raised in the United States, confronted by ICE agents who had burst through the front door of her mother’s home, weapons drawn demanding answers to questions she knew nothing about, because her mother, also a U.S. citizen, had, at one time, worked at a poultry processing facility. A successful state and local program—years in development—bringing small-town Iowans together with common purpose destroyed by the fear, mistrust, and cultural division created in the wake of a raid. Frightened children. Racial profiling. Due process ignored. The rule of law, the Constitution tossed aside.


Immigration Reform is not high on the President's priority

If there’s one thing immigration proponents and foes can agree on it’s this: a legislative overhaul of our immigration system has been pushed down the president’s priorities list and probably won’t happen this year.