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Ohio, the Other Border

By Maribel Hastings, America’s Voice - CLEVELAND, Ohio – Every Tuesday night in Painesville, Ohio, immigrants with a common denominator meet at a converted church: they are protagonists or collateral damage in the government’s deportation machine. The picture blows the water out of the argument that the deportations are focused on criminals or recent border crossers without […]

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Immigration Reform Needed by Refugees

Most of the national discussion of immigration reform is from the perspective of South Americans who have the physical ability to cross our Southern border between legal checkpoints, in addition to the very limited ability to come legally. This discussion is with Somalian leaders, about the problems of Somalian refugees whose only way in is […]

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Judge rules shackling of immigration detainees unconstitutional

“You can judge a society by how well it treats its prisoners.” – Fyordor Dostoevsky A federal district judge has ruled that the practice of shackling immigrant detainees by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during court proceedings is unconstitutional. Judge Michael Ponsor of the U.S. District Court (Massachusetts) ruled March 9 that the shackles were […]

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E-Verify Does Not “Turn Off” Job Magnet

By Alex Nowrasteh - One of the main claims of E-Verify’ ssupporters is that it will turn off the job magnet that incentivizes unauthorized immigration.  A recent Working Paper by economists Pia M. Orrenius and Madeline Zavodny casts doubt on that. They find that E-Verify mandates in the states have decreased wages by likely Mexican unauthorized immigrant men by about 7.8 percent […]

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No, Immigrants Won’t Make Welfare State Bigger

By ALEX NOWRASTEH AND ZACHARY GOCHENOUR - Republicans are worried about Speaker John Boehner’s immigration reform principles — chief among them that immigration reform will create a new Democratic majority. However, worries that new immigrants will increase the size of our bloated welfare state and further decrease America’s economic freedom shouldn’t be among them. In a new paper from […]

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House Republican Immigration Reform Principles

by Bob Quasius – Kudos to House Republican leaders for developing a set of proposed immigration reform principles (from Politico), for consensus building at a meeting of House Republicans. These principles differ from those of Cafe Con Leche Republicans, but we also recognize that middle ground must be found to pass any immigration reform and […]

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Reagan Was Wrong in 1986 Amnesty Bill

By Alex Gonzalez – The argument against the new immigration Bill is that it will be a repetition of the Reagan’s immigration Bill of 1986 that did not “secure the border.” And since the border was not “secure”, we now are faced with the conundrum of 11 million undocumented residents. And they are right. Reagan’s […]

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Is Immigration Reform Amnesty?

by Bob Quasius – Jessica Dominguez remains one of my favorite commentators on immigration reform. She’s popular as “Abogada Jessica Dominguez” on twitter (@AbogadaLatina), Facebook, and regularly appears on Univisión to answer questions about immigration reform and immigration law. Oh yes, and she was an unauthorized immigrant for a time too, and knows what it’s […]

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¿Reforma migratoria en pedazos funciona?

Mario Beltrán – Democratic strategist faced off against Manuel Fernandez – Florida leader of Cafe Con Leche Republicans and debated immigration reform. Enjoy!

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The Founders’ Immigration Policy

by Alex Nowrasteh – Today is the anniversary of the passage of America’s first immigration and naturalization law, the Naturalization Act of 1790. Passed in the first Congress, it had zero restrictions on immigration. You read that right, the first immigration law passed in the United States, by the Founders themselves, supported open immigration. The Naturalization Act created few […]

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