U.S. Immigrant Integration Pt. 2: Lessons from Abroad and Policy Implications
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U.S. Immigrant Integration Pt. 2: Lessons from Abroad and Policy Implications

As discussed in the preceding post, U.S. immigrant integration efforts occur mainly at the state and local level, with mixed success rates among various groups. However, as demonstrated by Figure 13, immigrants in the U.S. are more assimilated than in most European countries: Still, U.S. immigrant integration has room for improvement, according to the Migration … Continue reading

U.S. Immigrant Integration Pt. 1: An Overview
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U.S. Immigrant Integration Pt. 1: An Overview

While debates on immigration reform have centered primarily on securing the border and potentially legalizing the undocumented population in the U.S., policymakers have overlooked one key aspect of immigration policy: immigrant integration. Through integration programs, immigrants can acquire the skills and credentials they need to successfully transition to their new life. This includes, among other … Continue reading

O Canada: 5 Advantages of Using a Points-Based Immigrant Selection System
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O Canada: 5 Advantages of Using a Points-Based Immigrant Selection System

While politicians, the press, and immigration advocates continue to criticize the “broken” U.S. immigration system, there is one country whose immigration model consistently receives praise: Canada. Our northern neighbor has one of the highest proportion of immigrants among the G8 countries—one in five Canadian residents is foreign-born. The Canadian people overwhelmingly support immigration, with 86 … Continue reading

Political Bickering over Immigration Reform Discrediting Both Sides
Immigration / Other / Politics

Political Bickering over Immigration Reform Discrediting Both Sides

President Obama announced on Monday what many have been speculating for some time now: there will be no House vote on immigration this year, meaning Obama will now take executive action to “fix” the immigration system. The president has also requested $2 billion from Congress in emergency funds to deal with the escalating immigration crisis … Continue reading

Big Border Problem Requires Big Solution
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Big Border Problem Requires Big Solution

Facilities along the U.S. southern border are overwhelmed with the unprecedented numbers of unaccompanied children crossing over from Mexico and Central America. Since October, roughly 47,000 unaccompanied children have been caught on the border, a more than 90% increase from last year, federal officials said. In total, roughly 90,000 minors may be apprehended this year and another … Continue reading

Political Waffling Beats Cantor, Not Immigration
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Political Waffling Beats Cantor, Not Immigration

As the House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) lost in the primaries to relative unknown Tea Partier Dave Brat, many are claiming that the complex relationship between Cantor and Immigration reform resulted in a sort of political murder-suicide. Cantor’s support of immigration reform lost him his seat, and the loss of Cantor’s seat seemingly ended … Continue reading

Discharge Petition Irrelevant, Let’s Get Back to the Facts
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Discharge Petition Irrelevant, Let’s Get Back to the Facts

Two weeks ago, in the midst of immigration “deadlock,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) submitted a discharge petition in order to retrieve HB-15 from committee and bring it to a floor vote. HB-15 is the House version of the “Gang of 8” immigration reform bill passed in the Senate last spring. The media focus … Continue reading

Killing Two Birds With One Stone: Immigration and Social Insurance Programs
Economy / Healthcare / Immigration

Killing Two Birds With One Stone: Immigration and Social Insurance Programs

When addressing the nation last week, President Obama had only brief remarks regarding immigration reform, simply saying, “let’s get it done”. Perhaps this brevity is emblematic of how unlikely immigration reform has become. While off-putting to some members of Congress, comprehensive immigration reform remains one of the President’s major legislative goals. Though the President has … Continue reading

Fighting Worker Exploitation by Fixing our Guest Worker Programs
Immigration

Fighting Worker Exploitation by Fixing our Guest Worker Programs

An increase in immigration also increases the risk of human rights abuse because immigrants are often so desperate that they are willing to work for any employer, even under deplorable conditions. The above statement is used by several anti-immigrant groups like the Progressives for Immigration Reform as an argument against immigration. Since when do anti-immigrant … Continue reading