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Month: July 2015

Weekly Diaspora: Arizona vs. 'Anchor Babies'

After commanding the world’s attention in 2010 with its cavalier stance on immigration, the Arizona state legislature is threatening—once again—to dominate national immigration discourse and policy.

This week, Arizona state Senator and Senate President-Elect Russell Pearce (R) spoke candidly with CNN’s Jessica Yellin about his plans to introduce a birthright citizenship bill in Arizona this coming January—a move likely to be echoed in the impending Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

Immigration impasse ahead

DESPITE THE lame-duck defeat of a modest immigration reform known as the Dream Act, both President Obama and Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said they are not giving up on improving the nation’s immigration laws. We applaud their persistence and hope progress is possible – if not for something “comprehensive,” as was the goal in the past Congress, then for incremental change.

Lamar Smith’s misguided view on immigration

Rep. Lamar Smith’s pet cause is immigration enforcement. Now, as the chairman-elect of the House Judiciary Committee attempts to convince fellow Republicans to join his posse, he has also taken an interest in Latino voting patterns.

Year in Review: Immigration Law, Health Care and More, Arizona-Style

Lawlessness is to Arizona what horses are to Kentucky, a point of pride if not an outright industry. This was true when the place was a territory (see, e.g., Tombstone), it was true in the mid-1980s when the Arizona Outlaws played in the USFL, and it was true in 2010, when virtually every story of national consequence in the law has either originated in or been impacted by the legal strategies and priorities of elected officials in the Grand Canyon State.

A DREAMer shows up on my doorstep

For months, I’ve been writing about the merits of the DREAM Act legislation. And for months, I’ve written about young people for whom the DREAM Act would have brought relief: college students or graduates, and aspiring members of the U.S. military. Brought to this country by their parents, they grew up here but are in limbo because they’re illegally in the U.S.

Weathering the (immigration) storm

After the disappointing rejection of the DREAM Act in the Senate, undocumented immigrants will be going through the eye of the needle this coming year, as legislation to test interpretations of the 14th amendment — granting citizenship to children of illegals emerges at the next session. Attempts to force employers to use E-Verify to check if their employees are in legal status will most likely follow suit as well.