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Center for American Progress: Tax Revenues Will Rise if Obama Announces Executive Action

An executive action from President Obama makes all kinds of legal, moral, and political sense — and it would have economic benefits as well.  According to a new report from the Center for American Progress, an estimated $21.2 billion in additional payroll taxes would be collected over five years if Obama took executive action to protect … Continue reading »

Conservative Columnist Jacoby: CIS Report is Wrong, Immigrant Workers are Complementary to Economy

“IF ANYONE ought to appreciate the power of immigration to stimulate employment, it is America’s energetic anti-immigration advocates, whose jobs wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the influx of immigrants they spend their days seeking to curtail.” Zing.  Thus begins a new column from Jeff Jacoby, a noted conservative columnist, about why a new CIS report claiming that … Continue reading »

Sen. Durbin to Tech Giants: Uphold Your Commitment to Immigration Reform

Today is the opening day for companies seeking foreign workers to file H-1B visa petitions, and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) used the opportunity to ask tech companies to stay committed to their role in the immigration reform movement.  In a letter to nine of the nation’s top tech firms, Durbin asked them to renew their … Continue reading »

Senate GOP, "Led" by Jeff Sessions, Votes Down Resolution Honoring Cesar Chavez

Of course this happened: MT: .@DSenFloor .@SenatorMenendez asked UC to pass SRes404, to honor Cesar Chavez. Republican Sen. Sessions objected. — Jose Dante Parra (@JoseDanteParra) March 31, 2014 DISGRACEFUL: 8th yr in a row @SenateGOP block my Res to honor #CesarChavez’s legacy. Hope they see the light nxt yr. #LATISM#CesarChavezDay — Sen. Robert Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) … Continue reading »

Greg Sargent Talks to Growers: 'I Used to Be a Loyal Check Writer to GOP, But At This Point the Checkbook is Closed'

On the heels of today’s New York Times story about California farmers who are running out of time and patience waiting for immigration reform, Greg Sargent at the Washington Post has a similar article about growers in places like Washington state (and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ district).  According to Sargent, nearly all of these growers … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Two NYT Stories Highlight On-the-Ground Anger & Disillusionment With Washington’s Immigration Failures

Two New York Times stories from this past weekend highlight the growing anger and disillusionment directed at both political parties, coming from core constituencies.  The Republicans come in for special condemnation from agricultural producers for blocking immigration reform legislation.  Meanwhile, President Obama’s record deportations are causing frustration and anger in the Latino community.  The stories … Continue reading »

More than 600 Business Groups Call for Congress to Act on Immigration

This week the Chamber of Commerce is renewing its push for Congress to take up immigration reform, sending a letter to Speaker Boehner asking him to take action on legislation this year.  More than 600 businesses have co-signed this letter, from Apple to McDonald’s to AT&T and more.  View the full letter and list of signees … Continue reading »

American Farm Bureau Report: Enforcement-Only Immigration Bills Raise Food Prices 5-6%

The current Republican fantasy on immigration reform seems to involve killing legislation this year, then passing a bill “the right way” in 2015, when they’re hoping to be in control of the Senate.  Such a bill, as advocated by nativists like Mark Krikorian, would drastically beef up border security and immigration enforcement first, followed — … Continue reading »

AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka Explains Why Legalization Without Citizenship is "Fool's Gold"

The need for immigration reform with a path to citizenship is receiving a stirring defense from both the left and right this week.  One day after Republican Congressman Jeff Denham (R-CA) called legalization without citizenship “un-American,” labor leader Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO is making an attainable path to citizenship his line in the sand. … Continue reading »

New Omnibus Spending Bill Would Leave Detention Bed Mandate Fully Funded

Republicans are supposed to be reaching out to Latino voters, but last year all they did was stall on immigration reform, pass the enforcement-only SAFE Act out of committee, and give Steve King a vote on his amendment to deport DREAMers. This year isn’t looking much better.  Senate Republicans this week clamored to bar certain immigrant families from accessing child … Continue reading »