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Dept. of Homeland Security, Dept. of Labor Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Workplace Enforcement

Yesterday, the Obama Administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Labor Department finally agreed to work together to make sure the government’s zeal to enforce immigration laws doesn’t hurt labor enforcement efforts.

Report Analyzes True Economic Effects of Arizona SB 1070

Ahead of the one-year anniversary of SB 1070, the Center for American Progress released a new report entitled “A Rising Tide or a Shrinking Pie: The Economic Impact of Legalization Versus Deportation,” analyzing what would happen if SB 1070 were carried out to its full intended effect and every single undocumented immigrant was purged from Arizona, and would happen if the state instead decided to legalize all of its undocumented.

Reps. Lamar Smith, Elton Gallegly and Steve King Earn Failing Grades from Civil Rights Institutions

Leaders of the Subcommittee, Reps. Lamar Smith, Elton Gallegly, and Steve King, are professing profound concern for people of color and American workers. But their voting records tell an entirely different story, and America’s Voice Education Fund (AVEF) is exposing the rank hypocrisy behind their strategy.

Immigration Policy Center: Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) in Trouble With the Facts

In response to a recent Roll Call article calling out the nativist lobby, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith wrote a letter to the editor making a series of claims—many of which he’s been making for the last 20 years—which simply don’t stack up to the facts. These myths also conveniently obscure the lack of any denial of ties to the nativist lobby. While many of Smith’s easy-to-swallow myths may stir the extreme end of a conservative base, they serve as a yet another distraction from having an open and honest immigration debate.

New Report: 14th Amendment Repeal Would Leave Millions More Undocumented

Yesterday, the non-partisan Migration Policy Institute released a report entitled, “The Demographic Impact of Repealing Birth,” finding that the controversial idea birthed by some GOP senators of repealing the 14th amendment would, over the next ten years, actually increase illegal immigration by another 5 million people.

Fact Sheet: Governor Jan Brewer Has Lost Her Head

Brewer’s increasingly outrageous claims about immigrants don’t match the facts and they are costing Arizona millions of dollars. When asked to respond at a candidate debate this week about the veracity of her claims, the questions literally left the Governor speechless. This fact sheet reveals the truth behind several of the Governor’s false claims about immigration that she has repeatedly used to justify signing the state’s controversial anti-immigrant law, SB 1070.

Weekly Diaspora: The High Cost of Cheap Labor

A new study about the effects of immigration on U.S. employment supports the long-standing arguments of immigration advocates: Rather than displacing American workers, immigrant labor actually makes our economy stronger. Kevin Drum has the details at Mother Jones.

Fox Gets it Right on Immigration Polling… CNN, Not So Much.

Nope. That was not a typo. A new poll from Fox News finds that 68 percent of voters, including majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, say efforts to secure the border should be combined with reform of federal immigration laws by Congress. What do voters mean by reform of federal immigration laws? Sixty-eight percent “favor allowing illegal immigrants who pay taxes and obey the law to stay in the United States.”