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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.

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.

Weekly Diaspora: Busting Immigration Myths

This post is a weekly feature by Erin Rosa, Media Consortium Blogger: According to a recent study described by New America Media, passing comprehensive immigration reform and providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants  wouldn’t negatively impact the job market for those who are already citizens. This is one of many myths promoted by … Continue reading »

Washington Post: Growing Number of Wealthy Immigrants Investing in American Business

Under the EB-5 visa program, which was established in 1990, immigrants who have created at least 10 US jobs with their investment of $500,000 – $1 million can be granted legal permanent residency. An appropriate thank you, don’t you think, for those who are creating jobs in a country desperately in need of them?

According to the Washington Post , the number of immigrants taking advantage of the program tripled from 1,443 in 2008 to 4,218 in 2009, partly because the recession motivated the government to streamline often slow-moving procedures — and the benefits of doing so have been tremendous.

Debunking the Myths

Border enforcement is not a solution to the immigration problem; Rather than hurting American workers, immigrants strengthen our economy; Despite the spin, immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than U.S. citizens of the same socioeconomic status.

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Extreme Groups Push Amendments to Bar Legal Immigrants, Block Millions from Buying Insurance

Today the Senate Finance Committee is considering several key amendments on immigration to the current health insurance reform legislation. The worst amendments are sponsored by Senators Kyl (R-AZ), Grassley (R-IA) and Ensign (R-NV). Check out this alert by reform advocates working on the intersection of healthcare and immigration policy — please take a moment to call your Senators now to oppose amendments that are bad policy for all Americans.

Action: Fight FAIR- Fewer “Lies!” and More Solutions

It’s obvious that the specter of ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION is being used by politicians like Rep. Joe Wilson as a divisive wedge issue– he has become a mouthpiece for groups whose main agendas are rooted in white nationalism, fear, and xenophobia. One such organization is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), classified as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. FAIR has been lobbying Congress for years now and is storming DC this week for its annual “Hold Their Feet To The Fire” lobby days. Take Action!