Recent developments indicate that the schism in the Republican Party over Latino outreach and immigration reform is beginning to widen. While some Republican lawmakers continue to use the immigration issue as a wedge to try to block progress on every major issue the Democratic Congress takes up—such as... Continue »
Lots going on today in immigration-- here's a quick recap. Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced a set of new farm worker rules, including the rollback of a 2008 Bush-era reversal in labor oversight for agricultural workers in the United States. The measure was promptly heralded as a... Continue »
Today, the Hispanic press highlights a study from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) indicating that immigration does not depress the wages of American workers. According to the report, titled "Immigration and Wages," Department of Labor statistics demonstrate that the arrival of 9.5 million immigrant workers between 1994 and 2007... Continue »
The president's State of the Union address last week continues to be a hot topic in the Spanish-language press. President Obama's aunt, Zeituni Onyango, faces a deportation hearing after overstaying her tourist visa and having her application for political asylum rejected, as reported by the AP, the EFE, La... Continue »
The President announced his budget Monday, sending many members of Congress into an angry frenzy over $3.83 trillion that Obama had allotted for an array of programs – mostly in an effort to fight against the growing unemployment and to strengthen our weak economy. But some members of Congress... Continue »
Comprehensive immigration reform would grow the economy by ensuring that all workers and employers pay their fair share of taxes and play by the same rules. Reform would raise the wage floor for all workers and end the underground economy where unscrupulous employers take advantage of their workers... Continue »
Two reports with bearing on the immigration debate were released in Washington yesterday: an Urban Institute study finding that three-fourths of the 5.5 million children of undocumented parents were born in the United States and live under the fear that their parents will be arrested, separated from them or... Continue »
The New York Times today uncovers how U.S. immigration authorities under President Bush colluded with a Mississippi marine oil-rig company to punish workers exercising their labor rights. The article details shocking correspondence between the employer, Signal International, and the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which advised the... Continue »
Yesterday Lindsey Graham, Republican Senator from South Carolina, stood up for a comprehensive fix to our badly damaged immigration system. Graham has been crafting bipartisan legislation with Senator Schumer for some time now, and details of the bill are expected soon. Continue »
President Obama was right to focus on the economy and jobs in his State of the Union address tonight, because the economic downturn is a concern of every American. He was also right to talk about immigration reform for a simple reason: immigration reform will make our economy... Continue »