Today the Associated Press is reporting that former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice deeply regrets not getting an immigration overhaul done during the Bush administration: “We need immigration reform.” According to the AP, “She said immigrants were critical to the country’s financial health, and that reform was needed to fuel the next round of economic growth.” Moral of the story: Better to get reform done early and well then regret it later.

CIS takes inflated 2005 percentages related to the construction industry, combines them with inflated percentages regarding the 2007 construction industry, and concludes with an inflated outcome that has no credibility whatsoever. For a more complete takedown of CIS’s bogus claims, see this fact check from the Immigration Policy Center. Unfortunately, CIS continues to be treated as an unbiased research institution by some media outlets and policymakers. It is not surprising that Fox News Channel can talk about nothing else. After all, in defiance of evidence from the past three election cycles, hard line conservatives still seem to believe blaming immigrants is a good political strategy. But a front page story on USA Today? Come on.

“The raid yesterday in Washington stands in stark contrast to the President’s vision for common sense immigration policies that target the truly bad actors, keep American families together, and put hard-working undocumented workers on a path to becoming full Americans. Immigration raids targeting non-criminal, undocumented workers will not fix our broken immigration system and they will not make our country safer. “While President Obama has articulated a commitment to moving forward on real, comprehensive immigration reform, his immigration enforcement agency is continuing the same failed strategies of the past.

“America’s Voice welcomes Secretary Solis’ confirmation to lead the U.S. Department of Labor. She is a strong advocate for the rights of all workers and a strong supporter of comprehensive immigration reform. “Secretary Solis understands how our dysfunctional immigration system leads to worker exploitation. When millions of undocumented workers are without the protection of the law, it encourages unscrupulous employers to undercut the wages and working conditions of all workers.

Rep. Hilda Solis is a strong and effective advocate for comprehensive immigration reform, who understands that the broken immigration system must be addressed for the good of American workers, American taxpayers, and immigrants who labor in the shadows. We welcome her nomination as Secretary of Labor and hope that her appointment will usher in a new era — one that finally holds unscrupulous employers accountable for exploiting workers and restores a level playing field for all.

Today’s Associated Press announcement that Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA) is the President-elect’s pick to head the Department of Labor is an exciting development for all workers in our country. Not only has Solis been a long-time labor advocate, she has stood firm for immigration policy that makes our nation stronger. She has also been a leader on the issue of immigrant detentions and the ill-conceived Bush administration raids.