Immigration

Immigration Fact Sheet 2

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  • The Immigration Debate We Must Not Lose

    January 2018

    In this article, Dr. James Zogby describes his family's immigration story. During the 1920s, "he US Congress was in the grips of a nativist xenophobic fervor. Congressional debates termed Syrians as "parasites" with one Senator saying "we don't need any more Syrian trash coming here". Visas for Syrians and other "undesirable countries" were to remain frozen for almost three decades." 

    Zogby links his father's inability to get a visa to the current political situation of many undocumented immigrants - facing racism from elected officials. 

    "In the past, because of hard work and the fact that some leaders listened to "the voices of our better angels", the vision of the welcoming "Lady in the Harbor" has won out. It is our fight today to make sure she wins again. The soul of America is at stake. We dare not lose."

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  • Why We Must All Fight for the Dream Act.

    October 2017

    By repealing DACA - Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals – Trump has endangered both these young immigrants and the economic security of America.

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  • Why We Need Sanctuary States

    October 2017

    California lawmakers have just passed “sanctuary state” legislation - the first state since Oregon, which 30 years ago passed a law preventing state agencies from targeting undocumented immigrants solely because of their illegal status. 

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  • DACA Explained

    September 2017

    This Vox video gives an overview of DACA: Its history, who is eligible for DACA, and the protections that those individuals receive when they become DACA recipients.

    It also describes the events that led to the Trump Administration revoking the program in September of 2017.

    The video ends with a few statistics describing how DACA has changed the lives of those involved in the program:

    • 69% got a job with better pay

    • 61% opened their first bank account

    • 65% bought their first car

    • 65% pursued educational opportunities they previously couldn't

    "When those protections expire over the next weeks, months or years, they will be back where they started before 2012: unable to work legally and constantly at risk for deportation." 

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  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Discusses DACA with Maui Recipients, Examines Eroding Maui Infrastructure

    September 2017

    Immigration reform has been one of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s top priorities throughout her time in Congress. On Friday, she held a roundtable discussion with Maui recipients of DACA to discuss upcoming changes to the program. 

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  • Do Immigrants “Steal” Jobs From American Workers?

    August 2017

    This article from the Brookings Institution looks at the facts of illegal immigration to test President Trump's assertion that immigrants to the U.S. are " taking our jobs. They’re taking our manufacturing jobs. They’re taking our money. They’re killing us.”

    Brookings asks - is this really the case?

    It finds that "by cutting on immigration, the country will miss an opportunity for new inventions and ventures that could generate the jobs that the president is so committed to bring back. Thus, if the current administration wants to create jobs and ‘make America great again,’ it should consider enlisting more migrants.”

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  • DACA Survey Results

    August 2017

    This survey from Wong et. al, specifically focuses on DACA recipients. DACA recipients are individuals younger than 35 who were brought into this country as minors and who have applied for and become a part of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program.

    It gives a broader picture of the changes that DACA recipients have experienced including: the ability to earn more money to support themselves and their families, pursuing educational opportunities, receiving a driver's license, and becoming employed.

    The survey also investigates the citizenship status of DACA recipient's families, and demographics of the DACA recipients themselves.

    DACA Survey 1

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