Immigration

  • 01.11.18

    The Immigration Debate We Must Not Lose

    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 "u...

    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."

  • 09.06.17

    DACA Explained

    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 de...

    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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  • 08.24.17

    Do Immigrants “Steal” Jobs From American Workers?

    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...Read More

  • 04.25.17

    How Sanctuary Cities Actually Work

    This video from Vox explains what sanctuary cities are. Sanctuary cities are: "Cities and counties in the US that limit their cooperation with immigration enforcement." But what does that mean? It explains that there are a number of different policies in cities that make them "sanctuary cities" but to truly under...

    This video from Vox explains what sanctuary cities are. Sanctuary cities are: “Cities and counties in the US that limit their  cooperation with immigration enforcement.” But what does that mean?

    It explains that there are a number of different policies in cities that make them "sanctuary cities" but to truly understand the situation, you must look at the choices that a local police officer must make when handling an undocumented immigrant that he has already arrested for some other reason.

    Local police officers have the choice to either 1. Honor requests from ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to hold the undocumented immigrant so that ICE can pick the immigrant up and begin the deportation process, or 2. Let the immigrant go.

    Both choices come with consequences. If local police assist ICE in deportation "word gets out in the immigrant community and immigrants become scared to interact with the police if they are a victim of crime or a witness to it." In contrast, if local police do not assist ICE "The state can also step in and take away the funding streams from the local police." President Trump has also recently signed an executive order "that opens the door to withholding federal funds from sanctuary cities."

    Ultimately, this situation "puts local law enforcement in a lose-lose situation. For them it could be between choosing financial security on one hand and public safety on the other.”

  • 04.19.17

    Tohono O'odham Nation Opposes Border Wall

    Building a wall between The United States of America and Mexico was a significant element of the Trump campaign in 2016. While there are many political arguments for and against the wall, it is important to look at the individuals whose day to day lives will be affected by the wall. This video specifically looks a...

    Building a wall between The United States of America and Mexico was a significant element of the Trump campaign in 2016. While there are many political arguments for and against the wall, it is important to look at the individuals whose day to day lives will be affected by the wall.

    This video specifically looks at the Native American nation, Tohono O'odham. It is located at the U.S.-Mexican border in Arizona with elements on both sides of the wall. In the video, individuals from the tribe describe their living situation, and why a wall along the border would change their lives. Ultimately,  they fear that the proposed President Trump border wall would not only sever their land, but also slice through their community and culture.

  • 03.16.17

    Immigration And Public Safety

    This report from the Solutions Project looks at the crime rates within the immigrant community to allow readers to educate themselves about the facts and statistics in the context of the political discussion around immigration It finds that: "Foreign-born residents of the United States commit crime less often than...

    This report from the Solutions Project looks at the crime rates within the immigrant community to allow readers to educate themselves about the facts and statistics in the context of the political discussion around immigration

    It finds that: "Foreign-born residents of the United States commit crime less often than native-born citizens. Policies that further restrict immigration are therefore not effective crime-control strategies. These facts—supported by over 100 years of research—have been misrepresented both historically and in recent political debates."

    The four points of evidence that the paper specifically points to are:

    1. Immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than native-born citizens.
    2. Higher levels of immigration in recent decades may have contributed to the historic drop in crime rates.
    3. Police chiefs believe that intensifying immigration law enforcement undermines public safety.
    4. Immigrants are under-represented in U.S. prisons.

    CRIME RATE FOR EACH POPULATION BY AGE

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  • 03.08.17

    Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States

    "Threaded throughout the history of the United States, immigration has taken on greater prominence in political and policy conversations amid debate over possible reforms to the immigration system, border and national security, and the U.S. role in resettling refugees at a time of record global displacement." This...Read More

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