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How the deportation numbers mislead | Al Jazeera America

How the deportation numbers mislead | Al Jazeera America | Immigration in California | Scoop.it
The US is deporting fewer people — but using harsher tactics
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Great information on how people are deported, and how the media can often be misleading.

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Andrew Stiles - What Americans Really Think about Immigration

Andrew Stiles - What Americans Really Think about Immigration | Immigration in California | Scoop.it
Contrary to conventional wisdom, they don’t like much about the Gang of Eight bill.
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While the politics and legislature in this article are a little bit old (~4 months), the polling statistics are still the same. It really surprises me that a majority of Americans actually support a path to citizenship for any given undocumented immigrant. This is an important statistic because much of the controversy over legislature in Congress now is centered around this idea of a "path to citizenship". A "path to citizenship" is simply some form of plan where a undocumented immigrant, who is already in the US, can easily apply for US citizenship in an expedited process. These new citizens would receive full government benefits, including unemployment and social securities. I think the GOP has it right on this issue to not allow any sort of path to complete citizenship. Allowing 55million new, lower income, low skill workers, some of whom don't speak English; in my opinion is a terrible idea. The issue is, is that now, we are so dependent on undocumented worker labor, we probably won't just be able to simply deport everyone and have our economy survive either. So, the balance that we have right now make actually be the best option. Maybe the 12% who answered that way in the CNN survey actually had that one right.

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Legalizing illegal immigrants a bad idea

Legalizing illegal immigrants a bad idea | Immigration in California | Scoop.it
Almost everyone agrees that something has to be done to resolve America's illegal immigration crisis. But will any of the reform plans that include a "pathway to citizenship" for illegal immigrants solve the problem?
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This was a very intriguing article to read after posting the article written by Christopher Matthews. Matthews' article seemed mostly pro-immigration and gave very convincing statistics on why illegal immigration is helping our economy. I completely agree with what Matthews wrote, however, I also agree with Seminara of the Chicago Tribune, even though they take different stances on the issue. Matthews is correct in saying that undocumented immigrants help our economy, they certainly do; that's mostly because they're mostly men between the ages of 18 and 40. However, Seminara argues that mostly undocumented immigrants have families and if given the opportunity to become a full fledged citizen or some sort of provisional citizenship, the illegal immigrants would bring his entire family here, meaning that approximately 11 million undocumented workers would swell to 40 million new citizens in a ver short period of time, thus meaning 40 million new mostly unskilled poor immigrants with many children. This would put an absolutely incredible strain on the social security system and on the job market.

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5 Facts about Republicans and immigration

5 Facts about Republicans and immigration | Immigration in California | Scoop.it
The immigration bill approved by the Senate now goes to the Republican-controlled House. Here's a look at public opinion among Republicans on the issues involved.
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Pew Research Center, a respectable third party research institute, leading the way on modern day fact checking in political redirect. Last week, I posted about a democratic political study on immigration, so this week, I decided to discover Republican's opinions. about the issue. Coming into this, I assumed that 99% of conservatives opposed 100% of immigration reform. It was refreshing to learn that approximately 70% of Republicans think that the US needs to authorize some sort of path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. 80% of Republicans, however, see massive downsides in that it would encourage substantial more immigration as well as providing incentive and reward for breaking the law. Bullet point number 3 in this study highlights a new option for immigration, which I hadn't previously seen. 86% of republicans would support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who have had a streak of good behavior, can speak English, have steady employment, and have paid taxes. I think that I could get behind a measure like this. In bullet point number four and five, PRC references the fact that legalizing immigration would grant more votes to either side. I think that this should be a non-issue in this decision. The GOP shouldn't block the proposal just because most of those votes would go to the Democrat side, likewise, the democrats shouldn't pass this just because they want more votes.

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Why do illegal immigrants come to the US?

Why do illegal immigrants come to the US? | Immigration in California | Scoop.it
I read an article today in Oprah magazine by Allison Glock from February called "Hiding in Plain Sight" that made me break down and cry.  It had the most succinct and poignant summation of why peop...
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In this opinion piece, online blogger, Fiercelinguist, speaks as to why Mexican citizens would risk so much for the chance to come to America, illegally. In a moving opening paragraph, she explains that working a minimum wage job in America, illegally, for many immigrants would be considered "heaven". She then challenges the reader to think about what "Hell" must be like for some of these immigrates. For these people, Hell is their home country. This notion really struck me, especially after watching three different documentaries about illegal immigration in my Spanish 6 class here at Urban. Fiercelinguist sites the constant violence and lack of clean water as reasons enough to risk everything and cross the border. The Liberal side of the immigration debate constantly references these reasons in an attempt to direct the public opinion away from studies and economics of immigration, creating the center of the argument based in human rights and ethics, not in fact and science. Despite this, this article serves as a reminder on why too many people risk too much too often.

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The Economics of Immigration: Who Wins, Who Loses and Why | TIME.com

The Economics of Immigration: Who Wins, Who Loses and Why | TIME.com | Immigration in California | Scoop.it
Washington’s focus has shifted to immigration reform this week as a bipartisan group of Senators put forward a comprehensive plan on Monday and President Obama followed with a proposal of his own yesterday.
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In this article, Christopher Mathews makes a very sound argument for a more liberal stance on federal immigration reform. Siting many studies that more illegal immigration could potentially lead to more economic prosperity, Mathews takes a stance that seems to put to rest many issues commonly associated with immigration into the United States. He brings up the common argument that undocumented immigrants take jobs that "no American would want". While this is understandable, I believe that there are Americans who do want these jobs and won't have the opportunities which will result in those unnecessarily unemployed citizens putting a strain on the fragile social security and welfare system in the US.

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