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Immigration Reform: What Did Ronald Reagan Say About Undocumented Immigrants?

Immigration Reform: What Did Ronald Reagan Say About Undocumented Immigrants? | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
As Congress debates an immigration overhaul, many will look to the last major law in 1986, signed by President Reagan. Heres what he said at the time.
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The most disturbing aspect of all the immigration reform proposals are the slight to heavy-handed negative attitudes towards immigrants living in the U.S. without current legal status.  The type of imagery shaped by such commentary, when repeated over and over again, goes a long way towards shaping public opinion.  As a result, undocumented immigrants remain the unwanted step-children of current immigration reform proposals.

 

Looking back, it's plain to see that Ronald Reagan did not harbor the same sentiments - and maybe that's why immigration reform efforts resemble more immigration deform efforts. .

 

 

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Yes sir. When European Americans mention immigration, or immigrants I shall politely ask them "Why did your family move to the Americas?"
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Immigration Policy: A Peak Behind The Government Curtain

Immigration Policy: A Peak Behind The Government Curtain | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
San Diego Immigration Lawyer Shares Why It Is Not In The Best Interests Of Immigrants To Blindly Trust Government Agencies On Immigration Reform.
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It's been 16 years, but the memory lingers.

 

The day that deportation defense for immigrants almost died.  April 1, 1997. 

 

On that date, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA) went into effect.

 

Worse, some local agencies played "games" to improve their chances of deporting a higher number of immigrants. 

 

Here's a peak behind the curtain of an immigration agency.

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An Alabama Divide: While Immigrants Increase, Mexican Immigrants Decrease

An Alabama Divide: While Immigrants Increase, Mexican Immigrants Decrease | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
Between 2009 and 2014, Alabama was the only state in the nation to experience a decrease in the estimated number of unauthorized immigrants from Mexico, while simultaneously seeing an increase in the number of unauthorized immigrants coming in from other countries.
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Good Immigrant, Bad Immigrant

Good Immigrant, Bad Immigrant | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
You might call "Dreamers" the most sympathetic characters in the immigration reform drama. But what happens when advocates try to champion a
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In this podcast, NPR discusses, "Who Is A Good Immigrant?"  

 

The topic has been festering beneath the surface for a long time. In this year's presidential campaign, rhetoric has made it an open topic for discussion.

 

It's related to the statement, "But You're Not Like Them," which I - and many, many others from certain cultural roots, have heard during our advocacy for more comprehensive understanding of diverse peoples from diverse lands, throughout our lifetimes . . . more than a handful of times. 

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A True Friend Of Migrants In The Desert

A True Friend Of Migrants In The Desert | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
On three separate days of the week, Smith takes up to 12-hour trips to check on the quality of the water and refill the tanks. "I love the desert," he says. "This is my land and I don't want anyone to die here."
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When it comes to hard-working, selfless individuals working on behalf of the downtrodden, not too many can match up with Joel Smith's efforts on behalf of migrants struggling through the Mexico-Arizona borders. 

 

If you would like to know more about Joel's work, here is a link to a live hangout I recorded with him a few months ago:  http://www.bataraimmigrationlaw.com/joel-smith-migrants-desert-journey.html

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Say It Ain't So: The Immigration Gang Of 8 Revival

Say It Ain't So: The Immigration Gang Of 8 Revival | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
Several members of the group that fell short of getting immigration reform into law are ready to try again.
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The last time these folks got together, they put together a big document.  I'll give them credit for that.

 

But it was low on much-needed immigration reform substance,

 

I was not a fan of their S.744 legislation, a bill heavily slanted toward militaristic goals, disguised with a few minor immigration provisions - and some which were actually adverse to the interests of immigrant families.

 

I prefer to keep the defective system we have in place than to follow the Gang Of Eight's political lead.

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Immigration Reform: An Irish-American Issue

Immigration Reform: An Irish-American Issue | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
San Diego Immigration Lawyer Discusses Why Alliance With Undocumented Irish Immigrants Is A Positive Reform Strategy For All Immigrant Communities.
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One of the greatest misunderstandings in current immigration reform debates is that immigration is not simply a Hispanic issue.

 

For instance, nearly 50,000 undocumented Irish immigrants live in the United States.

 

The majority live in big cities like New York, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco.

 

They are, however, politically invisible. 

 

Yet, their concerns are similar to those of other immigrant groups: trapped in the shadows, unable to obtain legalization without some type of meaningful immigration reform.

 

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Is There A Fair And Just Fix For Unauthorized Immigration?

Is There A Fair And Just Fix For Unauthorized Immigration? | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
Several strategies have floated around for years—but are any of them really viable?
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Here is an interesting article on a critically important immigration issue.

 

If we humanly solve this issue, we solve immigration reform - and a host of other matters.

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Will O’Malley Backers Deliver Iowa To Bernie Sanders (And The Better Choice For Immigration)?

Will O’Malley Backers Deliver Iowa To Bernie Sanders (And The Better Choice For Immigration)? | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it

The former Maryland governor just qualified for the next debate, but that’s not why he’s suddenly relevant.

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There is no, no, no doubt in my mind - between Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton - who represents the best choice on immigration issues.


Since O'Malley is also a solid spokesperson on immigration matters, I hope his supporters move over to Sanders.


I have long asserted that a third party movement would improve the chances for compassionate pro-immigrant reform


My thinking is based on the reality that real reform, on many issues, is dependent on a politically independent candidate.


Sanders' choice to join the Democratic Party may have removed the Third Party label.  However, his view remain largely outside the political mainstream - and that's a good thing.

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The San Francisco Pier Shooting: An Incident Too Close To Home (And Why Immigration Reform Supporters Have Missed The Mark)

The San Francisco Pier Shooting: An Incident Too Close To Home (And Why Immigration Reform Supporters Have Missed The Mark) | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
Riverside Immigration Attorney Shares Why The San Francisco Pier Shooting Demonstrates The Need For Immigration Reformers To Adopt A Strategy Of Compassion.
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Violence can be a never-ending story.  On a micro level, one sees it with gang killings and the pay back mentality fostered with false images of courage.  On a macro level, one  sees it with nations and terrorist groups who go back and forth in a ruthless cycle of barbarism.


But violence can be halted.  One side must act first, and accept some responsibility for the inhumane acts of senseless murders.   We are, after all, a global village.


I know.  I've personally experienced the anger, rage, and confusion which follows senseless harm to one's child.


When I heard about the San Francisco pier shooting, I fully expected immigrant advocates would step forward and offer condolences. 


Instead, they have almost entirely focused their energies on the issue by fighting and quarreling with their opponents over stricter law enforcement measures. 


Yes, there are nuances to every immigration law issue.  But not in the midst of an event which is as horrible as the San Francisco murder.


Maybe the alleged killer is innocent.  That's not the point.  He has been charged with murder, and we can, as reformers with compassion, say, "We're sorry for your loss, and if our brother is indeed the killer, we're sorry for the actions of our family member."


To mumble-jumble the two issues is equivalent, well, to being an immigration reformer version of Donald Trump. 


In short. remorse and engagement are not exclusive actions. 


However, compassion dictates remorse comes first.


Compassion is THE ISSUE when it comes to immigration reform.  But to ask for it, reformers must learn to give it - even if they don't get it in return.







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How Many Immigrants Will Be Excluded From The Temporary Obama Reform Measures?

How Many Immigrants Will Be Excluded From The Temporary Obama Reform Measures? | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
Green Card Attorney Shares Why The Obama Plan Expansion Of Immigration Family Unity Waivers Is Limited By Requirement Of Hardship To Sponsoring Relative.
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The reality is simple.  No one really knows how many immigrants will end up in a more favorable position under the president's recently announced executive plan.


Nor does anyone really know how many will end up in a worse position, including possible deportation and removal.


Most of the media focus is on the former issue. 


The majority of pro-immigrant advocates encourage immigrants to go forward, and to file papers for the temporary benefits.  They refuse to acknowledge that the latter group, those who may not gain under the Obama plan, could have larger numbers than the group who succeed. 


Opponents of immigration reform follow the same formula.  The exaggerate those who will be granted benefits, while minimizing the totals who end up in the same or worse position.  


Both perspectives are misleading.


What is clear, however, is that some will win, others will lose. 


In other words, the temporary benefits may someday help some immigrants move over to a more permanent legalization track.


Some, not all.


That's the truth.






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Two Years Later, Immigration Reform Still Requires Political Independence

Two Years Later, Immigration Reform Still Requires Political Independence | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
Riverside Immigration Lawyer Discusses Why Voters Need To Break The Two Party System To Turn Immigration Reform Promises Into Reality.
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Despite numerous promises over the past seven years, President Obama has not really pushed for true immigration reform.


He has articulated and supported a watered-down version which focuses more on law enforcement, detention, and deportation, not the type of reform which protects the foremost principle of immigration law: family unity.


He has not, in short, shown the personal courage it takes to enact political change.


So much for hope you can believe in.


But to the extent immigrants are merely a form of election fodder for politicos, immigrant supporters are their own worst enemies.


Even two years ago, they allowed themselves to become pawns of the two-party system, playing a willing role in buying into the hype once again and, as one might expect, being victimized by the political process once again.

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Immigrant supporters also need to have the courage to change.  Until they break from from the psychological conditioning of the two-party system, don't expect true immigration reform.


And frankly, looking at current headlines, given falsehoods like independent voter registration drives, it seems clear political change is not on the horizon.





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What Factors Are Driving Diverse Religious Leaders To Stand United On Immigration Reform?

What Factors Are Driving Diverse Religious Leaders To Stand United On Immigration Reform? | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (RNS) Trying yet again with new voices added to their cause, more than 250 evangelical pastors came to Washington on Tuesday to continue their push for Congress to enact immigration reform.
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In recent weeks, religious leaders from various denominations have emerged as major proponents of immigration reform.


Their involvement may turn the political tide.  


After all, the moral and political beliefs of many immigrant right supporters are grounded in religious principles.


Compassion for others less fortunate is one core component.


For many religious leaders, their distaste for the lack of compassion is manifested in their concerns for families been torn apart by current deportation policy.   


As a result, the separation of immigrants from their families has fueled a religious-based movement to keep loved ones united.


In the past, on several social and political issues, compassion has not been able to bridge the divide between religious leaders.

But this time around, far more unity of religions is visible in the push for comprehensive immigration reform.


For instance, the Religion News Service recently reported that more than 250 evangelical pastors were in attendance at an immigration conference and worship service organized by the Evangelical Immigration Table to show their support for immigration reform.


Bryant Wright, a senior pastor of a predominantly white and upper-middle-class church in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, explained he showed up because of his frustration over the lack of progress on immigration reform.


“We felt like too many of the conservative evangelical Christians were allowing their views on immigration to be shaped more by talk radio and other news outlets rather than by the Scriptures.”


Another attendee, John Perkins, noted that many evangelicals were silent during the civil rights movement but have now spoken up for immigration reform.


“We haven’t always been there.”   Now, he added, “We have a possibility to redeem ourselves for the cause of the gospel.”


Not to be outdone, Christian leaders of various denominations have also grouped together to push immigration reform forward.


In a Christian Science Monitor article entitled Why Christian Leaders Put Aside Differences To Push Immigration Reform, Lourdes Medrano stressed, "Though various denominations often don't see eye to eye on contentious social matters such as same-sex marriage and abortion, legislation to overhaul the nation's immigration system has overwhelmingly drawn them together."


As Luis Cortés, one of the Christian religious leaders, bluntly states, immigration reform "is the first and only political issue in this country where we all agree."


The practical reality is simple.

It is similar to how the growing numbers of individuals from different countries has affected many economic industries in our economy. With the crucial need for skilled and unskilled foreign workers, several business leaders now openly endorse immigration reform.

Churches are feeling the same type of pressures.


Reports Medrano, immigrants are changing the face of the religious landscape in the United States.


Data from the 2010 census show that 43 million people in America people were born outside the country. 


These figures point out that if religious leaders do not support immigrants, very few will be left to hear the weekend sermons.

In short, a sense of united compassion based on moral grounds seems ironically driven, at least in part, by worldly and practical organizational concerns.

That may be partly true, says John Carlson, an associate professor of religious studies at Arizona State University.

But he adds, within multiple denominations "you've got all sort of theological and ethical traditions and foundational concepts that are concerned with the stranger in one's midst."

A little bit of both morality and practicality?


Sounds about right.

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Can Immigration Reform Succeed Without Eliminating Detention And Deportation Quotas?

Can Immigration Reform Succeed Without Eliminating Detention And Deportation Quotas? | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
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The Washington Times recently addressed the impact of the immigrant lock-up quota on upcoming immigration reform debates.


Their points should be heeded by all interested in building an immigration system that works.


Back in June 2011, John Morton, former Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, issued a prosecutorial discretion guideline, setting forth how ICE officers should handle prosecutions of detained immigrants.


The issue of over-zealous ICE officers was, by that time, known. 


Under the Obama administration, records for detention and deportation records were being shattered on a yearly basis.


As I noted in The Morton Memorandum: More Empty Talk Or The Real Deal This Time?, my view was that the memo was a nice gesture. 


Nothing more.


I doubted the administration's commitment to modifying its policies.


.Shortly afterward, Morton outlined 19 specific points his officers should weigh.  The goal was to separate high-level criminal offenders from low-level criminal offenders, as well as to distinguish long-time immigrant residents with strong family ties.


About a year later, with limited progress made, and the workload of immigration courts growning, a joint task force, comprised of various immigration agencies, was announced.


Over time, that effort also fizzled.  It was designed poorly, and implemented inefficiently.  (See discussion at : .http://www.bataraimmigrationlaw.com/prosecutorial-discretion-immigration-circus.html.)


2013 arrived.  Immigration reform discussions began.  From the outset, detention and deportation issues were not put on the table for negotiation by either party.


Now, it's 2014.  Immigration reform will be handled on a piecemeal basis this time.


Still, given the President's State of the Union speech and the Republics' "new" reform principles, it appears more of the same can be expected.


Again, detention and deportation issues remain off the table.


Of all possible obstacles, a bed quota may be the biggest hurdle standing in the way of progress.


In Obama's Immigration Lock-Up Quota, the Washington Times notes ICE is subject to a bed quota.  34,000 immigrants must be detained on a daily basis. 


The number, points out the Times, is "completely arbitrary".  Moreover, ICE is "the only law enforcement agency with a quota for the number of people it must keep locked up daily."


This is the product of a Congress with a sympathetic ear to lobbyists for private prisons.


Congress cannot have it both ways.


Until and unless Congress eliminates its bed quota, detention and deportation policies will remain rigid. 


Until and unless Congress is willing to address detention and deportation polices, any immigration reform package will remain flawed and incapable of truly fixing a broken system.


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A New Political Divide In The Hispanic Community?

A New Political Divide In The Hispanic Community? | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
The Latino vote in Florida upended the Clinton campaign’s strategy, and what we thought we knew about where politics is headed.
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This post by the New York Times points out that Hispanic opposition to Donald Trump's candidacy was not 100%. 

 

It suggests the division of thought within the Latino community is new or aberrational.  Neither point is accurate.

 

The Hispanic community, even absent Cuban-Americans, has long been a divided community.  And except for a few ethnic communities, nearly all nationalities are not solely one-party voters.

 

The myth of a monolithic Hispanic community is one that activists should quash.  Yet, for most, the issue seems either ignored or, worse, misunderstood.

 

In addition, division and segregation within the immigration reform movement goes beyond just Hispanics.  As the writer implies, many Latinos are frightened by the specter of feminism, Muslim immigrants and L.G.B.T. rights, and other cultural changes of the past two decades.

 

This does not bode well for immigration reform proponents. 

 

United we stand, divided we fall.

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Immigrant Visa Overstays: An Invisible Component Of The Immigration Reform Debate

Immigrant Visa Overstays: An Invisible Component Of The Immigration Reform Debate | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
More than 20 years had elapsed since the U.S. government estimated how many people entered the country legally and overstayed their visas. The updated numbers, finally published in January, were sobering.
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For years, I have noted that immigrant visa overstays - those individuals who entered the U.S. legally - are a large component of the so-called "illegals" population.

 

40% is the current estimate.  

 

Yet, they have been largely ignored in public discussions over the proper contours of immigration reform.  

 

This seems strange since overstays, not illegal entrants, were the 9/11 culprits - an event which accelerated the implementation of many of the harsh anti-immigrant rules today. 

 

What should also be of interest to government officials and immigrant advocates is that the countries with the largest amount of overstays do not coincide with the countries with the largest amount of illegal entrants.

 

The causes of both have at least one issue in common: a broken immigrant visa system.

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The Unique Challenges Facing 3.5 Million Black Immigrants In The U.S. Are Focus Of New Report

The Unique Challenges Facing 3.5 Million Black Immigrants In The U.S. Are Focus Of New Report | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
The State of Black Immigrants 2016 is a comprehensive study of the realities faced by African, Caribbean and Afro-Latinx migrants within the United States, authored by Black Alliance for Just Immigration and New York University School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic.
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A new report, The State of Black Immigrants, sheds light on the unique challenges facing the nearly 3.5 million immigrants in the U.S. from Africa, the Caribbean, Afro-Latino countries, and elsewhere, due in large part to their race. 

 

The report, a joint project, was authored by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration in conjunction with New York University Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic.

 

Key findings include:

 

  • The number of undocumented Black immigrants in the U.S. increased by nearly 50% from 389,000 in 2000 to 602,000 in 2013.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 Black immigrants live below the poverty line.
  • Black immigrants have the highest unemployment rates among all immigrant groups.
  • More than one out of every five non-citizens facing deportation on criminal grounds before the Executive Office of Immigration Review is Black.  
  • Black immigrants are more likely to be detained for criminal convictions than the immigrant population overall.

 

The full report can be downloaded here >>> The State of Black Immigrants

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Clinton Vows To Expand Obama's Immigration Executive Actions?  No Thanks.

Clinton Vows To Expand Obama's Immigration Executive Actions?  No Thanks. | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
Hillary Clinton vowed to expand President Obama’s executive actions on immigration and cast the 2016 presidential election as critical for Latino voters because Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee.
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Oh, jeepers. Does Clinton think such pronouncements are supposed to excite pro-immigrant reformers?

 

First, expand executive action? No thanks.  Just give me real reform. Besides who wants more court fights for another two years.

 

Second, a plan for reform in the first 100 days? Didn't the current president promise the same thing?

 

I prefer if she would simply propose "The Clinton Immigration Law To Undo The Previous Clinton Law".

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ACLU Report Details How U.S. Has Failed Deported Veterans

ACLU Report Details How U.S. Has Failed Deported Veterans | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it

The federal government’s failure to help naturalize immigrants serving in the U.S. military has led to the deportation of untold numbers of veterans, all of whom were entitled to become citizens because of their service.

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About time. The plight of deported military veterans is finally picking up more attention.  In recent weeks, the mainstream media has started to cover the issue in more depth. 

 

Now the ACLU has issued an insightful report, entitled "Discharged, Then Discarded".

 

Here are a few of the recommendations:
(a) Restore judicial discretion to allow judges to consider factors such as military service in cases involving deportation.
(b) Require ICE to adopt an agency-wide moratorium on and/or presumption against removal of any active-duty U.S. service member or honorably discharged veteran.
(c) Reopen naturalization applications that were denied or abandoned because an individual was unable to follow through on the naturalization process as a result of their military service.

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Promises, Promises, Promises: Immigration Reform In 2017?

Promises, Promises, Promises: Immigration Reform In 2017? | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
“I think that in 2017, Democrats and Republicans will come together and pass immigration reform,” Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer said.
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Once again, the Democratic Party is up to their old, tired rhetoric regarding immigration reform.

 

Promises, promises, promises.

 

Here we go again. Of course, it's campaign season. 

 

I'll be fair.  Maybe they're right this time. Maybe we'll see SOME type of reform. (Of course, who knows what type of reform?)

 

Yet, caution is warranted.  They're not making promises in the form of a firm commitment; rather, the promises are noted in the form of vote-getting.

 

As I wrote shortly after the 2012 elections - that's four years ago, just  after a strong Democratic Party showing - immigrants have to remain vigilant and abstain from the acquiesence of waving a white flag of political surrrender in return for mere promises or flawed reform proposals. 

 

(News Article by Amanda Sakuma, for MSNBC, on April 20, 2016.)

 
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Flies In The Immigration Reform Ointment: Detention And Deportation Policies

The detention and deportation of immigrants are dark, ominous clouds hanging over the fate of immigration reform. Although the recent news about immigrants being released from detention centers is directly linked to these issues, their impact remains hidden from the public view.
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The public understands that immigration reform is a political hot potato. They know a compromise solution is hard to achieve.

However, most of the public does not realize there exists a politically influential private prison lobby which wields strong influence in the halls of Congress - and threatens to undermine comprehensive immigration reform.

Meet the unholy immigrant detention alliance.

Private prisons are related to private investors. Private investors are tied to political policy makers. Policy makers push for increased detention numbers.

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The Social Security Contributions Of Undocumented Immigrants: Money In, But Not Out

The Social Security Contributions Of Undocumented Immigrants: Money In, But Not Out | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
'Questionably documented' workers are putting an estimated $13 billion a year into the US economy and only taking around $1 billion out.
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One of the most common myths surrounding undocumented immigrants is that they bleed the economy.  For instance, reform opponents often assert they  don't pay into social security. 


However, the truth is that undocumented immigrants contribute more in payroll taxes than they will ever consume in public benefits.


According to the Social Security Administration, about 7 million  immigrants are currently working in the US illegally. 3.1 million are using fake or expired social security numbers, yet also paying automatic payroll taxes.


Their annual net contribution is approximately $12 billion to the Social Security Trust Fund.  (The total seems a little high to me, but I'm not sure how the math is computed.) 


In any event, the SSA estimates that unauthorized workers have paid a whopping $100 billion into the fund over the past decade. Most of these individuals will never be able to benefit from their contributions later in life.


So much for bleeding the economy.

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Evangelical Views Balance Legalization Pathways With Security Concerns

Evangelical Views Balance Legalization Pathways With Security Concerns | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
When it comes to immigration reform, American evangelicals appear to have high expectations, a LifeWay Research study shows. Nine out of 10 (86 percent) want more border security. Six in 10 (61 percent) support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. More than two-thirds (68 percent) favor both. And they want Congress to take action soon.
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This survey of Evangelicals reflect a dichotomy of thought, which probably reflects the thinking of many Americans.


86% favor more border security.


61% support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.


At first blush, one is inclined to think the two findings cancel each other out.


Not so.


In actuality, comprehensive immigration reform includes fixing a broken immigration and visa system and that will lead to less undocoumented border crossers.


Less crossers without permission equal more border control.


At least, that's how I see it, even if the authors lay out the finding of the survey differently.

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The Key To Political Change: Think Global, Act Local

The Key To Political Change: Think Global, Act Local | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
Escondido Immigration Lawyer Carlos Batara Explains Why Immigrant Supporters Need To Adopt A New Political Strategy Of Think Globally, Acting Locally.
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Latino immigration activists have engaged, over the past six weeks, in a harsh yet productive debate over the best approach to achieve political reform. 


Some suggest supporting President Obama and the Democrats despite their six-year inability to move the reform agenda. 


Others suggest refraining from voting for them.


However, there is a hybrid posture between not voting at all and voting as a political dunce. Voting informed and intelligently.


To the extent voters cannot discern a clear difference between the views of candidates, why flip the coin?


Consider third party and independent candidates. 


After all, voting for the lesser of two evils is not a formula for political success.  Rather, it's a marketing slogan designed to keep voters in check.


Moreover, this debate is largely centered on national campaigns. 


But what about those local campaigns where future national candidates are born?


Start there to weed out the trash.




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Los Angeles Mayor Curtails Overreaching ICE immigrant Detention Policy.

Los Angeles Mayor Curtails Overreaching ICE immigrant Detention Policy. | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
The mayor said he wants the city to treat immigrants -- whether they are in the country legally or not -- with respect and dignity.

Via Steven M. Sweat
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck recently nnounced the Police Department will no longer comply with most requests by immigration authorities to detain immigrant suspects.


The policy has been under heavy criticism by many civic leaders in cities throughout the nation.


There are several reasons for Garcetti and Beck's actions.  A few stand out:


First, the new policy meets long-established legal norms.  The ICE detainer requests are issued without judicial review. But even under the change, the city will not release violent or serious criminals.  The city, however, will ensure such detentions undergo judicial review.

Second, the modification is socially sound.  Community trust is important to law enforcement.  Without such support, many law-breaking activities go unreported by immigrants, lacking legal documents, due to their fear of being turned over to ICE.

Third, the new approach is good public policy.  The old detainers took LAPD officers away from high priority crime-fighting activities and put them into becoming surrogate immigration agents chasing low-level civil law violaters.  This stretched the city's already cash-strapped budget.


As an immigration defense attorney, I've witnessed the harm to many good, hard-working immigrant families resulting from the heavy-handed ICE detention approach. 


My hat's off to Los Angeles. 


Good job.

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Saying that the budget for the City of Los Angeles is too strained already and that he wants to treat all immigrants with "dignity and respect", Mayor Eric Garcetti has issued a directive that the Los Angeles Police Department will no longer detain immigrants for federal holds issued without judicial review.  This is a major shift in policy for L.A. law enforcement.



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Immigration Messages For The President And Congress: Do Any Of Them Work?

Immigration Messages For The President And Congress: Do Any Of Them Work? | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
A compilation of some of the best signs from a rally organized by immigration activists who want the President to stop deportations.
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What makes civil disobedience effective?


In part, it's the messages which are aimed at persuading the public to support one's position.


Often, such messages are aimed at reducing the grip of opponents on  psychological control of a political agenda. 


Other times, the messages are written to jump start the collective conscience of a society.


This week, San Bernardino immigration activists took part in a national effort to convince the president and/or Congress to move immigration reform forward.


Here are some of the messages compiled from the D.C. protest by ThinkProgress.


Scroll through these posts.  Which ones work?  Which ones don't work? 


Leave your comments below.



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The Need To Distinguish Political Party Agendas From Immigrant Community Goals

The Need To Distinguish Political Party Agendas From Immigrant Community Goals | Immigration Reform Politics | Scoop.it
If the immigrant rights movement wants to achieve more than being another election year issue for politicians to stump on, it will require a diversity of tactics and dilemmas posed to friends and foes alike. ...
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Given the history of political football between the parties, are immigration advocates, playing to win reform or being played to win elections?


That’s the question posed by Marisa Franco, lead organizer for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network’s Not1More Deportation campaign.


Over the past few months, immigration reform supporters have engaged in two distinct types of protests, rallies, and marches.

 

One type focuses on passing immigration legislation, irrespective of deficiencies and shortcomings of the current proposals being floated in Congress.


The other argues that immigration reform should be passed, but not at the expense of excluding the needs of undocumented immigrants.


The difference, in part, rests on a distinction between electoral-oriented politics and community empowerment.   


The former group of activists accept Democratic Party rhetoric about reform being about an “us versus them” battle and policy claims that “something is better than nothing.” 


The latter group reads through the not-so-subtle political tactics designed for use in the 2014 mid-year elections. 


In "Winning Immigration Reform or Winning Elections", Franco cuts through the political fog engulfing far too many pro-immigrant supporters.


Republicans’ racism is obviously intolerable, but the party that made no attempt at reform for immigrants when it had the Presidency and the majority of both chambers in Congress and has since administered unprecedented criminalization shares equal responsibility for the misery inflicted on immigrants. Worse, deflecting pressure from the President and Democrats who still have proactive options at their disposal actually takes away their incentive to use them in the debate.”


She explains that “a strategy that blames one and defends the other may be viable for Democrats seeking political gain, but not for immigrant communities seeking equality.”


In short, the misguided focus of many well-intentioned reform supporters is due to their failure to critically separate political party agendas from immigrant community goals.


Until they understand this distinction, immigrants nationwide will continue to be pawns of political manipulation.

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