Immigration

A SAD DAY FOR DEMOCRACY

June 7 2010
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Despite the fact that the liberal press is condemning Arizona for its new, anti-immigrant law, most Americans are happy with it. The PEW Research Center reports these depressing findings. Fully 73% of Americans say they approve of requiring people to produce documents verifying their legal status if police ask for them. Two-thirds (67%) approve of…

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MEXICO AT WAR WITH ARIZONA

May 21 2010
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Mexico leader fires up immigration row at start of US visit. By Jordi Zamora, Agence France-Presse WASHINGTON—President Felipe Calderon hit out Wednesday at “discrimination” against Mexican immigrants in Arizona, as the row over the state’s draconian new immigration law risked overshadowing his US visit. Calderon refused to hold his punches at the start of his…

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A CLOSED SOCIETY

March 28 2010
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Fear-mongering with respect to immigration has been flourishing ever since immigration was severely restricted in 1924 and nothing on the horizon indicates that is going to change. From The Christian Science Monitor……………Next up on the policy-making agenda in DC is, hopefully, immigration reform. We’ve long advocated here at the Kauffman Foundation for something like a…

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THE DISADVANTAGED

December 31 2009
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From PEW Hispanic Center and U.S. Census Bureau Living in poverty Children of Hispanic immigrants 26%. Black children 34%. White children 11%. Living in households with annual income above $75,000 Children of Hispanic immigrants 18%. Black children 19%. White children 48% Parents who don’t have a high school education Children of Hispanic immigrants 40%. Black…

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MEXICANOS AND GRINGOES

August 7 2009
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If you know why the influx of Mexicans are a threat to America, please tell me. In 2006, 1 million Mexicans arrived in the U.S. while 479,000 departed. The number of arrivals has gone down in straight line fashion and in ’08-’09, the number of arrivals was 636,000 but the departures have been fairly steady…

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THE PRESIDENT DOESN’T UNDERSTAND HIS JOB

April 20 2009
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Obama, like all his predecessors at least as far back as Lincoln, takes his principal job to be to secure and protect the Union. This is the result of the standard misreading of Section I of Article II of the Constitution. The final paragraph of that Section reads: Before he enters on the Execution of…

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GAO, OUR WATCHDOG ON THE JOB

October 12 2008
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October 12, 2008 It’s really too much for ten men, much less an unpaid one person staff. The Government Accounting Office (GAO sends us reports everyday about its findings and they are quite long. They are good, too, but overwhelming.) Today, 151 came in and who could read even a fraction of them? Here is…

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GAO, OUR WATCHDOG ON THE JOB

October 12 2008
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October 12, 2008 It’s really too much for ten men, much less an unpaid one person staff. The Government Accounting Office (GAO sends us reports everyday about its findings and they are quite long. They are good, too, but overwhelming.) Today, 151 came in and who could read even a fraction of them? Here is…

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eNGLISH AS OFISHIL LANGUAGE OF UHMERICA

October 3 2008
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October 3, 2008 Does it strike you as hilarious as it strikes me that most of the people who scream loudest for English to be made the official language of the USA are semi-illiterates? In Mississippi, the bellyaching is loudest. Some irony in that, for sure. In Mississippi, you can’t get a state-issued license for…

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THE FAT LADY HAS SUNG

May 20 2008
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May 20, 2008 After more than 30 years, the legal battle over John Demjanjuk has come to an end. The case has dragged on longer than Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce of Charles Dickens fame in his Bleak House novel. Johnny was accused of being a guard at a Nazi death camp during World War II. He…

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CONCENTRATION CAMPS FOR JEWS IN TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA

May 10 2008
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May 9, 2008 Matthew Penix is a history student at Eastern Michigan University. This is his second contribution to Watching Politics. [The title for this article was provided by the editor.] During the Second World War, the United States embarked upon a little-known program to cleanse Latin America of German influence by cleansing it of…

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US GRINGOS AND DOSE SPIC WETBACKS

January 13 2008
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By my calculations, the U.S. will be overcrowded with those good-for-nothing shiftless, siesta-taking illegally entered folk from south of the border by about the year 2500. At that time we will have 1 billion of them and only 2 billion of us good people. We have only 492 years left to get a grip on…

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THE SURPRISING ADVANTAGE OF IMMIGRANTS

November 6 2007
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Assuming the scientific validity of this study, immigrants should be less of a drain on our health resources than most of us could have imagined. The findings ought to have profound bearing on our immigration poliices. American Journal of Public Health….Immigrant men and women had, respectively, an 18% and 13% lower risk of overall mortality…

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CHRISTOPHER JENCKS ON IMMIGRATION

September 24 2007
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The great Christopher Jencks whose 1970s book on inequality in America set a standard for analysis that has never been matched now turns his attention to our fraudulent, hopelessly ignorant, viciously biased policies on immigration. You are NOT entitled to an opinion on the subject until you have read Jencks. Please click here.

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HATE THOSE SPICS, DON’T YOU? ME, TOO

September 23 2007
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12 years ago, Maricela was 8 years old when she illegally crossed the border with her parents. Today, she is a high school graduate who can barely speak Spanish. She and her parents now live in New Haven, Ct., searching for a decent life. She still can’t get a library card or open a bank…

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THE GREEN CARD

July 7 2007
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Each year, the U.S. issues about 140,000 employment-based green cards and these account for about 13% of the total. By far, most people get their cards via family sponsorship – 63%. Diversity programs account for 4% and some mysterious “Other” get the rest. People wait for years just to apply, much less to get their…

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THE CORPORATE STATES OF AMERICA

Welcome to The Corporate States of America. The problem of illegal immigrants has been exacerbated since President Bush took office. The chief cause is that of corporations seeking cheap labor. Most of these people came here legally under “guest worker” H-2A and H-2B programs. They not only got low wages but they also suffered other…

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LEGAL IMMIGRANTS

June 16 2007
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A letter came in this week from a reader who didn’t like our article on immigration politics. He wrote: Allowing illegal immigrants to come to America does not help them and it does not help Americans. People hiring illegal immigrants do so because they can work them harder and pay them less then the minimun…

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IMMIGRATION POLITICS

June 13 2007
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Congress won’t pass a bill on immigration, and I am glad. The bill that went down to defeat stinks to high heaven. The Democrats are unhappy with reform because, like Republicans, they pander to their constituents. The recent bill did not get through, and that is nothing to complain about. It calls for illegal immigrants…

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How Far Behind in Math and Reading are English Language Learners?

June 8 2007
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A new report by the Pew Hispanic Center shows that the fast-growing population of students designated as English Language Learners (ELLs) are far behind in reading and math. Under the No Child Left Behind act, which is up for reauthorization by Congress this year, ELL students must be proficient in reading and math by 2014.…

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REJECT BUSH’S IMMIGRATION BILL

Congress is now debating the hodge-podge of an immigration bill that the George W. Bush desperately wants to sign. So far, it contains something for everyone—more miles of fence, a path to legality for the roughly twelve million illegal immigrants already here, and, dearest to Bush’s heart, a guest worker program that would allow U.S.…

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THE NATURE OF JUSTICE

May 31 2007
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There are two ways to regard just distributions of resources. (1) Equal shares for all. (2) First come, first serve. Congress has just opted for (2) in rejecting the rights of immigrants and forcing them to go home, pay $5000 to be reconsidered for guest-worker status and wait out a period of 5 years. Egalitarians…

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HISPANIC WORK FORCE

March 9 2007
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At WP, we have been almost dogmatic in our insistence that immigration is both good for America and right from a moral point of view. We are pleased, therefore, to reprint the most recent findings of the PEW Research Center. The Pew Hispanic Center today released a factsheet that examines recent trends in the employment…

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LATINO IMMIGRANTS ON IRAQ

January 10 2007
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PEW Hispanic Center………………….Two out of every three Latinos now believe that U.S. troops should be brought home from Iraq as soon as possible and only one in four thinks the U.S. made the right decision in using military force, according to a new survey by the Pew Hispanic Center. Hispanics have generally expressed more negative…

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