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Understanding Immigration Federalism in the United States

Source: Center for American Progress


For nearly 150 years, the U.S. federal government has been pre-eminent in immigration policy. At the same time, Congress and the Supreme Court have also granted limited room for states to regulate the lives and livelihoods of immigrants residing within their borders, such as issuing business licenses and providing health and welfare services.

American Immigration Lawyers Association Resource Guide on Immigration

Source: American Immigration Lawyers Association

Reform must find a solution for the estimated 11 million people living, working, and raising their families in this country who are doing so without legal status. They are a part of America—many having lived years in our communities. Yet they
are not treated as full members of society. This must change. Immigration reform should include a generous and inclusive legalization program that enables those who are undocumented to apply for green cards and eventually citizenship.

Report: States Pass 437 Immigration Laws and Resolutions in 2013

By the National Conference of State Legislatures Washington, D.C. – The number of immigration laws states passed in 2013 by increased significantly over 2012, with 437 laws and resolutions adopted, according to a new report by the National Conference of State Legislatures. This represented a 64 percent increase compared with the 267 laws and resolutions enacted

Bordering on Criminal: Possessions Taken and Not Returned

This report by the American Immigration Council focuses on the issue of repatriated migrants’ belongings being taken and not returned by U.S. authorities. Overall, we find that the taking of belongings and the failure to return them is not a random, sporadic occurrence, but a systematic practice.  One indication of this is that just over

Bordering on Criminal: Migrant Mistreatment While in U.S. Custody

This report focuses on the mistreatment of unauthorized migrants while in U.S. custody. Overall, we find that the physical and verbal mistreatment of migrants is not a random, sporadic occurrence but, rather, a systematic practice. One indication of this is that 11% of deportees report some form of physical abuse and 23% report verbal mistreatment…

Immigration: Myths and Facts

The U.S. Chamber has compiled common myths and facts that show that immigrants significantly benefit the U.S. economy by creating new jobs, and complementing the skills of the U.S. native workforce.

Despite the numerous studies and carefully detailed statistical reports outlining the positive effects of immigration, there is a great deal of misinformation about the impact of immigration. It is critical that policymakers and the public are educated about the facts behind these fallacies. 

Stepping Up: The Impact of the Newest Immigrant, Asian, and Latino Voters

Amid the current debate on immigration reform, much attention is on House members and how their vote for or against reform will play in their home districts. But many congressional districts have a huge number of naturalized immigrants and young Asians and Latinos who are entering the electorate, and who deeply support immigration reform.

Expose & Close, One Year Later: The Absence of Accountability in Immigration Detention

While the debate over immigration reform rages in the halls of Congress, the moral and human rights crisis caused by the mass incarceration of immigrants has been largely ignored. Although it is commonly unknown, the United States has built and maintains the largest immigration detention infrastructure in the world. In 2003 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) declared

The Math of Immigration Detention

One symptom of our broken immigration system is the exorbitant spending on detaining hundreds of thousands of immigrants annually. Physical detention, which is costly and severe, could be reduced by only holding immigrants whose release would pose a danger to the community. The government could employ less expensive alternatives for the majority of immigrants in detention. Billions of dollars could be saved if the government reduced its overreliance on detention and properly allocated resources towards more humane and cost- effective alternative methods of monitoring. 

Citizenship, Values, and Cultural Concerns: What Americans Want from Immigration Reform

As the immigration debate in Washington heats up, more than 6-in-10 (63 percent) Americans agree that immigrants currently living in the country illegally should be allowed to become citizens provided they meet certain requirements, a new major survey finds