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Romney Campaign May Be Moving Left on Immigration

Published on Wed, Apr 18, 2012

Mitt Romney’s campaign hired GOP campaign strategist Ed Gillespie, while Kris Kobach’s “advisor” status was put in doubt, according to news reports.

Elise Floey of Huffington Post wrote Tuesday that the Romney campaign “told Politico that [Kris] Kobach is a ‘supporter,’ not an adviser. This contradicts both Kobach’s previous statements and his seemingly larger role in the campaign — a bigger part than the campaign is letting on.”

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach authored Arizona’s controversial immigration enforcement-only law. He endorsed Romney in January, “advised Romney on immigration during his 2008 presidential bid and has long-promoted the strategy of ‘attrition through enforcement’— the immigration-control strategy to drive away the unauthorized population by making their lives so miserable that they will choose to ‘deport themselves’ rather than remain in the U.S.,” according to the Immigration Policy Center.

The Hill reported Tuesday that “Romney’s hiring of Republican strategist Ed Gillespie is being seen as a sign the campaign will heavily court Hispanic voters — perhaps at the expense of immigration hard-liners in the party.”

“When asked for an interview, Gillespie directed The Hill to Romney’s presidential campaign, which said he’d be a senior adviser that will help them with messaging, overall strategy and the August convention in Tampa, Fla,” The Hill added.

“Gillespie, a former head of the Republican National Committee, has long advocated an aggressive outreach to the Hispanic community,” The Hill wrote. “He also heads up Resurgent Republic, an organization focused on messaging to independents, including Hispanic swing voters.”

Resurgent Republic is currently developing a six part “target voter series” focused on suburban women, young voters, seniors, independents, Hispanics and blue collar Catholics.Read more...

Published in the Colorado Independent

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December 21, 2011
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LAC files class action lawsuit targeting asylum “clock”

A.B.T. et al. v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services et al., No. 11-2108 (W.D. Wash. filed December 15, 2011).

Last week, the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center (LAC) filed a nationwide class action complaint against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) alleging widespread problems with the asylum “clock”—the system used by immigration officials to determine when noncitizens with pending asylum applications become eligible to obtain work authorization in the United States.Read more...

Romney Debuts a Lighter Touch on Immigration

Published on Fri, Jun 22, 2012

IPC Senior Policy Analyst Michele Waslin was quoted in a TIME article covering Romney's stance on immigration:

According to a State Department report from November 2011, in fiscal year 2012 there are 322,636 people in countries around the world awaiting approval to join legal permanent-resident family members in the U.S. Many others who are eligible already live here, according to Michele Waslin of the Immigration Policy Center, some of whom are undocumented and legally awaiting a change in status.

Published in the TIME

Carlos Alvarez

Carlos Alvarez is the President and CEO of The Gambrinus Company. Gambrinus is the importer of Moosehead Lager from Canada and Grupo Modelo brewers of Corona beer. Gambrinus owns a number of breweries including BridgePort in Portland, Oregon, Spoetzl in Shiner, Texas, the Trumer Brauerei in Berkeley, California and the Pete’s Wicked brand family.

In 1986 Mr. Alvarez left Mexico, moved to the United States and founded the Gambrinus Company.

In 1989 he acquired the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas when the brewery was in difficult conditions and was in danger of disappearing. Today, its highly successful Shiner portfolio of beers places the brewery as one of the top specialty brewers in the U.S.

In 1995, Alvarez expanded further into craft brewing and acquired BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon’s oldest craft brewery of Portland. Its flagship, BridgePort India Pale Ale, has been its growth engine, having been awarded top honors at numerous international competitions. Through a unique entrepreneurial partnership with Josef Sigl of Trumer Brauerei in Salzburg Austria, brewers of Trumer Pils, Alvarez started Trumer Brauerei in Berkeley, California in late 2004. Combining the heritage and tradition of Austria with the American passion for craft brewing, Trumer Pils is now expanding its sales in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

The Gambrinus Company, named for the mythical Flemish king who is renowned for his love of beer, has earned a reputation as a brand builder. Today it is the largest independent beer company in the United States and consistently has been the fastest growing in that category.Read more...

IPC's Walter Ewing Writes for Yahoo! Finance

Published on Thu, Jan 24, 2013

The IPC's Senior Researcher, Walter Ewing, had this article published in Yahoo! Finance:

"The U.S. immigration system undermines the U.S. economy in many ways. Two particularly glaring (and interrelated) examples concern foreign students and high-tech workers.

Each year, foreign students graduate from U.S. universities, often with in-demand science and engineering degrees. Yet many are forced to return to their home countries rather than putting their newly acquired knowledge to work here. Likewise, each year many high-tech workers from abroad (some of whom studied in U.S. universities) are forced to return home when their temporary work visas expire, regardless of how valuable their continuing contributions to the U.S. economy might be.

Both of these scenarios are nonsensical. That is why President Obama said in his inaugural address that the nation’s work will not be complete 'until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country.'"

Published in the Yahoo! Finance

Dr. Alexandra Filindra, Ph.D.

Dr. Alexandra Filindra, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Political Science at William Paterson University and a Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Human Development at Brown University. Her field of interest is American public policy, immigration policy, race and ethnicity. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University and spent two years as a post‐doctoral fellow at the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University. Her work has appeared in the Harvard Educational Review, the Urban Affairs Review, International Migration, and other leading journals. Dr. Filindra will join the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago in September as Assistant Professor of Political Science.

Hanford Sentinel Myth-Busting Article Cites Several IPC Resources

Published on Tue, Aug 06, 2013

An article in the California newspaper The Hanford Sentinel cited a number of resources from the Immigration Policy Center in an attempt to bust a number of immigration myths.  The article cites the recently posted California state fact sheet, a separate California fact sheet highlighting immigrants and innovation, and the recent report by Jack Strauss on Latino immigrants, African-Americans, and the myth that they are in competition for jobs.

"“Immigrant workers spend their wages in U.S. businesses,” said an Immigration Policy Center summary. “They buy food, clothes, appliances, cars and much more. Businesses respond to the presence of these new workers and consumers by investing in new restaurants, stores and production facilities. Immigrants also are 30 percent more likely than the native-born to start their own businesses. The end result is more jobs and more pay for more workers.”

What about immigrants’ effect on African-Americans? “Cities experiencing the highest rates of immigration tend to have relatively low or average unemployment rates for African-Americans,” Saint Louis University economist Jack Strauss concluded in an analysis of Census findings. “Cities with greater immigration from Latin America experience lower unemployment rates, poverty rates and higher wages among African-Americans.”

This may be counter-intuitive, but it’s probably because Latino newcomers and African-Americans don’t compete for the same jobs.

“Native-born workers take higher-paying jobs that require better English-language skills,” said the Immigration Policy Center report."

Published in the Hanford Sentinel

Giovanni Peri, Ph.D.

Giovanni Peri, Ph.D. is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Davis and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also a CESifo Research Fellow, a CReAM External Fellow and member of the editorial board in the Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Population Economics and Regional Science and Urban Economics. Prior to coming to UC Davis, he visited the European University Institute as Jean Monnet Fellow in the year 2000/01 and taught at UCLA Economics Department as Global Fellow in the year 2004/05. He does research and has published extensively on the determinants of international migrations and their impact on labor markets, productivity, and investments. During the Academic year 2010-2011 he is visiting research professor in Bocconi University, Milano. Peri holds a B.A. in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University, and he earned his Ph.D. in Economics at U.C. Berkeley in 1998.

IPC Featured in Latin Post

Published on Sat, Apr 05, 2014

The IPC's March 2014 report "Misplaced Priorities: Most Immigrants Deported by ICE in 2013 Were a Threat to No One" was recently featured in a Latin Post article "Immigration News 2014: Hispanic Community Unites On Saturday For Nationwide Anti-Deportation Rally".

Published in the Latin Post

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