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IPC Thanks Congress and Administration for SCHIP

Released on Tue, Feb 03, 2009

Today President Obama will sign the Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Reauthorization Act into law, extending health care benefits to legal immigrant children and pregnant women. The Immigration Policy Center’s Director Angela Kelley issued a statement today thanking Congress and the Administration.

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The Facts Behind the Rhetoric in Congress

Released on Wed, Mar 12, 2008

This week, Immigration OnPoint highlights three new documents that provide policymakers and advocates with facts that are relevant to the current debate in Congress.

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Disentangling Unauthorized Immigration and Border Violence

Presidents Obama and Calderon Must Move Beyond Words

Released on Wed, May 19, 2010

Washington, D.C. - Judging from his remarks today with President Felipe Calderón of Mexico, President Obama understands that the horrific violence which currently afflicts our southern neighbor is a complex problem that requires a multi-faceted solution.  President Obama reaffirmed his administration’s commitment “to stem the southbound flow of American guns and money” which fuel the lion’s share of Mexico’s violence, as well as to develop “new approaches to reducing the demand for drugs in our country.”  The President also pledged to keep up law-enforcement pressure on the criminal gangs that “traffic in drugs, guns, and people.”

A notable aspect of the President’s remarks is that his discussion of violence in Mexico was separate and distinct from his discussion of comprehensive immigration reform and the need to create a pathway to legal status for unauthorized immigrants already living in the United States.  The distinction reflects the fact that unauthorized immigrants are not the cause of the violence which plagues so many communities in Mexico.  This distinction stands in marked contrast to the supporters of “get tough” anti-immigrant laws, such as Arizona’s SB 1070, who frequently cite scattered episodes of violence spilling over the border from Mexico as a justification for their legislation.  But cracking down on unauthorized immigrants in the United States is not going to diminish violence in border communities because unauthorized immigrants aren’t the perpetrators, criminal cartels are.Read more...

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Understanding the Final Rule for J-1 Trainee and Intern Programs

PRACTICE ADVISORY UNDERSTANDING THE FINAL RULE FOR J-1 TRAINEE AND INTERN PROGRAMS

New final rules became effective Sept. 9, 2010 for J trainee and intern programs 22 C.F.R.§ 62 (2010). With few exceptions, the final rule will produce little change to the way J trainee and intern programs have been administered since the interim-final rule of 2007.

  1. What are the significant changes?
  2. Who can be an intern under the new rule?
  3. Who can be a trainee?
  4. What about foreign nationals with degrees from the United States?
  5. Will sponsors screen applicants differently?
  6. Who can be a host organization?
  7. Who can not be a host organization?
  8. How will the training or placement plans be affected?
  9. Are any occupations excluded from J intern or training programs?
  10. What are the maximum lengths allowed for programs?
  11. Can participants apply for additional intern or training programs after completing their original program?





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Restrictionist Group Continues Cynical Legacy of Counting Costs While Ignoring Benefits

Released on Wed, Dec 01, 2010

In a new report, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) paints a misleading financial portrait of the DREAM Act.  The report, entitled Estimating the Impact of the DREAM Act, claims that the bill would be a burden on U.S. taxpayers and would "crowd out" native-born students in the classroom.  However, the available evidence does not support either of these dire predictions.  In fact: Read more...

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Update - February 26, 2015

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“A Day in the Life of an Immigrant Entrepreneur” illustrates immigrant contributions in the Rust Belt. A new report from WE Global Network (formerly Global Great Lakes Network) highlights the contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs in Rust Belt cities. The report contains the stories of eleven entrepreneurs from WE Global Network’s “A Day in the Life of an Immigrant Entrepreneur” contest. “These stories, written by the entrepreneurs themselves, or their families and friends, tell of their journeys and lives,” the report describes. 

Immigrants help fill gaps in the U.S. trucking industry. A new report from the Institute for Immigration Research at George Mason University shows that while the U.S. economy is heavily dependent on truck transportation, the industry itself experiences chronic worker shortages. Immigrants, the report illustrates, have the potential to ease the driver shortage.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Key Hearing on Challenges Facing Immigration Courts

Released on Wed, May 18, 2011

Washington, D.C.—The American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center commends Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, for convening today’s hearing on “Improving Efficiency and Ensuring Justice in the Immigration Court System.” Immigration courts have long suffered from crushing backlogs that can delay the scheduling of hearings for years at a time.  Additionally, immigrants who appear before these courts enjoy fewer legal protections than most Americans expect from any fair system of justice.   With the dramatic and rapid escalation of immigration enforcement policies and resources, too little attention has been paid to the many challenges that face our immigration court system. Read more...

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