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Kansas Officials Await Ruling on Arizona Immigration Law

Published on Sun, Apr 08, 2012

TOPEKA — Kansas hasn’t adopted an Arizona-like immigration law, but several current and former elected officials from Kansas have chosen sides as the issue goes before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The court will hear arguments April 25 in the legal battle between the state of Arizona and the federal government over the immigration law known as Senate Bill 1070.

Kris Kobach, a Republican who before being elected Kansas secretary of state gained national attention by pushing tough anti-immigration laws, helped write SB 1070. The measure was adopted by the Arizona Legislature and enacted by Gov. Jan Brewer in 2010.

The law contained a number of controversial provisions that are now front and center before the Supreme Court.

One of the most controversial requires local police in Arizona to determine the immigration status of anyone stopped if there is a reasonable suspicion that the person is in the country illegally.

The Justice Department says regulating immigration is the job of the federal government, not the states. Officials in Arizona, a state bordering Mexico, say the feds haven’t done their jobs and that is one of the reasons for SB 1070.

In addition to legal briefs from the specific parties in the case, the Supreme Court has received approximately 40 legal briefs from others who support and oppose SB 1070, according to a report completed by the Immigration Policy Center, a nonpartisan group whose mission “is to shape a rational conversation on immigration and immigrant integration.”

Kansas is one of 16 states that have signed on in support of SB 1070. That decision was made by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a Republican. Schmidt’s office says he supports preserving powers of states to promote public safety. His office said Kansas has not spent any money in the litigation.Read more...

Published in the Lawrence Journal World

Where are our J-1 Participants?

Ever wonder if there are other J-1 Trainees and Interns in your area? This map shows which states have exchange visitors. If you would like to go one step further and connect with other participants in your state, just go to our Facebook page and start a discussion!

 

What happens next in Arizona?

Published on Mon, Jun 25, 2012

IPC staff lawyer Ben Winograd was quoted in a Washington Post blog post covering what the Supreme Court decision will mean in Arizona: Read more...

Published in the The Washington Post

2012 Creative Writing Contest 2nd Place Winner: Nikita Ranjit Nair

America through a Kaleidoscope

By: Nikita Ranjit Nair

 Austin, TX

 

I closed my eyes and imagined all the people as Lennon asked.

I wondered what was in this America.

I thought of vast cornfields, smoky mountains, and wondrous golden bridges.

I recalled majestic towers scraping the skies, watched over by a lady with a torch.

I imagined the rivers, gulfs, lakes, dams and other great American waters.

This is what I saw….

I saw hard working people all over our America.

Some had jobs, some gave up looking, and some never lost hope.

I saw in my mind’s eye all these beauties but something was missing.

I closed my eyes tighter and asked John to help me Imagine better.

This is what I saw….

People from all over the world.

Coming to America with dreams,

They bring ideas, imagination, and creativity.

They bring culture, traditions and their values.

They bring hard work, perseverance, and strength.

Then I smiled when I saw them.

Diversity and its true meaning.

To bring different people together to keep America great.

In my land of the beautiful, the free, and the united.

Come on over those who want to work here.

Respect our country and you shall be Americans like us.

 

AIC's Wendy Feliz-Sefsaf in Politico

Published on Thu, Jan 03, 2013

Wendy Feliz-Sefsaf, Communications Director at the AIC, was quoted in this article on Politico:

"When the 113th Congress digs into immigration reform with renewed vigor in the new year, no lawmaker will find himself in quite so tight a spot as Rep. Mike Honda.

It’s a position, however, very much relished by Honda, a seven-term Democrat from the San Jose area. His district, California’s redrawn 15th, is among the nation’s most complicated on this hot-button issue — dominated by major high-tech firms focused on importing high-skilled labor as well as huge minority populations seeking paths to citizenship."

Read more here.

 

Published in the Politico

Ron Gordon

President and CEO ZGS Communications

Ron Gordon, a native of Lima, Peru, is the owner, CEO and President of ZGS Communications and ZGS Broadcasting. Mr. Gordon arrived in the U.S. almost 30 years ago as a teenager and his entrepreneurial spirit quickly emerged. He began a paper listing the local soccer scores because he missed his favorite sport and realized that many other immigrants like him longed to follow soccer as well.

Mr. Gordon continued with communications work to fill a gap in the Latino community. He considered what he missed from back home in Peru and thought of the Hispanic artists and television shows that he watched as a boy. Mr. Gordon ventured to work in the growing Hispanic news and entertainment industry and to create some of the first U.S. produced television shows for the Latino community.

In 1989, Mr. Gordon formed ZGS Broadcasting, Inc. which consists of three Spanish television stations located in Washington, D.C., Tampa and Orlando, Florida, as well as two Spanish radio stations in Tampa, Florida. The television and radio stations reach more than one million Hispanic people. In 1997, ZGS Communications, Inc. and ZGS Broadcasting, Inc. had combined revenues of approximately $8 million.

As a leading producer of programming with Hispanic content, ZGS Communications was nominated for four Emmys and won two. ZGS is currently one of the leading Hispanic communications firms that assists companies in developing advertising, marketing, and public relations strategies aimed at the Latino community.

Wall Street Journal Cites IPC to Refute Rep. Steve King

Published on Fri, Jul 26, 2013

In a recent post in their "Political Diary," the Wall Street Journal cited a recent fact sheet from the IPC's senior researcher, Walter Ewing.  The post, which was refuting Iowa Representative Steve King's recent offensive comments about DREAMers, cited the fact sheet, "From Anecdotes to Evidence: Setting the Record Straight on Immigrants and Crime."

'"For every ethnic group without exception, incarceration rates among young men are lowest for immigrants, even those who are least educated," wrote Mr. Ewing in a 2007 study that he co-authored with Ruben Rumbaut. "This holds true especially for Mexicans, Salvadorans, and Guatemalans who make up the bulk of the undocumented population." By the way, these findings comport with federal and state studies going back a century. If anything, today's immigrants are less likely to be involved in criminal activity than their predecessors.'

Published in the Wall Street Journal

Jenny Hwang

Jenny Hwang is the Director of Advocacy and Policy for the Refugee and Immigration Program at World Relief. Previous to World Relief, she worked at the largest political fundraising firm in Maryland managing fundraising and campaigning for local politicians. Jenny has researched refugee and asylum law in Madrid, Spain through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She is co‐author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate.

 

IPC's Guillermo Cantor Featured in Voice of America

Published on Thu, Feb 20, 2014

Guillermo Cantor, senior analyst at the Immigration Policy Center, was recently featured in Voice of America's article titled "Experts Debate Economic Impact of US Immigration Reform".

Cantor provided insight on how deportations are impacting immigrant communities and the economic benefits of fixing our nation's broken immigration system.

"Experts said communities paid a heavy price when 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the shadows.  And for a country that prides itself in its humanitarian beliefs - fixing a broken immigration system should be a high priority. 

'I think that each day that Congress delays this decision people are getting hurt, are getting hurt by the deportation machine, that is as I said before, separating families every day,' said Guillermo Cantor, a senior analyst at the Immigration Policy Center.

Cantor said there were other reasons why Congress should act.

'And one of them that sometimes gets overlooked is that it would result in enormous economic benefits for this country,' he said."

Published in the Experts Debate Economic Impact of US Immigration Reform

Elizabeth B. Wydra

Elizabeth B. Wydra is Chief Counsel at the Constitutional Accountability Center, www.theusconstitution.org, a think tank, public interest law firm, and action center dedicated to fulfilling the progressive promise of our Constitution’s text and history.