Mon. Apr. 29: Debating Immigration

In the News:

"All the paths to US citizenship in the Senate's immigration bill, visualized"

"Boston Case Casts Shadow Over Senate Immigration Hearing," NPR, 4/23/13

"Q. and A.: The Senate Immigration Bill" New York Times, 4/22/13

"Heated Questions and Divisions Emerge at Immigration Bill Hearing" NYT, 4/23/13

For recent background, including the 2007 attempts at comprehensive immigration reform, see the New York Times "Immigration" Topics page

Center for Immigration Studies
Federation for American Immigration Reform
American Immigration Lawyers Association
National Council for La Raza
Migration Policy Institute
Immigration Policy Center

Undocumented/Unauthorized Immigrants
-"Unauthorized immigrants" are all foreign-born non-citizens residing in the country who are not "legal immigrants."
-11.2 million unauthorized immigrants were living in the United States in 2010
-Unauthorized immigrants made up 3.7% of the nation's population and 5.2% of its labor force in 2010
-2012: Undocumented immigration is down dramatically. In 2005, 1.1M were apprehended; in 2011, 340,000 apprehended
-Jose Antonio Vargas, "My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant," New York Times, June 22, 2011
-Filipino American Pullitzer-prize winning journalist entered at age 12 without proper documentation
-Jose Vargas' story

Border Battles
-Demographic arguments
-Economic arguments
-National Security
-Cultural arguments
-Human rights/civil rights arguments
-Undocumented Immigration

Immigration Restriction and Border Security, 2006-present

-Laws and Border Security
Federation for American Immigration Reform

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Effort, 2006-2007

-Immigrant Rights Marches, 2006
-Comprehensive reform fails, 2007
-States and Cities take initiative
-AZ's SB 1070 (2010) and Alabama's law (2011)
-Pres. Obama's State of the Union Address, 2012 related to immigration

Federal Dream Act:  Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act
-Bi-partisan sponsorship (Hatch, UT and Durbin, IL)
would grant legal status to illegal immigrants who came to the country at a young age and serve in the military or attend college
-6 year long conditional path to citizenship
"21st Century Underground Railroad" - calling attention to America's broken immigration system

The View from MN
"Minnesota has enacted several recent laws for the benefit of its large refugee population, while also excluding undocumented immigrants from some public benefits."
-MN S 460 (2010). Human Services. Undocumented non-citizens and immigrants are restricted from receiving general assistance medical care.
"Settlement may restore EMA benefit" MN Public Radio, April 17, 2012

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