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01/07/10 | New Report Highlights Economic Benefits of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

For Immediate Release

New Report Highlights Economic Benefits of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

January 7, 2010

Washington D.C. - As the U.S. slowly pulls free from a deep recession, a groundbreaking new study concludes that comprehensive immigration reform would provide just the type of boost our economy needs. Today, the Center for American Progress (CAP) and Immigration Policy Center (IPC) released a joint report, Raising the Floor for American Workers: The Economic Benefits of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, which shows that legalizing the roughly 12 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. through comprehensive immigration reform, as well as making future flows more flexible, would grow the economy by $1.5 trillion over 10 years. The stark number cuts into the credibility of claims by immigration restrictionists that immigration reform during an economic recession is implausible.

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12/15/09 | Introduction of Immigration Reform Bill Jump Starts Reform Talks Going into 2010

Today, Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP), in the House of Representatives. The 87 original co-sponsors of the bill include members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Black Caucus, Asian Pacific American Caucus, and Progressive Caucus.

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12/09/09 | Secretary Janet Napolitano Testifies Before Congress

Washington D.C. - Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano. The Secretary's opening statement reiterated her view that immigration enforcement is a necessity, but that enforcement alone is not a solution for our broken immigration system. Secretary Napolitano noted, "We can no longer perpetuate a status quo that is unacceptable for workers, employers, law enforcement, faith leaders, and America as a whole. We must seize this moment to build a truly effective immigration system that deters illegal immigration, provides effective and enduring enforcement tools, protects workers from exploitation and retaliation, and creates a tough but fair path to legalization for the millions of illegal immigrants already here."

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12/07/09 | An Historical Perspective on the Success of Immigrants and Latinos

As a front-page story in today's Washington Post reminds us: "Not since the last great wave of immigration to the United States around 1900 has the country's economic future been so closely entwined with the generational progress of an immigrant group." The story highlights the degree to which the children of immigrants from Latin America have become crucial to sustaining the working-age population and tax base of the nation as the 75 million Baby Boomers retire. The parents of these children most likely would not have even come to this country if not for the U.S. economy's past high demand for workers to fill less-skilled jobs; demand which was not being adequately met by the rapidly aging and better-educated native-born labor force.

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11/18/09 | CIS Report Attempts to Erase 100 Years of Data

A new report from the restrictionist group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), Immigration and Crime: Assessing a Conflicted Issue, attempts to overturn a century’s worth of research which has demonstrated repeatedly that immigrants are less likely than the native-born to commit violent crimes or end up behind bars.

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11/13/09 | Statement from the American Immigration Council on Secretary Janet Napolitano's First Speech on Immigration Reform

Today, in her first speech on immigration reform, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano spoke in great detail about the security and enforcement measures that her agency has taken under her tenure to enforce current immigration laws, but she noted "the more work we do, the more it becomes clear that the laws themselves need to be reformed."

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11/12/09 | International Exchange Center Expands!

The American Immigration Council’s International Exchange Center is pleased to announce the expansion of the occupational field for which they are designated to sponsor training. The Department of States has extended the International Exchange Center’s programming to include opportunities in: Arts & Culture; Tourism; Social Sciences, Library Science, Non-clinical Counseling, and Social Services.

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11/10/09 | Military Families Act Honors America's Immigrant Soldiers and Families

Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Kristin Gillibrand (D-NY), and Russ Feingold (D-WI) have introduced the Military Families Act (S. 2757). The Military Families bill would allow immediate family members of active military service members to become lawful permanent residents even when the sponsoring solider has lost his or her life in service. Also included in the bill are the sons and daughters of Filipino World War II veterans whose immigration status has been long deferred due to numerical limitations on immigrant visas.

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10/29/09 | The American Immigration Council is Born

Today the American Immigration Law Foundation announced a name change to accompany a more ambitious mission for the organization. The new name, American Immigration Council, reflects the expansion of the organization to assume a larger role and greater involvement in the immigration policy, education, and exchange communities. It is also recognition that the organization has grown both in size and stature over the last five years as our program work has expanded beyond the courtroom and into the halls of Congress and the public square. The American Immigration Council will continue to serve existing constituencies, but will expand its reach to new partners and programs.

 

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10/15/09 | The Community Education Center Sponsors the 13th Annual “Celebrate America” Creative Writing Contest

The contest kicks off on October 16, 2009 under the yearly theme, "Why I am Glad America is a Nation of Immigrants." Through this contest, fifth graders around the country are given the opportunity to embrace the United States' immigrant history through their poetry, essays, or other creative works.

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