Monthly Archives: February 2012

What You Need to Know if Your State is Considering Anti-immigrant Legislation

In April 2010, Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act,” or, as it is commonly known, SB1070. At the time of its passage, Arizona’s immigration law surpassed all previous state immigration-control efforts. While … Continue reading

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How Harsh Anti-Immigration Legislation Drains Budgets and Damages States’ Economies

This session, state legislatures are once again considering harsh immigration-control laws. These laws are intended to make everyday life so difficult for unauthorized immigrants that they will choose to “self-deport” and return to their home countries. Proponents of these laws … Continue reading

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Immigration Statistics – Texas

Immigrants and their children are growing shares of Texas’s population and electorate.  The foreign-born share of Texas’s population rose from 9.0% in 1990, to 13.9% in 2000, to 16.4% in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Texas was home to 4,142,031 immigrants in 2010, … Continue reading

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Immigration Statistics – Nevada

15% of registered voters in Nevada are immigrants or the children of immigrants.  The foreign-born share of Nevada’s population rose from 8.7% in 1990, to 15.8% in 2000, to 18.8% in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Nevada was home to 508,458 immigrants … Continue reading

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Nativist Group Twists Facts on Effectiveness of Arizona’s Immigration Law

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has outdone itself when it comes to shoddy research. In a recently released report on “demographic changes” in Arizona, FAIR utilizes an almost random assortment of statistics to make its case that the state’s unauthorized … Continue reading

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New Report Analyzes Fatal Flaws of U.S. Border-Enforcement Strategy

The federal government’s current approach to border security is dangerously misguided. Border-enforcement resources are directed at what gets smuggled across the border—people, drugs, guns, money—rather than who is doing the smuggling; namely, the transnational criminal organizations based in Mexico which are commonly referred to … Continue reading

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More States Introduce Costly Immigration Enforcement Bills in 2012

Despite the devastating consequences of state immigration laws in Alabamaand Arizona, legislators in other states have introduced similar enforcement bills this year. Legislators in Mississippi, Missouri,Tennessee and Virginia introduced an array of costly immigration enforcement bills in their 2012 legislative sessions—some which are modeled on … Continue reading

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