December 2, 2013
The New York Times, 12/1/2013
At a time when Latinos have surpassed whites to account for a majority of public school students in Texas, Ms. Garibay is taking an unusually direct approach to one of the most deeply entrenched challenges in education: the achievement gap in test scores and low graduation rates that are plaguing schools disproportionately populated by the children of immigrants.
By focusing her seminar on helping families and children navigate the bureaucracy of the immigration system, Ms. Garibay is hoping to help schools close their achievement gaps with others.
November 27, 2013
San Diego Union Tribune, 11/26/2013
Video footage, anonymous leaflets, and eyewitness accounts on Tuesday offered some insights into last weekend’s incident that saw more than 100 people rush a heavily patrolled stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in broad daylight.
But the larger questions remained unanswered: Exactly who instigated the mass action on Sunday afternoon one quarter-mile west of the San Ysidro Port of Entry? And for what purpose?
November 27, 2013
The Los Angeles Times, 11/26/2013
More than 100 people pelted U.S. Border Patrol agents with rocks and bottles during a rowdy confrontation Sunday afternoon along the U.S.-Mexico border, federal authorities said.
Nobody was seriously injured and it’s not clear whether the crowd was trying to enter the U.S. illegally or hold a demonstration, but the sight of a large crowd surging beyond the border rattled nerves.
November 21, 2013
The New York Times, 11/20/2013
Glendy Martínez is waiting anxiously to see if Congress will ever pass legislation to allow immigrants like her, without papers, to stay in the country legally. But frankly, she says, she does not care if it will include any promise of citizenship.
With the earnings from her job in a Houston hair salon, Ms. Martínez, 30, is supporting one child born in Texas and three others she left behind in her home country, Nicaragua.
November 18, 2013
The New York Times, 11/15/2013
The Obama administration issued a new policy on Friday that will allow immigrants in the United States illegally who are close relatives of active military troops and veterans to stay and move toward becoming permanent residents.
November 12, 2013
The Los Angeles Times, 11/11/2013
When local police started quizzing people about their immigration status, some immigrants relocated – but they usually did not leave the United States, a new study finds.
A working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that when state and local officials took on the power to enforce some immigration laws by investigating immigration violations on the street, immigrants were more likely to relocate within the country.
But only in Arizona’s Maricopa County, known for the controversial immigration policies of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, were immigrants more likely to abandon the United States entirely, the study found.
November 7, 2013
The Washington Post, 11/07/2013
With a year to go until the midterm elections, immigration reform advocates hoping to jump-start debate on Capitol Hill are planning to target a handful of Republican lawmakers most likely to suffer political consequences next year if Congress fails to act on immigration reform.
November 7, 2013
The AFL-CIO is poised to launch a high-dollar television campaign assailing House Republicans for their inaction on immigration reform, in an attempt to ensure that the congressional GOP pays a price if it continues to stall on an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system, strategists for the labor giant told POLITICO.
The powerful progressive group will spend a seven-figure sum on a wave of ads on Spanish-language television, broadcasting some of the most incendiary remarks conservative lawmakers have made about immigrants.
October 11, 2013
The Houston Chronicle, 10/10/2013
By Pete Domenici and Jason Grumet
The U.S. debate will appropriately focus on securing our southern border and weighing the economic impacts of various proposals on our still fragile economy. While most analysis concludes that reforming our immigration laws will benefit the U.S. economy, we must also seek opportunities to encourage growth in the Mexican economy if we are to achieve effective and durable immigration reform.
The ability of Mexican citizens to feed and clothe their families and the ability of the Mexican government to care for those who cannot, significantly impacts the pressure exerted on our southern border. During a period when the Mexican economy grew more than half again as quickly as ours, immigration into the U.S. began to fall. Between 2007 and 2012, the population of unauthorized Mexican immigrants declined by 13 percent and apprehensions along our southern border declined by 58 percent. However, in Texas – a state that has continued to enjoy strong economic growth – border apprehensions and the unauthorized immigrant population have increased. While national trends also reflect substantial investments in enhanced border security, our immigration policy must be designed to succeed in the hopeful future when our economy booms once more.
September 24, 2013
The Washington Post, 9/23/2013
he number of illegal immigrants in the United States has leveled off but may be on the rise again, following a sharp drop that accompanied the start of the Great Recession, according to a report released Monday.
The analysis from the Pew Research Center estimated that 11.7 million immigrants were living in the country illegally in March 2012. That was down from an all-time high of 12.2 million in 2007 — a year before the stock market collapsed — but it represented a slight increase from an estimated 11.3 million in 2009, the worst year of the recession.