Specials to CNN on Immigration Reform

Tamar Jacoby, “Key to immigration reform: Worker visas”

After more than 10 years of on-and-off debate in Washington, the most important piece of the puzzle is still rarely discussed and poorly understood. Immigration reform must include worker visas for less-skilled foreigners who want to come to work legally in the United States.

John Feinblatt, “U.S. needs 21st century immigration plan”

We need a system that makes it easy for entrepreneurs, scientists, farm workers, engineers, hotel workers, business travelers and all the workers our economy needs to easily come here and help our companies compete.

Bill Richardson, “Stars align at last for immigration plan”

A comprehensive plan should create a path to earned citizenship, enforceable border security, a realistic guest worker plan, accountability for employers that hire illegal immigrants and passage of the DREAM Act.


Event Video Available: The Decisive Vote?

View our video from our most recent conference on The Decisive Vote? Featuring: Alfonso Aguilar, Rodolfo Espino, Stephen Dinan, Tamar Jacoby, Dan Restrepo, Roberto Suro and exclusive interviews with several panelists.

Could Farms Survive Without Illegal Labor?

The New York Times, Room for Debate, 8/17/11

In Room for Debate, The Times invites knowledgeable outside contributors to discuss news events and other timely issues.

This week Benjamin Shute of Hearty Roots Community FarmLisa García Bedolla of Center for Latino Policy ResearchPhilip Martin, an economist at UC Davis, Tamar Jacoby of ImmigrationWorks USAMichael J. Roberts, an economist at North Carolina State University and Karina Gallardo, an economist at Washington State University present their various views on the topic: “Could Farms Survive Without Illegal Labor?”

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Editorial: New heartland voices on immigration

Tamar Jacoby, Dallas Morning News, 3/18/2010

Advocates are traveling in from around the country. Momentum is building. The crowd that gathers on the mall in Washington on Sunday calling on Congress to pass immigration reform will include immigrants and native-born Latinos, union activists and faith groups. They’ll use the language of the civil rights movement. They’ll appeal to America’s ideals. And it should be a powerful, persuasive message, particularly for Democrats in Congress.

But let’s not forget, to pass immigration reform, we also needRepublican lawmakers. And those on the Mall aren’t the only voices calling for reform; theirs aren’t the only reasons why it’s essential for America.

In the years since Congress last considered an overhaul – since the bitter failures of 2006 and 2007 – a new type of immigration advocate has emerged: small-business owners.

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