WASHINGTON — Sweeping immigration legislation would improve U.S. security by helping authorities to know who is in the country, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday, as supporters of an immigration overhaul marshaled arguments against opponents trying to slow it down in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. Read More
Immigration reform supporters in San Francisco joined others across the state and nation for rallies aimed at shaping the national immigration debate and pressuring Congress to grant a path toward citizenship for immigrants living here illegally. Read More
WASHINGTON (AP) — A tentative deal has been reached between agriculture workers and growers, a key senator said Tuesday, smoothing the way for a landmark immigration bill to be released within a week. Read More
WASHINGTON — A raucous public debate over the nation's flawed immigration system is set to begin in earnest this week as senators finalize a bipartisan bill to secure the border, allow tens of thousands of foreign workers into the country and grant eventual citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living here illegally. Read More
WASHINGTON — Even with one of the largest hurdles to an immigration overhaul overcome, optimistic lawmakers on Sunday cautioned they had not finished work on a bill that would provide a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants. Read More
Immigration reform is an innately thorny subject. It forces lawmakers to balance the interests of immigrants and employers interested in filling jobs with the fears of citizens who believe immigrants deprive Americans of opportunities.
Efforts to reform immigration take an absurd turn when one side lobbies for greater admission of one small class of workers, but that we should crack down on all the rest. Read More
Immigration experts are encouraging undocumented San Francisco youths to prepare for next week when they will be able to apply for deferred deportation.
The policy change, announced by President Barack Obama in June, provides a two-year deferral of deportation for people who came to the U.S. before the age of 16, are under 31 years old and meet other requirements. Read More
Three years ago, the tea party movement erupted and became the talk of the nation. It’s hard to precisely determine what drove this convulsion; some elements were clearly libertarian, others were composed of people nervous about what they called Obamacare, and still others were just afraid of the Great Recession.One element, however, was unmistakable: nativists who feared the nation was being overrun by illegal immigrants who come here to receive social benefits. Read More
It's unclear whether farmers in Georgia and Alabama will face a shortage of workers due to tough new laws targeting illegal immigration, but some producers said they have begun changing their plans for planting and harvesting this year's crops.
Some farmers said they might reduce the number of acres they plant or shift to less labor-intensive crops, while others are bracing for higher labor prices and have turned to new recruiting tools to attract workers. Read More
Our immigration debate has been backward. To our great loss, in science, medicine, engineering and academia generally, we have concentrated too much on the immigrants we don’t want and too little on those we want.We should be concentrating more on the best and the brightest of the foreigners who want to come to the United States, and, if they stay, who are likely to make real contributions to our society and our slipping global competitiveness. Read More