Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Immigration News Roundup - 1/27/2010

I haven't done one of these for a while...

1. From Center for American Progress:

  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform: How We Will Make It Happen: This was supposed to be a panel discussion spearheaded by Cong. Luis Gutierrez but the congressman was detained on the Hill with a vote. Instead we heard from Markos Moulitsas Zúñiga (Kos), Founder and Editor, Daily Kos; María Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO; and Andrea Nill, Immigration Blogger and Researcher, Think Progress. Probably the most useful aspect of it is that it identified the two biggest conflicts in the pro-immigration coalition: conflict between Catholics and evangelicals (together at last) and GLBT groups over unification provisions for bi-national same sex couples; and the old conflict between big labor and big business over guest worker programs. Click on the link to see the video of the event.

  • Seven Reasons to Push for Immigration Reform this Year:
    1. The American public wants its leaders to quit playing politics
    2. Support for comprehensive immigration reform is broad, deep, and bipartisan
    3. The American public wants realistic solutions on immigration
    4. Fixing our immigration system will promote economic growth and stability
    5. Voters will not support politicians who fail to deliver on their promises
    6. Comprehensive immigration reform is backed by business, labor, law enforcement, and faith communities
    7. Reform cannot wait

  • Raising the Floor for American Workers: The Economic Benefits of Comprehensive Immigration Reform: This new report from the CAP shows that legalizing the nation’s unauthorized workers and putting new legal limits on immigration that rise and fall with U.S. labor demand would help lay the foundation for robust, just, and widespread economic growth. "Comprehensive immigration reform generates an increase in U.S. GDP of at least 0.84 percent. Summed over 10 years, this amounts to a cumulative $1.5 trillion in additional GDP. It also boosts wages for both native-born and newly legalized immigrant workers."

2. State Immigration Policy to Promote National Change: This Stateside Dispatch (1/12/10) from the Progressive States Network is absolutely a wealth of information on immigration reform and the impact it could have on states. The groups is trying to organize state legislators to sign on in support of federal immigration reform legislation.

3. America's Voice: This is a great resource for regular news and polling data on the immigration reform debate. Here is their roundup of recent polls including a December 2009 one by the Benenson Strategy Group which they commissioned and which shows that "65% of voters prefer for Congress to take up the immigration issue this year rather than wait until later. Sixty-six percent of respondents supported comprehensive immigration reform before even hearing details of the plan. Support for reform continued to cut across party lines, with 69% of Democrats, 67% of independents, and 62% of Republicans supporting comprehensive reform."

4. From Pew Hispanic Center:

  • Latinos Online, 2006-2008: Narrowing the Gap: From 2006 to 2008, internet use among Latino adults rose by 10 percentage points, from 54% to 64%. In comparison, the rates for whites rose four percentage points, and the rates for blacks rose only two percentage points during that time period. Though Latinos continue to lag behind whites, the gap in internet use has shrunk considerably.

  • Between Two Worlds: How Young Latinos Come of Age in America: This report takes an in-depth look at Hispanics who are ages 16 to 25, a phase of life when young people make choices that-for better and worse-set their path to adulthood...The data paint a mixed picture. Young Latinos are satisfied with their lives, optimistic about their futures and place a high value on education, hard work and career success. Yet they are much more likely than other American youths to drop out of school and to become teenage parents. They are more likely than white and Asian youths to live in poverty. And they have high levels of exposure to gangs. The report is based on a new Pew Hispanic Center telephone survey of a nationally representative sample of 2,012 Latinos, supplemented by the Center's analysis of government demographic, economic, education and health data sets.

5. Study Finds Immigrants Generate 25% Of GDP In San Diego County: A new study by the California Immigrant Policy Center finds that immigrants generate about 25 percent of San Diego County's gross domestic product. The study provides a new set of statistics on immigrants' contributions to the San Diego region. It determined that immigrants make up nearly one-quarter of San Diego County's population. Nearly one-third of the county's labor force is immigrants.

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