Friday, March 26, 2010

Immigration News Roundup - 3/26/2010

1. Study Finds Immigrant Wage, Benefits Increased Substantially By Unionization: Unionization substantially improves the pay and benefits received by immigrant workers, who now make up over 15 percent of the workforce and almost 13 percent of unionized workers, according to a new report released March 25 by the Center for Economic and Policy Research. The report, Unions and Upward Mobility for Immigrant Workers, found immigrant workers who are represented by a union earned on average 17 percent or about $2 per hour more than nonunion immigrant workers with similar characteristics.

2. The High Cost of Deportation: A new Center for American Progress study shows that getting the 10.8 million undocumented immigrants out of the country and maintaining strict immigration enforcement over five years would cost $285 billion.

3. Texas Observer: The Texas Observer has two excellent articles on immigration enforcement this month:

  • Down for the Count: The profitable game of including immigrants in the census, then deporting them - "...[Henry] Arroliga is one of more than 30,000 immigrant detainees who will be counted in this year’s census. Four hundred billion dollars in federal funding over the next 10 years will be distributed based on the count, making detainees worth thousands of dollars to cities, counties, and states where they are briefly detained. The government will allocate more than $100 million in additional funds to places where immigrants are detained..."

  • Point of No Return: With thousands of legal residents locked up indefinitely, far from home, Texas' immigrant detention centers are boiling over - "On March 10, 2008, 39-year-old Rama Carty, who’d lived in the United States since he was a year old, became Alien #A30117515 in America’s booming immigrant detention system. At the time, Carty never imagined he’d be shipped to seven detention facilities around the country. Or that he’d help organize hunger strikes in South Texas’ Port Isabel Detention Center, 2,000 miles from his Boston home. Or that he would inspire an Amnesty International investigation into human rights abuses by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement..."

4. Barriers to Hispanic Education: A new study released this month by the American Enterprise Institute, Rising to the Challenge: Hispanic College Graduation Rates as a National Priority, finds that at the average college or university, 51 percent of Hispanic students complete a bachelor's degree in six years compared to 59 percent of white students at those same schools. On the positive side, AEI reports that "Hispanic women graduate at consistently higher rates than Hispanic men and often graduate at the same rate as white men in their schools." Go hermanas!

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