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Immigration Matters

Immigrant rights advocates sound off on immigration policy issues.

For more information on NAM immigration coverage, contact Sandip Roy at sroy [at] newamericamedia [dot] org.

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Cutting Social Services to Immigrants Hurts Us All

New America Media, Commentary, Vanessa Cajina , May 28, 2009

The California Governors proposals to eliminate social service programs are no surprise. In fact, hes tried to get rid of these on at least five occasions. These cuts hurt us all, and are reflected in homeless rates and in emergency room costs.


E Pluribus Unum: Not Just a Founding Ideal - A Bridge to the Future

New America Media, Commentary, Margie McHugh and Michael Fix, May 21, 2009

While policymakers focus on illegal immigrants, broader immigration and integration issues have been left out of the debate. Immigration Matters features the views of immigration advocates and experts.


No Justice for Vincent Then, No Justice for Luis Now

New America Media, Commentary, Carmina Ocampo, May 08, 2009

The acquittal of two young white men in the murder of Latino immigrant Luis Ramirez mirrors the first federal hate crime prosecution involving an Asian American. Immigration Matters regularly features the views of immigration advocates and experts.


Supreme Court Opens a Door, Barely, for Immigrants Fighting Deportation

New America Media, Commentary, Rochelle Bobroff and Harper Jean Tobin, Apr 28, 2009

A recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court makes it difficult for asylum-seekers to challenge deportation orders. At most, it gives the petitioner a temporary relief.

IMMIGRATION MATTERS: Reform to Help Economic Recovery?

New America Media, Commentary, Andrea Nill, Apr 23, 2009

Recent research suggests that immigration reform could add billions in new revenue instead of being a drain on the economy.


Restoring Accountability to U.S. Immigration Enforcement

New America Media, Commentary, Jacqueline Esposito and Jumana Musa, Apr 14, 2009

The National Week of Action (April 8 to 15) spotlights the need for greater accountability at the Department of Homeland Security in response to the civil rights abuses being documented under the governments immigration enforcement programs.


It Pays to Invest in the Undocumented

New America Media, Commentary, Pramila Jayapal, Apr 11, 2009

A new report out indicates that investing in America's immigrants not only helps to fill gaps in jobs that many U.S.-born people find unattractive but can help the United States compete globally because of the unique language and cultural skills immigrants have.


Is the U.S. Experiencing its First Brain Drain?

New America Media, News analysis, Vivek Wadhwa , Mar 31, 2009

When high-skilled immigrants and foreign students completing their degrees in the United States both consider returning to their home countries, it might be a sign that the United States is experiencing its first brain drain in history.


The Medical Crisis in Immigration Detention

New America Media, Commentary, Cheryl Little, Mar 25, 2009

Immigrant deaths in ICE detention have prompted outrage and investigations. But the deaths are only the most extreme examples of a systemic prevalence of medical abuse in immigrant detention according to two new reports.

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Bolstering Mexico with Immigration and Economic Reforms

New America Media, Commentary, Edward W. Littlefield, Mar 12, 2009

The United States should consider the recessions effect on the flow of people north and remittances south while formulating a multifaceted approach toward a troubled Mexico.

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