Like Bruce Willis, Old Ideas About Immigration Die Hard
Without an ounce of originality, tired old anti-immigrant groups are once again joining forces to exploit California's bad economy and scapegoat the Golden State's immigrant population. Through a ballot initiative, they seek to cut benefits to U.S. citizen children and throw the 14th amendment of the U.S. constitution, which grants individuals born in America their citizenship, out the window.
What's the best way to help workers form a union in a workplace where managers have spent years wantonly violating labor laws by threatening and intimidating workers into resisting unionization? If you're the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), the answer would seem to be "get rid of the workers." At least, that is one of the main recommendations contained within a rather confusing new CIS report on the aftermath of the January 2007 immigration raids conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents at the Smithfield pork plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina.
Experts, Members of Congress and the Administration generally agree that it is less costly in the long-run to include as many people as possible in our health care system. However, it gets trickier when they begin considering that approximately 12% of the U.S. population is foreign-born. While most in Washington have completely written off the possibility of including undocumented immigrants in any kind of coverage plan, Congress continues to be perplexed over legal permanent residents--our citizens-in-waiting. Yet loads of good data present a compelling argument for why it makes more sense to be inclusive.
Anti-immigrant groups have repeatedly tried to drive a wedge between African Americans and immigrants by capitalizing on the myth that immigrants take American jobs--particularly jobs that would otherwise go to African Americans. That myth, as anti-immigrant groups present it, is simply not true, says Gerald Jaynes, a professor of Economics and African American Studies at Yale University. In a new Perspectives piece for the Immigration Policy Center, Jaynes dispels the myth that immigrants take "black jobs" and instead suggests we find solutions on how to lift up all low-wage American workers.
Last week, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Janet Napolitano, announced changes and an expansion of the controversial 287(g) program--which has been broadly criticized by immigrant and civil rights advocates, religious leaders, elected officials and the police themselves. Numerous reports have shown that the 287(g) program costs valuable resources, results in mistakes and racial profiling, does not effectively control illegal immigration, and makes it more difficult for the police to serve and protect their communities.