This Week in Immigration

Maryland DREAM Act is a Smart Economic Investment is an investment that yields sizeable dividends over time. Well-educated students go on to become well-educated workers who earn more, pay more in taxes, and are less likely to rely upon public benefits. This is why the DREAM Act, and all of the state-level bills that bear its name, make so much sense. Allowing unauthorized children to graduate from high school and go on to college isn’t simply an act of compassion; it is enlightened self-interest. These children will prove to be far more costly to the state in the long run if they are less educated and living in poverty.

Presidential Debates: Brought to You by an Immigrant of Americans will tune into tonight’s vice-presidential debate, but few will know the origins of the presidential debate process.  While we’ve come to think of these debates as a way to learn more about the candidates vying for our votes, the idea of holding public debates, like so many other great American ideas, can be traced back to an immigrant.

Kansans Push for Kobach Recall in Kansas are mounting a campaign to recall the state’s Secretary of State and notorious immigration restrictionist Kris Kobach.  According to the Associated Press, there is a movement to collect signatures to recall him.  For months, several groups have held rallies and press conferences, accusing Kobach of spending too much time working on his extracurricular activities – including promoting  the anti-immigrant laws he authored in other states and attending immigration-related meetings – instead of serving the people of Kansas.

Supreme Court Case Highlights Cruel Intersection of Immigration and Drug Laws week the Supreme Court heard arguments in a complicated immigration case involving how courts should determine whether a crime qualifies as an “aggravated felony.” Once the legal clutter is set aside, however, the case provides a clear example of how our nation’s immigration laws often fail to account for the most basic considerations of fairness and proportionality.


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