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Friday, September 3, 2010




THIS WEEK IN IMMIGRATION: 
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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Showcases Empty Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric in Gubernatorial Debate
In a memorable performance this week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer refused to defend previously made anti-immigrant statements regarding undocumented immigrants and beheadings during a gubernatorial debate with Attorney General and Democratic candidate, Terry Goddard. While Governor Brewer's opening remarks meltdown is at least understandable, her inability/refusal to defend controversial anti-immigrant statements - which has become the centerpiece of her re-election platform - is not. Unable to respond to reporters' questions about these maligned statements, Governor Brewer abruptly walked off camera. As gubernatorial candidates in other states consider running for the "toughest-on-immigration title," Governor Brewer's meltdown might serve as an example of what happens when punditry meets public debate and statements are made without merit. Read more...

DOJ Sues Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for Failure to Cooperate in Federal Investigation
Today, the Department of Justice filed suit  against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his refusal to hand over documents in an ongoing federal investigation into allegations of discriminatory practices based on a person's national origin (racial profiling) and unconstitutional searches and seizures. According to the Arizona Republic, "the lawsuit comes after weeks of back-and-forth letters between the agencies, threats to strip the county of federal funding, and a meeting in Washington last week among attorneys to discuss the investigation." Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, called Sheriff Arpaio's actions "unprecedented" and is "unaware of any other police department or sheriff's office that has refused to cooperate in the last 30 years." Read more...

New Report Demonstrates the Successful Integration of Immigrants into U.S. Society
A common refrain among anti-immigrant activists is that today's immigrants just aren't "assimilating" into U.S. society like the immigrants of earlier eras. However, as a new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) points out, the "illusion of non-assimilation is created by looking only at newcomers who have not had time yet to assimilate as fully as earlier arrivers." When socioeconomic advancement is tracked over time, it becomes clear that "the longer immigrants are here, the more they advance and the better they are integrated into our society." The report, entitled Assimilation Today, was co-authored by renowned demographer Dowell Myers (a professor in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California) and by John Pitkin (president of Analysis and Forecasting, Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts). Read more...

Smoke and Mirrors: FOIA Reveals ICE Deception in Secure Communities Program
The misnamed Secure Communities program appears to be a nothing but smoke and mirrors - a federal program operating without adequate supervision or safeguards. The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking information on Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) signature immigration enforcement program. The government documents NILC obtained show that ICE's public statements about the Secure Communities program do not reflect what goes on behind closed doors. Read more...

Restrictionist Group Blames Immigrants for Unemployment Among Less-Educated Workers, Again
In a new and fatally flawed report, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) attempts to blame immigrants for virtually any unemployment among less-educated native-born workers anywhere in the United States, in both good economic times and bad. The report, entitled From Bad to Worse, deluges the reader with data from 2007 and 2010 on employment and unemployment among native-born and foreign-born workers, and then insinuates from this - without providing any evidence - that immigrant workers simply must be taking jobs away from the native-born. Specifically, the report juxtaposes the "estimated seven to eight million illegal immigrants holding jobs" in the United States with the millions of less-educated native-born Americans who are now out of work, or who were out of work before the recession, and concludes that "if the United States were to enforce immigration laws and encourage illegal immigrants to return home, we would seem to have an adequate supply of less-educated natives to replace" them. Read more...

States Pushing Anti-Immigration Legislation Forced to Run Costly Damage Control
Although anti-immigrant campaign platforms might help win a primary in a state like Arizona, supporters of harsh immigrant enforcement measures must still address the resulting economic fall out. Last week, the Arizona Governor's Task Force on Tourism and Economic Vitality hired HMA Public Relations, a Phoenix-based marketing communications and public relations firm, to the tune of $100,000 to "develop a series of needs and goals for Arizona tourism in light of the controversy created by SB 1070" - and, boy, do they have their work cut out for them. Similarly, cities like Fremont, Nebraska - where an anti-immigrant ordinance passed in June - are also being forced to run damage control. Fremont's City Council is currently considering a property tax increase proposal to help shoulder the projected legal fees resulting from the city's restrictive immigration ordinance. Read more...

This Week in IPC Publications:


IPC Resource Pages:



Check Out the Immigration Policy Center's Resources on
Birthright Citizenship and the 14th Amendment:


Defending the Fourteenth Amendment


As other states consider their own versions of Arizona's Enforcement Law (SB 1070), learn more about the substance of the law, common myths and the legal and fiscal implications.

The Legal Challenges and Economic Realities of Arizona's SB 1070


Read about how the DREAM Act could unlock the door to the American dream for thousands of young people each year:

Creating Opportunities for Immigrant Students and Supporting the U.S. Economy






The Immigration Policy Center (IPC) is the research and policy arm of the American Immigration Council. IPC's mission is to shape a rational national conversation on immigration and immigrant integration. Through its research and analysis, IPC provides policymakers, the media, and the general public with accurate information about the role of immigrants and immigration policy on U.S. society. IPC reports and materials are widely disseminated and relied upon by press and policy makers. IPC staff regularly serves as experts to leaders on Capitol Hill, opinion-makers and the media. IPC, formed in 2003 is a non-partisan organization that neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate for office.





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