Immigration Reform: What Current Policy is not Addressing

 

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Immigration Reform:
What current policy is not addressing

During the past few years we have seen an increase in the political participation of Latino voters in the U.S. In the 2012 elections President Barack Obama won 71 percent of the Latino vote. The  election results highlighted the importance of  immigration reform in the public policy debate and the need to address it through a bipartisan political initiative. Eight senators, four republicans and four democrats have been working on  a bipartisan bill this last month. However, many of the thorniest issues remain largely unresolved.  Should there be a path for citizenship for undocumented immigrants? What should happen to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US by their parents as children?

According to the Pew Research Center there were 40.1 million immigrants living in the US in 2011, a 30 percent increase from the immigrant population in the year 2000.  Immigrants without a US citizenship status make up 55 percent of the immigrant population. Unauthorized immigrants account for 28 percent  of the foreign born population. About 34% of the foreign born population have no health insurance.

In 2010, 8 percent of all children born in the US were born to undocumented immigrants. While most foreign born children are English proficient, only about half of adult immigrants are English proficient.  What does this mean for the US economy, identity, and legal system?

Here are some links to get the wheels turning:
 

This article is about the border security. The author raised the question that even with immigration reform what would be new policies concerning the costly and inefficient U.S/Mexican border?
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/03/world/americas/border-security-hard-to-achieve-and-harder-to-measure.html?pagewanted=4&_r=0&comments

President’s full immigration reform proposal
http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/immigration

Senators immigration reform proposal
http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/News/transcript-bipartisan-framework-comprehensive-immigration-reform/story?id=18330912

Pew Research Hispanic Center, immigration section with statistical profiles of immigrant population in the US:
http://www.pewhispanic.org/topics/immigration/

Three ways U.S. immigration reform might impact Mexico, Washington Post Opinion Article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/01/31/three-ways-u-s-immigration-reform-might-impact-mexico/


What are your thoughts, opinions, and questions about what is going on in the world today?

Come discuss with us this THURSDAY!

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DATE: Thursday, March 21, 2013

TIME: 8:30pm – 9:30pm (AFTER evening classes)

WHERE: Hamburg Hall 1502

WHO: Students from ALL programs are encouraged to attend!!

 

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