Fox News Latino: Sobre la Inmigración, las Encuestas Muestran Que la Mayor Parte del Partido Republicano está de Acuerdo con Newt

Cuando el candidato presidencial Newt Gingrich dijo en un debate en noviembre que los inmigrantes indocumentados que tienen raíces profundas en los Estados Unidos deberían tener una manera de trabajar legalmente en los Estados Unidos, algunos se quedaron boquiabiertos.

Sus rivales cuestionaron sus credenciales conservadores, y los observadores se preguntaron si él había condenado sus posibilidades con los votantes Republicanos.

Sin embargo, una serie de encuestas – incluyendo una realizada por Fox News que fue publicada el viernes – sobre la inmigración muestra que la mayoría de los encuestados, incluyendo a los votantes Republicanos registrados, piensan que los inmigrantes indocumentados deberían tener una oportunidad para legalizar su estatus, siempre y cuando cumplan con ciertos criterios. Leer más… Alabama immigration law has denied basic human rights, report says

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Alabama’s immigration law has led to illegal immigrants around the state having their basic rights denied and should be repealed, a human rights group contends in a report being issued today.

“The initial human impact has been devastating, though the full consequences remain unknown,” stated the report, “No Way To Live: Alabama’s Immigrant Law,” issued by Human Rights Watch.

“A group of people have found themselves unable to live the lives they had lived for many years. Some were barred from access to basic services like water, and many more were told they could not live in homes they own,” according to the report. Read More …

Huffington Post: New Data Indicates Mexican Migration Decline; A Separate Report Predicts Immigrant Integration

“At a time when statistics suggest that fewer Mexicans are setting out on the perilous journey across the border, a new study projects that newer immigrants, particularly Latinos, are expected to learn English, buy homes and acquire citizenship at high levels in the coming decades.

The data on declining immigration from Mexico along with the projections on integration patterns for newer immigrants appear at a particularly contentious moment in the national immigration debate, with many sectors calling for tighter border controls and more deportations.

The new report from the Center for American Progress, a nonpartisan think tank, offers a portrait of integration patterns that seem to counter the popular notion that Hispanic immigrants are not assimilating to life in the U.S.

The study tracked immigrants that arrived during the 1990s and found that while only 25.5 percent of them owned their home in 2000, 70.3 percent are projected to be homeowners by 2030.”  Read more …

Washington Post: In D.C. region, more immigrants seeking public office

"Their journeys began in places as disparate as Colombia and Pakistan. They arrived in the United States speaking Hindi, Korean or Spanish. They worked their way up through engineering school or accounting jobs, keeping their heads down and their names out of the news.

Now, a small but growing number of foreign-born residents in the greater Washington region — home to more than 1 million immigrants from every corner of the globe — are coming out of their cocoons to enter electoral races and public office."  Read more…



Chippewa Herald Opinion: Our economy relies on immigrants

Immigrants bring “new ideas, new perspectives and new talent to our workforce. To reverse the decades-long trend of economic decline in this city, we need to think globally.”

Those are the comments of Dayton, Ohio Mayor Gary Leitzell explaining why his city has adopted a plan encouraging immigrants to come to the city to help pull it out of its economic tailspin.

Dayton has lost thousands of jobs and 15 percent of its population. It hopes immigrant entrepreneurs will help rebuild and grow the city’s small business and restore the city’s neighborhoods.

Dayton’s viewpoint on immigration is countered by states like Alabama, where a new law allows police to detain indefinitely anyone suspected of being in the state illegally and requires schools to check the status of new students.  Read more …


Market Watch: Innovative Microloan Product to Ease Pathway to Citizenship for Legal Immigrants

"LANGLEY PARK, Md., Nov 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Today, Citi Community Development and CASA de Maryland (CASA) launched an innovative microloan program for legal permanent residents seeking to become naturalized citizens. CASA will collaborate with two community development financial institutions (CDFI's) – the Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) and the Ethiopian Community Development Council Enterprise Development Group (EDG) – to launch and test the innovative citizenship microloan program that will lower the financial barriers to naturalization while simultaneously building an individual's credit and financial literacy. The loan program is the latest addition to a set of naturalization services available through Citizenship Maryland, a wrap-around comprehensive effort led by CASA and participated in by partner AmeriCorps volunteer host organizations that seek to support the hundreds of thousands of eligible legal permanent residents in Maryland in becoming citizens."  Read more …

Austin Statesman: Religion leaders see immigration as ‘God’s call’

"ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Unitarian church in New Mexico sends supplies to the border for recent deportees. A coalition of church leaders gathers under a statue of colonial America religious figure Anne Hutchinson at the Massachusetts Statehouse to denounce immigration checks by police. A Methodist minister in Texas recites Isaiah 58:6, a passage about loosening the bonds of injustice, as she's thrown in jail after protesting alongside illegal immigrant students outside a U.S. senator's office.

As some states pass laws aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration and federal lawmakers balk at passing any immigration reforms, religious leaders from various denominations are jumping into the debate. They're holding rallies, walking in the Arizona desert, gathering testimonies from immigrants. The leaders fast, get arrested, and sometimes put their own health on the line in an attempt to draw attention to what they see as inhumane treatment of immigrants and to the laws that target them." Read more …


TT: Students in Texas Illegally Eligible for State Aid

"Illegal immigrants who do well in high school are not only eligible for lower-cost, in-state tuition rates at Texas universities and colleges. Thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Rick Perryin 2001, many are also receiving publicly funded grants to pay for their education.

The in-state tuition policy, which was broadened in 2005 and again signed by Perry, has become a major flashpoint in the 2012 presidential race. Perry has taken repeated fire from his conservative base — and from his chief rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — for supporting the lower residency tuition rates for students in the country illegally. What isn't as well known is that the very same law also allows some of these students to access the state's limited amount of financial aid." Read more … 

Statesman Opinion – Navarrette: State of cruelty when it comes to immigration

Ruben Navarrette writes:

"This is how bad it is in Alabama.

A Mexican consulate official in Washington monitoring the fallout from the state's new immigration law told me that, as school administrators were trying to determine the legal status of students, some principals were going into elementary school classes and telling kids: "Raise your hand if you weren't born in the U.S." Imagine a 6-year-old unsure of whether to raise his hand because he's afraid his parents might get deported.

What is happening to my country? I was born here, as were my parents and three of my grandparents. Yet, sometimes, I hardly recognize the place.

This is one of those times. As they shape their own immigration policies, the states are in a race to the bottom. Rather than challenge one another to create jobs or improve the schools, they're competing to see which one can be the cruelest to illegal immigrants."  Read more …