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Please Remember – Thanksgiving Is About Immigrants.

Posted By Levi

November 26th, 2014 8:05pm

Category: Immigration

Dear friends, A few days ago President Obama issued orders that will prevent close to 5 million undocumented immigrants from being deported. This is a fitting tribute to Thanksgiving. Many of us don’t see the link between Thanksgiving and immigration but the holiday is pretty much about immigrants too. The founding of the country is traced to the Pilgrims and Puritans who came here in the early 1600s. They were immigrants. They came here without invitations and they had no family ties to the land that later came to be called the United States. Nevertheless, Native Americans welcomed them, fed them when they were hungry and taught them how to grow crops. Later, these newcomers sat with the Natives and together they gave thanks for the difficult times they experienced. This became our first Thanksgiving. Since then, America opened her arms in welcoming millions of Americans from every part of the world. I know because my family is one of the millions who came. Every wave of immigrants Read More

America’s Undocumented Immigrants – Who Are They?

Posted By Levi

November 20th, 2014 6:14pm

Category: Immigration

Tonight President Obama will address the nation on his plans to deal with the undocumented immigrant population currently living in the United States. The president has said from the beginning that he would like to find a way to allow many of these immigrants to live and work legally in the country. In June 2013, the US Senate passed a bill that would have given most undocumented immigrants a pathway to become legal permanent residents and eventually, citizens. However, the Republicans who controlled the House of Representatives never took up the bill and so it died. Living here illegally means that these immigrants constantly face the threat of deportation so the President is expected to issue an executive order that will temporarily prevent many of them from been deported.  We will have to wait for the speech to find out exactly how many will benefit from the president’s action. In the meantime, for those who are interested, here are a few basic facts you should know. 1. How many Read More

Immigrants – Becoming An American Can Be Bad For Your Health!

Posted By Levi

May 19th, 2013 10:00am

Category: Immigration

Millions of immigrants living in the United States illegally are hoping that immigration reforms now being discussed in Congress will eventually give them the chance to become legal residents. Millions more from various countries are on waiting lists hoping to live and work in the United States. Some opponents of immigration worry that too many foreigners are entering the country and they would never be able to assimilate into the American culture. But according to the New York Times this morning, immigrants face a new worry – coming to America could be bad for your health. “A growing body of mortality research on immigrants has shown that the longer they live in this country, the worse their rates of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. And while their American-born children may have more money, they tend to live shorter lives than the parents. The pattern goes against any notion that moving to America improves every aspect of life. It also demonstrates that at least Read More

80 Percent of Illegal Drugs Coming Over the Border Involves American Citizens, Not Immigrants.

Posted By Levi

March 31st, 2013 12:47pm

Many anti-immigrant proponents claimed that most immigrants coming across the US-Mexican border are drug dealers. Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona: “I believe today, under the circumstances that we’re facing, that the majority of the illegal trespassers that are coming into the state of Arizona are under the direction and control of organized drug cartels and they are bringing drugs in,” In their news releases, U.S. Customs and Border Protection often give the impression that Mexicans are responsible for most of the illegal drugs coming in the US from across the border. However, according to a new report, this is not the case. The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), found that three out of four people arrested with drugs along the U.S.-Mexico border were U.S. citizens. The center also found that four of every five busts — 80 percent — involved at least one U.S. citizen. Both the President and Congress are now negotiating immigration reforms and both ar Read More

Native American Lawmaker: “When You Mention Illegal Immigrant, I Think Of All of You”

Posted By Levi

March 23rd, 2013 2:06pm

Category: Immigration

Kris Kobach is the Kansas Secretary of State and one of the most prominent leaders of the anti-immigrant movement today in the United States. He was the brain behind the draconian Arizona immigration law. Kobach is trying to get a law passed in Kansas that would prevent undocumented students going to college from paying the lower in-state tuition at public universities. During a discussion on the bill on Wednesday, State Rep. Ponka-We Victors (D-Wichita), a member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma and the Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona, turned the tables on Kobach as she questioned him about the bill. “I think it’s funny Mr. Kobach, because when you mention illegal immigrant, I think of all of you,” said Victors, drawing cheers from the crowd, according to the Capitol Journal. President Obama speaking recently on immigration:  “A lot of folks forget that most of us used to be them. Unless you’re a native American, you came from someplace else. Somebody brought y Read More

The United States Needs More, Not Less, Immigrants

Posted By Levi

February 26th, 2013 8:02pm

Category: Immigration

Yes, you read that right – the United States will need more, not less, immigrants. Why? Because in the long term, the country faces a population problem. The United States, just like Japan and the rich European nations, has been experiencing a decline in its birthrate.  In 2011, according to the Pew Institute, the US birthrate reached a record low of 63.2 for every 1000 women of child bearing age. A declining birthrate can lead to a decline in population. Add to this, the fact that the current population is getting older. According to the 2010 Census, the population age 65 and older is expected to more than double between 2012 and 2060, from 43.1 million to 92.0 million. The aging of the population will have serious consequences for the country’s future. An healthy economy has to maintain a balance between its working age population and those who are dependent on it (children and the elderly). As Americans get older, who are they going to depend on to provide the labor force tha Read More

The Difficulty of Passing Immigration Reform

Posted By Levi

February 24th, 2013 2:52pm

Category: Immigration

Right now the political climate in the country offers the best hope of getting good immigration reform. Both President Obama and the US Senate have made proposals to fix our broken immigration system. However, it is not going to be easy. Nativists (anti-immigrant racists) are going to do whatever they can to derail any meaningful legislation from passing Congress. Take a look at the video below in which Senator John McCain faced angry questions at a town hall meeting on immigration. Credit to Senator McCain for way the he responded. The southern border with Mexico is already so militarized that it looks like a war zone. According to the Nation, “Under Obama, our nation’s immigration enforcement system has grown to grotesque and gargantuan proportions. Hundreds of miles of fences and barriers have been built, drones patrol the sky, detention centers are bursting, countless families have been torn apart. According to the Migration Policy Institute, the Obama administration spent $18 Read More

Immigrants Don’t Take Jobs Away From Americans

Posted By Levi

February 12th, 2013 7:46pm

Category: Immigration

Image Source:http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/01/13/1440811/obama-admin-to-seek-citizenship-for-immigrants/ In my last post, I try to make the case that, on economic grounds, letting more immigrants in the country should not be at all controversial. Many Americans who oppose immigration do so on the assumption that immigrants take away jobs from Americans. But this is basically a myth. Immigrants often do work that locals don’t want to do – they work in low-paying jobs such as stocking supermarket shelves, taking care of our children in our homes,  harvesting  the fruits and vegetables we eat, working on construction sites and doing other  back-breaking jobs, often for low pay. The ones with high skills usually find ways of creating new jobs. There is no correlation between unemployment and immigration. If immigration causes high unemployment, how come the areas where immigrants are mostly concentrated don’t have higher levels of unemployment?  For example, recent immigr Read More

Immigration Is Good for the American Economy

Posted By Levi

February 10th, 2013 4:22pm

Category: Immigration

Anti-immigration opponents often based their views on the idea that immigration is bad for the United States economy. Immigrants are moochers; they take away jobs from Americans and they commit more crimes. Most of the times, these views are based on nativist feelings rather than facts. If you are one of these individuals, please consider these basic facts provided by Ezra Klein from the Washington Post. • More than a quarter of U.S. technology and engineering businesses started from 1995 to 2005 had a foreign-born owner. • In Silicon Valley, half of all tech startups had a foreign-born founder. • One-quarter of all U.S.-based Nobel laureates of the past 50 years was foreign born. • Right now, about half of the PhDs working in science and technology are foreign born. • Immigrants begin businesses and file patents at a much higher rate than their native-born counterparts. • While there are disputes about the effect immigrants have on the wages of low-income Americans, there Read More

The US Immigration System Explained in One Chart

Posted By Levi

February 7th, 2013 6:31pm

Category: Immigration

The United States immigration system is a complex and confusing one. If you are an undocumented immigrant, how do you legalize your status?  If I am an American citizen and I have a son or daughter living abroad, or a sister or brother, can I file for that person? What process do I follow. Fortunately, I found this neat chart that does a good job in explaining the immigration process. In order to see a larger version, click here and use your browser to zoom in to get a better view.       FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More