Tag Archives: immigration reform

IDNYC: The Route to Identity and Inclusion

As the federal government of the United States continues to stall on reforming the existing immigration system, individual states are taking it upon themselves to create new programs and services that meet the needs of their population. Significant media attention has focused on states such as Maryland or California that have issued driver’s licenses to residents without […]

Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration Are Welcome, but Imperfect

On November 20, 2014, in a primetime national address, President Obama ended months of speculation and made good on multiple promises to take action regarding U.S. immigration policy.  The President emphasized that the new initiatives, policies, and programs he was announcing are not a permanent solution to the many problems plaguing our current immigration system […]

Migrationist Monthly: US Edition

By Eric Gibble Last month, we reported that House Republicans continued to justify blocking a floor vote on H.R. 15, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act”, based on their perceived suspicion of the Obama administration’s ability to enforce immigration laws. This rhetoric was amplified in recent weeks in the aftermath of the […]

Migration Geography Research: Immigration Advocacy and New Spaces of Welcome

As the broader conversation around immigration reform in the United States continues, the 2014 special issue of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers—the premier journal for major research articles in all fields of geography—is devoted to migration. The eighteen papers in this issue cover a lot of ground geographically, investigating migration from, to, […]

Migrationist Monthly: UK edition

“Migrationist Monthly” is a new series on The Migrationist. Once a month, we’ll be offering you a rundown of that month’s immigration news for selected countries in 500 words or less. The month began with a bad taste thanks to the Immigration Bill that just passed through the House of Commons. Already crammed with the […]

Migrationist Monthly: US Edition

“Migrationist Monthly” is a new series on The Migrationist. Once a month, we’ll be offering you a rundown of that month’s immigration news for selected countries in 500 words or less. At the end of last month, the Republican principles on immigration reform were released to a lot of fanfare and hope that immigration reform […]

Public Voices of the GOP & the Hispanic Vote: An Update

After Republican defeat in the race for the White House not even a year ago, Romney adviser Ron Kaufman said, “We need to make sure that we’re not perceived as intolerant…[t]he bottom line is we were perceived to be intolerant on some issues. And tone-deaf on others” (Associated Press).  I wrote extensively about the importance […]

Reform Rundown: the American Congress and Immigration

Back in May, I wrote “The Quick and Dirty of the American Immigration Bill,” which summarized  the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S.744).  Since then, S.744 passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with about a third of the 301 proposed amendments attached to it.  These amendments made positive changes to S.744 […]

Dividing the Sky: the Fortification of the U.S.-Mexico Border

“No other border in the world exhibits the inequality of power, economics, and the human condition as does this one.” (Alvarez) The “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013” is slowly making its way through the American Congressional system, and it has been brilliantly summarized here by The Migrationist’s Amy Grenier. While […]

The Quick and Dirty of the American Immigration Bill (S.744)

The momentum of the post 2012 election season has brought us to this point: an actual bipartisan bill coming out of the American Congressional system. If that wasn’t shocking enough in the context of the past decade of filibusters and stubborn partisanship resulting in letting things like the sequester happen, this bipartisan bill is an […]