The U.S. Immigration Debate

Comprehensive immigration reform has eluded Congress for years, moving controversial policy decisions into the executive and judicial branches of government.

The U.S. Immigration Debate

By Claire Felter, Danielle Renwick, and Amelia Cheatham, CFR Introduction Immigration has been a touchstone of the U.S. political debate for decades, as policymakers have weighed economic, security, and humanitarian concerns. Congress has been unable to reach an agreement on comprehensive immigration reform for years, effectively moving some major policy decisions into the executive and […]

The Dignity Act Could Signal Increasing Support for Immigration Reform on Capitol Hill

The Dignity Act Could Signal Increasing Support for Immigration Reform on Capitol Hill

By Jeremy Robbins, Immigration Impact Miami Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, a freshman Republican from Florida’s 27th congressional district, introduced an immigration reform bill that she calls the “Dignity Act.” Rep. Salazar claims the bill will both halt undocumented immigration to the United States and provide a “dignified solution” to the legal status of the more […]

The House Passes the America COMPETES Act, Including Immigration Reforms to Help the U.S. Economy

The House Passes the America COMPETES Act, Including Immigration Reforms to Help the U.S. Economy

By Walter Ewing, Immigration Impact The House of Representatives passed an economic competitiveness bill on February 4 that includes several immigration provisions. The bill is called the ‘‘America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology, and Economic Strength Act of 2022’’—or the America COMPETES Act of 2022. This bill (which is more than 2,900 pages long) is […]

After Parliamentarian Rejects Immigration Reform, Migrant-Led Organizations Disappointed with Democratic Party Leadership

After Parliamentarian Rejects Immigration Reform, Migrant-Led Organizations Disappointed with Democratic Party Leadership

Some 200,000 immigrants’ rights activists flood the National Mall on March 21, 2010 in Washington DC. (Shutterstock) On December 16, the Senate parliamentarian ruled against including modest immigration provisions in the “Build Back Better” spending plan. The provisions were intended to provide U.S. work permits to a significant number of immigrants residing in the U.S. […]

“This is a Helluva Way to Run a Democracy”

“This is a Helluva Way to Run a Democracy”

Immigrants and their supporters march to the White House on International Workers’ Day, to call for legal reforms and an end to workplace raids May 1, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Shutterstock) By America’s Voice Washington, DC – The following is from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, reacting to the Senate parliamentarian’s advisory opinion on […]

The Immigration Policy Successes and Failures of the Biden Administration

The Immigration Policy Successes and Failures of the Biden Administration

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference at the end of the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Rome. – Rome, Italy – October 31, 2021 By Walter Ewing, Immigration Impact The Biden administration has—in its first year—rolled back many of the worst discriminatory policies implemented by the Trump administration that targeted non-U.S. […]

New Polling: 75% of Americans Back Immigration Reform Provisions of BBB Legislation

New Polling: 75% of Americans Back Immigration Reform Provisions of BBB Legislation

By America’s Voice Washington, DC – A new poll from Data for Progress on the immigration provisions in the BBB legislation finds broad bipartisan support for relief targeted at long-settled undocumented immigrants. The poll asked 598 voters whether they support or oppose “a proposal that provides Dreamers and other undocumented immigrants who pass a background check and […]

Murky Immigration Reform, at a Crossroads

Murky Immigration Reform, at a Crossroads

By Maribel Hastings and David Torres, America’s Voice The proposal to grant only work permits and protection from deportation to some seven to eight million undocumented immigrants is the most recent alternative that the Democrats are trying to include in the Senate’s budget reconciliation, after the rejection of measures that contain a path to citizenship […]