Immigration

How Obama Can Win GOP Trust on Immigration

  • By
  • Tamar Jacoby,
  • New America Foundation
August 14, 2013 |

Immigration Program Fails To Attract Eligible Applicants

  • By
  • Alexandra Starr,
  • New America Foundation
August 1, 2013 |

Immigration Reform: It's Alive!

  • By
  • Tamar Jacoby,
  • New America Foundation
July 18, 2013 |

Financial Inclusion and Access within the Latino Immigrant Community

June 4, 2013

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) hosted an event today to release “Latino Financial Access and Inclusion," a new report that examines the relationship between comprehensive immigration reform and household financial stability for U.S. Latinos. At the event, experts from NCLR, Citi, the American Bankers Association, and a Chicago-based organization, The Resurrection Project, explored the report's findings on financial inclusion within the Latino immigrant community. The report analyzes data from a survey of roughly 1,000 low-income Latino-identified individuals across California during 2012.

Janet Murguía, President of NCLR, began the event by discussing the historical exclusion Latino immigrants have faced in the mainstream financial services marketplace. Despite myriad barriers to accessing financial services and some significant economic challenges, this report found that Latino consumers were actively prioritizing saving, utilizing a range of financial products to meet their needs, and displaying savvy engagement with financial service providers.

The report also builds the case for comprehensive immigration reform and ensuring a path to citizenship by demonstrating the variance in financial stability and engagement by citizenship status. For example, among immigrants who had been in the U.S. the same amount of time, naturalized citizens were more likely to be engaged in the mainstream financial services sector than their non-citizen counterparts. As Murguía put it, U.S. citizenship opens the doors to not only better job opportunities and education, but also greater financial inclusion. When combined, these resources create a path to upward economic and social mobility. Thus, the report explicitly frames citizenship status as an asset and calls for the current immigration reform conversation to better reflect the economic needs and opportunities of the Latino immigrant community.

Rodriguez: Reform For People or For Politics?

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
February 18, 2013 |

In 2006, the last time Congress took a serious look at comprehensive immigration reform, hundreds of thousands of immigrants, legal and illegal, marched through the streets of the nation's cities. The resulting media coverage was filled with stories about real people — brown people! — whose lives would be affected by the proposed legislation.

Crossing the Line: Chronicling Mexico's Drug War

  • By
  • Louie Palu,
  • New America Foundation
January 28, 2013 |

It was the killings that initially drew me to the idea of exploring the U.S.-Mexico border. According to government figures, there were 47,515 drug-related killings in Mexico between late 2006 and late 2012, though many experts put the death toll much higher. Every aspect of Mexican life is affected by organized crime and its endless struggle for control of the distribution of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. Most of the drugs are destined for the United States and Canada.

Luis Reyes: Entrepreneur as Revolutionary

  • By
  • Alexandra Starr,
  • New America Foundation
October 30, 2012 |

Lauriol plaza, in Washington, D.C., is one of those restaurants where it's hard to hear your voice over the din by 6 p.m. Salsa music blares. Waiters yell out to one another as they hoist platters of sizzling fajitas over their heads. The bar is packed with revelers armed with table beepers and margaritas the size of small fishbowls.

A few years back, an elegant female patron, infuriated about the long wait for a table, demanded to speak with the owner. Luis Reyes approached and introduced himself.

"I asked to speak with the owner," the woman said.

Programs:

Key to Immigration Reform: Worker Visas

  • By
  • Tamar Jacoby,
  • New America Foundation
January 28, 2013 |

Comprehensive immigration reform. Suddenly the phrase is on everyone's lips. From President Barack Obama to rising Republican star Sen. Marco Rubio to right-wing television hosts Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly. As if by magic, everybody's for it after six years of ducking and using reform as a political wedge issue -- everybody wants to get it done.

But what exactly is it? What kinds of changes will it entail, and what will they mean for America?

The Sidebar: The Lame Duck Session

November 16, 2012
Marc Goldwein and Tamar Jacoby discuss two political issues that are gaining traction in the lame duck session: avoiding the fiscal cliff and tackling immigration reform. Konstantin Kakaes hosts.

Where Karl Rove Was Right

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
November 9, 2012 |

Give Karl Rove a break. His meltdown on election night may not have been entirely about Fox News prematurely calling Ohio for President Barack Obama. After all, the poor guy had every right to get upset while watching the Republican Party nominee’s campaign crash and burn.

For all intents and purposes, Mitt Romney trampled on Rove’s once vaunted GOP playbook–and leaves a weakened GOP in his wake.

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