Immigration

Debate Club: Obama's Executive Order Is Good News, But Not the Solution

  • By
  • Tamar Jacoby,
  • New America Foundation
June 19, 2012 |
The Obama executive order is great news for many young "dreamers" and their families—great, great news. It will change a lot of lives in the short term, giving a generation of young people a measure of hope for the future.
 
If only it were as good as it seems—if only it were a real solution.
 
The problem: It's a short-term stopgap—it only postpones these young people's day of reckoning with U.S. immigration authorities. Any real, long-term solution still has to go through Congress—and it has to be bipartisan.

Illinois Offers Lessons in Teaching English as a Second Language

  • By
  • Maggie Severns,
  • New America Foundation
June 1, 2012 |

The news that minority babies make up a majority of all births in the United States should be a wake-up call. This shift to a majority-minority population has been taking place for years, while the way minorities are educated in our public schools has stayed the same. It’s time to think about next-generation America — a young, unprecedentedly diverse group with different needs, and strengths, from generations past.

The Big Mac Theory of Development

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
May 29, 2012 |

It’s a question richer people have about their poorer neighbors: Why are they poor? Is it circumstances, or is it some kind of moral or intellectual failing? Is it that they never had a chance to cross from the wrong side to the right side of the tracks, or that they never had the motivation to cross? The subject colors thinking about international development as well. Is poverty in Africa and Asia the result of something about individual Kenyans or Pakistanis, or is it instead something about Kenya or Pakistan? Is it about the people, or the place?

Debate Club: The U.S. Must Attract and Retain Global Talent to Stay Competitive

  • By
  • Tamar Jacoby,
  • New America Foundation
May 25, 2012 |

There aren't many issues in politics that are so obvious they shouldn't need debating. But attracting and retaining skilled knowledge workers is surely one of them. It's like motherhood and apple pie—a total no-brainer.

Immigration and the New Old Me

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
May 14, 2012 |


Gregory Rodriguez speaks with Andrés Martinez about immigration, social cohesion, and being a 4th-generation Californian.

The Sidebar: Putin’s New Term & Updates on Immigration in the US

May 11, 2012

The meaning of Russian President Vladimir Putin's third term and updates on immigration policy and trends are topics for discussion in this week’s podcast.  Host Pamela Chan is joined by Schwartz Fellows Steve Levine and Tamar Jacoby.  

To learn more about today’s topics, check out:

Steve’s blog, The Oil and the Glory (http://oilandglory.foreignpolicy.com/ ) and book, Putin's Labyrinth: Spies, Murder, and the Dark Heart of the New Russia (http://www.amazon.com/Putins-Labyrinth-Spies-Murder-Russia/dp/0812978412)

Our Anti-Innovation, Anti-Business, and Anti-People Immigration Law

  • By
  • Alexandra Starr,
  • New America Foundation
May 8, 2012 |

Sen. Marco Rubio's proposal to allow undocumented immigrant youth to stay in the country legally has elicited interest among some immigration reform advocates. That's primarily because it has breathed life into a moribund effort. Under Rubio's as-yet unwritten plan, men and women who came to the United States as children and are pursuing higher education would be able to live in the country legally. Unlike the original DREAM Act, which has failed repeatedly to pass the U.S. Congress, the legislation wouldn't provide a pathway to citizenship for this group.

What If Justices Let States Make Immigration Policy?

  • By
  • Tamar Jacoby,
  • New America Foundation
April 24, 2012 |

As recently as six years ago, it was conventional wisdom among lawyers, legislators and policy advocates that the states had no role in setting immigration policy. Since then, there has been a federalist revolution of historic proportions.

Debate Club: The Supreme Court Shouldn't Be Making Immigration Policy

  • By
  • Tamar Jacoby,
  • New America Foundation
April 23, 2012 |

No, it's not constitutional, but Congress­--not the courts--should be making immigration policy

"Room For Debate": Let States Experiment

  • By
  • Tamar Jacoby,
  • New America Foundation
April 23, 2012 |

If only it were clear what is within the states’ power on immigration and what isn’t. That would make things a lot easier for everyone.

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