• Is ICE releasing dangerous criminals back on our streets?

    While the Department of Homeland Security is working to make deportation practices more humane, critics opposed to these efforts have called attention to a report stating that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials released 36,007 convicted immigrants in 2013. But the report may be misleading.

     
  • Majority of Hispanics Are U.S.-Born

    A slowdown in immigration--legal and illegal--has shifted the demographics of the Hispanic population in the U.S. In 2007, 55 percent of the adult Hispanic population was foreign-born; in 2012 that number dropped below 50 percent. Overall, barely more than one-in-three Hispanics now is foreign-born.

     
  • Dear Colleague Letter Warns School Districts

    Denying access to public education to any child because of his or her actual or perceived legal status is illegal--and the Departments of Justice and Education want to make sure school districts understand this.  Today the departments jointly issued a "Dear Colleague" letter informing school districts that they have become aware of enrollment practices that may chill enrollment.

     
  • Immigration Reform Wins in NC

    In what Politico dubbed the only race in which an incumbent's position in favor of immigration reform mattered, Rep. Renee Ellmers won her primary election Tuesday.  Poiltico described the first-term Republican's position this way: "Ellmers said if there's one thing she could accomplish in Washington, it would be resolving how to treat an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally and around whom many businesses have designed their destinies.

     
  • Assimilation and Religion

    A new study out today from Pew Research Center shows that young, American-born Hispanics, like other Americans their age, increasingly choose "none" or unaffiliated when asked to cite their religion.

     
  • Supreme Court Declines Nebraska Case

    The Supreme Court decided not to hear a case from Nebraska challenging a state law that prohibited landlords from renting to persons who are not legal U.S. residents.  By refusing to take the case, the Court let stand a June 2013 ruling from the 8th Circuit, which upheld the law.   This is the third time this year that the High Court has declined to take up a law aimed at illegal immigrants.

     
  • Will the House Pass a Bill by August?

    When he met with colleagues in a closed door meeting on Capitol HIll Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner downplayed statements he made last week in which he reportedly mocked some of his fellow Republicans for being too timid to tackle immigration reform.  "You tease the ones you love, all right?" he said. "But some people misunderstood what I had to say, and I wanted to make sure members understood that the biggest impediment we have to moving immigration reform is that the American people don’t trust the president to enforce or implement the law that we may or may not pass."

     
  • Evangelicals Urge GOP Members to Support Reform

    More than 250 Evangelical pastors visited GOP Members to urge immigration reform on Tuesday.  The group included pastors from around the country, including many from predominantly white, middle class congregations.