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The DREAM Act: Important Immigration Legislation

Developing immigration reform policies are crucial. Based on data from the National Immigration Law Center, approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools every year after their california bar prep. These are young men and women who came to the United States at a very young age and at no choice of their own. …

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What is the price of intolerance? At least $140M

A recent report, commissioned by the Center for American Progress, and conducted by the Scottsdale-based economic firm, Elliott D. Pollack & Co. revealed that Arizona has lost $140 million in revenue since the passage of the controversial immigration law, SB-1070. The law makes failure to carry immigration documents a crime. It also extends the authority …

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Abraham Lincoln and the Thanksgiving Holiday

In 1863, in the midst of a Civil War that pitted brother against brother, North against South, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day a national holiday. Prior to that time, each state celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday at different times, mainly in New England and other Northern states. And on this Thanksgiving holiday, we publish President …

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Unmonitored Detention Centers: An Abuse of Enforcement Power

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about immigration detention centers. Why are they largely unmonitored and why doesn’t our political democracy care enough to find out what’s going on? Oversight of immigration detention centers falls under the jurisdiction of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a branch of the Department of Homeland Security. ICE is an …

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The economics of filing an application for U.S. citizenship

According to a recent blog published by the Harvard Business Review, each year 90% of 8 million legal residents eligible to become US citizens choose not to do so. Why? What is holding back this significant contingent of U.S. residents from claiming the benefits of citizenship, including the right to vote, apply for a U.S. …

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