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Foster: Executive action on immigration was precedented, right thing to do

Originally published in the Houston Chronicle.

President Barack Obama's Thursday night announcement constitutes historic, sweeping and necessary action to not only do what is the right and humanitarian thing for the potential beneficiaries, but also what is right for the U.S. and our economy.   Read more »

at Nov 26, 2014 9:51 AM
       

Immigration Accountability Executive Action Explained

Last week, President Obama announced his Immigration Accountability Executive Action (IAEA). The IAEA addressed Employment-Based immigration issues that are meant to boost the United States economy.

I. Portable Work Authorization for High-Skilled Workers awaiting Green Cards and their Spouses; Allocation of Immigrant Visas

This would affect employees with approved “LPR applications”

at Nov 24, 2014 11:00 AM
       

Rather Than Charging Directly at Obama’s Executive Order, Republicans Should Circle Behind Him and Offer Their Own Immigration Reform Package

Governing by executive order is no way to run an immigration policy, let alone an entire government. But the resort to unilateral action does not happen in a vacuum; it is borne out of poorly written, arbitrary and confusing laws. The GOP-controlled Congress should respond to Obama’s executive order by passing a bill that simplifies the immigration system.

Our immigration laws are “second only to the Internal Revenue Code in complexity,” according to California Associate Justice Harry E. Hull Jr. Like the income tax code, our immigration laws contain numerous provisions for the president to exercise arbitrary power, inflict cruel punishments for minor offenses

at Nov 21, 2014 11:39 AM
       

President Obama's Immigration Speech (Video & Transcript)

My fellow Americans, tonight I’d like to talk with you about immigration. For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations.   Read more »

at Nov 21, 2014 10:34 AM
       

Tune Into Cato's Live Stream to Get Your Immigration Questions Answered

I will be answering questions about the executive order this morning at 11am EST/10am CST.

Here is where you can watch: www.cato.org/live

Submit your questions by tweeting: #catoconnects and follow @catoevents

Hope to hear some of your questions!   Read more »

at Nov 21, 2014 9:43 AM
       

More Than 100 Texas Business Owners Urge Republicans in Congress to Pass Immigration Reform Now

Houston, Texas — Today several conservative and business leaders in Texas called on the Texas delegation to work toward passing meaningful immigration reform in Congress as soon as possible. Participating in today’s event were Norman Adams, Texans for Sensible Immigration Policy, Pat Kiley, CEO of Kiley Advisors and former Director of Associated General Contractors, Charles Foster of Foster law firm and Greater Houston Partnership, Darlene East, President of Holes Inc., Kevin Carroll, Gringos Mexican Kitchen franchisee, and Alan Nash attorney retired from Mitchell Energy (Republican Delegate).

"We need Congressional legislation to fix our broken immigration system. An executive order will likely address less than 20% of undocumented immigrants. We need a modern immigration system that drives our economy rather than ignores it.”

at Nov 19, 2014 2:55 PM
       

President Obama’s Plan to Address Immigration Solves Nothing

Yesterday, a source close to the White House leaked what they claim is the administration’s plan to address immigration – a 10-point executive action that, among other provisions, would suspend deportation orders for up to 4.5 million unauthorized immigrants. ImmigrationWorks president Tamar Jacoby made the following statement:


Many reform advocates are celebrating, but the truth is this should be a sad day for anyone who supports a real fix for immigration.   Read more »

at Nov 13, 2014 11:34 AM
       

Immigration’s Real Impact on Wages and Employment

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has been releasing a series of reports claiming that immigrants are benefiting from the slightly recovering job market while natives are not. Of course, if immigrants were even less likely to gain jobs than Americans, CIS would use that as evidence that immigrants are a drain on the economy. No matter.   Read more »

at Sep 18, 2014 2:43 PM
       

The Fiscal Impact of Immigration

The fiscal impact of immigration — how immigrants and their descendants affect government budgets — is a widely debated and contentious issue. Economists overwhelmingly accept the economic gains of immigration, but are less certain about immigrants’ impact on government budgets. Contention over this issue is fueled by the numerous methodologies and complexity of analysis that obscure the fiscal costs of immigration.   Read more »

at Aug 21, 2014 7:37 AM
       

The Conservative Case for Immigration Reform

The debate over immigration reform, intensified by the surge of unaccompanied child migrants at the U.S.–Mexico border, has many conservatives worried. Republican strategist Lanhee Chen explained that conservative opposition to immigration reform in the United States “is a very visceral reaction to what America should be about.” According to conservative opponents of immigration reform, immigrants will change America.   Read more »

at Aug 6, 2014 1:33 PM
       

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