Doris Meissner, Migration Policy Institute Senior Fellow, discusses the current political environment regarding immigration policy in the United States at a day-long MPI conference on the children of immigrants in the United States, “Critical Immigration, Health, and Education Policies Affecting Young Children of Immigrants.” Read the agenda and topics at http://my.migrationpolicy.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=51027.+ More details
Doris Meissner, Migration Policy Institute Senior Fellow, moderates a discussion on the intersections of immigration policy as it is in the law, current practices, and what may change in the context of immigration reform. Presenting research papers for a day-long MPI conference on the children of immigrants are David B. Thronson, Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law, and Hiro Yoshikawa, Walter H. Gale Professor of Education and Academic Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education. Kelly Ryan, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Immigration, Office of Policy, US Department of Homeland Security, remarks on how current immigration law affects immigrant children. Read the agenda and topics at http://my.migrationpolicy.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=51027.+ More details
In this Migration Policy Institute event, US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas discusses the application process and policies that his agency has announced to implement the deferred action program that will grant a two-year reprieve from deportation to as many as 1.76 million unauthorized immigrants who came to the United States as children (and are known as DREAMers). After initial comments, Director Mayorkas engages in a conversation moderated by MPI Senior Fellow Doris Meissner with panelists David A. Martin, Professor of International Law at the University of Virginia and former Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security; Muzaffar Chishti, Director, MPI Office at NYU School of Law; and Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center. Download the MPI Fact Sheet with the latest estimates on the potential beneficiary population: Relief from Deportation: Demographic Profile of the DREAMers Potentially Eligible under the Deferred Action Policy at http://www.migrationpolicy.org/pubs/FS24_deferredaction.pdf.+ More details
Former U.S. Rep. Ron Mazzoli (D-KY), co-author of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, accepts a Leadership in Public Policy Award from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a non-partisan, independent think tank in Washington that studies international migration. On the occasion of its 10th Anniversary celebration on April 19, 2012, MPI honored Rep. Mazzoli and fellow IRCA co-author, former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY), for their leadership and bipartisanship in working to enact a major immigration reform measure with the interests of the country squarely in mind. Their work serves as reminder of a time when Congress was able to set aside its divisions to accomplish big things in the immigration arena. In this video, Rep. Mazzoli discusses his observations from the IRCA experience with MPI Senior Fellow Doris Meissner, who directs MPI’s U.S. Immigration Policy program. To learn more, visit http://www.migrationpolicy.org/celebrate10thevent+ More details
www.DemocracyNow.org - The architect of the Arizona’s controversial anti-immigration law, Russell Pearce, lost a major recall election Tuesday night, becoming the first Arizona state senator ever to do so. He is required to step down immediately and will be replaced by newly elected Republican Jerry Lewis. Pearce wrote Senate Bill 1070, which requires police to investigate the immigration status of people they have lawfully detained. He was also behind an effort to pass legislation aiming to give the state discretion to deny citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants. For immigrant rights activists, the recall marked the success of a new political organizing strategy that brought together a diverse array of voters representing various religious and political affiliations. Democracy Now! speaks with Petra Falcon, executive director of Promise Arizona. "People had a choice. They had a choice between someone who demonized immigrants, somebody who divided our state, somebody who cast distress in democracy over somebody who was talking about bringing the community together, living his values as he had been a resident in Mesa for over 30 years," Falcon says. For the complete interview, read the transcript, download the podcast, and for additional Democracy Now! reports on immigration issues, visit http://www.democracynow.org/tags/immigration FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/democracynow Twitter: @democracynow Subscribe on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/democracynow Daily Email News Digest: http://www.democracynow.org/subscribe Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today, visit http://www.democracynow.org/donate/YT+ More details
Watching this video, everyone will appreciate the importance of organizations like UnidosNow and what we're trying to do in integrating such an important demographic into the fabric of American democracy - that will be a true source and engine for 21st century growth and prosperity in this country.+ More details
Shortly after his tell-all essay in the New York Times revealing his undocumented status, Pulitzer Prize-winning Filipino-American journalist Jose Antonio Vargas sits down for a 1-on-1 interview with NAM Anchor Odette Keeley in New York. He confirms that his legal team is exploring all legal options for him to stay and work in the US.; and discusses the next phase of his career: to use his story to push for the passage of the DREAM Act and spark an honest conversation about immigration in America.+ More details
Upwardly Global Executive Director Nikki Cicerani speaks at the 2010 E Pluribus Unum Prize ceremony held in Washington, D.C. in May 2010, accepting the award for her organization, which has offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Upwardly Global was one of four winners of the 2010 E Pluribus Unum Prize, given annually by the Migration Policy Institute and the J.M. Kaplan Fund to exceptional immigrant integration initiatives. For more on Upwardly Global and the E Pluribus Unum Prizes, visit integrationawards.org.+ More details
On 1 May 2010, people of all ages; genders; ethnicities; nationalities; sexual orientations, identities and expressions; and political and religious affiliations; came together in support for comprehensive immigration reform-- one that guarantees border security, improved enforcement, a revamped (and sensible) system of visas, and a way to deal with the more than 10 million people who are already here in a humane, pragmatic, way that allows them to pay a fine, learn english, pass a criminal background check, and go to the back of the line while ensuring family unification, and their continued contribution to the culture and economy of this country. Stand up for human rights, and support Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Shot with a Canon EOS 7D on a Steadicam® Pilot. Music: "That Home" by Patrick Watson, from Cinematic Orchestra's album "Ma Fleur".+ More details
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