A new analysis of census data by the New York Times has found that "immigrants played a central role in the cycle of the economic growth of U.S. cities over the last two decades," and that "cities with thriving immigrant populations — with high-earning and lower-wage workers — tended to be those that prospered the most."
David Dyssegaard Kallick, director for immigration research at the Fiscal Policy Institute, a nonpartisan group in New York that conducted the data analysis for The New York Times, said that “Economic growth in urban areas has been clearly connected with an increase in immigrants’ share of the local labor force.”
This week, the Arizona legislature passed the most anti-immigrant legislation the United States has seen in a generation. National Day Laborer Organizing Network is calling on all who have fought for immigration reform to assist our brothers and sisters in Arizona to turn the tide on hatred, bigotry, and scapegoating that threatens our community. In 2006, we marched by the millions in cities across the country to block a hateful bill that would criminalize immigrants and their supporters. The bill currently before the Governor in Arizona would make the nightmare of Sensenbrenner a reality. Indeed, the bill's stated intent is to terrorize immigrant families into leaving the state. We must do everything we can to prevent this from happening. TAKE ACTION! Click here!
Robert Reich on Immigration
Fed Chair Ben Bernanke this week listed choices to reform Social Security. "To avoid large and unsustainable budget deficits," he said in a speech on Wednesday, "the nation must choose among higher taxes, modifications to entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, less spending on everything else from education to defense, or some combination of the above."
Bernanke is almost certainly right about "some combination," but he leaves out one other possible remedy that should be included in that combination: Immigration.
Senators Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC) are the only legislators who have agreed to work on immigration reforms. On March 18, 2010, they announced a "Blueprint" with an ouline of the legislation they may introduce to the Senate. President Obama immediately declared his support and urged Congress "to act at the earliest possible opportunity". He also pledged his cooperation in the effort to secure bipartisan consensus to move toward comprehensive immigration reform.
Tens of thousands of immigrants and their supporters from across the United States packed the National Mall Sunday in a last-ditch effort to spur Congress and the White House to overhaul the nation's immigration system and offer the nation's 10.8 million illegal immigrants a path to citizenship this year. Voces de la Frontera, a WNPJ member group, participated.
WNPJ member group Voces de la Frontera kicked off their five-city "Main Street is Moving" tour, starting in Milwaukee on the way to joining tens of thousands of people in Washington, D.C. on Sunday to demand the Obama administration come through on campaign promises to enact comprehensive immigration reform and to create jobs.
March for America on March 21st/Marcha por America el 21 de marzo On March 21st, we will march on Washington, DC to demand immigration reform and economic justice for all Americans. To learn more, visit our website: http://www.vdlf.org El 21 de marzo, marcharemos juntos en Washington, D.C. con el propósito de impulsar la reforma migratoria para componer el quebrado sistema migratorio que tanto afecta a nuestras familias y al país.