May 30, 2013

Immigration Reform Offers an Opportunity to Address Gender Biases in our Immigration System

Social scientists Cecilia Menjivar and Olivia Salcido of the Immigration Policy Center have conducted a 10-year study of the US immigration system and concluded many women confront legal systematic barriers when trying to gain legal status. According to the study, immigration law presumes and reinforces women’s status of dependency, hindering women’s legal incorporation in the host society. 

The ongoing immigration debate offers member of Congress an opportunity to eliminate some of the gender inequalities in our immigration system. Let's hope Congress considers these issues as they debate reforms to our immigration laws.  Click here for the study.

May 29, 2013

Latinos use social media to push for Immigration Reform and have their voice heard.


Latinos use social media to push for Immigration Reform and have their voices heard.  


Last week an "iMarch" was created on twitter leading to members of congress, who are opposed to immigration reform, having their twitter accounts inundated with messages urging the members to support immigration reform. 

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According to Politico, Hispanics - the fastest growing population in the United States - were among the earliest users of smart 
phones because of the demographic’s growing young population, and because many simply could not afford a computer. Today, 72 percent of Latino Internet users say they are on social media sites compared to 58 percent of all U.S. internet users, according to the Pew Research Hispanic Center.

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Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/latinos-reform-social-media-91901.html#ixzz2Ui5uC47n

Latinos use social media to push for Immigration Reform and have their voice heard.  


Last week an "iMarch" was created on twitter leading to members of congress, who are opposed to immigration reform, having their twitter accounts inundated with messages urging the members to support immigration reform. 

ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO            
      

According to Politico, Hispanics - the fastest growing population in the United States - were among the earliest users of smart 
phones because of the demographic’s growing young population, and because many simply could not afford a computer. Today, 72 percent of Latino Internet users say they are on social media sites compared to 58 percent of all U.S. internet users, according to the Pew Research Hispanic Center.

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Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/latinos-reform-social-media-91901.html#ixzz2Ui5uC47n

May 22, 2013

Senate Panel Approves Immigration Bill

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation Tuesday, May 21st, that would create a 13-year path to citizenship for most of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants, brightening prospects for the U.S.' first major immigration reform in more than 25 years.

The panel voted 13-5 in favor of the comprehensive bipartisan immigration legislation, which would also ramp up border security and modernize the legal immigration system. Senators have fiercely debated the bill, which still has to pass the full Senate and gain approval from the Republican-controlled U.S. House.