By a 51%-41% margin, more say that immigrants today strengthen the country through their hard work and talents than say they are a burden because they take jobs, housing and health care. The share saying immigrants strengthen the country has edged down from a high of 57% reached last year.

Republican views on this question have turned more negative over the last year. The share of Republicans who say immigrants strengthen the country has declined from 42% in March 2014.

Views of Immigrants’ Impact on the U.S.

The largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States has come to a standstill. After four decades that brought 12 million current immigrants—more than half of whom came illegally—the net migration flow from Mexico to the United States has stopped—and may have reversed, according to a new analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center of multiple government data sets from both countries.

The standstill appears to be the result of many factors, including the weakened U.S. job and housing construction markets, heightened border enforcement, a rise in deportations, the growing dangers associated with illegal border crossings, the long-term decline in Mexico’s birth rates and changing economic conditions in Mexico.

anonymous asked:

Oh shutup you stupid white bitch!! As long as its a white bloody country being bombed it matters right?! You fucking Americans are bullies. You stick your ugly noses in other countries businesses like seriously fuck the hell off you arrogant little pricks EVERYONE BUT AMERICANS HATE YOU YOU WERE BUILT ON RACISM SLAVERY AND THE MASS KILLING OF NATIVES U UGLY STUPID WITCHES

Funny, because even if any of what you said was true, 80 million people of the U.S. population are first or second generation immigrants, and 11.3 million people immigrated here illegally in 2014. Around 12 million Mexican immigrants came here in 2015. About 4.8 million U.S. immigrants are European. Actually, our country is so overwhelmed with immigrants that it’s a subject of serious debate and controversy in our nation.

It’s always funny to hear insults about America when pretty much every country is literally breaking our laws to get in here. Yeah, America is awful, tell that to the millions of people dying to live here.

People have been asking me a lot lately if I plan on staying in the U.S. long term. The question of citizenship after graduation is always fascinating to people who don’t have to live it out.

If you’d have asked me a year ago, I probably would have said that I wanted a green card. Lock that down first, then move around the world, but only with that security under my belt. Now I’m not so sure. It feels almost wrong to be so stagnant after a life of constant flux. And if I ever do decide to tie myself to another country, why would I pick the U.S.? When has this country ever made me feel welcome? I’m tired of feeling like my presence here is so volatile. I don’t want to go through ten more years of that for my government-issued stamp of approval.

Who was Wong Kim Ark? How a son of immigrants helped define who is a U.S. citizen

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At this juncture of immigration reform and debate, it seems important to remember Wong Kim Ark:

In 1898, as a result of a case successfully brought on behalf of 25-year-old Wong Kim Ark’s right to habeas corpus and to his birthright citizenship (he was born and raised in San Francisco), the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the 14th Amendment’s stipulation that 

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

Also, a sweet story about how a then 20-year-old college student Alice Wong, found herself a celebrity at the National Archives and Records Administration in San Bruno when she went to look up Wong’s records as a favor for his son and her grandfather: her autograph was solicited and she was introduced around the office–“This is Wong Kim Ark’s great granddaughter." 

Alice, who attends San Mateo College, signed up for an Asian-American ethnic studies class this semester. "I thought I’d better learn something about Asian-American history,” she says. She has a report due later this month. The subject: Wong Kim Ark and the Chinese Exclusion Act.

Last week in our Chinatowns class I talked about the vital importance of immigrants to a democracy–not just as cheap labor, or population replenishment, or conveyors of culture, capital, and skills (the latest ‘good immigrant’ narrative: come join us and build Google!)–but because more than anything, immigrants fight for–and therefore model for the rest of us–the right to have rights.

Thank you, Wong Kim Ark.

Whole families are fleeing this tiny country and entering the U.S. in massive numbers

In 2014, a wave of unaccompanied kids from Central America caught the U.S. government off-guard when they flooded into Texas in record numbers, triggering what President Obama called an “urgent humanitarian situation.”

Two years later, a silent swell of a different type is starting to emerge on the U.S. southern border. And it could be a harbinger of another immigration crisis in the making.

Salvadorans are fleeing to the United States in massive numbers, and now they’re bringing the whole family along. Though the number of unaccompanied Salvadoran minors crossing the border has not returned to the surge numbers seen in 2014, the number of Salvadoran family units apprehended on the southern border has increased by a whopping 96% over the past year.

Undocumented Salvadoran families are arriving in the U.S. in greater numbers than immigrants from any other Latin American nation. Ten Salvadoran families are apprehended here for every one Mexican family, according to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol statistics.

There are now more Salvadorans in U.S. immigration deportation proceedings than any other nationality.


The headlines in El Salvador suggest something’s brewing—possibly a war.



Fifty years after passage of the landmark law that rewrote U.S. immigration policy, nearly 59 million immigrants have arrived in the United States, pushing the country’s foreign-born share to a near record 14%. For the past half-century, these modern-era immigrants and their descendants have accounted for just over half the nation’s population growth and have reshaped its racial and ethnic composition.

Looking ahead, new Pew Research Center U.S. population projections show that if current demographic trends continue, future immigrants and their descendants will be an even bigger source of population growth. Between 2015 and 2065, they are projected to account for 88% of the U.S. population increase, or 103 million people, as the nation grows to 441 million.

Modern Immigration Wave Brings 59 Million to U.S., Driving Population Growth and Change Through 2065

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Breakthrough on Immigration Rights?
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Described by one attorney as a “game changer” that could bring parity to LGBT individuals in the U.S. immigration system, two district immigration offices have recently decided to put on hold marriage-based green card applications in cases involving binational gay couples.

Newsweek/The Daily Beast  reported Friday that immigration offices in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. were putting green card applications and alien relative petitions involving married, binational gay couples on hold, effectively deferring potential deportation proceedings. The move comes just weeks after the Obama administration announced it would no longer defend Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in several legal challenges against the 1996 law.

Whether the decisions reflect a broader policy change on the national level remains a matter of speculation. “We have not implemented any change in policy and intend to follow the president’s directive to continue enforcing the law,” USCIS press secretary Christopher Bentley told Newsweek/The Daily Beast.

That statement is identical to one sent to The Advocate from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokeswoman regarding an ICE attorney’s agreement with immigration attorney Lavi Soloway last week to adjourn deportation hearings in the case of Monica Alcota, an Argentine woman who married her American citizen spouse, Cristina Ojeda, last year in Connecticut (the couple lives in New York). Alcota and Ojeda are the first married gay couple to argue in court that a pending deportation should be suspended as a result of the Obama administration’s February announcement regarding DOMA.

“For privacy reasons, we cannot comment on the specifics of this case without the individual’s consent,” ICE acting press secretary Barbara Gonzalez continued in an e-mail response. “What I can tell you, however, is that it is not uncommon for ICE to agree to adjournments.”

Reached on Sunday, Soloway said he intends to file three more green card applications on behalf of married, gay binational clients in the near future — none of whom are currently in deportation proceedings nor reside in the districts that have gone on record in putting a hold on such applications. “What’s happened around the country suggests that the policy is not limited to those district offices,” Soloway said. “There’s a strong indication that other districts either already are holding such cases in abeyance or will hold such cases in abeyance.”

“This is not about enforcing DOMA,” Soloway continued. “The question here is, What is the appropriate policy [for married binational gay couples] in the interim period when the law is subject to repeal and has been shown to be vulnerable to constitutional challenge in federal court?”

Soloway has repeatedly advised, however, that binational gay couples seek legal counsel prior to filing any marriage-based petition or green card application.

Over the past month, three Congressional representatives — Reps. Zoe Lofgren of California, and Jerrold Nadler and Joseph Crowley of New York, have all called on the administration to put on hold any deportation proceedings involving married, binational gay couples.

“Ultimately the DOMA law needs to be repealed,” Crowley told The Advocate last week. “But what’s paramount is that families need to be able to stay together.”

Read the Newsweek/The Daily Beast piece here.

Why Did Deportation Case of German Homeschooling Family Get Santorum’s Attention and Make ABC News?

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“Their case speaks to how broken our immigration system truly is. Yet does anyone else see the irony that the people supporting the Romeikes have no problem asking the White House to ask for “permanent and legal status,” but are ready to send those who don’t come from Germany back home? You know, the “criminals” who crossed border “illegally”, instead of fleeing to the United States? (Did you notice that the ABC News piece doesn’t even mention the word “illegal” in this specific case or that it doesn’t even say that the Romeikes committed an “illegal act?” They just “fled.” I wonder why.)”


Nativists have this flawed perception of the immigrant population, assuming that all undocumented immigrants come from Latin America and not places like Europe or Asia or any other part of the world.  Oh, and they have sympathy for the hardship of a family that they can relate to, but screw the hardship and persecution that any other immigrants might be fleeing.

My advice to nativists: GET TO KNOW SOME REAL IMMIGRANTS.  Find out their story, what they left behind in their home country (sometimes a spouse and children), and how hard they work here.  Ask them how they entered the country.  Then ask yourself if you could (or would) endure what they’ve gone through for a better life or for the sake of your family. Now ask yourself: are these people really “illegal invaders”?

You might just be surprised at your capacity for compassion.

A snapshot of the United States in 2065 would show a nation that has 117 million more people than today, with no racial or ethnic majority group taking the place of today’s white majority, according to new Pew Research Center projections. About one-in-three Americans would be an immigrant or have immigrant parents, compared with one-in-four today.

Future immigration will change the face of America by 2065