Suro – WaPo "Dream Act"

The Washington Post published an article by Faculty Fellow Roberto Suro about Congress' recent vote against "the Dream Act." The bill, if passed, would allow for children of illegal immigrants with "good character" to attain US citizenship upon their completion of a college education or service in the military. "The immediate task is to clean up the mess caused by inaction," writes Suro "and that is going to require compromises on all sides. Next, we should reexamine the scope of policy proposals. After a decade of sweeping plans that went nowhere, working piecemeal is worth a try at this point."…

Suro – NYT "Immigrant Path"

Faculty Fellow Roberto Suro was cited in a recent New York Times article about the recent influx of immigrant workers to suburban neighborhoods throughout the country, according to the US Census Bureau. Suro noted several years ago that immigrants were migrating to areas with the largest demand for construction workers. "The leveraged asset was the work of the immigrants. The long-term payout was the social requirement to settle them and look after their children."…

The Game-Changer List

The Associated Press, as usual, released last week its editors' poll of the 10 top stories of the year. No. 1, with 54 first-place votes, was the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The congressional passage of health care reform was second with 30 votes. The list by the men and women who actually edit our news continued: (3) midterm elections; (4) U.S. economy; (5) Haiti earthquake; (6) tea party movement; (7) Chile mine rescue; (8) Iraq; (9) WikiLeaks; (10) Afghanistan. All of those were obviously big stories. But hold the presses! It is not a list I would…

Suro in Eurasia review on ‘Anchor Babies’

Faculty Fellow Roberto Suro has published a new article in Eurasia Review entitled "New Attacks On Birthright Citizenship: 'Anchor Babies' And The 14th Amendment." In it, Suro writes that "[w]hat this country needs is comprehensive immigration reform, not an attack on the Constitution," and claims that "taking away birthright citizenship will only increase the undocumented population within the United States, not decrease it." The full article can be accessed here….

Suro in WaPo on Arizona’s immigration law

Faculty Fellow Roberto Suro wrote an article for The Washington Post lambasting Arizona's immigration law, and how it is "an invitation to a shootout in which there will be no winners." Suro shares his thoughts on the law since the US District Court has stalled Arizona's SB 1070 since it is believed that many parts authored are unconstitutional. "The relentless focus on catching people who aren't supposed to be here is bad enough; a long marshals-vs.-sheriffs shootout is a dangerous distraction. No matter what kind of new immigration system you want to build, lawsuits over who handles traffic stops won't…

Naturalized On The Fourth Of July

LOS ANGELES — Among the charges leveled against King George III on July 4, 1776, in the Declaration of Independence was this one: "He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Land." So it was ever thus here in the New World. The immigration debate goes on 234 years later. In 1776, there were a little over 2 million people in Great Britain's American colonies. More were needed to fill the…