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Shutdown cost economy $11 billion but effects shouldn't last, economists say

Once the government starts up and employees are paid back wages, the economy should recover from the 35-day shutdown.... Read more»

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ICE to focus on businesses that hire undocumented immigrants

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to boost its efforts targeting businesses by “four to five times” and will prosecute employers who knowingly hire illegal workers.... Read more»

More employers may be using temps to skirt immigration laws

States that have required private employers to use E-Verify have seen especially dramatic growth in the number of temporary workers. Experts say that’s no accident. ... Read more»

Could good, affordable housing solve farmworker shortage?

As farmers in the West face labor shortages, some are finding that providing affordable housing is key to getting the help they need.... Read more»

Texas lawmakers want to expand worker screening

Just before leaving office, Rick Perry ordered state agencies to start using E-Verify, the federal employment verification system, to make sure job applicants can legally work. But some lawmakers say that mandate isn't enough.... Read more»

The Perry legacy: Immigration

When Gov. Rick Perry signed legislation in 2001 making Texas the first state where some undocumented immigrants could pay in-state college tuition rates, it signaled his acknowledgement that a population living in the shadows should be able to contribute to the state’s success. Perry’s compassion was tempered, however, by frustration with a broken immigration system that put state lawmakers on the spot deciding how to help Texans brought to the country illegally as children through no fault of their own.... Read more»2

Texas GOP divided on immigration crackdown

Though they appear to be universally outraged by President Obama’s executive order affecting millions of undocumented immigrants, Texas Republican leaders are far from united on how to use their own power to police unauthorized workers and the employers who hire them.... Read more»

E-Verify security tightened to deter ID theft

The federal government's system of verifying work eligibility has tightened security, adding the ability to "lock" suspicious Social Security numbers in an effort to combat identity theft. The E-Verify system, run by the Department of Homeland Security, now allows officials to "lock a SSN that appears to have been misused, protecting it from further potential misuse."... Read more»

Gov't shutdown shutters E-Verify

State law requires that Arizona businesses check the citizenship of new employees against the federal E-Verify database, but the service went dark Tuesday as part of the federal government shutdown. Many employers were surprised - and not sure what to do next. ... Read more»

Analysis

The facts on immigration today

Here are the latest and most essential facts about immigrants and immigration reform in our nation today. The facts are broken down into the following sections:... Read more»

Report: Immigration reform could add thousands of jobs, billions to economy

Passing an immigration reform plan that provides for a pathway to citizenship could create up to 123,680 jobs and boost the gross domestic product by $10.32 billion by 2014, according to a new study.... Read more»

Immigrants bring fight to White House, demand end to deportations

Katherine Figueroa was 9 and watching television reports of a workplace raid in Phoenix when she saw video of her parents being hauled away by sheriff’s deputies. They were eventually released, but the episode was jarring enough that Katherine, now 13, and her parents traveled to Washington to lobby lawmakers and rally with others Wednesday outside the White House against further deportations.... Read more»

The top 5 reasons why immigration reform in 2013 Is different than in 1986

The specter of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, or IRCA, has haunted every immigration-reform effort over the past few decades and continues to influence the 2013 reform debates.... Read more»4

Border Roundup: Border life examined, presidential plan to be unveiled

A close look at daily life and measuring success along the border, a presidential plan's unveiling is announced, and regional reactions to immigration, labor and gun control issues.... Read more»

Despite mandate, E-Verify checks still spotty

An Arizona law requiring businesses to check every new hire's citizenship is often disregarded and rarely enforced, five years after it took effect and a year after courts upheld it. Many new hires in 2011 were not checked against E-Verify and few employers have been cited. ... Read more»

Opinion

Time to legalize our 11 million undocumented immigrants

True immigration reform that deals practically and responsibly with the 11 million people living in the United States without immigration status has proven elusive over the past decade. ... Read more»2

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