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The president has broad—although not absolute—executive authority to set enforcement priorities, defer deportations of unauthorized immigrants, and mitigate some of the harshest effects of our broken immigration system. Read more»

Less than two weeks after the Senate passed a historic immigration reform bill by a bipartisan 68-32 margin, opponents of reform have already started peddling a bevy of reality-defying excuses about why the House of Representatives should not follow suit. Opponents of reform are grasping at straws in their effort to block reform from happening. Read more»

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Mainstream economists have thoroughly debunked the general stereotype of immigrants as takers, finding that immigrants are a net positive for the economy and pay more into the system than they take out. Read more» 1

A Border Patrol inspection station in Arizona.

Those opposed to comprehensive immigration reform still point to deficiencies in border security as a reason to stall new immigration policy, but they are ignoring the facts. Read more» 1

In the immediate wake of historic losses with Latino voters in this year’s presidential election, numerous Republicans embraced policy reforms that would legalize the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Read more»

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

Thirty years ago, the Supreme Court struck down a Texas statute that permitted local school districts to charge tuition to undocumented students. In doing so, it guaranteed that all children in the United States would receive a basic education. Read more»

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

Immigrants and the child tax credit are back in the news again. This time the claims being leveled are even more hyperbolic and misleading than before. Read more»

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

Immigration advocates were surprised this week when the Sen. Marco Rubio introduced a bill that was not his promised DREAM Act-like proposal, but rather a bill that attacks “blameless” low-income American children. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's plan to introduce a bill to provide legal status—but not citizenship—for undocumented youth ran into an obstacle when Speaker Boehner announced that such a proposal would not pass his chamber. Read more» 3

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week in State of Arizona v. United States, which challenges the authority of a state to enact its own immigration enforcement laws. Read more»

Supporters and protesters rally at the State Capitol in January.

If the Supreme Court gives its blessing to SB 1070, the nation will return to a time of deep division, likely cleaved once again along regional lines. Read more» 7

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley during a May 10 press conference. Bentley put his pen to H.B. 56, Alabama’s harsh anti-immigration law, on June 9.

Alabama's H.B. 56 has made the state deeply inhospitable to all immigrants. As U.W. Clemon, Alabama’s first black federal judge, recently put it: In Alabama, “the Hispanic man is the new Negro. … It’s a sad thing to say.” Read more» 5

“A Better Life” is the latest in—and among the best of—a series of excellent films portraying the lives of undocumented immigrants. The new film (unintentionally) highlights a central flaw of the immigration enforcement program. Read more» 1

The border fence in Nogales, Son.

Why hasn't the story of this transformation penetrated the national dialogue? Rather than acknowledge the remarkable advances, immigration reform opponents level sensational—and often patently false—claims meant to scare the public about border violence and insecurity. Read more»

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