Editorial: We need national immigration reform

An editorial in the Houston Chronicle points out the negative effects of state-level legislation regarding immigration, and calls for comprehensive immigration reform.

Arizona, for example, has so far spent more that $1 million in taxpayer dollars for legal fees in attempts to defend its immigration-related statutes in federal court, and has lost much more than that due to boycotts of the state over its immigration policies.

Immigration policy is a national issue, and must be addressed by federal legislation.

You may find the editorial here.

Know Your Rights Meeting in Detroit, February 5

The Alliance for Immigrants Rights & Reform Michigan (AIR) and the First Latin American Baptist Church are sponsoring an Immigrants Know-Your-Rights Meeting.

The meeting will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at 12:30 pm, at 6205 West Fort Street, Detroit, Michigan, 48209.  A free lunch will be provided at 12:30 pm, followed by a free presentation by immigration attorneys beginning at 1 pm.  The presentation will be in English and Spanish.

For more information, view the informational flier here.

Study: Immigration prosecutions increase sharply

The federal government has significantly increased immigration prosecutions during the past few years, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a private nonpartisan group at Syracuse University.

According to TRAC, felony immigration prosecutions in federal courts along the U.S.-Mexico border increased 259 percent from 2007 to 2010.

To read more about the TRAC reports, click here.

Global Detroit Study: Immigrants can help revitalize Michigan’s economy

The New Economy Initiative of Southeast Michigan, the Detroit Chamber of Commerce and The Skillman Foundation recently published a report on the effects of immigrants on Michigan’s economy.  The study finds that immigrants can play an important role in revitalizing older neighborhoods and helping the region to shift to a healthier economy.

You may find more about the study here.

Michigan governor expresses support for immigration to Michigan

In his first State of the State address, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder supported the idea of encouraging entrepreneurial immigrants to come to Michigan as a way to help revitalize the state economy.   Governor Snyder’s remarks are a refreshing alternative to much of the national discourse about immigration.

In his speech, the Governor stated, “We need to be a place that openly encourages innovators and entrepreneurs that come to our state. The evidence is clear that advanced college degree immigrants can make a tremendous difference in creating a positive economic activity environment,” Snyder said. “Immigration made us a great state and country. It is a time to embrace this concept again as a way to speed our reinvention.”

You can read more about the Governor’s speech here.