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Trump's Special Back Door for Wealthy Immigrants

-- by Michelle Chen, The Nation:

Trump’s “build the wall” immigration agenda isn’t as inflexible as it seems. That hardened border has one exclusive toll booth: It’s called the EB-5 visa, aka “greenbacks for green cards”—known among global investor circles as the EZ Pass to the American Dream.

Trump Administration Grants Work Permits to Thousands of Undocumented Immigrants

-- by David Nakamura, The Washington Post:

Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants have been granted work permits by the Trump administration under an Obama-era deferred-action program that President Trump had promised to end on his first day in office, according to federal data.

Senate Bill is a Threat to Sanctuary Cities

-- op-ed for The Hill by Nolan Rappaport:

Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) recently introduced the State Sponsored Visa Pilot Program Act of 2017, which would allow the states to establish and manage their own guest worker programs for nonimmigrant workers, investors, and entrepreneurs.

A New Paper Rekindles a Tiresome Debate on Immigration and Wages

-- from The Economist, June 12, 2017:

WHAT effect do immigrants have on native wages? It’s perhaps one of the most important questions of labour economics. It's also one that is largely unanswerable. The problem is that it's almost impossible to separate cause and effect. If a country with high rates of immigration also sees strong wage growth, we can’t assume that immigrants are boosting wages—it may well be the case that the migrants are choosing to move to places with stronger economies.

"Even the Good Hombres are Not Safe:" Federal Judge Slams Trump's Immigration Policy

-- by Alana Abramson, Time:

A federal circuit judge made an impassioned plea over the deportation of a businessman who has been in the United States for nearly three decades, arguing that while he himself does not have the legal power to keep him in the country, President Donald Trump should strongly consider letting him remain.

Punching Back at the Polls Will Heal Texas' Black Eye on Immigration

-- by Diane Guerrero for The Hill:

Wow, Texas. Things are looking really messed up there following a near fistfight on the floor of the state House over a new, worst-in-the-nation racial profiling law. 

As reported in local and national news media, Republican state Rep. Matt Rinaldi was angry that hundreds of mostly Hispanic demonstrators were protesting Texas’ new “show me your papers” law targeting sanctuary cities.

Women and Children at Highest Risk with Sessions' Immigration Policies

-- op ed by Amy Schneider for The Huffington Post:

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions proposed changes to the Justice Department’s policies in handling undocumented immigrants hurt mothers and children more than anyone else.

$3 Million Grant to Develop Model to Attract & Train Future Hispanic Faculty

-- from KRWG-TV:

Improving pathways to the professoriate for Hispanics in environmental sciences and engineering (ESE) and related fields is the goal of a new $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation that The University of Texas at El Paso will share with the City College of New York (CUNY-CCNY).

Court Again Finds Intentional Racial Discrimination in Texas Voting Rights Case

-- by Tierney Sneed, TPM:

A divided 3-judge panel of federal judges ruled Thursday that the Texas legislature in 2011 drew its state house districts with the intention of diluting minority voters.

ICE Immigration Arrests of Non-Criminals Double Under Trump

-- by Maria Sachetti, The Washington Post:

Immigration arrests rose 32.6 percent in the first weeks of the Trump administration, with newly empowered federal agents intensifying their pursuit of not just undocumented immigrants with criminal records, but also thousands of illegal immigrants who have been otherwise law-abiding.

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