• Dec 30, 2017 / blog

    California: Sheriff's Department No Longer Checking the Immigration Status of Inmates, Cancels Agreement With ICE

    -- by Alma Fausto and Roxana Kopetman, The Orange County Register:

  • Dec 28, 2017 / blog

    Trump Sends Fewer Mexicans Home Despite Deportation Talk

    -- by Nacha Cattan, Bloomberg:

  • Dec 26, 2017 / blog

    The 'Despacito' effect: The year Latino music broke the charts

    - by Marisa Arbona-Ruiz, NBC News:

    It was a cultural moment in a year of swift changes.

  • Apr 17, 2017 / blog

    ICE Immigration Arrests of Non-Criminals Double Under Trump

    -- by Maria Sachetti, The Washington Post:

  • Apr 14, 2017 / blog

    The Money and Charity Behind the Anti-Immigration Cabal

    An increase in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids around the country and the recent White House executive order on immigration has kept immigration at the forefront of national debate. With far too much regularity, we hear reports of ICE stakeouts at church homeless shelters or of the Dreamer, whose DACA status had expired, but nonetheless spoke out on behalf of undocumented immigrants and was taken into custody by ICE raids.

    These recent happenings have incited fear among members of the Latino community and other communities of immigrants. As we have said before, “our leaders must welcome the immigrants who have made their way here — not just for humanitarian reasons but for economic ones too.”

    The Trump Administration has given a national platform to the alt-right’s hateful immigration agenda, and mobilized this audience with one dog whistle after another. The leaders of these organizations admit that they have only recently been given a seat at the table, despite many years of advocating their views and building their operation. In fact, Roy Beck, President of NumbersUSA, gleefully highlighted his organization’s newfound status under the Trump Administration saying, “we have been in the wilderness for 20 years under the Clinton, Bush, and Obama Administrations.  It doesn’t matter the party.  And yes, now we are in the room.”

    In a recent Atlanta Daily World article, Hazel Trice Edney notes that the Trump Administration’s nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General, its continued advocacy for a southern border wall, and its attempts to implement a Muslim travel ban have all been applauded by right-wing hate groups such as NumbersUSA, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and Center for Immigration Studies (CSIS) who “make up the network that lay the foundation for this vitriolic movement.”

    Over the last decade, these extreme anti-immigration groups have received a staggering $20 million from the Foundation for the Carolinas, an organization run by individuals such as Fred Stanback, a wealthy North Carolina octogenarian who has been plotting a population control, pro-white agenda. In 2015 alone, Roy Beck’s NumbersUSA received $3 million from the Foundation, according to its tax records.

  • Apr 14, 2017 / blog

    1500 Economists Tell Trump, Lawmakers to "Modernize Our Immigration System."

    -- by Andrew Sourgel, US News & World Report

    A group of nearly 1,500 economists and experts – including a half-dozen Nobel laureates and a cadre of high-ranking officials from previous presidential administrations – wrote to leaders of Congress and President Donald Trump on Wednesday reiterating the value of immigrants to the U.S. economy and pushing for lawmakers to "modernize" the country's immigration system.

    The letter, coordinated by the right-leaning American Action Forum and New American Economy advocacy groups, featured a bipartisan smorgasbord of signatures, including economic advisers and officials who previously worked under former Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

    "Some of us favor free markets while others have championed for a larger role for government in the economy," the letter reads. "But on some issues there is near universal agreement. One such issue concerns the broad economic benefit that immigrants to this country bring."

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  • Mar 28, 2017 / blog

    The Hispanic Institute's Statement on President Barack Obama's Executive Order on Immigration Policy

    For Immediate Release

    We are more than pleased that the President has taken this incremental move toward fairness and justice in immigration policy.  While we hoped this administration would have acted much earlier, thus sparing pain for countless hard-working families who were dedicated to helping this nation and its residents make a better life, we applaud his determination and encourage him in the battle that lies ahead.

    In that vein we welcome the dialogue that this action will provoke.  But let us not forget that in terms of constitutional authority this administration has already used executive power to deport two million undocumented immigrants.  The Republican opposition will not talk about those deportations because it demonstrates that the President has already done exactly what they have asked.  This executive action is a sorely needed corrective measure.

    We expect that the order will arouse some not-so-kind sentiments towards immigrants.  However, in the end we believe "better angels" will prevail.


    Contact: XiNomara Velazquez: (202) 544-8294xinomara@thehispanicinstitute.net