Farmworkers are the backbone of the nation’s agriculture sector, but many lack immigration status. The November immigration directives make 509,000 workers eligible for important, though temporary, protections.
Issue Brief The recent 5th Circuit Court decision in a case that challenged the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has important, positive implications for the government’s defense of the pending challenges to the Obama administration’s 2014 immigration policies.
The expansion of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will help those undocumented young people who did not meet the requirements of the initial program pursue higher education.
Undocumented students face numerous barriers to entering and completing higher education.
To help all Americans, affordable college proposals meant to expand access to higher education need to consider and eliminate the significant obstacles that undocumented students face.
Although immigration policies have become more inclusive since the Immigration and Nationality Act, which explicitly excluded LGBT immigrants from entering the United States, further reforms are needed to create a fairer immigration system.
A federal judge’s decision to delay the DHS immigration directives could cost the nation billions in tax revenues while leaving millions of eligible undocumented immigrants and their American families in limbo.
As the courts debate President Barack Obama’s immigration directives, undocumented students continue to fight for access to higher education in Texas and other states.
Immigration enforcement harms families and children. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security immigration directives will help alleviate these burdens through a shift to more family-friendly immigration policies.
Charts Attempting to deport all 5 million people who would benefit from the president’s November 20, 2014, directives on immigration would cost more than $50 billion.
Issue Brief Changing electoral demographics will have noticeable effects on the 2016 elections. In 2016, to win the presidency—as well as many U.S. Senate races—both parties will need to secure substantial support from voters of color.
Recent lawsuits that challenge executive action on immigration are unlikely to proceed. They miss the legal rationale for the action and ignore the large economic benefits it could bring.
Report Undocumented students must navigate a labyrinth of policies from federal, state, and postsecondary institutions to earn a college degree. Policymakers can help ensure that undocumented young people and the economy prosper by removing these barriers.
The president’s announced executive actions on immigration will bring big economic benefits to the nation, raising wages for all workers, creating jobs, increasing tax revenue, growing gross domestic product, and reducing the deficit.
Using his legal authority, President Obama brings temporary relief to millions of immigrants through executive action. The president’s move is a first step but not a permanent solution.