Posted on August 17, 2011 by SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
From The Arizona Republic:
Data indicate ‘birth tourism’ is not a widespread practice
By Daniel González – Aug. 17, 2011 12:00 AM
Hundreds of expectant women from Mexico come to Arizona every year specifically to deliver babies at hospitals near the border.
Some are in the country illegally. But many others are women of means who enter the country legally as tourists and pay cash to deliver babies at hospitals in Nogales, Yuma and Tucson.
In addition to medical care that is perceived to be better in the U.S., the mothers receive an added benefit: Their babies automatically become U.S. citizens.
The practice, dubbed “birth tourism” by critics, has been occurring along the border for years. It also happens in cities around the country where expectant women from overseas arrive by plane with tourist visas, with the goal of giving birth during their stay.
Some Republican lawmakers want to put an end to the practice of granting automatic citizenship to children born in the U.S., a right laid out in the 14th Amendment. They call such acts – whether children are born to illegal residents or legal visitors – an exploitation of the Constitution.
While birth tourism is real, there is little proof the practice is widespread, even in border states such as Arizona, where last year less than 2 percent of babies were born to non-resident mothers. (more…)
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Posted on July 19, 2011 by SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
Chuck Schumer will hold a July 26 hearing to argue the economic upside to immigration.
Sen. Chuck Schumer is attempting to revive moribund efforts to pass a comprehensive immigration bill, telling POLITICO Monday that he will hold a hearing next week focused on the economic argument for an immigration overhaul.
It’s a subtle shift in emphasis for immigration reform advocates, who met recently with Schumer (D-N.Y.) to plot a strategy.
“We decided we ought to start highlighting the fact that immigration creates jobs rather than takes them away,” Schumer, the No. 3 Senate leader, said in an interview. “Everyone agreed that is how we are going to start talking about immigration, as a job creator.” (more…)
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Posted on June 22, 2011 by SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
From The Houston Chronicle:
Susan Carroll–June 20, 2011, 9:46PM
Top immigration officials have directed all agents and attorneys to consider exercising prosecutorial discretion in new and pending immigration cases, potentially sparing untold numbers of illegal immigrants from deportation.
A memo issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton on Friday instructs all officers, agents and government attorneys to consider a wide range of factors before charging people with being in the country illegally or pushing ahead with their deportation cases.
Immigrant advocates said they were encouraged by a change in guidelines, which instruct ICE officials to consider everything from a suspected illegal immigrant’s community contributions to criminal history before making a determination on a case. (more…)
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