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Immigration reform bill buried by amendments
A new immigration reform bill was outshined this week by its 300 amendments. Some of the amendments include: punishing South Korean immigrants until South Korea buys more U.S. beef, and an amendment that requires a familly of four to make more than $94,000 a year. This reform could cost more than $6 trillion dollars, a report says.
David Brooks: what opponents of immigration reform really fear
"First, immigration opponents are effectively trying to restrict the flow of conservatives into this country. In survey after survey, immigrants are found to have more traditional ideas about family structure and community than comparable Americans. They have lower incarceration rates. They place higher emphasis on career success. They have stronger work ethics. Immigrants go into poor neighborhoods and infuse them with traditional values."
The uncertain fate of a foreign worker's spouse
Though most are highly educated with multiple degrees, spouses of foreign workers are often stuck in limbo with no working permit.
How anti-immigrant fever broke, even in Arizona
The Tea Party types in the party thought Mitt Romney was going to win. Seriously, right up to the day of the election. The loss has forced many to reconsider some of their views. And the other side became more sophisticated.
Ross Douthat: A dissent on the rush to immigration reform
"The bill has been written this way because America’s leadership class, Republicans as well as Democrats, assumes that continued mass immigration is exactly what our economy needs.... Is there any reason to be skeptical of this optimistic consensus? Actually, there are two: the assimilation patterns for descendants of Hispanic (particularly Mexican) immigrants and the socioeconomic disarray among the native-born poor and working class."
Richard Florida: How immigration helps cities
"The big picture is that immigration is a good thing for the American economy, and, judging from our analysis, a good thing for metros in particular, being associated with higher wages, higher incomes, and more high-tech industry, among other things."
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