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Costs deter immigrants from becoming U.S. citizens

October 09, 2012 - Voxxi

The cost of naturalization application fees increased 610 percent between 1998 and 2008. In addition to the application fees, there are also legal services that are attached to the process that amount to the financial barriers immigrants face when they want to gain citizenship.

The economics of immigration reform vs. self-deportation

October 05, 2012 - New York Amsterdam News

The Oktoberfest of presidential debates is here, and undoubtedly the hot-button issue of immigration reform will make it on to the agenda. Lost in the talk about immigration reform is the economics of the left and right’s policy on the coffers of this country.

Create pathways to U.S. citizenship. Legalization of immigrants would boost U.S. economy

October 05, 2012 - Courier-Post

Everyone in the United States agrees that we have a serious immigration problem, but consensus is fleeting on how to describe the problem.We believe that comprehensive immigration reform is inevitable, but the political will of Latinos to organize and strengthen themselves within both parties will determine whether it happens sooner or later.

Those Who Put Food on Our Tables Need a New Immigration Process

October 01, 2012 - Huffington Post

Our political leaders have not been able to break through the logjam of inaction on immigration. Coupled with an enforcement crackdown by the Obama administration, this inertia is leaving farmers across the country in crisis, with too few hands for the harvest this season.

Microsoft offers U.S. big bucks for H-1B visas

September 28, 2012 - Seattle Times

Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigration advocacy group, agreed Microsoft's proposal addresses only one part of the nation's need for temporary workers of all skill levels. "Addressing the labor needs for technology firms in Silicon Valley will not help the Georgia farmer whose onions are rotting on the vine," Noorani said.

Aspiring citizens renew nation’s promise

September 27, 2012 - Miami Herald

Diana B. Diaz, one of 710,000 Florida immigrants eligible for citizenship, achieved that dream Sept. 14 at a ceremony in Tampa. “This country allows you to be successful. It offers possibility,” she declared as she became one of one of our newest, and proudest, American citizens.

Regelbrugge: The Farm Labor Crisis: Imagined, or Real?

September 26, 2012 - CNBC

In several recent columns, CNBC.com senior editor John Carney has dismissed any notion of a farm labor crisis, claiming that record farm profits suggest no such crisis exists. The senior editor’s all too common error is to grossly oversimplify American agriculture and draw the wrong conclusions as a result.

We Need More Than Just STEM Immigrants

September 24, 2012 - Huffington Post

"America's economy needs the skilled farmworker as much as it needs the skilled engineer," said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, in a statement. Indeed, our farms are faltering due to lack of farm hands, thanks in large measure to anti-immigrant policies and sentiment.

Opinion: New American Immigrants Hold the Key to Economic Growth

September 21, 2012 - NationalJournal.com

If you’ve seen a “Now Hiring” sign in front of a new business lately, the odds are good that an immigrant is at the helm. America’s immigrants opened more than a quarter of all new businesses in 2011, and per capita, they’re more than twice as likely to do so as people who were born here.

Immigration laws bring challenges to Arizona farmers

September 20, 2012 - Cronkite News

With harvest season for many crops approaching, farms in Arizona need workers to help bring the crops in. But that help is getting harder to find, farmers say, as patchwork immigration laws and federal visa issues often get in the way.


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