Immigration Surges to Number One Issue With Americans

By: Wednesday July 16, 2014 7:00 am

The media coverage of thousands of youth migrants/refugees from Central America has dramatically raised the public’s concern about immigration issues in general. The issue went from barely registering a few months ago to now being seen as the most important problem among a plurality of Americans. From Gallup: Whether a gridlocked Congress will actually manage [...]

Poll: Immigration Seen as a Good Thing We Want Less of

By: Friday June 27, 2014 7:22 am

The American people paradoxically think immigration is very good for the country yet also want less of it. According to Gallup, by a nearly two-to-one margin Americans think immigration is good for the country. From Gallup: At the same time though a plurality of 41 percent want to see the immigration reduced. From Gallup:   [...]

Obama’s Dismal Job Approval Rating on Immigration Policy

By: Friday June 20, 2014 7:06 am

When it comes to President Obama’s handling of immigration policy almost no one in the country is happy. By a greater than two-to-one margin Americans disapprove of Obama’s job performance on this issue according to Gallup. It seems in Obama’s attempt to find a middle ground he just ended up in a no man’s land [...]

The Problem With Gridlock is You Can’t Threaten More Gridlock, John Boehner

By: Tuesday April 8, 2014 8:31 am

If a party controls one house of Congress and decides to take a stand of total opposition to the President they can easily deny the White House any legislative victories. It can be a very effective tactic forĀ  making a President look weak. The big drawback of this strategy is that they also lose any [...]

Overwhelming Support for Legal Status for Undocumented Immigrants

By: Thursday February 27, 2014 10:16 am

Speaker John Boehner (R) may have effectively killed any hope of immigration reform this year but support remains strong for the general principle. According to a new Pew Research poll, 73 percent of Americans think immigrants who are currently living in the country illegally should be allowed to stay, while only a quarter of the [...]

Obama Doesn’t Make Pathway to Citizenship a Must-Have

By: Friday January 31, 2014 10:37 am

President Obama is going out of his way to get an immigration reform deal by scaling back his ambitions. During an interview with Jake Tapper, Obama refused to say he would veto a bill without a pathway to citizenship. While Obama made it clear he thinks it is important, he didn’t draw a line in [...]

Reid Shows We Could Have Gotten Immigration Reform, a Second Stimulus, Public Option, Etc

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 10:39 am

History was just made in the Senate, but it happened so fast you might have missed it. After finally getting tired of Republican’s unprecedented filibustering of judicial nominees the Democrats used the nuclear option. They have officially gotten rid of filibuster for nominees and are now approving them with simply majority vote. The entire thing [...]

The Super Simple Plan to Keep the US Economy Larger Than China’s

By: Thursday December 13, 2012 10:00 am

When reading stories about the growth of the Chinese economy, I often run into two extremely weird narratives. One is claims that the Chinese leadership has somehow magically found a formula for growth our feeble democracy could never match. The other is fear mongering that China is now an unstoppable economic powerhouse which is destined [...]

When Politicians Do the “Right” Thing: Obama and Emanuel

By: Monday June 18, 2012 10:25 am

Recently President Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel each did the right thing on different issues. They adopted two policies that I support, because I believe they are better for society and advance progressive goals. Last week Obama used his executive power to further the DREAM Act policy regarding undocumented children, and Emanuel came out [...]

Net Immigration From Mexico Now About Zero

By: Tuesday April 24, 2012 9:37 am

Immigration from Mexico is down significantly thanks in large part to the poor economy in the United States. According to new analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center, recent net migration from Mexico is now zero. From the report’s key findings: In the five-year period from 2005 to 2010, about 1.4 million Mexicans immigrated to the [...]

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