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The estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. face massive challenges under President Donald Trump\'s administration. Increased anti-immigrant rhetoric, deportations carried out through U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Department of Justice\'s threats to sanctuary cities have pushed immigrants back into the shadows. The number of immigrants with no criminal record who have been arrested increased by more than 250 percent in one year. Several conservative states have also increased their attacks on undocumented immigrants and sanctuary cities - municipalities that prevent a law enforcement agency from participating in federal immigration enforcement.
President Donald Trump's biggest campaign promise was to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. But his border wall proposal has several major flaws.
As the Trump administration begins to implement its immigration policy agenda the issue of local assistance with federal immigration enforcement officials is back in the spotlight. So-called sanctuary jurisdictions are one focus of that debate. Sanctuary counties - as defined by this report - are counties that do not assist federal immigration enforcement officials by holding people in custody beyond their release date. Using an Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, dataset obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center the analyses in this report provide new insights about how sanctuary counties perform across a range of social and economic indicators when compared to nonsanctuary counties. To understand the effects of having a sanctuary policy, we statistically match counties based on a broad range of demographic characteristics and then compare sanctuary counties to nonsanctuary counties to better understand the effects that sanctuary policies have on a local jurisdiction. The data are clear: Crime is statistically significantly lower in sanctuary counties compared to nonsanctuary counties. Moreover economies are stronger in sanctuary counties - from higher median household income, less poverty, and less reliance on public assistance to higher labor force participation, higher employment-to-population ratios, and lower unemployment.
There are 2.1 million undocumented college-age individuals in the country who have overcome significant obstacles in order to pursue their education and the American dream. Given some encouragement and support, these students, often called Dreamers, could reach their potential and contribute more fully to a high-quality workforce for the nation's economy. These students are prevented from receiving federal financial aid - including federal loans - and in some places are not eligible to pay in-state tuition rates. Providing in-state tuition and access to scholarships or financial aid for students regardless of their immigration status expands educational opportunities for students - on average, in-state tuition for undocumented students expands education opportunities for students by as much as 31 percent. Encouraging all students to pursue higher education reduces high school dropout rates - not only for undocumented students but for their classmates as well.
This report evaluates the impact of various California County programs which exteneded public healthcare to undocumented immigrants.
Providing undocumented immigrants access to driver's licenses has become a focus of many immigrants' rights organizations and of communities that recognize the important role immigrant residents play as part of these communities. Progressive proponents of providing access to driver's licenses to all immigrants believe that doing so could improve public safety and could likely create a positive economic impact, both for families and the state's economy as a whole.
An ordinance delineating requirements for Long Beach government efforts to increase language accessibility.
One in five City of Saint Paul (City) residents speaks a language other than English in their homes. This means that increasingly City employees are providing services to individuals who may be limited English proficient (LEP) as a result of national origin. Based on data collected from a variety of sources including the Saint Paul Public Schools and the United States Census Bureau, the City\'s primary non-English language groups include, but are not limited to Spanish, Hmong and Somali. The City\'s Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan outlines and describes how the City will improve access to its services, programs and activities for LEP individuals.
This report examines Houston attitudes about flooding, education, the local economy, equal opportunity, immigration, sex and gender, climate change, and trust.
For undocumented immigrants, the explicit denial of coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has kept many without access to preventive services and basic health care. Although ACA enrollment in California has far outpaced any other state, over one million undocumented immigrants still lack access to quality, affordable health coverage. The inability to access health coverage has severely marginalized the undocumented community. For example, undocumented immigrants play a pivotal role in providing food for all Californians, since over half of farm workers are undocumented; however, they themselves are banned from partaking in the health care system despite serving as the backbone of our supermarkets and grocery stores. Moreover, undocumented immigrants have been found to contribute more in taxes than the federal government spends to provide services for them. Yet, despite their undeniably positive impact, barriers to coverage have limited the chances for undocumented immigrants to maintain their health. For members of the undocumented community who manage to stay healthy, including those we interviewed for this project, many attribute their well-being to luck and good fortune.