Daily Border Bulletin – Secretary Napolitano Calls For Immigration Overhaul, GOP candidates’ immigration fantasies, Studies, surveys examine AL immigration law’s impact

In Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano’s State of our Homeland Security Address she pushed for a comprehensive fix of our immigration system while also touting the need to pass the DREAM Act in Congress. A Los Angeles Times op-ed highlights the lack of real solutions from the Republican presidential candidates on immigration. Finally a report by the University of Alabama’s Center for Business of Economic Research has issues a report that shows that the state’s economy has suffered due to their harsh anti-immigration law.

Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano Calls for Immigration Overhaul In Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano’s State of our Homeland Security Address she pushed for a comprehensive fix of our immigration system while also touting the need to pass the DREAM Act in Congress. “Asked by an audience member at the National Press Club what she sees as most in need of change, Napolitano said she couldn’t narrow it down. But she specifically criticized Congress for failing to pass the so-called DREAM Act last year. The legislation would have allowed undocumented immigrant children who were brought to the U.S. at a young age and grew up here to become citizens if they went to college or joined the military. Napolitano said “they’ve played the rules” and Congress needs to act.”

GOP candidates’ immigration fantasies A Los Angeles Times op-ed highlights the lack of real solutions from the Republican presidential candidates on immigration “For months, Republican presidential hopefuls steadfastly avoided any discussion of immigration, except to rotely demand tougher and stricter border enforcement. Now we know why: They have no answers. In the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s Florida primary, the candidates finally addressed the subject, seeking to woo Latino voters with fantastical fixes that purported to address the immigration crisis but in fact would do nothing to resolve it.”

Studies, surveys examine immigration law’s A report by the University of Alabama’s Center for Business of Economic Research has issues a report that shows that the state’s economy has suffered due to their harsh anti-immigration law. “The director of the University of Alabama’s Center for Business of Economic Research has published a study saying Alabama’s tougher immigration law could cost the state many billions of dollars in lost gross domestic product and tax revenue and tens of thousands of jobs. Meanwhile, the Alabama Agribusiness Council is conducting a nonscientific survey of its own, asking farmers to provide information about the law’s impact on agriculture. The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries is promoting the survey. Brett Hall, a deputy commissioner with the department, said they had heard anecdotes about labor losses created by HB 56, but lacked hard data.”We’d like to have more substantive understanding of the economic impact and the future outlook for all sectors,” Hall said. “It’s a big industry. There’s over $5 billion in revenue, not including forestry. We’d like to have more than anecdotal evidence.”

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