Daily Border Bulletin- Mexican Legal Travel North Rose As Illegal Mexican Migration Went Down; Startup Firms Complain About Visa Processing; President Obama Is An Overachiever On Immigration Enforcement

Mexican immigrants made common-sense decisions that have created a ‘healthy circular pattern’ of migration, according to former foreign minister Jorge Castañeda and Princeton professor Douglas Massey in a New York Times’ op-ed. Tech companies claim unfair treatment on visa applications on behalf of their foreign hiring prospects. t is time to move to the next step: to get undocumented immigrants right with the law, says an editorial in the New York Times.

Mexican Legal Travel North Rose As Illegal Mexican Migration Went Down Mexican immigrants made common-sense decisions that have created a ‘healthy circular pattern’ of migration, according to former foreign minister Jorge Castañeda and Princeton professor Douglas Massey in a New York Times’ op-ed.
“The large number of family migrants is an unintended, even ironic, consequence of actions taken by Congress and successive administrations to make life miserable for immigrants regardless of legal status. Legislation enacted in 1996 limited access to federal benefits, curtailed civil rights and increased the risk of deportation. The well-being of foreign nationals was further undermined by the USA Patriot Act in 2001 and was threatened in 2006 by the Sensenbrenner bill, which aimed to deter illegal immigration through strict enforcement of draconian new restrictions; it failed to become law, but a similar strategy underlies Arizona’s 2010 anti-illegal-immigration law.
In response, many Mexican permanent residents made an unexpected choice: Rather than leave the United States because they felt unwelcome, they became citizens – a practice known as ‘defensive naturalization.’”

Startup firms complain about visa processing Tech companies claim unfair treatment on visa applications on behalf of their foreign hiring prospects.
“Startup firms say they are being unfairly targeted in regulatory efforts to stop visa fraud. Tech companies say policy disagreements between U.S. immigration officials and the State Department have resulted in their workers being denied visas at consulate offices worldwide.”

President Obama is an overachiever on immigration enforcement. It is time to move to the next step: to get undocumented immigrants right with the law, says an editorial in the New York Times.
“The Dream Act is one small measure of relief that most Americans would support and young immigrants need. Mr. Obama should do everything he can to protect these young people now.”

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About tanialara

Tania Lara has a vast experience working as a journalist in Mexico and the U.S. reporting in-depth about the economic contributions and realities of Mexican immigrants. This summer, she will be covering border issues and elections for the 21st Century Border Initiative blog. Her stories about complex cross border matters have been published in Spanish-language media outlets including CNN México, Expansión, and ¡Ahora Sí!, as well as the English-language newspaper The Austin American-Statesman.
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