America only wants the ‘best’ immigrants, but would its own people pass the test?

The Trump administration’s determination to revamp the American immigration system appears to be boundless. From its proposed redefinition of which public benefits immigrants can use without being labeled a “public charge” to its steep reduction in the US’s refugee ceiling to its sudden withdrawal of legal status for immigrants from countries like Haiti and El Salvador to Donald Trump’s recent flirtation with ending birthright citizenship, the administration appears willing to stretch, change or even break US laws en route to an ill-defined effort to remake American immigration around a “merit-based” approach.

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Here’s what research shows about immigration’s impact on an economy

Controlling immigration was one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s primary arguments during the 2016 election, with him campaigning to limit entries into the U.S. and proposing building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The political debate continues to rage today: Funding for Trump’s proposed $5-billion border wall remains a matter of contention between lawmakers.

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Be Golden’ Initiative Spreads Message Of Hope To Immigrants

“A message of hope for people who come here and visit or come here to live,” is how Liz Cedillo-Pereira, the Director of the Dallas office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs, describes it.

They’re the work of the “Be Golden” initiative, which aims to infuse the conversation about immigration with the Golden Rule. Several city leaders, including Mayor Mike Rawlings and Bishop Edward Burns, spearheaded it.

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Immigration: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Immigration: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

There are as many stories as there are people in this bountiful country. Looking to America from afar, hopeful immigrants may see view land of opportunity as new chapters to write in their books of life. Perhaps they look from afar with rose colored glasses, and see a far better life. Once here, reality sits in. Yes, our country is beautiful and full of opportunity. However, there is also a quick realization that all is not easy and not always safe.

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5 Important Lessons from Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Is there really an immigrant advantage for success? It is difficult to argue against it. Over 27 percent of U.S. entrepreneurs are immigrants despite being only 13.5 percent of the population. Forty-three percent of the companies on the 2017 Fortune 500 list were founded or cofounded by an immigrant or child of an immigrant. Immigrants are four times more likely to become a millionaire and two times more likely to start their own business.

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USCIS Clarifies the L-1 One-Year Foreign Employment Requirement

USCIS has published a policy memorandum (PDF, 121 KB) (PM) clarifying the requirement that a qualifying organization employ a principal L-1 beneficiary abroad for one continuous year out of the three years before the time of petition filing (“one-year foreign employment requirement”). This clarification is intended to ensure consistent adjudication of L-1 petitions by providing a standard basis for calculating time for the one-year foreign employment requirement.

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The Immigrant Magazine Founder Pamela Anchang Is Making An IMPact With New Radio Show on KFPK 90.7 FM

The Immigrant Magazine Founder Pamela Anchang Is Making An IMPact With New Radio Show on KFPK 90.7 FM

Los Angeles, November 20, 2018 — Pamela Anchang, the dynamic publisher and editor-in-chief of The Immigrant Magazine, will debut her new hour-long weekly radio show “IMPact” on KFPK radio (www.kpfk.org) on Sunday, November 25th at 1 p.m. PST, in its regular timeslot.

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A Son Of Immigrants Makes The Case For Skills-based Immigration

Practical and emotion-free proposals to immigration issues are hard to come by these days.

But National Review and The Atlantic writer Reihan Salam has taken up the challenge. In his new book, the son of Bangladeshi immigrants suggests a compromise: an amnesty for long-time undocumented immigrants coupled with a merit-based system that would benefit high-skilled immigrants.

To strike such a deal, progressives and conservatives would have to make hard concessions. The first headache? Selling the idea of an amnesty to conservative Republicans.

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Ilhan Omar, First Muslim Refugee Woman Heads To Congress

Ilhan Omar, First Muslim Refugee Woman Heads To Congress

For Omar the mission is simple, put a check on the rhetoric of fear and division in the immigrant community. On the heels of her landslide victory in Minnesota’s 5th district with 78 percent of the vote, the Somali-American who ran as a Democrat in the 2018 midterm elections, resolved that she would propel an agenda of moving the country in a more hopeful, inclusive and prosperous direction.

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