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US-Mexico Immigration Reform

  • Apr 13, 2014 · 4:00 PM
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There were an estimated 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. in 2012, according to Pew Research Center.  Most are from Latin America, especially Mexico.  The federal government has deported nearly 400,000 unauthorized immigrants a year since the start of the Obama administration.  The administration has been criticized for inhumanely deporting too many people, while also being criticized for not deporting enough people.

Immigration policies have political and economic implications.  Some fear that without strict policies, Mexicans will unite and be a powerful force to subvert U.S. citizens and take American jobs.  Also, they fear that by not punishing unauthorized immigrants, the U.S. is encouraging illegal immigration.  

Others contend that Mexicans keep America productive by doing the jobs that Americans are unwilling to do.  Also, strict immigration policies encourage the exploitation of unauthorized immigrants.  

Ultimately, how should the U.S.-Mexican immigration be reformed?

References are below.  

As always...

All views and political orientations are welcome.

We welcome beginners and policy wonks alike. Feel free to join the discussion or just to listen and learn.

If you sign up and change your mind, please change your reply so that someone else may attend.

Meetup to last 1.5 hours (until 5:30 PM) although, of course, people are welcome to continue beyond that point.

References:

The Great Expulsion (The Economist)

The Rise of Federal Immigration Crimes (Pew Research Center)

Lost in Detention (Frontline video investigates the Obama Administration's immigration policy)

U.S. Immigration Reform Recommendations (Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force)

The Hispanic Challenge (Foreign Policy, how Mexican immigration will harm the U.S.)

The Case For Immigration

Hiring Locally for Farm Work is No Cure-All (New York Times, Mexicans working in American farms after Americans unwilling to work on farms)

Bill O'Reilly arguing with Geraldo Rivera about non-federal public officials enforcing federal deportation policies


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  • Steve G.

    Good topic. We got a bit off track at times but all input and sharing was pertinent and valuable! Always good!!

    April 13, 2014

  • Erik B.

    I wasnt able to find the cafe. So I couldnt show up for this event. I've looked for a hour before going back home.

    April 13, 2014

    • David

      Sorry to hear that. It's on the second floor of Flower Hill Mall.

      April 13, 2014

  • David

    More info on the Obama Administration's evolving deportation policy:

    http://www.vox.com/2014/4/9/5575006/2-million-immigrants-have-been-deported-under-obama

    April 12, 2014

  • David

    Due to a scheduling conflict, the March meetup on immigration has been postponed till April.

    March 7, 2014

  • Emma

    Seems like a great time to discuss world affairs: Ukraine, Putin , Syria, Venezuela ....

    March 7, 2014

  • Emma

    Why did the meeting get canceled ?

    March 7, 2014

  • Yura

    Did the March meetup get canceled? Thanks.

    March 7, 2014

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