June 20, 2013 |
I t is sometimes argued, rather piously, that the outcome of the immigration reform debate must be decided on the substance instead of the politics. And there is much to commend in the substance of the Senate bill , which would improve security at the border, modernize employer verification, shift future green cards toward more skilled applicants and provide undocumented workers a chance to demonstrate they are good citizens (paying fines and back taxes and avoiding a criminal record)
June 14, 2013 |
Robert Kagan is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He writes a monthly column for The Post. T he debate over immigration will tell us a lot about the state of the national psyche. How do Americans feel about themselves and their nation? Are they confident or insecure? Do they want to go out and compete in new ways in a more competitive world, or do they want to try to shield themselves from the world's new challenges? Are they in a declinist mode or a revivalist mode?
May 30, 2013 |
As Congress mulls changing America's border and naturalization rules , a study finds that immigrant workers are helping buttress Medicare's finances, because they contribute billions a year more than immigrant retirees use in medical services. "Immigrants, particularly noncitizens, heavily subsidize Medicare," the researchers wrote in the journal Health Affairs. "Policies that reduce immigration would almost certainly weaken Medicare's financial health, while an increasing flow of...
May 22, 2013 |
The sight of burning cars in a dozen suburbs of Stockholm on Tuesday night has shocked Sweden and shaken its image of tolerance and equality. But the rioting is also raising a simple, devastating question: Is Sweden facing its own Paris or London moment when it is forced to confront long-simmering questions about the integration of immigrants? "This is a wake-up call for decision makers and Swedish society as a whole," says Awad Hersi, a Stockholm city councillor from near where the riots started.
May 12, 2013 |
In the contentious debate over immigration policy, three groups have dominated public and political attention: the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants seeking to become legal, the skilled foreign workers bound for high-tech jobs and relatives waiting to be reunited with their families. Then there are those who won the green card lottery. This tiny visa program, aimed at diversifying the pool of immigrants to the United States, selects 55,000 applicants at random each...
April 11, 2013 |
For Southern Baptist Pastor David Uth, immigration reform became a priority after a family in his Orlando, Fla., megachurch faced deportation. Bishop Ricardo McClin says it was time to speak up when members of a Church of God congregation he oversaw stopped worshipping in Jacksonville, Fla., because they feared detention. As Congress appears close to hammering out new immigration policy, religious leaders — and especially evangelicals — say personal encounters with the current system have prompted...