Fixing Our Broken Immigration System

Since 2007, NDN has a demonstrated commitment to achieving a sensible immigration system that reflects the needs of the 21st century. NDN began to fight for reform by investing in a Spanish-language radio and television media campaign designed to counter anti-immigrant campaigns.  In addition to reaching out to media outlets, NDN has regularly hosted forums with members of Congress to discuss proposals to fix our current broken immigration system. Through research and polling, conducted most recently among voters in Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and New Mexico, NDN has found that a majority of Americans support a legislative overhaul to fix the broken immigration system, as opposed to passing limited enforcement measures.  

Below, please find some past highlights of our work on immigration reform:

 

Blogs

NDN's Immigration Blog

2010 Highlights

Senator Robert Menendez's Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 Summary

NDN Statement on New Immigration Framework

Immigration Reform Enters a New Phase by Simon Rosenberg

Commentary on Arizona Bill by Alicia Menendez

2009 Highlights

Presentation: Making the Case for Passing Comprehensive Immigration Reform this Year

7 Reasons Why Congress Should Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform this Year by Simon Rosenberg

Video: Simon Rosenberg makes his case on why congress should pass CIR

Event: Politics & Policy: What to Expect from the Immigration Debate

Video: NDN Forum on Immigration Reform

The Census and Immigration Reform by Simon Rosenberg

Senator Kennedy and CIR by Andres Ramirez

2007 - 2008 Highlights

Event: "Immigration Reform and the Next Administration" - at the DNC in Denver

Polling: Immigration Polling in battleground states

A Responsible Immigration Policy by Simon Rosenberg

Can Democrats Seize the Opportunity the Immigration Debate Offers Them? by Simon Rosenberg

Event: NDN Bicameral Event for CIR

 

El Paso Mayor John Cook comments on NPI Report on Crossborder Trade With Mexico

The New Policy Institute’s 21st Century Border Initiative is proud to have released a major new report researched by The North American Center For Transborder Studies (NACTS) at Arizona State University, “Realizing the Value of our Cross Border Trade with Mexico.”

For the executive summary of the report please click here. NDN and members of NACTS staff held a public spreecast discussing the contents of the report.

Mayor John Cook of El Paso, Texas released the following statement on the report

 “This report provides an excellent overview of our trade of Mexico’s industry to our national economy.  It is incumbent on today’s political leadership to improve the border infrastructure and implement technology that will facilitate cross border commerce without jeopardizing national security.”

Below is a video of Mayor Cook discussing the important economic power of legal trade and immigration with Mexico.

Daily Border Bulletin – Border busts dip, Zeta leader caught, Dem’s target GOP on Immigration

Your Daily Border Bulletin is up:

Border Busts Take A Big Dip With an unprecedented amount of resources being allocated for the southwest border, less people are attempting to cross from Mexico into the United States.

Zeta Drug Leader El Lucky Apprehended In Veracruz, Mexico a founding member of the Zeta cartel was arrested.

Democrats on offense on Immigration Senator Robert Menendez expressed the frustration of not being able to get any traction on immigration legislation in the Senate. 

The Policy Institute’s 21st Century Border Initiative released a major new report researched by The North American Center For Transborder Studies (NACTS) at Arizona State University, “Realizing the Value of our Cross Border Trade with Mexico.”

For more on NDN/NPI’s work in this area, visit our new website, www.21border.com, and its YouTube site, which features dozens of videos of leaders from the border region talking about the very real challenges and opportunities they face.

Daily Border Bulletin: Supreme Court to hear challenge to AZ law, AL governor considers immigration law change, NPI in the news

Your Daily Border Bulletin is up.

Supreme Court to  hear case on Arizona Immigration law - After much deliberation, the Supreme court has agreed to review whether or not Arizona’s immigration law is constitutional.

Alabama Law May Be Changed – After much controversy Alabama’s Governor may change his states anti immigrant law.

22 States Count Mexico as Their No. 1 or No. 2 Export Market - NPI’s report on cross border trade with Mexico was featured in Hispanically Speaking News.

The New Policy Institute’s 21st Century Border Initiative released a major new report researched by The North American Center For Transborder Studies (NACTS) at Arizona State University, “Realizing the Value of our Cross Border Trade with Mexico.”

For more on NDN/NPI’s work in this area, visit our new website, www.21border.com, and its YouTube site, which features dozens of videos of leaders from the border region talking about the very real challenges and opportunities they face.

 

NPI Releases New Report: Realizing the Full Value of Crossborder Trade With Mexico

Today the New Policy Institute’s 21st Century Border Initiative released a major new report researched by The North American Center For Transborder Studies (NACTS) at Arizona State University,Realizing the Value of our Cross Border Trade with Mexico.”

NDN/NPI President Simon Rosenberg released the following statement on the release of the report:

“This compelling new report underscores what a vital economic partner Mexico has become for the people of the United States.  We hope this work, and the work of our 21st Century Border Project, will help lead to a greater appreciation in the minds of many, of just how important the bi-lateral relationship is for the US today." 

"That we trade more Mexico than we do with the UK, Germany and Japan combined, and almost as much as we do with China, will certainly be eye-opening to many.” We share a 2,000 mile border; our two largest states are adjacent to Mexico; more than a billion dollars a day of trade crosses our borders each day, and in the US, 10 percent of our population is of Mexican descent. " 

"Our relationship with Mexico is like no other bi-lateral relationship in the world today, and certainly needs to be seen as one of our most vital, essential relationships in a changing, early 21st century geopolitical landscape. “

The full report can be read here.

The general public will have an opportunity to discuss the contents of the report with Simon Rosenberg, President of NDN/NPI, Rick Van Schoik, Director of NACTS and Erik Lee, Deputy Director of NACTS by going to the NDN/NPI channel at 3 pm EST today on the webcasting platform, Spreecast.

Among the key statistics presented in the report:

  • Mexico has become the U.S.’s third-ranked commercial partner and the second most important market for U.S. exports; Mexico spent $163 billion on U.S. goods in 2010.
  • U.S. sales to Mexico are larger than all U.S. exports to the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) combined, as well as all combined sales to Great Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
  • Twenty-two states count Mexico as their No. 1 or No. 2 export market: Mexico is the largest export market to the two largest economies in the country in Texas and California. Other states that count Mexico as their largest export market are Arizona, New Mexico, and New Hampshire.  It is the second largest export market for states such as Colorado, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee.

Remember to join us at  3pm EST Today for a Webcast.  Anyone can join this live event by going to the NDN/NPI channel on the webcasting platform, Spreecast.

For more on NDN/NPI’s work in this area, visit our new website, www.21border.com, and its YouTube site, which features dozens of videos of leaders from the border region talking about the very real challenges and opportunities they face.

Executive Summary: Realizing the Full Value of Crossborder Trade With Mexico

Today the New Policy Institute’s 21st Century Border Initiative released a major new report researched by The North American Center For Transborder Studies (NACTS) at Arizona State University, “Realizing the Value of our Cross Border Trade with Mexico."

For the full report please click here. For the executive summary please see below:

Executive Summary

The United States urgently needs a sustained national conversation regarding how to realize greater value in our crossborder trade with Mexico, and the benefits of increasing efficiencies at our shared border. As the export sector assumes more importance and the U.S. economy struggles to create high-quality jobs, our nation needs to discover every dollar of value in our relationship with our nation’s number two export market: Mexico.

Trade With Mexico Hidden In Plain Sight
Trade is an important tool in policymakers’ economic development toolbox. Ever since the enactment of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and given the complementarity of the U.S. and Mexican economies, bilateral trade has grown exponentially, reaching a record high of nearly $400 billion in 2010. Mexico is now the third-ranked commercial partner of the U.S. and the second largest market for U.S. exports. Mexico spent $163 billion on U.S. goods in 2010, and trade with Mexico sustains six million jobs in the U.S.  This is economic value that for many in the U.S. remains “hidden in plain sight.”

To provide a better idea of what this commercial partnership means to our country, U.S. sales to Mexico are larger than all U.S. exports to the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) combined, as well as all combined sales to Great Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Twenty-two states count Mexico as their No. 1 or No. 2 export market, and it is a top-five market for 14 other states. American consumers and businesses import large quantities of jointly produced products and services from Mexico such as automobiles, produce, and petroleum, just to name a few. Still, for every dollar Mexico makes from exporting to the U.S., it will in turn spend 50 cents on U.S. products or services, which are a considerable benefit to our economy and demonstrates the truly unique quality of this trade or “joint production” relationship.

U.S.-Mexico Border Management: Building the Infrastructure for Future CompetitivenessSharing a 2,000-mile long border with Mexico needs to be recognized as both a challenge and an opportunity. Though improving, our border’s current infrastructure and capacity today reflect the needs of a bygone era. While land ports of entry between the two nations were first envisioned to process the legitimate crossing of people, goods and services across the border, security has taking an overwhelmingly dominant role in recent years, hampering the ability of agencies to efficiently manage border traffic.

With this in mind, in May of 2010 the U.S. and Mexico signed the 21st Century Border Management Joint Declaration. Recognizing the importance of fostering the commercial relationship, both countries have agreed to coordinate efforts to enhance economic competitiveness by expediting lawful trade. The basic idea is that developing a modern and secure border infrastructure will give an added boost to our region’s safety and competitiveness in the world.

Much Opportunity, but the Real Work Has Only Just Begun
The poor infrastructure, the inadequate staffing levels and the heavy focus on security that prevails at the U.S. – Mexico border have cost both economies billions of dollars in gross output annually. It is past time for our shared border to begin to meet today’s demands, acting as a facilitator and conductor of lawful flows of goods, services and people across our nations so that we may capitalize on the full potential of our partnership. If a billion dollars’ worth of trade crosses the U.S.-Mexico border on a daily basis now while sustaining six million jobs, imagine what could be accomplished with a truly 21st century border.

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For more from our 21st Century Border Initiative website please head over to 21border.com, we update the site with new content daily. If you want to get caught up on all the latest border bulletins you can read they are all housed in the 21border archives.

 

Daily Border Bulletin - NDN/NPI Report examines important U.S. Mexico econ relationship, Holder on stand in House, and more

Your Daily Border Bulletin is up.

NDN/NPI to Relese New Report on U.S. Mex Econ Relationship - This Friday, December 9th, the New Policy Institute’s 21st Century Border Initiative will release a major new report researched by Arizona State University’s North American Center For Transborder Studies (NACTS), “Realizing the Value of our Cross Border Trade with Mexico.”

Holder on the Stand Talking Fast and Furious - Today Attorney General Eric Holder took the stand in the House, at a general oversight hearing, where Fast and Furious was debated. Of note Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) a chief critic of Attorney General Holder is no longer asking for his resignation.

Justice Department Set To Formally Oppose Alabama's Immigration Law - DOJ officials sent a letter to law enforcement officials in Alabama warning them that they risk losing federal funding if they are not careful in enforcing Alabama’s new immigration law.

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To join us for the public unveling of the NDN/NPI report with Simon Rosenberg, President of NDN/NPI, Rick Van Schoik, Director of NACTS and Erik Lee, Deputy Director of NACTS by going to the NDN/NPI channel  at 3 pm Friday December 9th on the webcasting platform, Spreecast.

For more from our 21st Century Border Initiative website please head over to 21border.com, we update the site with new content daily. If you want to get caught up on all the latest border bulletins you can read they are all housed in the 21border archives.

 

EVENT - Friday Dec 9 @ 3 pm EST: NDN/NPI Webcast of New Study on US - Mexico Econ Relationship

This Friday, December 9th, the New Policy Institute’s 21st Century Border Initiative will release a major new report researched by Arizona State University’s North American Center For Transborder Studies (NACTS), “Realizing the Value of our Cross Border Trade with Mexico.”

The general public will have an opportunitty to discuss the contents of the report with Simon Rosenberg, President of NDN/NPI, Rick Van Schoik, Director of NACTS and Erik Lee, Deputy Director of NACTS by going to the NDN/NPI channel  at 3 pm Friday December 9th on the webcasting platform, Spreecast.

This report should do much to improve our nation’s understanding of our growing economic relationship with Mexico. Among the key statistics presented in the report:

  • Mexico has become the U.S.’s third-ranked commercial partner and the second most important market for U.S. exports; Mexico spent $163 billion on U.S. goods in 2010.
  • U.S. sales to Mexico are larger than all U.S. exports to the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) combined, as well as all combined sales to Great Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
  • Twenty-two states count Mexico as their No. 1 or No. 2 export market.
  • Mexico is the largest export market to the two largest economies in the country in Texas and California. Other states that count Mexico as the largest export market are Arizona, New Mexico, and New Hampshire.  It is the second largest export market for states such as Colorado, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee.

For more on NDN/NPI’s work in this area, visit our new website, www.21border.com, and its YouTube site, which features dozens of videos of leaders from the border region talking about the very real challenges and opportunities they face.

Daily Border Bulletin – Migrants crossing border declines, CA may let immigrants work legally, Feds expand role in MX Drug War

Your Daily Border Bulletin is up. Todays stories are as follows:

The number of undocumented immigrants apprehended at the border drops. The Border Patrol has released new data that shows that undocumented immigrants attempting to the enter the country is at lows not seen since the 1970′s.

California may let undocumented immigrants work legally. In California, the state legislature has released an initiative that would give some undocumented immigrants to work legally in the state. 

U.S. Expands Roll in Mexico Drug War DEA agents are working with the Government of Mexico to follow drug money from the United States south of the border in order to identify where cartel members are basing their operations.

For more from our 21st Century Border Initiative website please head over to 21border.com, we update the site with new content daily. If you want to get caught up on all the latest border bulletins you can read they are all housed in the 21border archives.

Daily Border Bulletin – Immigration visa bill stalls, Newt signs border pledge, new report on immigrants in U.S.

Your border bulletin is up. Todays post features stories on the Senate GOP blocking movement on a bi-partisan piece of legislation which would help bring high skilled immigrants and their families into the country.

In other stories GOP Presidential front runner Newt Gingrich signs a border pledge.

Finally the Pew Hispanic Center has released a new report on the unauthorized population in the United States.

For the full post please click here.

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