Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center
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NEW REPORT ON BORDER SECURITY
Defining Border Security in Immigration Reform
As the U.S. House takes up the issue of immigration reform following passage of a related U.S. Senate bill, "Defining Border Security in Immigration Reform" examines the question of "What is a 'secure' border?"
The Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center report by Mike Slaven notes:
The report looks at apprehensions of undocumented crossers over the years in Arizona and elsewhere, as well as "triggers" related to enforcement standards and metrics to determine the "effectiveness rate" in helping Congress and its constituents reach the elusive agreement on a "secure border."
This report looks at the economic impact regarding permanent residency vs. U.S. citizenship, as part of the options in the immigration reform package being considered by Congress. Arizona’s overall economy would benefit significantly if undocumented immigrants become U.S. citizens instead of simply legal residents, according to “Citizenship or Something Less? Economic Implications for Arizona.”
The new analysis by the Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center was researched and written by policy analyst Mike Slaven, who notes there are about 190,000 undocumented workers in Arizona, and that:
"A reasonable, conservative estimate is that a path to citizenship could mean about $174 million to $246 million in additional individual income a year in Arizona, and these additional earnings would go mostly to low-income families, making them more financially secure."
When including the state multiplier effect of $1.17 economic impact per additional $1 in income, the actual impact for Arizona would be closer to $300 million per year as a result of U.S. citizenship, according to the report.
- READ THE REPORT: Citizenship or Something Less? Economic Implications for Arizona
Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center and Arizona Indicators have released a new report on English Language Learner (ELL) programs in Arizona, which last year saw the 20th anniversary of Flores v. Arizona, the original lawsuit regarding English learners in Arizona.
“The report is both comprehensive and timely, with ELL-related discussions presently taking place in the Legislature that would remove ELL from the throes of political ideologies and return oversight to the State Board of Education,” said Joseph Garcia, director of the Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center.
Dr. Oscar Jiménez-Castellanos of Arizona State University and Dr. Mary Carol Combs of the University of Arizona are chief authors of the report, "English Language Learners: What’s at Stake for Arizona?" Jiménez-Castellanos, an assistant professor in ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, is co-editor of the Association of Mexican-American Educators (AMAE) Journal and a 2012-13 Ford Post-Doctoral Fellow. Combs is an associate lecturer in the UA Department of Language, Reading and Culture who teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in bilingual education law and policy, ESL methods and multicultural education.
READ THE REPORT: English Language Learners: What's at Stake for Arizona
With state and national elections approaching, Arizona facesa familiar but potent question: Is this the year the state’s large population of Latino potential voters make themselves heard at the ballot box? There are reasonable arguments on both sides. But there’s also a larger, more important question to be asked about Arizona politics: Is the balance of electoral power shifting towards Latinos and thus — based on their historic political preferences — toward electing more Independents and Democrats? Will this transform Arizona from a red to a blue state? Arizona's Emerging Latino Vote seeks to answer those questions and more.
LATINO CENTER ARCHIVES AND LINKS
LATINO POLICY BLOGS, VIDEOS, BRIEFINGS
- Immigration supporters keeping the faith November 2013
- Education, closing Latino gap keys to competing regionally October 2013
- Channel 8's 'Horizonte' to celebrate 10th anniversary Sept. 19 September 2013
- PolicyBlog/Hart: More U.S. Latinos should be dying; why aren't they? August 2013
- PolicyBlog/Garcia: 'American Dream' tied to immigration reform August 2013
- Dropped?' still resonates because Latino education gap continues June 2013
- Garcia: Why is Arizona standing alone in a Nebraska cornfield? June 2013
- PolicyBlog/Garcia: Immigration reform passes a milestone May 2013
- 'Dropped?' report featured at NBC News education summit May 2013
- New reports look at U.S.-Mexico border security, economics May 2013
- Crow urges leaders to support smart immigration reform March 2013
- PolicyBlog: Garcia: Inauguration sets stage for immigration reform January 2013
- Reveles: Immigration plan must include path to citizenship January 2013
- AZ Week: Moderation may come to state politics November 2012
- Horizonte: New Latino center focuses on 'Arizona issues' November 2012
- Garcia: When will AZ Latino voters flex their political muscle November 2012
- Garcia: Arizona, your future is looking back at your in the mirror October 2012
- PolicyBlog/Hart: What it means to be Hispanic in Tucson September 2012
- PolicyBlog/Garcia: When will Latinos flex muscle at ballot box? August 2012
- PolicyBlog/Perkins: When did undocumented kids become Moby-Dick? August 2012
- Policy Blog/Garcia: Red-letter day for 'DREAMers,' nation August 2012
- Policy Blog/Garcia: If only Latinos could be more Asian July 2012
- Video: Garcia discusses Latino issues on 'Arizona Week' July 2012
- Garcia: Separate politics from policy on immigration? June 2012
- Perkins: State Guard or 'Arizona Five-0?' March 2012
Hart: 'Anchor baby' debate not anchored in reason February 2011
Hart: SB 1070 wariness stems from the past December 2010
- Garcia: Arizona, what's wrong with this picture May 2010
LATINO PUBLIC POLICY IN THE NEWS
- AZ insurer teams with Latino nonprofit for outreach 10/12/13
- Latino populations soars in all but 2 Arizona counties 10/3/13
- What Arizona can teach Republicans about immigration 6/24/13
- Arizona population percentage: Latinos up, Whites down 6/14/13
- June 20 event in Tucson: 'Dropped?' and Latino education June 2013
- NPR: Arizona seeks to change its anti-immigrant reputation 6/5/13
- CSM: Is Sheriff Arpaio's star 'waning' despite avoiding recall? 6/5/13
- Center: GOP should reach out to Whites instead of Latinos 6/5/13
- Bloomberg Businessweek: GOP risks losing AZ by losing Hispanics 5/15/13
- Cronkite News: School board to wade into English immersion 5/15/13
- Bloomberg: AZ bill targets early ballots key to Latino turnout 3/1/13
- FOX News: AZ school seeks to help close Latino education gap 3/1/13
- Inside Tucson Business: Who's paying attention to Hispanic vote now? 3/1/13
- Republic: GOP pins elections hopes on pathway to citizenship 2/19/13
- Financial Times: Lee, Garcia say border should be open for business 1/5/13
LATINO CENTER'S MISSION
Why must Arizona better understand 'Latino issues?' Because they are 'Arizona issues,' determining our state's future Arizona is expected to become a “majority-minority” state perhaps within the next two decades, with its younger citizens largely Latino.
Eighty-two percent of the state's Latino youth under age 20 are naturalized citizens or were born in the United States. For Arizona Latino children under 5 years old, 97 percent are U.S. citizens. Latinos are Arizonans. And they represent our state's future.
With our state's workforce, electorate, economic drivers and leadership largely affected and dependent on informed public policy as it relates to Arizona Latino citizens, Morrison Institute established a new center to house a growing collection of related articles, analysis, videos, blogs and polls, as well as further the dialogue through presentations and forums.
Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center was launched in October 2012 with a mission to provide a better understanding of how Latino public policy issues affect all of Arizona and our shared future opportunity.
Joseph Garcia, Latino Center director
- Cronkite: Carmona, Flake spent combined $228,000 on Spanish ads 11/15/12
- Cronkite: Experts say AZ Latino voters a new force 11/15/12
- Republic: Latino votes key to Obama's victory 11/8/12
- Cronkite News: Groups looking to boosting Latino voting turnout 10/10/12
- NY Times: Dems banking on Latinos to win U.S. Senate race 10/9/12
- Arizona Week: Will Latinos influence the 2012 election 10/4/12
- Goddard discusses border issues on KJZZ, Horizon 10/4/12
- HispanicBusiness.com: Latino voters to dominate AZ politics 8/13/12
- NPR: Activists rally for votes against Sheriff Arpaio 8/2/12
- KJZZ Here and Now: Arizona's Emerging Latino Vote 8/2/12
- Horizon: Arizona's Emerging Latino Vote 8/2/12
- ABC-15 News: Study: 'Red' Arizona could turn 'blue' by 2030 8/2/12
- KTAR: Emerging latino vote could change AZ's political face 8/2/12
- National Journal: Diversity Roundup: Latinos shifting Arizona to Dems 8/1/12
- Arizona Daily Star: Hispanics could change party balance by 2030 8/1/12
- New Times: Latino voters prepare to impact elections 7/5/12
RECENT LATINO-RELATED POLLS
Majority of AZ voters doubt SB 1070 benefit October 2012
- 73% of Arizona voters support Dream Act April 2012
78% of Arizona voters support pathway to citizenship November 2011
- Illegal Immigration: Perceptions and Realities, Part 2 July 2010
- Audio Q&A: Ali Noorani of National Immigration Forum June 2010
Melnick Scholars: The DREAM Act August 2005
Melnick Scholars: Immigrant Health Care Issues August 2004