FROM Jeffrey Passel
America Really Is a Melting Pot, After All Nobody expected it, but the Immigration Act of 1965 quadrupled the number of new arrivals, increasing the population by 59 million people. Before then, the law favored Anglos from Europe. Their share of the population was 84%. Now it's just 62% -- less than half in cities like LA and Houston. On this 50th anniversary, we hear how the law is still changing the face of America — with Asian immigrants now outnumbering Latinos. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Immigration Act as Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Lady Bird Johnson, Muriel Humphrey, Sen. Edward Kennedy and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy look on. Liberty Island, New York on October 3, 1965 Official White House photo by Yoichi Okamoto
Unilateral Immigration Reform: A Dream or a Nightmare? President Obama has outraged Congress with his executive order delaying deportation for up to five million illegal immigrants, but that controversial action may be easier to order than implement. Immigrants who’ve spent years avoiding detection may not have proof that they qualify. Since relief will be only temporary, many may not apply — but if they do, immigration officials could well be overwhelmed, and Republicans won’t just withhold legislative or financial support, they’ll be waiting to pounce on evidence of lax oversight or possible fraud. Will cities, states and nonprofit groups be willing or able to pick up the slack?
Immigration Reform: The Opening Moves President Obama whipped up a crowd of supporters yesterday in Las Vegas, commending both Houses of Congress for taking up immigration reform . He laid down what he called " key markers " to guide immigration reform, adding that if Congress fails to move in "a timely fashion" he'll send up his own bill and demand immediate action. But today's bipartisanship may or may not produce tomorrow's compromise, and everybody agrees that the devil is in the details. If 11 million illegal residents get a "path to citizenship," how many hurdles should they have to jump? How long should it take? Will they have to wait until the border's secure? When will that be? We hear the pros and cons from a former head of the Immigration Service and others.
The Supreme Court Takes Up Arizona's Immigration Law Arizona's notorious law targeting illegal immigrants goes under the legal microscope in the nation's highest court today. At issue is the power of the federal government over states' rights and whether the law encroaches on federal authority over immigration policy. Arizona sparked a huge national debate two years ago when it took immigration into its own hands, passing the controversial law known as SB 1070. Several other states followed suit with laws of their own, legal challenges were filed, and now four parts of the law are under consideration by the Supreme Court . How will this case affect similar laws in other states? What impact will a court ruling have in an election year? At a time when immigration from Mexico has fallen sharply, is there even a need for such laws?
Accelerating Growth of Mixed-Race Americans Immigration and intermarriage are changing the population of the United States. One of the fastest growing demographic groups is multi-racial Americans. Mixed-race marriages used to be illegal in some states. Now, one in seven new marriages is between spouses of different races or ethnicities. That's according to the Pew Research Center, which has analyzed data from 2008 and 2009. Mixed-race statistics from last year's census will be released, state by state, in the next few months. Jeffrey Passel is senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center .
Illegal Immigration in California The Pew Hispanic Center is a nonprofit in Washington that's used census data for a new profile of illegal immigrants in the US, including, of course, California. It shows a population made up of young families having children at a faster rate than previously estimated, and faster than native households or households of legal immigrants.
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?
House Republicans release their Obamacare replacement As two House committees take up "repeal and replacement" of "Obamacare," there may be life left in the Affordable Care Act after all. Even Republicans are divided, and proposed changes won't make good on President Trump's promise to provide "health insurance for everybody."