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Welcome to Voices for Civil Dialogue
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Immigration has no “significant” effect on the number of jobs available to U.S.-born workers and helps boost incomes and productivity over time, according to a paper by an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

“There is no evidence that immigrants crowd out U.S.-born workers in either the short or long run,” Giovanni Peri, an associate professor at the University of California-Davis and a visiting scholar at the San Francisco Fed, said in the paper released today. “Data show that, on net, immigrants expand the U.S. economy’s productive capacity, stimulate investment, and promote specialization that in the long run boosts productivity.”
Supreme Court to Enter Immigration Debate PDF Print E-mail

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is entering the nation's charged debate over immigration, agreeing to hear a challenge from business and civil liberties groups to an Arizona law that cracks down on employers who hire undocumented workers.

The justices on Monday accepted an appeal from the Chamber of Commerce, American Civil Liberties Union and others to a lower court ruling that upheld Arizona's law. The measure requires employers to verify the eligibility of prospective employees through a federal database called E-Verify and imposes sanctions on companies that knowingly hire undocumented workers.

Remaining one in Christ: The Challenge of SB 1070 PDF Print E-mail

“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (Jn 13:34-35).

The Church from her earliest days has been known for the remarkable way in which her faithful have put into practice this command of the Lord to “love one another.” This love was so clearly seen it caused the pagans, while observing the behavior of early Christians, to exclaim, “See how they love one another!” In fact, many were moved to become Christians themselves because of what they witnessed.

Formation of Voices for Civil Dialogue PDF Print E-mail

After spending 15 months running for Congress in Congressional District 3 in Arizona (Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek Carefree, New River) The FUSION Foundation Co-Founder - Annie Loyd stepped down and made a commitment to dedicate her time to building a coalition from the public, private, corporate and government sectors addressing the challenge of immigration reform. Voices for Civil Dialogue is one of the many projects to emerge from this work. Voices for Civil Dialogue is a transpartisan, inclusive coalition of community leaders dedicated to genuine, respectful cooperation, involving groups and individuals from all sectors of society.

Luis Gutierrez visits Arizona to demand Obama stop SB 1070
Luis Gutierrez visits Arizona to demand Obama stop SB 1070, stop 287G and the raids. He is met at The State Capitol by thousands and takes the Stage with students who support The Dream Act.
Arizona's immigration law - Hysterical nativism PDF Print E-mail

A conservative border state is at risk of becoming a police state

Apr 22nd 2010 | LOS ANGELES | From The Economist print edition

RUSSELL PEARCE is the quintessential Arizona Republican. He wears stars-and-stripes shirts and has clips of John Wayne and Ronald Reagan on his website. He loves guns, his family, his Mormon faith, his country and the law, which he enforced for many years as deputy sheriff of Maricopa County. He jokes that being Republican, and thus not having a heart, saved his life when he got shot in the chest once. But his main passion is illegal immigrants, whom he calls “invaders”. He loathed them even before his son Sean, also a sheriff’s deputy, got shot by one. But now it is personal.

Mr Pearce, a state senator, has sponsored an Arizona law that, if enacted, would be the toughest in the country. It is so brazen it has caused outrage. This week it passed the last hurdles in the state legislature. As The Economist went to press, it was awaiting the signature of Arizona’s Republican governor, Jan Brewer.

Illegal immigration is a federal crime. Mr Pearce’s law, however, would also make it a state crime and would require the police, as opposed to federal agents, to make arrests and check the immigration status of individuals who look suspicious to them. Citizens who think their cops are not vigilant enough would be encouraged to sue their cities or counties, and no city or county may remain a “sanctuary” where this law is not enforced.

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Regardless of Our Stance on Immigration, Arizona's Immigration Law Is Unconstitutional PDF Print E-mail

Cross-posted from Race-Talk.

Governor Brewer's signing of Arizona law SB1070 late last month has shifted the debate concerning immigration reform in our country and changed the very environment into which migrants (legal and extra legal) now live.

The law, which at its most basic seeks to "deter the unlawful entry and presence of illegal aliens and economic activity by illegal aliens in the United States," moves the debate from the issue of immigration policy writ large to one that is focused squarely on the migrant and although not stated, the undocumented Mexican migrant.

Supporters argue that the law seeks only to implement and put into practice federal standards that are not now enforced. And while the supporters of SB1070 wrap themselves in the belief that they are only doing the work that the federal government cannot or will not engage, immigration reform does not begin with criminalizing the actions of a specific group of movers. In fact, there is no solution in this law to the challenges that immigration may (or may not) pose to our nation. Rather, SB1070 is little more than a bill that takes a vulnerable population and increases its vulnerability. Read more . . .

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Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.
~Edmund Burke

Illegal Immigration: Perceptions and Realities E-mail

The Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University published this factual based report in May of 2010.

Until the 1990s, the presence of undocumented immigrants in Arizona was a familiar and generally tolerated fact. They were — and remain — an essential component of the state’s economy. However, the large influx of undocumented immigrants over the past 20 years has sharpened public attitudes and presented Arizona with serious public-policy challenges. Addressing these challenges in today’s highly charged atmosphere have been further complicated by the divisive effects of potent and oftrepeated assertions concerning illegal immigration. Some assertions are well founded, while others are either demonstratively false or not clearly established because data are not available to support or disprove them. Such claims fuel strong feelings on both sides and reduce the chances of an impartial collective resolution of this critical public-policy issue. Reviewing several of the more prominent assertions may help move Arizona’s debate onto a more productive path. Here are some of those assertions, followed by facts:

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Arizona has a long, shameful history of demonizing Mexican migrants Print E-mail

Arizona has become the focal point of our national immigration debate, ever since Gov. Jan Brewer signed the law requiring state agents to verify the immigration status of individuals they suspect of being there illegally. In response, thousands of May Day marchers called for boycotts of the state, wearing T-shirts with slogans like, "You look suspicious, Arizona."

Frank Rich of the New York Times recently wrote, "don't blame it all on Arizona," since the state's "hysteria" is only a symptom of the "political virus" sweeping across America - from the birthers movement to tea party activism. He made a good point, but he ignored the long history of discrimination, xenophobia and scapegoating in a state where government has served its citizens poorly.

The inclination of Arizonans to target Mexicans as the cause of their political and financial problems has shaped the state's history for at least a century. In the middle of World War I, employers used fears of socialism as an excuse to fire Mexican workers, even as agricultural employers cited wartime labor shortages to justify hiring more. During the Great Depression, when Mexicans were seen as competition for jobs and burdens to public welfare, Arizonans used racist threats and scare tactics to

Arizona immigration law must pass the prejudice test PDF Print E-mail


The Arizona immigration bill lacks enough safeguards against racial or ethnic profiling by police in the fight against illegal immigration. So, too, does the federal 287(g) program that allows local enforcement of US immigration laws.

By the Monitor's Editorial Board / April 21, 2010

Those seeking a firmer crackdown on illegal immigration in the US carry a particular moral burden. They must also call on law enforcement officials not to resort to ethnic or racial profiling when enforcing immigration laws.

This burden may fall particularly hard on Arizona soon.

The legislature in that state has just passed a measure that would require police officers to check the immigration status of anyone if there is a “reasonable suspicion” that person may be in the country illegally. The governor, Jan Brewer, a Republican, is now weighing whether to sign the bill.

With this act, Arizona – whose border is especially porous to illegal crossings from Mexico – would be simply taking a national trend one step further.

Local enforcement of US immigration laws has expanded since 2006, driven by rising popular demand to curb illegal immigration as well as support from Washington. Under a federal program known as 287(g), states and local agencies can voluntarily sign up with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to act with federal authority in enforcing US immigration laws – but only while making arrests for local or state crimes.

The Arizona measure would drop that key stipulation and compel police to pick up illegal immigrants “when practicable.” Citizens could even sue officials to compel such enforcement. Read more . . .

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