DACA on Thin Ice… Again by Timothy Bakken

 President Barack Obama shows the Resolute Desk to young immigrants while giving them an Oval Office tour. The President met with the group of DREAMers, who talked about how they have benefited from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Feb. 4, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

While many had thought DACA was safe despite many of President Trump’s immigration crackdowns, not to mention Trump’s repeated assertions that DACA recipients won’t be deported, as explained by Vox, this is no longer the case. Attorneys General in several states are threatening to sue the Trump Administration to force an end to DACA. This could put the matter in the hands of Jeff Sessions, possibly the most anti-immigrant member of Trump’s cabinet. We should stop and remember that the overwhelming majority of DACA recipients came to the U.S. as very young children, have graduated from high school, have no criminal backgrounds, and are using DACA to work lawfully, attend college, support families, and contribute positively to our communities and our country. Eliminating DACA would take Trump’s harsh anti-immigrant, anti-family actions and policies to an entirely new low.

Timothy R. Bakken
Founder

Trump Continues Attacks on Innovation by Timothy Bakken

Smart, ambitious immigrants want to come to the U.S. to start businesses and bring innovative, creative ideas to our country, not to mention build business that will create jobs for U.S workers.  Trump is not making it easy.  Today he announced that he will try to kill the “start-up visa” program that was due to begin next week. Read the full article from the New York Times here. 

Timothy R. Bakken
Founder

Debunking the Myth of Uneducated Immigrants by Timothy Bakken

If one looks to data, rather than relying on stereotypes, the conclusion is obvious: Immigrants coming to the United States in the last 15-20 years are more highly educated and highly skilled than in the past.  Almost half of the immigrants in the U.S. between 2010 and 2015  had university degrees. 15% of immigrants hold professional or doctoral degrees, a higher percentage than for native-born Americans. Since the year 2000, the number of immigrants with a college degree has doubled. Click here to learn more about the education levels of immigrants, including links to statistical studies showing increasing education achievements of immigrants.

Timothy R. Bakken
Founder

Trump Damaging America’s Competitive Edge by Timothy Bakken

This summary from CNBC is a great overview of the numerous and varied ways the Trump administration threatens to weaken our country’s long-standing competitive advantages in education, innovation, and talent. 

Timothy R. Bakken
Founder

Immigrants in Military at Risk of Deportation? by Timothy Bakken

In keeping with its pattern of scapegoating immigrants, the Trump government is now considering plans to discriminate against immigrants who are, and will be, putting their lives on the line to protect America. As explained by the Washington Post in this article, over 4000 naturalized U.S. citizens currently serving in the military may face “enhanced screening”.  In addition, the Pentagon is considered canceling signed enlistment contracts of 1000 foreign born undocumented recruits with essential language and medical skills and training, thus exposing these heroic individuals to deportation.

Timothy R. Bakken
Founder