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"Immigration is never about today, always about tomorrow..."

Newsweek's Anna Quindlen critiques the Hazelton, Pennsylania English-only case and labels its advocates and anti-immigrant allies as short-sighted :

Economist Claims Immigrant Labor Essential to Texas Economy

Economist Ray Perryman told a recent workforce summit audience that removing undocumented immigrant labor from the Texas economy would devastate major sectors of the state economy . (scroll to 8/1/2007)

Speaking at the "Building Future Talent Workforce Summit in McAllen, Perryman, the founder and president of The Perryman Group an economic and financial analysis firm, said,

Media Thursday: The War Against "The War" Continues

The Hispanic War Veterans of America, LULAC , The National Hispanic Media Coalition and nine other groups called this week on documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and his production company Florentine Films to meet with them and discuss changes he has made to his upcoming fourteen-hour documentary The War.

Foreign Born Latinos Make Wage Gains. Native Born Latinos Do Not.

A new study by the Pew Hispanic Center which analyses wages found that foreign-born Latinos made significant improvements in the years 1995 through 2005, reducing the numbers of worker classified as low-wage workers (those making $7.69 per hour or less) and increasing the numbers of workers classed as mid wage (making between $12 and $16 per hour).

The encouraging wage numbers are tempered by two findings:

Census Takers and Immigration Officials Face Conflict

The Census Bureau is asking Immigration officials to renew a 2000 practice of suspending or reducing immigration raids while canvassing takes place. Census takers are required by the Constitution to count all U.S. residents, whether legal or not, and believe that immigrants will avoid them if they fear arrest or deportation.

Many Hispanic Students Set Their Own Higher Education Standards

A new study by the Washington-based non profit Excelencia in Education finds that nearly half of Hispanic American college students are concentrated in eight percent of the institutions .

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