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US Immigration Policy Since 9/11: Understanding the Stalemate over Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Aug 01, 2011
This report reviews the recent history of US immigration legislation, including new enforcement mandates passed immediately after 9/11 and unsuccessful efforts to pass CIR bills during the 109th and 110th Congresses. This history, together with asymmetries in the political process that favor enforcement-oriented responses, stack the deck against legalization and visa reform. Any possibility of success was further hurt by the timing of the reform debate with respect to the national electoral calendar in 2006-07 and the economic downturn beginning in 2008. more

US Immigration Policy and Mexican/Central American Migration Flows: Then and Now

Aug 01, 2011
Young, low-skilled immigrants perform essential work, but the rapid growth of low-wage, limited English proficient (LEP), unauthorized populations in states with limited migration experience has contributed to increased anti-immigrant sentiment. Forty years into the current wave of regional migration, and after 25 years of increasingly serious enforcement efforts, this history also defines and limits the policy alternatives available, and highlights the challenges of managing regional flows. more

Libya Motivates Members to Rally Together

Jul 19, 2011
When Hillary Clinton was told June 22 that House Republicans were scheduling two votes on Libya later that week, she reportedly asked, “Whose side are they on?” If that sounds reminiscent of a president telling other nations, “You’re either with us or against us,” welcome to the world of war rhetoric. more

Can You Trust a Budget Process Over 30?

Jul 07, 2011
Remarks of Don Wolfensberger before the American Association of Budget and Planning Analysts' Panel on the 30th Anniversary of the Congressional Budget Act. April 13, 2005. more

Rules, Rules, Rules:Congress Relies on Them

Jul 07, 2011
Prepared for delivery at the Dirksen Congressional Center Workshop: Congress in the Classroom, Peoria, Illinois, July 31, 2007 more

Improving Ethics Enforcement in the House

Jul 07, 2011
Statement by Donald R. Wolfensberger before the House Bipartisan Task Force on Ethics Enforcement, April 19, 2007 more

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The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.