Immigration

Immigration and border security go hand in hand. The border must be secure, and the Republican Party has to put forward a plan to deal with the millions of illegal immigrants in this country. President Obama’s executive action does not solve the problem but neither would any attempt at a mass deportation. The United States needs to identify the people who are here and ensure they are properly taxed. That way, no one gets a free ride on the taxpayer’s dime.
construction professional
Stan Marek, CEO of the Houston-based MAREK and long-time sensible immigration policy advocate met with host Gregory Kallenberg on a recent episode of the 
construction worker shadow
Loren C. Steffy discussed the new book he co-authored with Stan Marek, Deconstructed: An Insider's View of Illegal Immigration, on a recent Rational Middle podcast with host Chris Lyon.
Trump Biden debate
Immigration Policy, one of the biggest topics of the 2016 Presidential elections, was not discussed in the first presidential and vice presidential debates.
border patrol
In response to COVID-19, the Trump administration ordered immigration enforcement agencies along the border to expel those apprehended under 42 U.S.C. § 265.
economic impact payment
Most Americans with a gross income under $99,000 received and benefitted from the economic impact payments included in the CARES Act passed in late March, but around 1.7 million Americans were denied benefits under the bill...
immigration services
Gallup has been polling Americans about whether they want immigration levels to decrease, increase, or remain the same since 1965.
construction worker shadow
On a Monday morning in 2009, the phone chirped on Stan Marek’s desk, and he snapped up the receiver.
Deconstructed book
Please join Center for Houston’s Future on Wednesday, September 9, for a  conversation with Loren Steffy about his new book with Stan Marek, 
A third of high school kids feared being deported themselves, which includes some students who are U.S. citizens and cannot be deported. Another third of students also said immigration fears caused them to change their...
I’m glad USCIS has rethought this decision, which would have crippled our immigration system and left so many in limbo. The coronavirus pandemic already leaves us with so much uncertainty for the future, and I’m glad USCIS...
immigration application
Freer immigration could potentially lead to trillions of dollars in additional annual global output. 
immigration construction
A recent report by New American Economy detailed the significant role immigrants play in the workforces of the US construction and infrastructure-related industries.
El Paso POE
DHS has provided little public insight into how it weighed the costs and benefits of these extended travel restrictions. We worry the longer lines at ports of entry and inability to social distance in pedestrian lanes may...
9th court of appeals
On September 14th, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the DHS under President Trump acted within its authority in terminating Temporary Protected Status for Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and...
Deconstructed
Center for Houston’s Future hosted a conversation with Loren Steffy about his new book with Stan Marek, Deconstructed: An Insider’s View of Illegal Immigration and the Building Trades.
Harvey Construction
On a recent Rational Middle podcast, Executive Producer Loren Steffy spoke with Mark Erlich, a Wertheim Fellow of Research on Misclassification and the Underground Economy at the Harvard Law School and former
US voters
New American Economy (NAE), a bipartisan research and immigration advocacy organization, released new data showing the significant contributions that immigrants make to America’s 3,000+ counties.
An 11-year old girl whose mother was deported in 2018 spoke last week at the Democratic National Convention. The DNC attempted to use her story to blame Trump for the policies that removed her mother.
economic impact payment
An estimated 291,000 US citizens and lawful permanent residents* (LPRs) living in Texas were ineligible for federal economic impact payments because of a “marriage penalty.” Under the CARES Act, any person with a social...

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