Members of the public march into the Supreme Court in Washington, March 27, 2012. (Reuters/Jason Reed)

Blog Post | State of Metropolitan America

The Real Immigration Debate Isn't About the Law

April 27, 2012, Audrey Singer and Jill Wilson

Following the Supreme Court arguments over the constitutionality of Arizona’s controversial immigration legislation, Audrey Singer and Jill Wilson examine the country’s larger immigration debate and whether ethnic and cultural differences play a role.

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    It’s always been a really contentious issue—what to do about people who are here without legal status. There are a lot of people who have really well-formulated opinions about the border and illegal immigration, and it’s really hard to change their points of view, and so [legalization] is seen as contributing to the problem rather than contributing to a solution.

    February 4, 2013, Audrey Singer, The Town Talk
  • In the News

    The key [to raising voter turnout among Hispanics] is energizing those eligible voters, getting them to register, getting them to vote.

    September 12, 2012, William H. Frey, Bloomberg
  • In the News

    So many places were utterly devastated by massive real estate bubbles that did huge damage to the country… Tulsa really hasn't had that extreme overhang to work through and now is enjoying some solid recovery via manufacturing and oil and gas.... There are some bright spots, especially if you look at the employment changes by industry—for the last four quarters, you can see that manufacturing has made a real contribution in this recovery. You [metro Tulsa] have a larger-than-average employment concentration in manufacturing ... than the national average.

    July 4, 2012, Mark Muro, Tulsa World
  • In the News

    The Supreme Court decision [on the Arizona immigration law] puts the onus back on Congress, but it doesn't dissolve the political and ideological differences that were keeping Republicans and Democrats from coming to a melding of the minds on immigration in the first place.

    June 25, 2012, Sarah A. Binder, U.S. News & World Report
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  • Paper | The Brookings Institution and the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University

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