Research Roundup

Reframing the Immigration Debate:  The Rockridge Institute has a new paper, To Respect and Protect: Expanding our Discourse on Immigration, that emphasizes that progressives must change the "frame" on immigration from one of conservative fears to one emphasizing the global interdependence of working families in different countries and how a more progressive immigration policy, including ending the economic exploitation of "economic refugees" (the Rockridge term) will benefit our whole society.

In How Errors in Basic Pilot/E-Verify Databases Impact U.S. Citizens and Lawfully Present Immigrants, the National Immigration Law Center outlines that the program has gross deficiencies that, if the program is expanded in states, threaten the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of work-authorized immigrants and citizens who may be either wrongfully dismissed from or refused employment.

Policies for Unmarried Women: Often overlooked as a political constituency, unmarried women have unique needs and political concerns, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress.   This group makes less pay for the same work, lack health insurance more often, and often raise children without needed support, such as child care or other policies to ease balancing work demands and children.

Restoring Voting Rights: 5.3 million Americans are denied the right to vote because of a felony conviction, a bar that largely derives from Jim Crow segregation days to lock freed slaves out of the voting process, according to a new report by the Brennan Center for Justice.  The report proposes automatic post-incarceration voting rights restoration in the 25 states that still disenfranchise people who are no longer in prison. 

Obscene Executive Pay: The AFL-CIO has released their 2008 Executive PayWatch website, which exposes CEO pay packages, highlighting the pay of chief executives whose companies helped create the subprime mortgage meltdown.  De facto, the site reveals that those chief executives were being rewarded with big personal payoffs for causing the financial meltdown that has devastated the lives of so many working families.

Costs of Health Care Cost-Sharing: While many conservatives promote patient cost-sharing as a health care reform, a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that low-income families most needing health care don't have the financial assets to pay the high cost-sharing burden under such proposed policies.  The Center for American Progress in a new report emphasize the such cost-sharing also deters preventive medicine and drives up health care costs in the longer-term.

Dying for Lack of Health Coverage:   Families USA has continued to release more state reports in its Dying for Coverage series, which highlight state-by-state that 18,000 adults nationwide died in 2006 because they did not have health insurance coverage.

PBS's NOW has a new resource page up outlining the various ways states tax the poor -- and a few of the ways states are working to ease that burden.