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Press Release: Advocacy Groups Release Recommendations for Expanded Community Sponsorship Program for Refugees

PRESS CONTACTHenrike Dessaules, IRAP, hdessaules@refugeerights.org, 516-838-1269Mariya Parodi, Amnesty International USA, 212-633-4211Louisa Tavlas, Niskanen Center, ltavlas@niskanencenter.org, 571-527-6403 ADVOCACY GROUPS RELEASE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EXPANDED COMMUNITY SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM FOR REFUGEES (New York, NY) – Today, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), and the Niskanen...

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Lifeline Provided To Burmese Students on F-1 Visas Holds Future Promise for Biden Administration

On May 25, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas added Burma to the list of countries with Special Student Relief (SSR) designation, easing restrictions for many Burmese recipients enrolled in the F-1 nonimmigrant student visa program. In recent months, Burma has been embroiled in nationwide civil unrest following a military coup that deposed the country’s democratically elected government. In response, the new Department...

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Administering a Child Benefit Through the Tax Code: Lessons for the IRS from Abroad

The IRS is one of the most efficient tax administrations in the world and is extremely cost effective at processing tax revenues, boasting one of the lowest costs-to-tax collection ratios. However, as a benefit service the IRS is underprepared to take on the growing social welfare responsibilities that are being delegated to it. As of 2018, the United States spent less than 30 percent of the OECD average for investing in family...

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Biden’s Plan for Capital Gains Taxes Gets It Mostly Right

President Joe Biden’s American Families Plan includes some ambitious spending proposals. Those pare offset, at least in part, by major changes in the way the capital gains of wealthy households are taxed. The proposal has rekindled a long-running debate over the taxation of investment income in general and capital gains in particular. This commentary reviews the arguments for and against eliminating the existing preferential tax...

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Is Demographic and Geographic Polarization Overstated?

Are Americans substantially more divided based on where they live and their social identities? Or are stories of voters sorted into neat social and geographic enclaves overstated? Seo-young Silvia Kim finds that it is not so easy to predict how Americans will vote based on their demographic groups—and it hasn’t gotten any easier over time. David Darmofal finds that demographics are a bit more predictive of geographic voting...

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When cities add cops, Black residents could have the most to gain — and the most to lose

As police shootings remain in the public eye and the Black Lives Matter movement demands change, vocal debate about “defunding” the police can obscure a critical point:  Most Americans, Black and white, are clear that what they want is not the end of police, but better police. What people want is police who treat civilians with respect and reduce serious crime. While most white Americans are generally satisfied with the police...

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How to Fix Our Political Parties, with Rob Saldin

Liz Cheney has been ousted from the Republican Party…for speaking the truth about election results. Anyone Republican who opposed Trump is also on thin ice, and effectively must worry about being ousted for their views. And when it comes to passing good policy, Democrats don’t have all the answers (or the majorities needed to pass legislation) either. Political scientist Rob Saldin makes the case that American democracy requires...