New ad for immigration reform from SEIU

SEIU, otherwise known as the Service Employees International Union, yesterday launched an advertising campaign on television worth more than $300,000 that calls on Congress to rebuild the US immigration system so that it pays tribute to American values, supports working families and strengthens the economy.  The union has come up with the advertising campaign in …

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Group near to immigration reform

New York Senator Charles Schumer says that the bipartisan Senate group known as the “Gang of Eight” is very near to reaching a draft of legislation intended to overhaul the immigration laws in the United States – it is around “90 percent” done, he claims. “Bottom line is, we’ve very close,” Schumer, a member of …

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Summer possible for passed immigration bill

President Barack Obama is pushing for fast action on a sweeping US immigration reform bill, stating that any last minute obstacles can be resolved and he made a prediction that historic legislation could be passed by Congress by the end of the summer.  Obama made this prediction during several interviews on Spanish-language television networks, repeatedly …

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Obama wants positive agenda with Latinos

President Obama made a vow on Wednesday that he intends to make use of his second term in order to keep pushing a “positive agenda” with Latin America, the region that tends to get short shrift in comparison to the turbulent Middle East or fast growing Asia. The comments were made by Obama on the …

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The GOP in two factions

The Republican Party has recently released a report that came from their Growth and Opportunity Project that describes the party as being caught between two different factions, one of which is the gubernatorial wing that is successful and growing while the other, the federal wing, is becoming increasingly marginalized and warns that the Party will …

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Congress signals progress on immigration reform

Barack Obama increased the pressure on the US Congress to introduce a bill on immigration reform on Monday, saying that the time had come for the broken system to be repaired and noting that he hoped to be able to stick to the original deadline that he had outlined at the beginning of this year …

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US travel boosted by expedited visa process

The United States is experiencing a boom in tourism with several countries now being eligible for the visa waiver program.  In 2012 the Obama administration made a number of efforts to try and welcome more overseas visitors to the United States due to the fact that some foreign-born visitors were being forced to wait over …

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The time has come for immigration reform

President Barack Obama says that the time to reform the “broken” immigration laws in the United States has come and has renewed his appeals to lawmakers to cement a deal that he says is now reachable.  During a swearing-in ceremony for new US citizens at the White House Obama praised the bipartisan push being made …

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Tuition costs debate sparked in Kansas

A big crowd, which was predominantly pro-immigration in nature, assembled for a House committee meeting about a measure that would repeat a statute that forced Kansas students who do not have legal residency to have to pay out-of-state tuition fees at universities in Kansas.  The current statute enables students who have graduated from a high …

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Million green cards issued by US

Almost a million people were granted US citizenship in 2012 with just over a million becoming legal permanent residents, according to new data from the US Department of Homeland Security.  The information demonstrates that the amount of new holders of a green card and of naturalization, the method by which one becomes a citizen of …

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Local chambers given voice in debate over immigration reform

A consortium of around 40 chambers from all across the United States, known as Business for Skilled Worker Immigration, has joined the debate in regards to immigration reform in an attempt to gather the views of business owners and community members on a national level.   The Chicago Tribune says that the Greater Boston Chamber of …

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