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Month: July 2014

Democrats want to link immigration reform to border bill

Democrats in the Senate are warning that they may try to attach the comprehensive immigration bill passed by the Senate last year to the package if Republicans in the House of Representatives pass a stripped-down bill to deal with the border crisis. The Senate’s $3.57bn border legislation seems unlikely to get past a procedural vote …

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Steve King warns of impeachment over executive action

Representative Steve King boldly stated on Saturday that President Obama’s declaration that he would take executive action to deal with immigration reform would result in Republicans in the House of Representatives bringing impeachment trials.  King’s argument seems to have more to do with the number of undocumented immigrants already living in the United States than …

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Federal funding to house immigrant minors for Portland non-profit

Morrison Child and Family Services, a facility based in Portland in Oregon, has been given almost $3.7m in federal funding to provide unaccompanied immigrant minors with care and housing. Morrison, a non-profit organization that offers support to people who have suffered traumatic events, has been given this funding in stages across the fiscal year of …

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Republican expects House to pass compromised immigration bill

Texas Republican John Cornyn yesterday revealed that he believes the House of Representatives will pass a “skinnied-down” bill for emergency funding this week to deal with the influx of immigrant minors  crossing the southwestern US border. The House, which is controlled by the Republican party, is debating how much money it should pare from the …

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US-Mexico economic growth threatened by no immigration reform

The expanding network of cross-border ties with Mexico, which includes trade equal to $1m per minute, is being threatened by the absence of any progress being made toward reforming the immigration system in the United States, according to Mexico’s foreign secretary. Jose Antonio Meade made by the remarks to California Chamber of Commerce members on …

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US urgently needs immigration reform

The public debate over the increased surge in immigrant minors coming across the US-Mexico border should spur Congress to finally enact immigration reform, says Human Rights Watch.  The organization yesterday released a multimedia feature in collaboration with Platon/The People’s Portfolio and Time magazine on the issue. The feature, Torn Apart, includes video interviews with and …

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