Month: January 2015

Homeland Security funding block threatened by Democrats

Democrat leaders in the Senate yesterday threatened to block legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) until the provisions attached by Republicans to reverse the executive action taken by President Obama on immigration reform have been removed. Unless Congress takes action by February 27th, the Department of Homeland Security will lose much of …

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Americans unhappy with immigration levels

The great majority of Americans are unhappy with the level of immigration in the United States, whether legal or illegal, according to the results of a new Gallup poll released yesterday. 60% of those who responded to the poll are not happy with present immigration levels, with just 33% approving. Dissatisfaction has increased from this …

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Sessions blasts immigration bill

Alabama Republican senator Jeff Sessions has attacked an immigration bill intended to strengthen border security in the United States. The conservative senator, who is well known for his anti-immigration stance, says the bill supported by fellow Republican Michael McCaul does not go anywhere near far enough. McCaul, who is the chairman of the House Committee …

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Five-year delay for immigration hearings

In an indication of the incredible delays and backlogs within the immigration system in the United States, thousands of immigrants waiting for hearings have started to receive notices from the Justice Department to say that their cases have been put back by almost five years. The delays are the result of these cases being pushed …

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White House claims Obama’s immigration action will boost economy

On Monday the White House claimed that the executive action on immigration reform taken by President Obama could result in a boost to the economy of the state of California by as much as $27.5bn. The public relations blitz has commenced in advance of the roll-out of the expanded deferred action program created by the …

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Cuban migration increases over immigration fears

Immigration to the United States from Cuba has accelerated following President Obama’s decision to open up diplomatic talks with the island nation, according to recent statistics, with many Cubans fearing that their longstanding immigration benefits may now be in jeopardy. 481 Cubans were intercepted on rickety rafts and boats by the US Coast Guard last …

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Sessions’ influence grows on immigration opposition

All but the most conservative measures for immigration reform have been blocked by Republicans in the House of Representatives in the 19 months since a comprehensive bill was passed by the Senate in 2013. This is largely due to the influence Senator Jeff Sessions, who has proved to be a dogged opponent of the cause. …

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Immigration action gains mayoral support

Earlier in January the executive action taken by President Obama with regard to immigration reform became the subject of a legal challenge launched by 12 states. A different campaign – one that supports the president’s decision – has now been organized by a group of big city mayors. The Los Angeles mayor, Eric Garcetti, and …

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Boehner’s immigration tactics annoy Senate Republicans

Senate Republicans are becoming frustrated by the lack of effort being made by the speaker, John Boehner, with regard to managing the unrealistic expectations of conservatives in the House of Representatives. The House has approved a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security that would also overturn President Obama’s recent executive action on immigration …

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Gates wants overhaul of “perverse” US immigration system

Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and a well-known philanthropist who operates the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, says that immigration policies in the United States that force overseas students educated in the country to obtain jobs elsewhere are “perverse” and need to be changed for the sake of all concerned. Speaking at the World …

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Cruz urged to fight immigration reform in Senate

Ted Cruz and other Republicans in the Senate have been urged by conservatives from the House of Representatives to accelerate their struggle to block the immigration executive action taken by President Obama. Republicans in the House fear that their Senate colleagues are losing the desire to pass a bill that would block Obama’s executive action. …

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