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Senators agree on path to legal status for illegal immigrants Published: Mar 12, 2013 "Eight senators who have spent weeks trying to write a bipartisan bill to overhaul immigration laws have privately agreed on the most contentious part of the draft — how to offer legal status to the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants. According to aides familiar with the closed-door negotiations, the bill would require illegal immigrants to
Gay-rights movement's new focus: immigration Published: Mar 7, 2013 "While gay-rights organizations in the past have been involved in the long-debated effort to fix the nation’s immigration laws, the intensity of their engagement on all levels this year is unprecedented. Here in Washington state, most major gay-rights groups have a seat at the Washington Immigration Reform Roundtable — a loosely formed
Visa Overhaul Key Hurdle in Immigration Talks Published: Mar 7, 2013 "Arizona Sen. John McCain said Wednesday that working with labor to revamp visa programs has emerged as one of the toughest issues in the bipartisan Senate group overhauling immigration laws. Unions have been “pretty adamant about some of their positions,” related to visa programs for high-skilled workers and agricultural workers.
Utah Senate OKs delaying Utah immigration law effective date Published: Mar 7, 2013 "Believing that Congress will pass some version of comprehensive immigration, the Utah Senate on Wednesday passed a measure delaying by two years the effective date of the state’s guest worker law. Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, carried SB225, which easily won passage in a 22-3 vote." Click here for more of this US immigration news update.
Silicon Valley stymied on immigrant worker plan Published: Mar 6, 2013 "Silicon Valley firms aren't going to get the immigration changes they want, at least not right away. Straightforward fixes to a legal framework that just about everyone agrees is broken -- the fixes would let foreign engineers and scientists remain in the United States post-graduation -- have run aground on the usual shoals of special interest politicking
Guest workers key to reform Published: Mar 5, 2013 "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO reached a tentative agreement to support increasing lawful migration through a guest-worker program for lower-skilled migrants. The details are obscure, but this agreement is an essential first step for successful immigration reform - a step so far ignored by the Obama administration. Without a guest-worker
Navarrette: Barack Obama is doing the immigration two-step Published: Mar 4, 2013 "Last week, in a transparent attempt to turn the screws on Republicans demanding spending cuts, the DHS announced that -- because of budget constraints and the possibility of mandatory cuts due to sequestration -- it was releasing from custody several hundred illegal immigrants. At a White House briefing, press secretary Jay Carney assured reporters that
Republican group readies immigration blitz Published: Mar 1, 2013 "The American Action Network is poised to launch a major advocacy campaign aimed at winning support for immigration reform on the right – the first significant effort within the Republican coalition to create an atmosphere in which it is safe for GOP lawmakers to support an immigration bill." Click here for more of this US immigration news update.