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The nation's largest lobbying group wants smaller deficits and more high-skilled foreign workers Published: Jan 10, 2013 "The nation's largest business lobbying group today said reducing the nation's debt—now at a whopping $16 trillion—would be its top priority for helping businesses in 2013. In his annual "State of American Business" address, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue introduced the 2013 American Jobs and Growth Agenda, a package of policies
E-Verify: Immigration Reform's Threat To Legal Workers Published: Jan 10, 2013 "According to E-Verify’s government audit, a national mandate would deem 1.2 million to 3.5 million legal employees, like Ken Nagel’s daughter, initially ineligible to work. In 2008, Intel, the computer chip maker, put its new employees through E-Verify and 12 percent were declared ineligible. A firm representative told officials that resolving
Vigil tonight for Fort Myers man facing deportation Published: Jan 10, 2013 "A vigil is being held tonight for a Fort Myers man facing deportation. According to supporters of Maulilio Amizael Ambrocio-Mendez says he came to the United States from Guatemala ten years ago. They say he was in the process of regularizing his status, when his lawyer mishandled some paperwork and his application was denied. Maulilio decided to remain
Is immigration reform starting to take shape? Published: Jan 10, 2013 "Carmen Wong Ulrich, president of Alta Wealth Management, added that most of the people whom the U.S. deports do not pose a threat to the American job market because they are doing the less desirable, low-wage labor on which our economy is based. Democratic consultant Jamal Simmons agreed that these “other jobs” are the backbone of the American
Immigration's new rival: gun control Published: Jan 9, 2013 "This month the White House was supposed to begin its push in earnest for immigration reform. Instead, after a gunman killed 20 school children in Newtown, Conn., Obama tapped Vice President Joe Biden to lead a group that will release a reform proposal in mid-January — just when immigration activists had hoped all eyes would be on their issue.
House Gears Up For Immigration Battle Published: Jan 9, 2013 "With immigration expected to be a top issue in the new Congress, lawmakers in both parties continue to call for a bipartisan approach — while also preparing for battle. The messaging from many House Democrats and Republicans about the chances of passing an immigration overhaul remains optimistic. And some of them, such as Republican Mario
What to Expect From Immigration Reform, and When to Expect It Published: Jan 8, 2013 "Work began on a bill following the elections among a bipartisan group of senators, dubbed the “gang of eight” by Politico, but which has now shrunk in size according to Washington insiders. The group is expected to take the first public step in the process by releasing a set of principles sometime after the inauguration. Full legislative
What Congress' failure to renew VAWA means for U-Visa Published: Jan 8, 2013 "Mony Ruiz-Velasco, legal director of the National Immigrant Justice Center, explained to us through a spokesperson that the bill’s provisions “will continue to be available as they have been.” Ruiz-Velasco said that as long as Congress continue to appropriate money to VAWA programs, its protections for women — like the U-Visa