Month: June 2011

California Naturalization Ceremony Creates Almost 50 US Citizens

Forty-nine people hailing from nine different countries became US citizens in California naturalization ceremony, according to the Hollister Free Lance. The ceremony was held in the Hollister Municipal Airport in celebration of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. In Hollister, California, town officials only hold citizenship ceremonies once a year for areas including the counties …

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Alabama Police Question Effectiveness of New Immigration Law

Local law enforcement officials in Alabama are speaking out against the state’s new immigration reform law, claiming the legislation includes hidden expenses that will make it almost impossible for them to enforce. The sweeping immigration bill – which bans illegal immigrants from entering public universities and makes it a crime for landlords to house them, …

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Obama Says E-Verify Needs Improvements

While discussing immigration law at a White House press conference, President Barack Obama said improving the federal E-Verify employment eligibility system is key to strengthening US immigration reform, according to multiple reports. Obama said enforcing tough security, a pathway toward US citizenship and a system that holds employers accountable for the immigrant workers they hire …

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NHL Blackhawks Coach Gains Citizenship After 30 Years in US

Joel Quenneville, the coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, became a US citizen in a Chicago naturalization ceremony featuring 99 immigrants from 60 different home countries, according to published reports. The Canadian-born hockey coach has been leading the Blackhawks since 2008. After working in the US for more than 30 years and raising three children in …

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59 Refugees become US Citizens in California Ceremony

Fifty-nine people gained US citizenship in Fresno, California, in a naturalization ceremony held specifically for refugees, according to the Fresno Bee. While the Fresno branch of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) holds citizenship ceremonies every month, the most recent was the first of its kind in the area to feature only refugees, instead of …

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More Americans Renounce Citizenship During First Quarter of 2011

The number of wealthy Americans who have renounced their US citizenship or terminated long-term permanent residency for tax purposes has been rising is recent quarters, according to information published by the Treasury Department. A total of 499 Americans gave up their citizenship – or expatriated -during the quarter ending March 31, 2011. Although it is …

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Michigan House Proposes New Immigration Reform Bills

Michigan’s House of Representatives is expected to review two immigration reform bills this week that would toughen the state’s immigration protocol, according to multiple reports. One of the bills would require state employers to use the federal E-Verify system to check a prospective worker’s citizenship status before they are employed. Businesses that do not follow …

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