Month: March 2013

Immigrants invest in U.S. project in exchange for green cards

Immigrant families can receive permanent residence in the United States if they invest in a project called "EB-5," which was created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign shareholders. The project asks immigrants to invest $500,000 in a project that creates at least 10 jobs in …

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Obama says immigration bill to pass by this summer

In a statement to Telemundo on March 27, President Barack Obama said that the historic immigration reform bill could be in place by summer of this year, and that any last-minute issues are "resolvable" by Congress. In this immigration reform proposal, Obama has given responsibilities almost entirely to Congress from start to finish, saying that a …

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New ruling could earn gay couples green cards

A Supreme Court hearing on March 27 could change immigration laws for same-sex couples. The hearing will challenge the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that currently states that marriage is between one man and one woman. DOMA denies benefits to same-sex couples and does not recognize gay marriage in individual states. If DOMA is opposed …

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SEIU debuts new ad calling for immigration reform

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is launching $300,000 worth of television ads on March 27 that aim to call on Congress to rebuild our immigration system so that it honors American values, strengthens the economy, and supports working families. The union delivered this ad to call attention to the estimated 11 million people living in the …

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Obama to deliver speech regarding immigration laws at naturalization ceremony

President Barack Obama will host a naturalization ceremony in Washington D.C. on March 25, in which he will deliver a call to action among members of Congress to resolve the ongoing immigration reform issues. The ceremony will include 28 soon-to-be U.S. citizens along with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejando Mayorkas. "While the …

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Local Chambers Have Voice In Immigration Debate

Business for Skilled Worker Immigration, a consortium of approximately 40 chambers across the country, has joined in on the debate on immigration reform in effort to gather the opinion of community members and business owners on a national level. The group was started by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, according to the Chicago Tribune. One of …

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Statistics Find Major Gender Bias In Visa Program

On March 18, the State Judiciary Committee heard testimony arguing that the H-1B visa program for high-skilled workers is discriminating against women, according to The New York Times. During the 2011 fiscal year, the U.S. Office of Immigration Statistics recorded that 347,087 H-1B visa holders were men and 137,522 were women. This marks the first time in …

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Citizenship Waiting Period Debated

Two waiting periods that immigrants must endure before gaining permanent, legal U.S. citizenship are under debate by the senators who are working to overhaul immigration law. According to The New York Times, the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States would have to wait 10 years for green cards, but could earn full citizenship within three …

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