Month: December 2013

Latino groups band together to pressure Congress on immigration reform

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, a coalition of Latino organizations that work on issues like immigration reform, voter registration, and education and legislative policy issued a report card that graded both chambers of Congress on how they performed on immigration issues in 2013. The Senate received a passing grade, getting a green check mark for its passage of a …

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Immigration rules are changing for families of military servicemembers

While there are many problems with the nation’s immigration system that are difficult for people to understand, the statute barring people from joining the military if they have spouses or children who are undocumented immigrants has received especially heavy criticism. However, that requirement may soon be lifted, and it is just one of multiple steps that …

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Deferred action seen as temporary alternative to immigration reform

With comprehensive immigration reform legislation stalled in Congress, many advocates are turning to a little-known option for keeping undocumented workers in the United States legally. The 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program instituted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) in 2012, allows some undocumented immigrants to stay in the country for up …

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Rep. Mark Sanford talks immigration reform at town hall meeting

Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., who was recently elected, finally held a town hall meeting to discuss immigration reform. The event, which took place on Sunday, Dec. 8, was one the Lowcountry Immigration Coalition has been lobbying for since Sanford took office. Sanford meets with immigrants About 200 people, most of them immigrants, showed up in …

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Arizonans fight for immigration reform to save their parents

Arizona has long been a key player in the immigration debate. As Congress gets set to adjourn for the year without having passed immigration reform legislation, its actions on the issue in 2014 will be heavily affected by some of the stories coming out of the Grand Canyon State. Fighting to save her mother Maria “Guadalupe” …

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Evangelicals air radio commercials supporting immigration reform

Immigration reform advocates have been trying many different techniques as they attempt to get Congress to act on legislation addressing the issue. But now, one group that favors fixing the country’s immigration system is taking a novel approach: prayer. A group of Evangelical churches will soon be airing radio commercial urging people to pray that …

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Speaker Boehner’s new hire provides hope for immigration reform

Advocates of immigration reform in the United States were heartened recently when House Speaker John Boehner hired Rebecca Tallent to advise the Republican Party on immigration issues in 2014. Tallent has a long history of work on immigration, having been on the staffs of two Republican congressmen – John McCain and Jim Kolbe – who …

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Female activists take on immigration reform

The push for immigration reform has been picking up allies from nearly all corners of American society. And now another group that has a long history of advocacy is joining the fight. Framing immigration reform as a women’s rights issue, feminist organizations have become some of the more vocal supporters of an overhaul of the …

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Filipinos in the US may get temporary protected status

In the wake of Hurricane Haiyan, which hit the Philippines with devastating force in November, immigration reform advocates and a group of U.S. senators are urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to grant temporary immigration status to Filipinos who are currently living in the U.S. Temporary protected status Temporary protected status is granted to foreign …

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