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Japan and the Earthquake of 2011

On March 11, 2011, Japan was hit with a powerful 9.0-magnitude earthquake, a devastating subsequent tsunami and nuclear crisis that have affected thousands of people, in Japan and around the world. While making sure that family and friends are safe abroad, Japanese nationals who have immigrated to the United States, should also be sure to …

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New Bill in Congress to Replace the DV Lottery with a New Employment-Based Green Card Category

The new House Oversight Committee Chair, Rep. Darryl Issa (R-CA), has introduced bill H.R. 43 on January 5, 2011 that proposes to replace the Green Card or DV Lottery with a new Employment-Based Green Card category. In the past, opponents of the lottery system just wanted to eliminate the program and the 55,000 visas it …

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The United States is facing a Nursing Shortage

According to the American Nurse Association, the nursing population is aging rapidly and they predict that 65% of registered nurses (RN) will retire this decade. By the year 2020, the RN workforce is forecast to fall nearly 20 percent below projected RN workforce requirements. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that the …

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What is Conditional Permanent Residence?

Conditional Permanent Residency Explained   A conditional permanent resident green card is valid for only 2 years. In order to maintain one’s permanent residency, a conditional permanent resident must file a petition to remove the condition during the 90 days before the card expires, but NOT before or else the petition will be rejected. The …

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The DREAM Act: Important Immigration Legislation

Developing immigration reform policies are crucial. Based on data from the National Immigration Law Center, approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools every year after their california bar prep. These are young men and women who came to the United States at a very young age and at no choice of their own. …

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What is the price of intolerance? At least $140M

A recent report, commissioned by the Center for American Progress, and conducted by the Scottsdale-based economic firm, Elliott D. Pollack & Co. revealed that Arizona has lost $140 million in revenue since the passage of the controversial immigration law, SB-1070. The law makes failure to carry immigration documents a crime. It also extends the authority …

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Abraham Lincoln and the Thanksgiving Holiday

In 1863, in the midst of a Civil War that pitted brother against brother, North against South, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day a national holiday. Prior to that time, each state celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday at different times, mainly in New England and other Northern states. And on this Thanksgiving holiday, we publish President …

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