Month: March 2011

Oklahoma Republicans argue over immigration bill

While typically immigration reform has been a partisan issue, with Republicans backing stronger enforcement measures and Democrats opposing them, GOP members in Oklahoma are reportedly debating immigration proposals amongst themselves. The debate took place in the state’s Senate over Senate Bill 908, which was proposed by Republican Ralph Shortey, according to the Oklahoman. The bill …

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240 Minnesota janitors dismissed following immigration audit

An audit of employment records for a New York-based custodial firm has led to the dismissal of about 240 of the company's employees in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) audited Harvard Maintenance Inc., the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) recently announced, reports the Wall Street Journal. The SEIU said that …

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Florida lawmakers push back against immigration reform

Democratic lawmakers in Florida recently spoke out against immigration proposals that seek to crack down on illegal immigrants in the Sunshine State. State Senator Arthenia Joyner said that immigration enforcement should be left to the federal government and that the Florida legislature should focus on other, more important issues, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. "Florida …

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States’ proposed immigration reforms slow to pass

The New York Times recently reported that while many state legislatures have introduced immigration bills in their most recent sessions, a large numbers of these proposals have been slow to advance. The news source reports that even in states where the government is controlled by Republicans, such as Oklahoma and Kansas, immigration bills have met …

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Proposed legislation would make English official language of the US

Bills that would make English the official language of the US were recently proposed in both the House of Representatives and the US Senate. The legislation was introduced by Representative Steve King of Iowa and Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, according to Fox News. "A common language is the most powerful unifying force known throughout history," …

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US senator steps up for immigrant Army veteran facing deportation

US Senator Chuck Schumer of New York recently contacted the Army to intervene in the potential deportation of a veteran who honorably served America. The New York Daily News reports that Trinidadian immigrant Ramdeo Chankarsingh, who spent part of his time in the service in Kosovo, had signed up for a temporary green card, but …

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Feds offer help in fight against fraudulent immigration lawyers

The federal government may soon begin cracking down on phony immigration lawyers who prey on prospective immigrants. At a meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General in Washington, D.C., the director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Alejandro Mayorkas, said that his agency is starting an effort to crack down on these unscrupulous …

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