Month: September 2011

Bloomberg calls for more visas, green cards to boost business

Delivering the keynote address at the recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce Immigration and Competitiveness Conference, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg called for fewer restrictions on green cards and visas for business- and education-related immigration. Drawing attention to figures showing 85 percent of visas are granted for family reunification reasons, Bloomberg said a greater proportion …

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Alabama Judge Approves Controversial Immigration Measures

An Alabama judge has ruled some of the most controversial provisions of the state’s tough immigration law can go into effect, including measures that have been struck down by courts in other states. Under Judge Sharon Blackburn’s ruling, Alabama police can enforce a “stop and ask” provision, which empowers law enforcement officers to request proof …

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Rights Groups Challenge Omaha Firearms Law

The Nebraska Firearms Owners Association and other 2nd Amendment rights groups recently filed a lawsuit against the city of Omaha, Nebraska, alleging a local law that prevents legal, non-citizen permanent residents from registering handguns is unconstitutional. According to the suit, plaintiff Armando Gonzalez legally purchased a handgun in 2010 after a home invasion but was …

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Citizenship status prevents health care funding for comatose man

Evelyn Cornelio, a 23-year-old Phoenix woman, faces a difficult decision regarding the medical care of her husband, Jesus, who lies comatose in an area hospital after collapsing while playing soccer on September 19. Because Jesus only became a U.S. citizen after marrying Evelyn in April, he does not qualify for the state’s Medicaid program, the …

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Massachusetts Legislators Propose Strict Immigration Law

Two Massachusetts state senators, Republican Bruce Tarr of Gloucester and Democrat Richard Moore of Uxbridge, recently unveiled a bill to make the Bay State’s immigration laws more stringent. Under the proposed legislation, individuals who enter the civil or criminal justice system would have their citizenship status verified, and federal immigration authorities would potentially be alerted …

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Rhode Island Poised to Extend In-State Tuition to Illegal Immigrants

At a public meeting on September 26, the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education will vote on whether to extend in-state college tuition benefits to illegal immigrants. Under the proposed policy, illegal immigrants will be eligible for in-state tuition if they attended high school in Rhode Island for at least three years. After …

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New Documentary Follows Town’s Efforts to Improve Immigrant Relations

The 2008 murder of Marcelo Lucero galvanized the immigrant community of Patchogue, New York, where Lucero had lived for 13 years, making the town into a flashpoint for the national debate regarding immigration reform. A recently premiered one-hour PBS documentary, “Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness,” follows the story of how the town …

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USCIS Awards $9.1 Million in Grants

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency recently awarded $9.1 million in grants to 42 organizations that provide preparation services for permanent residents seeking naturalization. This was the third year of the USCIS Citizenship and Integration grant program. In 2009, USCIS awarded $1.2 million to 13 organizations. Last year, the agency awarded $8.1 million to …

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Conservatives, Liberals Unite in Opposing E-Verify Bill

Prominent conservatives, including the founders of Tea Party Nation and the Washington, D.C., Tea Party, recently sent a letter to Congress expressing their opposition to pending legislation that would require all U.S. businesses to use the federal E-Verify database to determine the citizenship status of employees. In addition to concerns that the law would create …

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