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Month: April 2013

House of Representatives debuts piece-by-piece immigration plan

House Republicans announced that they would attempt to reshape the immigration system one piece at a time, a contrast to the comprehensive approach the Senate is taking. On April 25, the House announced that it would introduce a series of bills to overhaul the nation's immigration system. The move was designed to keep the committee in …

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Senate hearing offers glimpse of heated politics behind immigration reform

On April 22, a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration legislation showed that the path to immigration may continue to be rocky. The session featured testimonies from 23 people, all with specific questions regarding the new bill. A major setback in the plan occurred when Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a Tea Party Republican and supporter of immigration reform, …

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Boston bombing sparks push for delay in immigration reform

Critics of the new immigration reform policy say that the events in Boston during the week of April 15 show that the American immigration system has some major flaws. With the nation's attention now focused on the bombing suspects, legal immigrants who were ethnic Chechens, some lawmakers and citizens are skeptical of the new changes proposed …

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Fate of immigration reform lies in the hands of agricultural farmers

The new immigration reform would let many agricultural workers stay in the U.S. permanently and create a new visa to benefit dairy and horse farms that don't rely on seasonal help. CNN reported that agricultural workers who are currently in the country illegally would be allowed to apply for this "blue card" if they have worked in …

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Critics weigh in on new immigration bill

After the release of the newly written immigration bill, critics are weighing in on the loopholes they saw in the policy. While the "Gang of Eight" group works to gain support for their agreement, members of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement union argued that immigration reform gives the government discretion to choose when to enforce immigration laws. Members of ICE …

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Secure borders crucial to immigrants’ path to citizenship

The bipartisan "Gang of Eight" announced that they would release the new immigration reform bill to the public on April 16, but the success of the bill relies on the maintenance of a secure Southern border. ABC News reported that  the bill requires "persistent surveillance" of the border between the United States and Mexico and a border security …

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