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Month: October 2013

Immigration reform is dividing the Republican Party

Now that the government shutdown has ended, and budgetary issues have been moved down the road, immigration reform is once again front and center in the political debate. And for Republicans in Washington, D.C., that debate has recently evolved into one that could split the party Conservative groups advocating for reform A broad coalition of politically …

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Conservative businessmen urge Congress to act on immigration reform

Congressional Republicans saw their approval ratings take a nosedive during the October government shutdown, and that diminishing support may be just the inspiration they need to make a concerted effort to pass immigration reform by the end of the year. Republicans need the support of immigrants As the public's displeasure with Republicans continues to mount, …

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Ellis Island reopened

In October of 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the East coast, causing many historical sites, including Ellis Island, to be temporarily shuttered. But on Oct. 28, 2013, the former immigration hub was reopened to the public for the first time since the storm. As visitors arrived, they were able to witness history firsthand. Ellis Island Located just off …

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Republican backs immigration reform bill

In an attempt to push immigration reform forward in the House of Representatives, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., has joined House Democrats to craft a new bill that addresses the issue. Denham is the first and only Republican to join a group of 185 Democrats working on the bill, which will provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.  "We …

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President is willing to compromise on immigration reform

President Barack Obama gave a speech on Thursday, Oct. 24, calling on Congress to pass immigration reform. The president had been a supporter of one major overhaul, like the bill that passed the Senate earlier this summer, but in his speech on Thursday he expressed a willingness to consider Republican proposals to work on reform in separate pieces.  …

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Tips on passing the US naturalization test

Children who go to elementary, middle and high school in the U.S. are required to study American history and government. When permanent residents apply for U.S. citizenship, they have to take a civics test to determine their knowledge of those subjects. One might assume that students who grew up taking American history and government classes would easily be able …

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FWD.us to host hackathon for DREAMers

This past spring, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg helped form the FWD.us group. FWD.us is an advocacy group comprised of men and woman in leading positions in the technology fields. They support causes in immigration reform and education. In November, FWD.us will be holding a hackathon, which will give people involved in the DREAM program a chance to be mentored by …

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Boat crash survivors released from ICE custody

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement held 15 people in custody after their boat capsized off the coast of Miami on Oct. 17. Four women died when the vessel, which was apparently used for smuggling, overturned, and the survivors were detained while the incident was being investigated.  The crash U.S. Coast Guard crews found 15 survivors clinging to wreckage early in the morning. …

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