Month: January 2014

Illinois driver’s licenses issued to undocumented immigrants

A new state law in Illinois has granted more than 1,200 driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, according to a spokesperson from the Illinois Secretary of State's office. These licenses fall under the Temporary Visitor Driver's License (TVDLs) category. That means they are legal documents permitting immigrants living in Illinois to drive whether they are on …

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Refugees get help learning English in a sewing class

Advocacy groups that work for immigration reform and to protect the rights of refugees in the United States approach their mission in different ways. One Kentucky-based group called Stitch aims to connect refugee women with English-speaking instructors to help them learn the basics of sewing. Stitch provides a safe place for women to learn a …

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EB-1 green cards issued to individuals of extraordinary ability

The United States government offers many different types of options for people looking to immigrate to the U.S. Visas and green cards can address many different aspects of a person’s lifestyle: employment, marital status, or even extraordinary abilities. The EB-1 green card is the document granted to individuals who have proven they have an exceptional …

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International marriages in the U.S. are increasing

In the United States the number of international marriages is increasing. As of 2010, there were more than 5 million marriages performed in which one spouse was from another country. Many different factors account for this trend, including the globalization of commerce and business. The K-1 visa is available to those who are looking to grant their …

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Republicans worry amnesty will take jobs from Americans

There has been much controversy in the fight to allow undocumented immigrants to work in the U.S. At the beginning of the new year, more than a dozen Republicans in the House demanded President Barack Obama shift his focus from immigration reform and granting amnesty to undocumented immigrants to the plight of unemployed American workers. …

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Examining the practical effects of immigration reform

The debate over immigration reform can get so heated, and involve so much rhetoric, that its practical effects can sometimes get lost in the mix. For instance, how would reform affect things like jobs, taxes and even drug smuggling? Answers to many of those questions are unknown or have only been guessed at by legislators, researchers …

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President expresses optimism about passing immigration reform in 2014

While many political analysts believe it is unlikely that Congress will pass comprehensive immigration reform in 2014, President Barack Obama seems to think it is not only possible, but probable. In a meeting with Democratic senators in mid-January, the president said that he believes House Speaker John Boehner understands the importance of passing reform legislation, …

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