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Month: February 2014

Health care coverage for undocumented immigrants debated in California

A senator in California has suggested plans for a bill that would provide health care coverage for the nearly 3 million undocumented immigrants living in the Golden State. California has the largest number of undocumented immigrants of any state in the nation. Sen. Ricardo Lara is the Democratic senator who represents the areas of Long Beach …

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Tech industry giants support immigration reform

The world's most influential technology leaders are raising their voices in support of immigration reform. Executives like Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft's Bill Gates are leading the fight to allow more immigrants with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills to work and live in the United States. These tech giants have expressed how important …

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DACA policy prompts thousands to apply for licenses

A spokeswoman from the Georgia Department of Driver Services said that nearly 10,882 immigrants who were granted temporary citizenship under President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status have applied for Georgia drivers' licenses since August 2012. President Obama's program was created to protect young immigrants who were brought to the United States when they …

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The effect of immigration reform on the Medicare Trust Fund and Social Security

Advocates for immigration reform, along with the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, have publicly declared that immigration reform would positively affect the United States in several different ways. Reform would create thousands of new jobs a year, dramatically reduce the U.S. deficit and spur economic growth. Along with these benefits, independent researchers have found that immigration reform …

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Immigration cases put on hold because of government shutdown

According to the Associated Press, thousands of immigration hearings have been delayed or shelved until 2015 because of the government shutdown in 2013. Nearly 40,000 hearings were affected by that shutdown, meaning immigrants who were waiting for information on their petitions for asylum, green cards or deportation will be forced to wait even longer – …

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How the discharge petition could affect immigration reform

Democrats are resorting to an unusual method to push Republicans in the House to move on making important decisions regarding immigration reform – using a discharge petition. When a party wants a specific bill to bypass committees that can slow its passage down, they can use a discharge petition. This document has the ability to move …

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Immigration advocates launch a nationwide tour to support reform

Immigration rights advocates are taking drastic measures to get President Barack Obama's attention and to show their support for immigration reform. A group called Fast for Families Across America plans to launch a national bus tour in hopes of garnering more support for their cause. Activists will pray and fast, and board buses from Los …

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Support for immigration reform on a bike ride to D.C.

Immigrants across the country, both documented and undocumented, are raising their voices in support of immigration reform that makes earning a path to citizenship easier for those born abroad. Some individuals are even taking drastic action to make their message of equality heard. In 2010, four individuals – Gaby Pacheco, Felipe Matos, Juan Rodríguez and Carlos …

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