Hispanic advocacy group asks for apology from South Dakota lawmaker

An Iowa-based Hispanic advocacy group is calling for an apology from a South Dakota state lawmaker for using the term “anchor babies” during a committee discussion of an immigration bill. Republican state Representative Manny Steele used the term, which refers to children of illegal immigrants who are born in America, during discussions of legislation that …

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Indiana Senate committee approves Arizona-style immigration law

An Indiana Senate committee recently passed an Arizona-style immigration law that will require law enforcement officials to inquire about a suspect’s immigration status if they have reasonable suspicion that they are in the country illegally. According to the South Bend Tribune, the Senate Committee on Pensions and Labor passed the bill 8-1; it will now …

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Non-citizen US soldiers face difficulties when trying to obtain US citizenship

The Wall Street Journal recently reported the story of a US soldier who was discharged from the Army last year after applying for US citizenship, which highlights some of the issues facing service members not born in America. When Luis Lopez was 8 years old he came to America with his parents on a tourist …

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India expresses concern over potential U.S. visa rate increase

Officials in India recently raised concern about a potential increase in fees for U.S. visas. According to the Economic Times of India, the issue was raised during U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke’s trip to the country with more than 20 other prominent members of the American business community. Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma …

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Opponents of controversial Kentucky immigration bill plan rally

A rally is being planned in Kentucky by opponents of a controversial immigration bill that was passed by the state’s Senate last month. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, the legislation would allow for criminal penalties for illegal immigrants and would allow authorities to arrest suspects without a warrant for a crime that might result in …

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