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July

Blog Posts in July, 2011

  • Immigrants: The Force Behind Job-Creation

    || 29-Jul-2011

    As the U.S. economy continues to be far from what it used to be, in a recent letter U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez outline the economic benefits of reforming our immigration system and, consequently, the possible further detriment to our economy if Congress fails to act. In their letter, the Commerce Secretaries echoed what economists have been ...
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  • Florida Governor Rick Scott, who is a strong supporter of the recently halted efforts to pass state legislature to curb immigration through a draconian and discriminatory immigration bill, has announced that he will focus on immigration in the upcoming year. The State Column reports that Gov. Scott said on Tuesday that "he will focus on passing a comprehensive immigration reform package during the ...
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  • New Immigration Bill to Benefit Military Families

    || 24-Jul-2011

    A new bill has been introduced in the United States Senate that would make it easier for the family of service members on active duty to obtain permanent resident status in the U.S. without having to leave the country first in order to apply. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has re-introduced the Military Families Act, which would specifically instruct the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ...
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  • Border Issues

    || 24-Jul-2011

    In the past ten years, the United States government has spent $90 billion on the attempts to secure the border between the U.S. and Mexico, data shows. The focus on strengthening the security of the U.S.-Mexico border began after the terrorist attacks in 2001. Soon thereafter, President George Bush introduced the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that would be in charge of sealing off the ...
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  • Graduate Student Granted Stay from Deportation

    || 24-Jul-2011

    A graduate student from the University of California at Davis who launched a national facebook campaign to avoid being deported to India with her mother won an 11 th hour stay last week after immigration officials issued a memo allowing for greater discretion in DREAM Act-eligible cases. Mandeep Chahal and her mother, who are both undocumented, had bought a plane ticket to their native Punjab, ...
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  • Florida Sen. Marco Rubio Flaky on Immigration

    || 24-Jul-2011

    United States Senator Marco Rubio is receiving a lot of pressure from the Tea Party activist group to deliver a campaign rhetoric for tougher immigration enforcement. "We've been waiting for him to come up with something and to be a leader on this issue," said the founder of the Fort Lauderdale branch of the group. When President Obama recently traveled to Texas to call for a renewed immigration ...
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  • Boynton Beach Officer Indicted

    || 7-Jul-2011

    In what may seem as the most bizarre situation, a police officer from Boynton Beach who in 2010 was singled out as the "Officer of the Year" has been indicted for conspiring to possess and traffic 500 grams of methamphetamine. The indictment accuses David Britto, 28, of drug dealing from June 2009 until March 4, 2011. According to U.S. Attorney Wilfredo A. Ferrer, Officer Britto faces a potential ...
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  • Immigration Reform Bill

    || 7-Jul-2011

    A bill that offers a comprehensive framework for a lasting immigration reform has been introduced by Senator Menendez (D-NJ), along with Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and John Kerry (D-MA). It is called the "Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) Act of 2011," and unlike other proposals, this one includes ...
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  • DREAM again . . .

    || 7-Jul-2011

    Once again, the DREAM Act is up on the discussion board; yet this time its possibilities seem greater than ever. For the first time ever, a Senate hearing has been held to discuss the bill with Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill) as chairman of the subcommittee holding the meeting. In its current form, the DREAM Act would grant people who entered the U.S. illegally before the age of 16 conditional ...
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  • Indefinite Detention

    || 7-Jul-2011

    Much to the dismay of immigrant activists, a bill has recently been introduced in the U.S. Congress that could enable immigration authorities to re-detain indefinitely Cubans with criminal records who cannot be deported back to their home country. During what was known as the Mariel boatlift, which occurred in 1980, many Cubans were detained indefinitely; however, that changed once the U.S. ...
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  • Underground Tunnels

    || 7-Jul-2011

    Due to the ever increasing degree of illegal activity, immigration and border security officials have teamed with lawmakers to unveil legislation aimed at prosecuting smugglers who traffic drugs and humans into the United States through underground tunnels. U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Cali) announced her sponsorship of a measure claiming that it would give law enforcement and prosecutors new ...
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  • Silent Raids

    || 7-Jul-2011

    While it appears this topic has gone on under the radar, so to speak, it is official-the Obama administration has intensified a crackdown on employers of illegal immigrants across the country. Officials have notified another 1,000 companies in all 50 states that they plan to inspect their hiring records. Because businesses are well aware that this could lead to the loss of a great deal of ...
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  • Sarah Palin Says, "Wait in line"

    || 7-Jul-2011

    While contemplating a possible run for president by touring the country, Sarah Palin spent some time in New York and New Jersey signing autographs last week and expressed her thoughts on immigration. While on Ellis Island, which is best known as the port of entry through which twelve million immigrants entered the U.S. from 1892 to 1924, Mrs. Palin had the following to remark, "It's one of the ...
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