The push for immigration reform on Captiol Hill has been in overdrive thus far in 2013, but last week’s recess serves as a reminder — if one was needed — that the issue is far from settled.
On the face of things, there’s plenty of momentum in Congress: The Senate Gang of Eight hopes to have a bill by mid-March; labor and business groups agreed on basic principles for low-skill workers; and a series of congressional hearings on the topic already have begun in earnest.
But momentum can change quickly, and last week saw signs of roadblocks for immigration legislation.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was part of the failed 2007 immigration reform effort and is taking a lead role in the Senate bill this year, faced angry constituents at a series of town halls in his home state.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said he does not support an eventual path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Read more at Politico
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It’s been in the headlines for months.
“Evangelicals push Congress for immigration changes.”
“Among U.S. evangelicals, surprising support for immigration reform.”
“Obama’s immigration plan encourages evangelicals.”
Outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Reuters and numerous others have written more or less the same story on the subject.
The problem is that it’s not exactly true. Evangelicals are not largely behind comprehensive immigration reform, which is commonly taken to mean a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and, simultaneously, measures for improved enforcement of immigration law.
Read more at Deseret News.
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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Following a passionate and sometimes heated debate, the Oregon House approved a bill Friday that would extend resident college tuition rates to some young illegal immigrants.
After the vote count showed the bill had passed, supporters watching in the gallery stood up and, holding hands, raised their arms in celebration.
“When I saw those numbers I was very excited,” said Hugo Nicolas, 20, who said he entered the country illegally when he was 11. He wants to attend the University of Oregon to study economics and minor in Chinese.
Rep. Michael Dembrow, a Portland Democrat who sponsored the measure, called it a “historic” vote, an important educational and economic step for Oregon.
Read more at KATU.com
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PIERRE — South Dakota’s House of Representatives approved a proposal Friday that provides prenatal care for illegal immigrants, but not before engaging in a debate that pitted different conservative tenets against each other.
Republican supporters said the measure is “pro-life,” and that it was worth providing important care for unborn children even if their parents happened to be illegal immigrants.
But other Republicans objected, saying the benefit to the infants was outweighed by concerns about encouraging illegal immigration and by the cost to taxpayers of providing that care.
Read more at the Argus Leader.
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Criticizing a tentative agreement between the Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO to advance amnesty legislation, Sen Jeff Sessions (R-AL) denounced the Chamber’s obsession to obtain cheap labor from illegal immigration. Said Sessions, “The Chamber’s primary goal has never been to establish a lawful immigration system and secure our borders, but to get as much cheap labor as possible — regardless of how it impacts American workers, legal immigrants, and taxpayers in general.”
Read more at The Daily Caller.
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After a debate that included references to “jedi mind tricks” and “a galaxy far, far away,” the Colorado Senate on Friday gave initial approval to a bill allowing illegal immigrants to attend public colleges at the in-state tuition rate.
Under Senate Bill 33, students who graduate from high school and have attended a Colorado school for at least three years would be eligible for the in-state tuition rate regardless of immigration status.
The Senate gave the bill first-round approval on a voice vote, and it now needs a recorded vote before it can go to the House.
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Key senators are exploring an immigration bill that would force every U.S. worker—citizen or not—to carry a high-tech identity card that could use fingerprints or other personal markers to prove a person’s legal eligibility to work.
The idea, signaled only in vaguely worded language from senators crafting a bipartisan immigration bill, has privacy advocates and others concerned that the law would create a national identity card that, in time, could track Americans
at airports, hospitals and through other facets of their lives.
The lawmakers haven’t committed to the “biometric” ID card, and are wary of any element that might split the fragile coalition of Democrats, Republicans and outside organizations working toward agreement on a broad overhaul of immigration laws.
But at least five of the eight senators writing the bill have backed biometric ID cards in the past. At least three of them—Sens. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.)—have said they support requiring the cards under the new law but are open to other options, aides say.
Read more at The Wall Street Journal
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Some U.S.-based companies are discriminating against job-seeking American professionals and instead hiring job-hopping guest workers, including foreigners enrolled in colleges or holding H-1B visas.
The skewed hiring is visible in numerous online help-wanted ads, and in a legal settlement won this month by the Justice Department.
The ads use keywords — typically “OPT,” “CPT” or “H-1B” — to attract the attention of guest workers, while deterring applications by unemployed American professionals who normally search for conventional keywords, such as “software engineer,” “nurse,” “writer” or lawyer.”
“It’s discrimination,” said Donna Conroy, the executive director of Bright Future Jobs, a nonprofit trying to aid U.S. workers.
Read more at the Daily Caller
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A Reuters poll found that most Americans prefer that illegal aliens be encouraged to go home rather than given amnesty. Thirty perrcent said that most illegals should go home, and 23 precent said all of them should leave. Thirty-five percent said most should stay, and five percent said all should stay.
Read more at Digital Journal.
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Immigrants are gaining faster in the U.S. labor market at both the low and high ends of the pay scale than Americans, according to Labor Department data. Unemployment among immigrants declined from 9.7 percent in 2009 to 8.1 in 2012. During that same interval, unemployment for native-born workers declined from 9.2 percent to 8.1. According to one economist, this trend helps to make the economy more “efficient.”
Read more at Bloomberg News.
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