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.”
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The United States Department of Agriculture has been working to dispel immigrants’ concerns that getting on Food Stamps will harm their chances of becoming U.S. citizens.
The USDA addresses those fears in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp, brochures it distributes to Mexican consulates as part of its “partnership” with the Mexican government “to help educate eligible Mexican nationals living in the United States about available nutrition assistance.”
In one portion of the brochure, USDA’s text asks, “If I get on SNAP benefits, will I be a ‘public charge?’” The brochure then answers: “No. You and your family can apply for and receive SNAP benefits without hurting your chance of becoming U.S. citizens.”
The brochure further advises immigrants that members of their family could qualify for food stamps, even if they do not.
“If you are not eligible due to your immigration status, your legal immigrant or citizen children may still qualify,” the brochure reads. ”You do not have to provide immigration information about yourself when you apply for your legal immigrant or citizen children.”
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DENVER – Lawmakers on both sides of the immigration debate were outraged this weekend after components of a White House proposal outlining a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens was leaked to the media.
The Obama proposal, which was initially revealed by USA Today, would create a new 4-year, multiple-entry visa for illegal immigrants who pay a fee, provide biometric information such as fingerprints, and submit to some form of criminal background check.
The visa would provide illegal immigrants with legal status, allowing them to remain in the U.S. pending processing of their application, and permit them to leave the U.S. for short visits – privileges which are not currently available to many legal U.S. visa holders, or foreigners applying to immigrate to the U.S. legally.
News reports also suggest that illegal aliens who have committed crimes – including those who have spent short periods of time in local jails or done prison time – would be eligible for the visa.
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A Spanish-only Website. A Twitter account aimed at Latinos. New staff members focused uniquely on building relationships with Hispanics.
It’s all part of a new quiet but emphatic effort underway by Republicans in the House of Representatives — including some of the most conservative members of Congress — to try to repair their image with Hispanics.
The campaign, unprecedented for House Republicans, will debut on Monday, when @GOPEspanol appears on Twitter, said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the chairperson of the House Republican Conference.
And plans for it are ambitious, said McMorris Rodgers, who embodies the change in philosophy, having come a long way since backing hawkish immigration bills years ago.
She said that under consideration are a a Spanish-language website, providing Spanish versions of press releases, establishing ties with Spanish-language media and news organizations that target Latinos in English, meeting with leaders of Latino organizations from around the country and sending GOP members to Latino conferences and events in their home districts, she said.
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In-state tuition for immigrant students without documents is headed for a vote in the Oregon House.
The House Higher Education Committee voted 7-2 Monday to approve House Bill 2787. Similar bills in 2003 and 2011 failed to get out of committees in the House after passing the Senate.
The bill would allow state universities to charge in-state tuition if students meet specified conditions, including five years in U.S. schools and three in Oregon, graduation from high school or its equivalent in Oregon, and proof of intent to seek citizenship or legal status in the United States.
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Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions is accusing the Obama administration of failing to enforce a century-old law meant to prevent immigrants from taking root in the U.S. only to live on the government dole — after the administration reported it did not cite anyone for this last year.
“Virtually no one one is being examined before they enter the country on whether or not they’ll … immediately begin to depend on government welfare,” Sessions, R-Ala., top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, told Fox News.
As Congress weighs new immigration legislation, Sessions said any reform package “has got to end that.”
Sessions turned up new statistics from the Department of Homeland Security last week showing what he describes as a startling trend. DHS reported how relatively few immigrants are being turned away on the grounds that they are likely to become a “public charge” — or individuals who depend on welfare programs — despite a 100-year-old law that’s supposed to prevent this.
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GOP Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) expressed doubt that amnesty for illegal aliens would win significant Hispanic support for Republicans. Said Burgess, “People make a mistake when they think all Hispanics want is to see an amnesty program, and then they’re going to love Republicans again.” He noted that a Republican president signing the 1986 amnesty did not yield a strong Hispanic vote for GOP presidential contender George H.W. Bush in 1988.
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Forty percent of illegal aliens are not border crossers, but people who came on legal visas and then remained in the US. in violation our law. Congress authorized an effective tracking system in 2001 to determine whether visa holders leave, but it is still not operational. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) supports amnesty, but says it should not happen until a tracking system is in place. The Obama Administration has not shown particular interest in tightening the tracking system.
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Passing an amnesty for illegal aliens simply would repeat the negative consequences of previous amnesties. Also it would mean that illegal immigrants would keep American jobs, while eight percent of Americans are unemployed. Furthermore, amnesty would accelerate our rapid population growth, thereby placing great stress on our resources and infrastructure.
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WASHINGTON — A draft of a White House immigration proposal obtained by USA TODAY would allow illegal immigrants to become legal permanent residents within eight years.
The plan also would provide for more security funding and require business owners to check the immigration status of new hires within four years. In addition, the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants could apply for a newly created “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” visa, under the draft bill being written by the White House.
If approved, they could then apply for the same provisional legal status for their spouse or children living outside the country, according to the draft.
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