ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Legislation to provide financial aid and other assistance to college-bound illegal immigrants is gaining political support in New York a year after the idea withered in Albany and Washington.
The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act is being pushed by powerful Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Now, fellow Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Republicans who share control of the state Senate are interested in discussing the bill.
Known as the Dream Act, the bill would provide a way to help poor immigrant families afford college through the state Tuition Assistance Plan and academic assistance programs. It would also create a commission to raise money for scholarships.
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Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) on Tuesday said he hopes legislation aimed at retaining foreign-born engineers and graduates with advanced technical degrees won’t be held “hostage” in the political battle over comprehensive immigration reform.
Moran said he plans to introduce an updated version of his Startup Act 2.0 this month, which includes a provision that would create a new visa allowing foreign students who graduate with a master’s or Ph.D. in engineering, science or math fields from a U.S. university to get a green card. The bill also includes measures that would ease tax and regulatory rules, as well as support university initiatives to bring research to the marketplace more quickly.
Moran said he’s been told that the bill would stand a better chance of passing if he removed the visa provision, but he contends that the measure is the most critical part of the bill.
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With leaders from both parties calling on Congress to take up immigration reform this year, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has been meeting with news outlets and conservative opinion-shapers to lay out his vision for a plan that would offer temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants. Those applying would have to pass background checks and other tests designed to eventually lead from permanent residency to citizenship.
Though he has not yet introduced legislation, in trumpeting his sweeping proposals Rubio has seized a torch that in recent years burned several similarly ambitious Republican politicians. But in a sign of how quickly the parameters of the debate on this issue have shifted since President Obama’s re-election, prominent conservatives — many of whom were vocal in their opposition to previous similar plans — have been lavishing praise on Rubio’s ideas for reform.
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Sen. Dick Durbin (R-IL), a leading amnesty advocate in the Senate, said chances are good that the Senate will pass legislation granting legal status to illegal aliens. He described such legislation as “comprehensive immigration reform,” the term amnesty supporters use to describe their agenda. Durbin said he didn’t know about chances for passage in the House.
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Despite widespread unemployment of Americans in high-tech fields, President Obama called for more foreign high-tech workers in his inaugural address. Specifically, he maintained that foreigners graduating from U.S. universities with advanced degrees in engineering, math and science should be allowed to remain and take American jobs.
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California’s Hispanic population is slated to become the state’s majority ethnicity by the end of this year according to a new report by the governor’s office.
New ethnicity trends outlined in Gov Jerry Brown’s 2013-14 budget proposal revealed the state’s expected new majority while reasoning the state’s declining birth rates and increasing migration as causes.
As early as July Hispanics are expected to be equal in size to non-Hispanic whites before outpacing them, according to the report, with both demographics in that month reaching 39 per cent of the population.
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(CNSNews.com) – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Monday, said the federal government should stop deporting “non-serious criminal” aliens as a means of making the nation safer.
“It is time to put an end to the practice of deporting non-serious criminals,” said Villaraigosa. “Our neighborhoods will be safer and our families will be more secure.
“Now this is an ambitious agenda,” he said. “But immigration reform cannot wait another political season. Already we’re hearing the voices of those who did not learn the lessons of November or who have chosen to ignore them. This isn’t the right year, they say. The agenda is too crowded, they caution.
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The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is required to issue a driver’s license to an immigrant who has received the two-year reprieve from deportation known as “deferred action” from federal immigration authorities, according to an opinion from Grayson G. Kelley, the state chief deputy attorney general.
“It is … our opinion that individuals who have been granted deferred action … are lawfully present in the United States during the period of deferment,” Kelley said in a letter today to DMV Acting Commissioner J. Eric Boyette. “As such N.C. (law), which states that DMV shall issue a driver’s license of limited duration to persons who present valid documentation demonstrating deferment and meet all other statutory requirements, requires that such licenses be issued.”
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There’s a California population shift with Asian immigrants replacing Latin America as the primary source of the state’s immigrants.
Census figures show the flow of Asians coming to California is more than two times greater than the flow from Latin America.
Public Policy Institute co-director Hans Johnson said the shift is astounding…
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Everyone who has filed a tax return has noticed the section devoted to claiming
“dependents,” each one of which reduces the taxpayer’s taxable income by around
Pets do not count as dependents. Normally, only US citizens
and US residents can be claimed as dependents, but Internal Revenue Code section
152(b)(3)(A) provides that a dependent can be a resident of Canada or Mexico,
without having to be a citizen or resident of the United
Technically, the rule applies to residents of any country
“contiguous” to the United States.
In contrast, foreigners who are residents
of other countries cannot be claimed as dependents for tax purposes, no matter
how dependent they are on the taxpayer for real life purposes.
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