Small communities in U.S. support immigration reform
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Small communities across the U.S. are finding ways to show support for their undocumented immigrant neighbors while the wait for immigration reform continues on Capitol Hill. Undocumented immigrants are enduring one of the most difficult periods in their history. As a recent investigation by the New York Times revealed, President Barack Obama’s administration has deported almost 2 million individuals, more than any other presidency in recent memory. However, the news doesn’t deter family and friends from gathering to discuss and advocate for new immigration policies in forums and organized action

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Preparing for a visa interview
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Individuals preparing for a visa interview should be aware of several important guidelines. Failure to follow these steps may result in the application being denied.

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Little hope for GOP on immigrants, study shows; legalization won’t change wave
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An influx of immigrants has boosted the Democratic Party, and that trend is set to continue. Even in places where Republicans support legalization of illegal immigrants, the party hasn’t been able to stem those changes, according to a study being released Tuesday.

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Nebraska Cattle Group Backs Immigration Resolution
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Nebraska lawmakers last week approved a resolution calling on Congress to pass comprehensive Immigration Reform.  Nebraska Cattlemen Association’s Legislative Director Laura Field says her group backed the measure since it was introduced. She says it was the final vote by Senators as they finished up the main run of their session Thursday night.

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Immigration activists arrested at civil rights meet
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While civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis was speaking on civil disobedience at the “We Shall Overcome” Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library, April 9, four immigration reform activists chained themselves around a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. on the University of Texas at Austin. The protest, organized by United We Dream, was to “protect Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of civil rights for all, including the immigrant community” and to call on President Barack Obama, who was scheduled to speak the next day, to “not only speak in memory of LBJ and what he was able to accomplish, but also be on the right side of history by keeping families together,” the group posted on their Facebook page.

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Served My Country. Then It Kicked Me Out
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I often think about Friday dinners with my family. Every Friday, no matter what, my wife and I took our two children out to eat; it was a ritual we looked forward to all week. We would sometimes try new restaurants, but my children’s favorite was the Olive Garden. My daughter loved to order Shirley Temples and my son always wanted whatever I was having, so I’d order two of the same meal for us.


Hoping for Asylum, Migrants Strain U.S. Border
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HIDALGO, Tex. — Border Patrol agents in olive uniforms stood in broad daylight on the banks of the Rio Grande, while on the Mexican side smugglers pulled up in vans and unloaded illegal migrants.

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Immigrants Release Ambitious Plan To Halt Deportations
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WASHINGTON — A group of undocumented and formerly undocumented immigrants released a set of ambitious demands for the president on Thursday: reduce deportations of many undocumented immigrants, terminate contracts with private prison companies, end key enforcement programs and renegotiate trade agreements.

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Pelosi: House GOP holding up immigration bill because of race
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali) told reporters Thursday that the Republican opposition to comprehensive immigration reform is fueled, at least partially, by race.

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Sen. Schumer Says Republicans Want Immigration Reform – But Don’t Want To Vote On It
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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat who was part of bipartisan group that drafted a comprehensive immigration reform bill last year, says that Republicans really would like to see such a measure pass in Congress, though individually they don’t want to vote on it.

The Senate bill, a sweeping measure that includes tightening border security, expanding foreign worker visas, and providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who pass a strict set of criteria, passed in June.

But the effort stalled when the issue moved to the House of Representatives, where a group of mostly conservative Republicans, who hold the majority, vowed not to approve any measure that allowed undocumented immigrants to legalize their status. They said it would be tantamount to rewarding lawbreakers.

In an interview on Monday with MSNBC, Schumer, who is from New York, said: “Most people are for immigration reform. Most Republicans, they’re in the vote-no, pray-yes caucus, they want it to pass as long as they don’t have to vote for it. I still think we have a chance to pass it this year.”

Schumer said that other Republicans in the House support comprehensive immigration reform, and that he remains confident that a bill will move forward this year.

He speculated that the summer, when Tea Party primaries will have ended, is when immigration reform stands the best chance of gaining traction in Congress.

Schumer said many Republicans realize they need to move a reform bill forward to avoid being blamed at election time as the reason that nothing was done about the flawed immigration system.

“The leadership of the caucus realizes one thing, they won’t do it in 2015, because you have the Republican primaries pulling to the right,” Schumer said on MSNBC. “And [not doing it] most certainly means they’re going to lose in 2016.”

Schumer said that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, are examples of GOP members who are open to overhauling immigration laws in such a way that tightens enforcement but also provides a path to legal status.

On Sunday, Bush, a prospective 2016 presidential candidate, said in an interview with Fox News Channel that those who come into the country illegally generally do so because they had no other means to provide for their family, and what they did is “not a felony.”

“It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family,” Bush said. “I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime. There should be a price paid, but it shouldn’t rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families.”

Schumer said about Bush: “He’s showing where people are at…Jeb Bush represents the more positive wing of the Republican Party…We have a good chance of passing it this year. Speaker Boehner wants to do it.”

Earlier this year, Boehner unveiled a non-binding set of immigration “principles” that, among other things, calls for allowing people who are in the United States unlawfully to legalize their status. But later Boehner seemed to back away from the document, saying that many Republicans were reluctant to pass comprehensive immigration reform because they do not trust President Barack Obama to enforce immigration laws.