Immigration

President Obama: Possible to Reform Immigration Policies in the First Half of 2013

January 31, 2013

“”I´m hopeful that this can get done, and I don´t think that it should take many, many months. I think this is something we should be able to get done certainly this year and I´d like to see if we could get it done sooner, in the first half of the year if possible,” Obama said.”

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In 2012, U.S. Border Patrol Arrests Along the U.S.-Mexico Border Increased by 9%

January 30, 2013

“Last year’s increase marks a reversal. Apprehensions peaked in 2005 at 1.2 million and had been steadily dropping every year since as first President George W. Bush and then Mr. Obama committed more manpower and resources to the border.”

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CBS News Poll: 51% of Americans Support Path to Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants

January 30, 2013

“Twenty-four percent say they should have to leave the country, according to a CBS News poll released Monday night.”

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Senator John McCain (R-AZ): We Cannot Have 11 Million People Living in the Shadows

January 29, 2013

“”I hope that as more Americans see this proposal, that they will understand that we cannot have, forever, 11 million people living in the shadows in this country,” he added.”

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White House Releases Its Own Illegal Immigration Reform Proposal

January 29, 2013

“First, continue to strengthen our borders. Second, crack down on companies that hire undocumented workers. Third, hold undocumented immigrants accountable before they can earn their citizenship… Fourth, streamline the legal immigration system for families, workers, and employers.”

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President Obama on Immigration Reform: I’ll Make Proposal of Congress Fails to Act in a “Timely” Manner

January 29, 2013

““If Congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, I will send a bill based on my proposal and insist that they vote on it right away,” he said.”

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President Obama on Immigration Reform: “Shadow Economy” Must Be Brought To Light So Everyone Can Be Held Accountable

January 29, 2013

““They broke the rules … those are the facts, nobody disputes them,” he said, but adding that those 11 million workers now reside in our nation and earn wages. “[This] shadow economy must be brought into the light so that everyone can be held accountable.””

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White House: President Obama Calls For Same-Sex Illegal Immigration Equality

January 29, 2013

“Although Mr. Obama did not say it in his speech, the White House is also proposing that the United States treat same-sex couples the same as other families, meaning that people would be able to use their relationship as a basis to obtain a visa.”

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Speaking in Nevada, President Obama Calls For Tighter Border Security, Cracking Down on Employers, and More Temporary Visas

January 29, 2013

“His speech, on the heels of the bipartisan Senate proposal, sets the terms for one of the year’s landmark legislative debates.”

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Speaking in Nevada, President Obama Praises Bipartisan Senate Immigration Reform Proposal

January 29, 2013

“Seizing on a groundswell of support for rewriting the nation’s immigration laws, President Obama challenged Congress on Tuesday to act swiftly to put 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States on a clear path to citizenship.”

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Freshman Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX): Illegal Immigration Reform Bill Unfair to Law-Abiding Immigrants

January 28, 2013

“Cruz praised some facets of the proposal, notably an increase in resources going toward border security and efforts aimed at making legal immigration less burdensome.”

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Analysis: Illegal Immigration into the United States Has Declined Since 2007

January 28, 2013

“The key reason for the drop is that overall Hispanic immigration from Mexico and Latin America has slowed significantly since the financial crisis hit.”

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U.S. Senate Bipartisan Immigration Reform Details

January 28, 2013

“The senators’ plan would require those here illegally to register with the federal government and pass a background check. They would have to pay a fine and back taxes to earn a “probationary legal status,” according to a document outlining the program.”

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Eight Bipartisan U.S. Senators Reach Agreement on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

January 28, 2013

“According to a five-page document provided to POLITICO, the sweeping proposal — agreed to in principle by eight senators — would seek to overhaul the legal immigration system as well as create a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s roughly 11 million illegal immigrants.”

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Senator John McCain (R-AZ): “Time Is Right” For Immigration Reform

January 27, 2013

“Republican John McCain of the border state of Arizona, said on ABC’s “This Week” program that the group still had hard work ahead but that he was pleased with the progress and that the principles of a comprehensive plan would be put forth this week.”

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