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Businesses Back Push Full Citizenship For Silicon Valley Green Card Holders

March 18, 2014 - CBS San Francisco Bay Area

SAN JOSE (KCBS) — The path to citizenship for permanent resident card holders in Silicon Valley may become easier as a number of Silicon Valley companies announced on Monday that they are getting directly involved in helping eligible employees become citizens—for free. Nokia, DTZ, Technology Credit Union and ABM were at the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce to announcing their joining “the Bethlehem Project”—a year-old, nonprofit program that provides funds and assistance for employees who have the documents – often called a green card – including on-site citizenship classes.

Obama meets with immigration advocates in wake of criticism over his record on deportations

March 14, 2014 - McClatchy

President Obama was meeting Friday with a host of immigration advocates -- a day after he said he’d direct his administration to find a more “humane” way to enforce immigration laws. Facing a backlash from Hispanic groups for an aggressive record of deportations, the White House said Thursday night that Obama had told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that he’d asked Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to do an inventory of the department’s current practices “to see how it can conduct enforcement more humanely within the confines of the law.”

Catholics, evangelicals press GOP on immigration

March 12, 2014 - Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of Catholic bishops, evangelical leaders and advocates pressured top House Republicans to vote this year on overhauling immigration in a series of private meetings on Wednesday. With legislation stalled in the House and prospects dimming, proponents argued that action is a moral imperative and offered the unique, united front of Catholics and evangelicals imploring the House to move ahead.

A plea for open doors but governments are averting their ears

February 22, 2014 - The Economist

Traditionally, companies have allied themselves with conservative political parties that champion free enterprise and low taxes. But there is one issue where businesses and right-wing politicians do not see eye to eye: immigration. Most conservatives oppose free movement of labour, whereas business generally wants fewer immigration controls. The technology industry in particular is keen to attract the brightest staff from all over the world, and ideally to group all their best engineers in the same place, usually in California.

Immigrant group fetes Miami lawyer, Spanish chef

February 20, 2014 - Miami Herald

A Spanish chef and a Cuban-born attorney will get top honors for their work on behalf of the nation's immigrants in South Florida. Greenberg Traurig Executive Chairman Cesar Alvarez and award-winning chef and restaurateur Jose Andres received the 13th annual Keepers of the American Dream Award and will be feted Thursday during a reception at Andres' Miami Beach restaurant The Bazaar. Spanish native Andres owns restaurants around the country, including Jaleo And Zaytinya in Washington, D.C. and has taught at Harvard and George Washington universities.

Living in the shadows: Detention centers deaths raise immigrant rights questions.

February 19, 2014 - New America Media

In our Living in the Shadows series, news organizations from around the country joined together to bring to light the interplay between immigration status and health. Many immigrants feel isolated and alone in America – suffering that can turn toxic over time. We will show where health systems fail some of the most vulnerable among us and highlight effective solutions to common conditions.

Immigration reform threatens to fracture wounded GOP

February 18, 2014 - The Globe and Mail

The long campaign to reshape U.S. immigration laws has stalled as Republicans wrestle with internal divisions over an issue that could hold the key to the party’s future. Immigration reform was supposed to be the rare area where both major political parties were keen to demonstrate progress: Democrats have long promised legislative fixes but never delivered, while Republicans want to repair their standing with Hispanic voters after getting snubbed in the 2012 elections.

Immigration groups turn to anger

February 10, 2014 - Politico

Immigration reform advocates are done playing nice with House Republicans. After holding their fire for years at the urging of the Obama administration, several immigration reform groups now plan to unleash their anger at the right. A new, more aggressive campaign kicks off Tuesday, when these groups say they will begin confronting Republican lawmakers at public appearances, congressional hearings and events back in home districts. The goal: Shame Republicans in swing districts into taking up the issue — or make them pay at the ballot box in November.

Chuck Schumer floats 2017 immigration plan

February 09, 2014 - Politico

The Gang of Eight leader’s plan: Pass a law this year, but don’t allow it to actually start taking place until 2017 – when President Barack Obama leaves office. That’s meant to target the heart of House GOP resistance to taking up immigration measures this year – that they simply don’t trust Obama to implement the law, particularly provisions on border security and interior enforcement.

Immigration activists fear House GOP is backing off reform

February 07, 2014 - MSNBC

Boehner’s comments that immigration bills would “difficult to move” until Obama can improve his standing with Republicans came just days after House GOP leaders released a rough framework for immigration reform that included a legalization program for undocumented immigrants. The Senate passed a bipartisan bill last June addressing the same broad issues raised in the House principles.

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