Senator Chuck Schumer to lead new effort at immigration reform
A major effort to swing at least five key Republican senators behind immigration reform will be the key task of Senator Charles Schumer of New York, who is leading the effort in the senate to create new legislation.
Tens of thousands of Irish undocumented are among those anxiously awaiting new efforts this year to bring about reform. The last effort to create a bill, called the Kennedy/McCain immigration bill failed when Republicans refused to support it.
Religious leaders step up role in immigration reform
Many faith-based organizations have traditionally served as a first stop for immigrants — legal and illegal — who need help navigating American society.
Church leaders have held prayer vigils and recited lines of Scripture, telling their congregants the Bible preaches compassion for strangers. And they’ve offered educational and support services, in some cases providing a safe haven for those in the country illegally, and advocated independently for the rights of strangers in a foreign land.
N.J. bill on in-state tuition for illegal immigrants advances
By Adrienne Lu
Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON – A bill to allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities cleared committees in both houses of the Legislature yesterday after several hours of impassioned debate.
“It is a matter of simple fairness that students who have grown up in New Jersey, graduated from high school in New Jersey, and are the future of New Jersey, be given the simple dignity of being able to go to college here as well,” said Assemblywoman Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D., Camden), a sponsor.
AZ Republicans launch site for Hispanics
Associated Press – January 5, 2010 6:24 AM ET
PHOENIX (AP) – The Arizona Republican Party says Hispanics are playing an increasingly integral role in the state’s politics, so the party is launching a new Web site focused on their issues and concerns.
Party chairman Randy Pullen says too often Hispanics in Arizona have felt left out of the political system. He says the Web site will be aimed at engaging those who are looking for a new way to get involved in shaping the state’s future.
Swing states may be on the move
The voter sentiments that put Democrats on top in 2008 could turn against the party in November’s midterm. Obama’s proposals for healthcare, the economy and immigration could deepen divisions.
Reporting from Searchlight, Nev. – A commotion unfolds in the tiny public library here as the staff searches for a copy of the memoir written by Harry Reid, Senate Democratic leader and Searchlight native.
“Has anyone seen Harry’s book?” a librarian calls out.
A local patron grabs a trash can and peers inside: “It’s not where it’s supposed to be,” he says.
Obama, congressional leaders plot final health care strategy
1. President Obama will convene a meeting with the top four Democrats in the House and Senate — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) will be at the White House while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and Majority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) will participate via phone — later today to discuss the end-game strategy for the administration’s health care bill.
Costly case raises issues of immigration, health care
For Jeanne d’Arc Kayembe, the trip to Washington in May 2007 was meant to be a month-long respite from an abusive boyfriend and a chance to visit relatives before going home to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to have her first child.
But searing abdominal pains sent Kayembe, who was six months pregnant, to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. After relieving her pain, a doctor told her to stay in bed and not return to Kinshasa until after she had delivered her baby.
SEIU embraces Limbaugh praise
Rush Limbaugh’s recent hospitalization in Hawaii became an immediate debating point, with the radio host pointing to his excellent care as a sign that the system is “working just fine, just dandy,” and liberals arguing that Hawaii’s working system — with a strong employer mandate — looks more like the Obama model than does much of America.
R.I. Hispanic clergy group denounces census boycott
Galvanized by a national Hispanic evangelical group’s proposed U.S. Census boycott, a newly reactivated Rhode Island Hispanic clergy coalition is urging all immigrants to participate in Census 2010.
“We feel we needed to come out and create a balance” in the debate, said the Rev. Juan Francisco Jr., of the Hispanic Coalition of Pastors and Ministries of Rhode Island.
Indigenous immigrants to be counted in 2010 Census
MADERA, Calif. (AP) – For most people, describing themselves on the U.S. Census form will be as easy as checking a box: White. Black. American Indian.
But it’s not so simple for indigenous immigrants – the Native Americans of Mexico and Central America. They often need more than one box because their ancestry can cover multiple Census categories, and they must also overcome a significant language barrier and a mistrust of government.
Ariz. border agent fatally shoots suspected illegal immigrant
DOUGLAS – Authorities say an illegal immigrant was shot and killed after he attacked a U.S. Border Patrol agent with rocks in southern Arizona.
Border Patrol spokesman Omar Candelaria says the shooting happened Monday morning after the agent and his dog encountered the man in the area of “D” Hill just outside of Douglas. The man assaulted the agent with rocks and the agent shot back.