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GOP wants Homeland Security exempt from environmental laws along borders

"In a move aimed at improving national security, House Republicans want to give the U.S. Border Patrol unprecedented authority to ignore 36 environmental laws on federal land in a 100-mile zone stretching along the Canadian and Mexican borders. If the legislation is approved, the Border...

Visa fairness bill has grassroots source

"Sundaram is not a professional lobbyist. He can't even vote. But in a feat that has stunned more jaded political observers, he and other Indian immigrants with little electoral power have helped bring a divided, hyperpartisan Congress to the brink of a rare accord. Indian immigrants...

Worker Bill Roils the Au Pair World

"The email sent ripples of fear among upscale parents: Au pair programs are in danger of ending, a possible victim of legislation now moving through Congress. The Senate immigration bill gives a hand to U.S. employers of foreign software developers, cruise-ship repairers and ski instructors. But...

White House: Immigration Bill Would Boost Agriculture, Rural Communities

"Immigration legislation pending in Congress would create jobs in rural communities and increase exports of fruits, vegetables and other products, the Obama administration said Monday as it tried turn up the heat on Republican opponents of the bill. In a White House report issued Monday , the administration...

Cal. Gov. Brown Signs Immigration Bills

" As advocates rally across the nation today to urge Congress to adopt comprehensive immigration reform, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation to enhance school, workplace and civil protections for California’s hardworking immigrants. “While Washington waffles on immigration...

Hazleton, Farmers Branch Petition USSC for Writs of Certiorari

"A city in Pennsylvania and one in Texas have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether they are allowed to enact legislation preventing those illegally living in the country from renting property in their cities — and in the Pennsylvania city's case, from working there too...

Immigration Legislation or Executive Action Will Shape Latino Vote

"Last summer, in the wake of the US Senate’s passage of S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” Latino Decisions, in concert with America’s Voice, identified three tiers of Democratically and Republican held competitive House...

California to Provide $3M in Legal Services for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

"A bill signed on Saturday by California Gov. Jerry Brown will provide $3 million to qualifying nonprofits to offer free legal assistance for child migrants . Nonprofit legal service providers handling the cases of recently-arrived child migrants from Central America say the demand for pro-bono...