International Adoption Harmonization Act of 2010 Passed by House of Representatives

On July 20, 2010, the House of Representatives passed, by voice vote, the International Adoption Harmonization Act of 2010, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to adopted alien children.

The International Adoption Harmonization Act of 2010, HR 5532, will allow an adopted child to legally immigrate so long as the adoption is completed and the petition is filed before the child turns 18. The current age limit is 16. The bill would also restore an international adoption exemption that was inadvertently eliminated when the U.S. joined the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions.

posted by Tatiana, 21.07.2010
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Rupert Murdoch calls for immigration reform

The CEO of News Corp, the parent company of Fox News, has joined forces with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to call for comprehensive immigration reform that includes putting the estimated 12 million people illegally residing in the United States on a path to citizenship. Rupert Murdoch and Bloomberg went on Fox News this morning to explain their plan, which is called the Partnership for a New American Economy, and includes the CEOs of Boeing, Disney and Hewlett-Packard.

posted by Tatiana, 28.06.2010
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Clinton: Obama wants immigration reform passed this year

"Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton this week told an Ecuador television reporter that President Barack Obama is courting lawmakers' support for immigration reform and wants it to happen this year." The Hill, June 12, 2010.

posted by Tatiana, 12.06.2010
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April 29, 2010 Statement by President Obama on Immigration Reform Proposal

“It is the federal government's responsibility to enforce the law and secure our borders, as well as to set clear rules and priorities for future immigration. The continued failure of the federal government to fix the broken immigration system will leave the door open to a patchwork of actions at the state and local level that are inconsistent and as we have seen recently, often misguided.

The proposal outlined today in the Senate is a very important step in the process of fixing our nation’s broken immigration system. I am especially pleased to see that this detailed outline is consistent with the bipartisan framework presented by Senators Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham last month, and is grounded in the principles of responsibility and accountability. What has become increasingly clear is that we can no longer wait to fix our broken immigration system, which Democrats and Republicans alike agree doesn’t work. It’s unacceptable to have 11 million people in the United States who are living here illegally and outside of the system. I have repeatedly said that there are some essential components that must be in immigration legislation. It must call for stronger border security measures, tougher penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants and clearer rules for controlling future immigration. And it must require those who are here illegally to get right with the law, pay penalties and taxes, learn English, pass criminal background checks and admit responsibility before they are allowed to get in line and eventually earn citizenship.

The outline presented today includes many of these elements. The next critical step is to iron out the details of a bill. We welcome that discussion, and my Administration will play an active role in engaging partners on both sides of the aisle to work toward a bipartisan solution that is based on the fundamental concept of accountability that the American people expect and deserve.”

posted by Tatiana, 01.05.2010
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Statement by President Obama on March 11, 2010 Meetings on Immigration Reform

Today I met with Senators Schumer and Graham and was pleased to learn of their progress in forging a proposal to fix our broken immigration system. I look forward to reviewing their promising framework, and every American should applaud their efforts to reach across party lines and find commonsense answers to one of our most vexing problems. I also heard from a diverse group of grassroots leaders from around the country about the growing coalition that is working to build momentum for this critical issue. I am optimistic that their efforts will contribute to a favorable climate for moving forward. I told both the Senators and the community leaders that my commitment to comprehensive immigration reform is unwavering, and that I will continue to be their partner in this important effort.

posted by Tatiana, 13.03.2010
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Immigration Reform Is Next on President Obama’s Agenda

NY Mag
Next week President Obama plans to bring attention to the immigration issue by meeting with Senators Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham to discuss an immigration-reform bill they've been working on for a few months. Obama's hoping to get Congress moving on a bill before the midterm elections. According to the L.A. Times, the outline of a Schumer-Graham bill would include creating a "path toward citizenship" for the almost 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. The path would include registering with the government, paying a fine, and paying taxes.

posted by Tatiana, 08.03.2010
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President to meet with key senators on immigration

President Barack Obama plans to focus attention on immigration next week by meeting at the White House with two senators crafting a bill on the issue. White House spokesman Nicholas Shapiro said Obama will meet with Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Monday. The president is "looking forward to hearing more about their efforts toward producing a bipartisan bill," Shapiro said Friday.

posted by Tatiana, 08.03.2010
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Senators Kerry and Lugar Introduce the StartUp Visa Act of 2010

On 2/24/2010, Senators Kerry (D-MA) and Lugar (R-IN) announced the introduction of legislation, the StartUp Visa Act of 2010, which will allow immigrant entrepreneurs to receive a two year visa if they can show that a qualified U.S. investor is willing to invest a minimum of $250,000 in the immigrant's start-up venture.

posted by Tatiana, 24.02.2010
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What the President Really Said about Immigration Reform

In the State of the Union Address, the President reaffirmed his commitment to fixing our broken immigration system. His commitment wasn't as specific as many of the things he has said about immigration reform in the past. In fact, this glancing mention of immigration reform has already caused a backlash among activists--many of whom are disappointed that the message was too muted. But upon closer inspection, we might find the President's message of bipartisanship, American values and the importance of diversity translates into moving forward on immigration reform.

posted by Tatiana, 02.02.2010
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Legalization Program introduced by Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez

On December 15, 2009, Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP), in the House of Representatives. See The bill includes provisions dealing with family reunification, restoration of judicial discretion, and a generous legalization program. The 87 original co-sponsors of the bill include members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Black Caucus, Asian Pacific American Caucus, and Progressive Caucus.

"Our current immigration system fails to reflect the realities of 21st century America, and CIR ASAP begins to deal with these failings and sets us on a path towards enacting fair and humane immigration policies," said Mary Giovagnoli, Director of the Immigration Policy Center. "We need to move forward, even in tough economic times, if we wish to ensure the future growth and prosperity of our nation. Introduction of this bill jump starts the New Year, providing a vehicle for other lawmakers to react to and build upon. We expect many more proposals in the Senate and House in the coming months and urge lawmakers to make this a fact-based debate with the goal of passing reform in 2010."

"While the Gutierrez bill doesn't have all the answers, it begins the dialogue in Congress," said Ben Johnson, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council. "The bill reflects the political realities within the House of Representatives, and as such does not include some of the necessary reforms for ensuring economic prosperity which Gutierrez has long supported. It is clear that what makes good policy does not always make good politics. However, the bill makes a significant contribution to restoring due process and discretion to the immigration system, and serves as a starting point for bringing more voices to the table."

posted by Tatiana, 15.12.2009
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