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Discharge Petition on Immigration today

The House Democrats will be filing a “discharge petition” today on the immigration bill HR15 Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization introduced in the House.  218 votes are needed to pass the bill. Call your House Representative and tell them to vote for the bill! A Discharge Petition is defined as follows: A discharge petition is[…]

Republican Immigration ‘Principles’- Here Is The Document

Today, the long awaited immigration principles were released.  Here is the document. DRAFT Standards for Immigration Reform 1 29 14. In essence, regarding a pathway to citizenship, citizenship will be considered for youth who entered as children but everyone else will have the opportunity to legalize. To become legal, people will have to do the following:[…]

State of the Union Speech 2014- Let’s Get Immigration Reform Done This Year!

In a boyount State of the Union speech this evening, President Obama showed determination that he would act alone where Congress impedes action.  On several occasions he reiterated this sentiment.  For immigration reform, he said the following: “Finally, if we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders,[…]

The Republican’s Elusive Immigration ‘Principles’- Still Waiting

At a stalemate and stagnant position on the immigration politics front- there has been a glimmer of hope as discussions of a new set of ‘principles’ emerged a couple of weeks ago.  It is hoped that the GOP will release the principles that will reflect their thoughts on what immigration reform should entail. We all[…]

Immigration reform: To be or not to be, that is the question!

 What a whirlwind of a year! So close (to immigration reform) yet still so very far. Here is what happened on the comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) front to remind you.  In April 2013, the US Senate dropped bill S. 744 Border Security Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act (‘CIR bill’).   On June 28, 2013, the[…]

While debates continue on illegal immigration, the wealthy and talented go elsewhere.

While debates continue on illegal immigration, the wealthy and talented go elsewhere. -Tahmina Watson Recently history shows the world competing for the wealthy and the talented reaffirming the importance of immigrants. The wealthy, predominantly Chinese, are being enticed by the privilege of working and living in the best places.  Governments are vying for the talented,[…]

President Shows Understanding During Immigration Reform Speech

President Obama called for common sense immigration reform today during a speech in San Francisco.  Towards the end of the speech, some young attendees (presumably Dreamers ) started chanting “stop deportations’.  It became loud and unruly pretty quicky.  However, the President asked his security members not to remove the protestors and explained why he cannot[…] – Joe Green – Tahmina Watson – October 16th Happy Hour – Be There! will be in Seattle again to continue their hard work generating support for immigration reform!  There will be a happy hour on October 16th in downtown Seattle (see below).  It will be an exciting event as the President of Joe Green himself will be making an appearance! We are also proud to tell[…]

House Immigration Reform Bill Will Include Path to Citizenship

“It is important to Americans!”  That is what Nancy Pelosi said Just a few moments ago about a path to citizenship. The House Democrats held a press conference announcing their introdction to a bipartisan bill for comprehensive immigration reform (CIR).  H.R. 15 “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act”.  It was discussed that the[…]

Finally, Real Prospects of a House Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill!

Finally something newsworthy on the immigration reform front! For months, we have been hearing about a bipartisan House comprehensive immigration reform bill. Dubbed the House Gang of 7, the bipartisan House representatives were drafting their own version of immigration reform.  However, despite so much speculation, last week two Republican members deflected from the group, thereby[…]