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Apr 23, 2013

Immigration bill could fix some Boston security issues: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top Obama administration official said on Tuesday that an immigration bill starting to move through Congress would fix some border control weaknesses that may have contributed to last week’s Boston Marathon bombings.

The immigration to the United States of two ethnic Chechen brothers who are suspects in the bombings has become a point of controversy in the early debate over the legislation, with some conservatives saying that Congress should now go slower.

Apr 22, 2013

Immigration bill debate sidetracked following Boston bombings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional advocates of comprehensive U.S. immigration legislation were diverted into a sometimes testy debate on Monday over whether the measure should be delayed because of questions arising from the Boston Marathon bombing allegedly carried out by two immigrant brothers.

The idea of holding up the legislation gained some ground with the support of U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, a prominent Republican who in the past supported immigration reform. However, the highest-ranking Republican in Washington, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner of Ohio said he saw no reason for the bombings to delay the debate.

Apr 22, 2013

Immigration bill debate sidetracked by Boston terror issues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional advocates of comprehensive immigration legislation were diverted into a sometimes testy debate on Monday over whether the measure should be delayed because of questions arising from the Boston Marathon bombing allegedly carried out by two immigrant brothers.

The idea of holding up the legislation gained some ground with the support of Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky but it was rejected by the highest-ranking Republican in Washington, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.

Apr 19, 2013

Boston bombing edges into U.S. immigration debate in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An already contentious immigration bill became the lightning rod for more controversy on Friday when a senior Republican senator linked the measure to the hunt in Massachusetts for a suspected Boston Marathon bomber.

“Given the events of this week, it is important for us to understand the gaps and loopholes in our immigration system,” Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa said.

Apr 17, 2013

Senators start hard work of selling immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday began trying to sell a freshly written, 844-page immigration bill knowing that changes will be made but vowing to protect the pillars of what they hope will become a landmark law.

The ambitious plan already has won some powerful backing. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, on Wednesday called it a “very strong bill,” promising, “I will do everything in my power to get this legislation across the finish line.”

Apr 16, 2013

Obama endorses bipartisan U.S. immigration overhaul

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday embraced a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s immigration system put forward by a bipartisan group of senators, saying it was “largely consistent” with his own principles for immigration reform.

Obama, who had said previously that he would submit his own bill if not satisfied with the Senate proposal, urged Congress to “quickly move” the bill forward and that he was “willing to do whatever it takes” to help.

Apr 16, 2013

U.S. senators unveil immigration reform bill

WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) – A group of Democratic and
Republican U.S. senators on Tuesday unveiled long-awaited
landmark legislation to remove the threat of deportation for
millions of illegal immigrants and give them an opportunity to
eventually become U.S. citizens.

Under the proposal, undocumented immigrants who came to the
United States before Dec. 31, 2011, and had stayed in the
country continuously could apply for “provisional” legal status
as soon as six months after the bill is signed by the president.

Apr 16, 2013

Factbox – Major provisions of U.S. Senate immigration reform bill

By Richard Cowan

(Reuters) – A bipartisan group of eight senators on Tuesday unveiled an outline of legislation to revamp U.S. immigration policy for the first time since 1986.

The proposal has three overriding goals: to create a path to legal status and ultimately citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants; to secure U.S. borders against illegal entry; and to make it easier for industry, particularly high-tech industry and agriculture, to hire workers from abroad when needed.

Apr 16, 2013

Factbox: Major provisions of Senate immigration reform bill

By Richard Cowan

(Reuters) – A bipartisan group of eight senators on Tuesday unveiled an outline of legislation to revamp immigration policy for the first time since 1986.

The proposal has three overriding goals: to create a path to legal status and ultimately citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants; to secure U.S. borders against illegal entry; and to make it easier for industry, particularly high-tech industry and agriculture, to hire workers from abroad when needed.

Apr 16, 2013

U.S. senators unveil bipartisan immigration bill

WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of U.S.
senators on Tuesday unveiled long-awaited landmark legislation
to remove the threat of deportation for millions of illegal
immigrants, giving them an opportunity to apply for permanent
legal status within 10 years and eventually for U.S.
citizenship.

Under the proposal, undocumented immigrants who came to
America before Dec. 31, 2011 and stayed continuously could apply
for “provisional” legal status as soon as six months after the
bill is signed by the president.

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