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Illinois to Expand Services Offered to Immigrants at Welcome Centers

Illinois to Expand Services Offered to Immigrants at Welcome Centers

Illinois, which in 2007 opened its first welcome center for immigrants, continues to expand those services with an eye toward becoming the state that treats immigrants the best, according to a report presented Thursday by Gov. Pat Quinn. continue reading »

Small Business Owners Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Small Business Owners Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Small business owners throughout the United States have a pulse on the goings on within their local communities. They recognize that immigrant workers and their families are also consumers, which helps to create additional jobs and bolster local economies. Within that context, two new polls highlight small business owners’ perspectives of immigration and its positive effects on the ground in communities. Overwhelmingly, the surveys show small business owners, regardless of political affiliation, support comprehensive immigration reform. continue reading »

U.S. Extends Temporary Protected Status for Hondurans, Nicaraguans

U.S. Extends Temporary Protected Status for Hondurans, Nicaraguans

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Honduras and Nicaragua for an additional 18 months, beginning July 6, 2013, and ending Jan. 5, 2015. continue reading »

Arizona’s Own Border Fence Facing Obstacles

Arizona’s Own Border Fence Facing Obstacles

After nearly two years of preparation, an Arizona state senator says a plan will be unveiled in a few weeks to build a fence along the border with Mexico to keep out illegal immigrants. continue reading »

AP Says Adios and Bans Use of Term “Illegal Immigrant”

AP Says Adios and Bans Use of Term “Illegal Immigrant”

Associated Press (AP), the world’s oldest and largest newsgathering organization, announced it will no longer be using the term “illegal” in their AP Stylebook to describe people living in the country illegally. continue reading »

While Rubio Pauses on Immigration Chicago Unites to Push for Immigration Reform

While Rubio Pauses on Immigration Chicago Unites to Push for Immigration Reform

While Republican Senator Marco Rubio is attempting to slow down the momentum on comprehensive immigration reform, Chicago business leaders are uniting to push for its passage. continue reading »

As Immigration Reform Looms, What Comes Next?

As Immigration Reform Looms, What Comes Next?

If there was ever a doubt about what the majority of Americans are thinking regarding immigrants and immigration, a just-published Pew Research Center for People & the Press study has put an emphatic period at the end of it. continue reading »

Foreign Passports Can No Longer Be Used as ID in Georgia

Foreign Passports Can No Longer Be Used as ID in Georgia

Georgia's Republican-controlled state legislature has passed a bill that would prohibit the use of foreign passports as identification, a measure that some organizations say could leave many immigrants without access to basic services. continue reading »

Lawmakers Fighting Over Guest-Workers Portion of Immigration Bill

Lawmakers Fighting Over Guest-Workers Portion of Immigration Bill

Differences over the size and details of a guest-worker program are the major obstacle to a bipartisan accord on immigration reform, The Washington Post reported. Republicans, allied with the business community, want to see up to 400,000 visas a year issued to foreigners willing to fill mainly low-paying positions. continue reading »

PEW STUDY: 71% of Americans Feel Undocumented Should be Allowed to Stay

PEW STUDY: 71% of Americans Feel Undocumented Should be Allowed to Stay

A new survey finds that seven-in-ten Americans (71%) say there should be a way for people in the United States illegally to remain in this country if they meet certain requirements, while 27% say they should not be allowed to stay legally. continue reading »