Immigration Newsletter

Friday, January 31, 2014

Republicans’ Immigration Blueprint Leaves Party at Odds and Democrats Hopeful -

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — The House Republican leadership’s call on Thursday to provide legal status for 11 million undocumented workers, and possible citizenship for those brought to this country as children, caused sharp division within the party even as it provided a starting point for negotiations with Democrats on overhauling the nation’s immigration system.
Many Republicans rejected the one-page “standards for immigration reform” outright, and others said now was not the time for a legislative push on a number of contentious issues in an election year with trends going their way. Even their leader was cautious about where the issue will go from here.
“It’s time to deal with it, but how you deal with it is critically important,” Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio said Thursday at the Republican leaders’ annual issues conference retreat here. “It’s one thing to pass a law. It’s another thing to have the confidence of the American people behind that law.”

A closed-door discussion on immigration at the retreat was described by a House member as “very passionate,” with a “sizable bloc” opposing the leadership’s position. Members took turns expressing their distrust of President Obama and Senate Democrats as negotiating partners, and many of the Republicans said they were torn over whether to turn the principles into an actual legislative effort.

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my comment~
I hope and believe that this is the time for Immigration Reform. It sounds like all the GOP primaries are being accelerated this year. It would be good to get those out of the way to make a safe space for a vote on immigration without it accruing to the benefit of a TParty challenger.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

NH Immigration Lawyer Blog: NH Immigration Attorney Jillian LaCroix has articl...

NH Immigration Lawyer Blog: NH Immigration Attorney Jillian LaCroix has articl...: Reblogged from NH Bar News Bar News - January 15, 2014 Criminal Law:  Out of the Store & Out of the Country By:  Jillian LaCroix ...

Want to know where immigrants are coming from? Department of State report for FY2013

Here is a link to the US Department of State Reports on visa issued. Some parts of the report only include people who processed their cases outside of the United States and entered as immigrants. There are still many more persons who adjusted their status to immigrant/lawful permanent resident while they were already here. There is a separate section of the report available for that as well. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Immigration reform w/o path to citizenship is a bad idea. - Drew Law Office, pllc.

Immigration reform w/o path to citizenship is a bad idea. - Drew Law Office, pllc.

Here is a link to my webpage where I briefly discuss, the new push for compromise on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Hint (it wouldn't be comprehensive because it would not include a pathway to citizenship).

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Founder of New American Africans to Receive 2014 MLK Award - NH Labor News

Founder of New American Africans to Receive 2014 MLK Award - NH Labor News
Photo credit Becky Field
Photo by Becky Field
MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE — Honore Murenzi, founder and director of New American Africans, will receive the 2014 Martin Luther King Award on January 20 at the 32nd annual Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration in Manchester.
The Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration will take place at the Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral Community Center, 650 Hanover Street in Manchester, on Monday, January 20, 2014.  The event begins with a potluck meal and social hour starting at 2 pm, with the program running from 3 to 5 pm.
Murenzi came to New Hampshire as an immigrant from Africa in 2001, speaking little English.  While working as a French teacher, he became aware of the many problems faced by the growing population of immigrants and refugees, especially those who had fled from extreme violence in Africa.   Murenzi began to devote more and more of his time to providing emergency support, food, interpretation, help navigating the complicated system of public and charitable assistance, and in 2004, he founded New American Africans.
Photo credit Becky Field
Photo credit Becky Field
The Martin Luther King Award is given each year to a New Hampshire resident whose work carries on the spirit of Dr. King, according to the Martin Luther King Coalition, the group that sponsors the annual celebration.
The Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration will also include awards for the winners of the Martin Luther King Arts and Writing Contest.  In addition, the Coalition will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Bill Davis, Sr., an Auburn resident long active in local projects promoting civil rights and respect for cultural diversity.
Shujaa Graham of Witness to Innocence will be the guest speaker.
Honore Murenzi founded New American Africans with the vision that Africans in New Hampshire have much to offer each other in their efforts to find security and welcome, and also that newcomers and local people need each other as well.  ”Together we will be stronger” has been the group’s motto since its first days, and is the vision that continues to guide Murenzi’s work.
Based in Concord, New American Africans now helps refugees and immigrants get access to serves such as education, housing, employment, and health care, for example by offering translation in Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, French, Swahili, and other African languages.    The organization also has a youth program, which offers after-school tutoring and activities of middle school and high school students in Manchester and Concord.
Murenzi was among the first people to respond to Concord families whose homes were defiled by racist graffiti in 2011 and led the development of the “Love Your Neighbor” project.
“Murenzi deserves the Martin Luther King award because of his steadfast love and compassion for newcomers in New Hampshire, and for all who are poor and isolated,” said Sister May Cronin, a spokesperson for the Martin Luther King Coalition.  “He works every day to create the beloved community in New Hampshire, calling all of us to acknowledge that we need each other and that our lives will be happier and more abundant when we take care of each other.”
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