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February 1, 2012
WANT TO LEARN more about the DREAM Act and give your two cents on the issue? Sandra Shea, the Daily News' editorial page editor, will moderate a discussion at 7 tonight at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Branch, 1901 Vine St. "The Pursuit of Happiness: Immigrant Youth and the Dream Act" will feature speakers from DreamActivist Pennsylvania, the Nationalities Service Center and the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians....
NEWS
April 19, 2006
RE DEBORAH LEAVY'S April 11 op-ed: Most legal immigrants have definitely made the United States. what it is today. Some waited years before they could enter and become legal citizens, and they had to study to do it. Certainly all of these immigrants wanted a better life. Yes, it's unreasonable to think the country could get rid of 11 million illegal immigrants by just sending them back (we know we are talking about Mexicans and very few other illegals). Some thoughts: If a child or children are born in the United States to illegal immigrants, let the parents move to the front of the line to become legal residents.
NEWS
June 12, 2006
FOR A GUY who is essentially breaking the rules over where he lives, Sen. Rick Santorum has suddenly developed an ironic interest in the illegal immigration issue. Last week the senator, who continues to trail in the polls against Democratic challenger Bob Casey Jr., got on the immigration bandwagon with two advertisements and a Internet-based campaign that pushed gutting any immigration reform package that grants what he calls "amnesty. " At Santorum's Web site the senator has launched a petition drive where people can indicate that they "stand with Rick Santorum in sending a strong message to Washington, D.C. that we need real immigration reform that does not include amnesty NOW. " And in his ads, Santorum criticizes Casey, who has said he would have voted for an immigration-reform package, defeated in the Senate, that would have allowed the majority of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States to become citizens if they paid some back taxes and a $3,200 fine.
NEWS
February 18, 1992 | By Charles Green, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Item: Haitian boat people by the thousands are forcibly returned to their country after being denied entry into the United States. Item: Attorney General William P. Barr takes a high-profile swing through the Southwest to announce tougher border control measures. Item: GOP presidential candidate Patrick J. Buchanan proposes building a fence along the U.S. border with Mexico and questions the wisdom of admitting large numbers of immigrants from Third World countries. Is America, the nation built by immigrants, souring on immigration?
NEWS
April 4, 2006 | By Lini S. Kadaba INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Are the 12 million people living in the United States in violation of immigration law "illegal aliens" or "undocumented workers"? Or how about "global economic refugees"? As Congress and the nation continue to debate changes to immigration policy, factions ranging from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists to Rush Limbaugh are engaged in a war of words over how to refer to U.S. residents affected by the proposed legislation. Last week, the Latino journalists' group called on the media to stop "dehumanizing" undocumented workers - the association's preferred term - by labeling them "illegal aliens" and "illegals," a term the group called particularly insensitive.
NEWS
May 19, 2006 | By Dave Montgomery INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
In an impassioned debate laden with symbolism, the Senate voted 63-34 yesterday to declare English the national language, as it continued to debate legislation that would put millions of illegal immigrants on track to U.S. citizenship. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada denounced the amendment as racist and joined other opponents in warning that it could undercut long-established civil rights law. The amendment's lead sponsor, Sen. James M. Inhofe (R., Okla.), bristled at the assertion, saying the proposal would unify the nation's increasingly diverse population and would not dismantle existing legal protections.
NEWS
January 9, 2005 | By Lisa Friedman LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS
It's the biggest legend of the immigration debate, repeated as gospel at town-hall meetings, on Sunday talk shows, and even on the floor of the House of Representatives. That the 19 hijackers in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks had 63 driver's licenses among them is just not true. The origin of the false information remains murky, but the number has taken on a life of its own, fueling reams of Internet chatter and adopted as a talking point by those who say driver's licenses are not just an immigration issue but a matter of national security.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2010
Coming This Week By Steven Rea The American George Clooney is a world-weary assassin on one last job in the Italian countryside, surrounded by quiet cafes, beautiful women, and tricky cloak-and-dagger business. From the Martin Booth novel, directed by Control's Anton Corbijn. R Opening Wednesday Machete Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse spin-off stars Danny Trejo as the Mexican hit man, expressing his views on the immigration debate with lots and lots of killer cutlery.
NEWS
June 19, 2007 | By Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With the hot-button immigration bill poised for fresh action in the Senate, advocates for immigrants are riding the rails from Boston to Washington to lobby for what they call "humane" changes in the nation's citizenship laws. The train-borne cavalcade, including dozens of naturalized and newly documented Americans who want to "dispel myths" about immigration, arrived in Philadelphia yesterday. Eight local people joined the group, which is expected to number 100 when it hits the capital today to begin visiting legislative offices.
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September 6, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
MEXICO CITY - He crossed a border that has fueled intense debate over illegal immigration for three days of trade talks in a country once home to many of the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be living in the United States. Gov. Christie, however, has not talked much with Mexican leaders about immigration during his trade mission here, he said Thursday. And, he said, he has no interest in airing his views - now, anyway. The Republican governor will talk about immigration "if and when I become a candidate for president of the United States," he told reporters outside a taco shop, where he stopped for lunch between events with Mexican officials.
NEWS
April 11, 2014
JEB BUSH made some very provocative comments about immigration the other day. They were red meat for a conservative base that thinks in broad brushstrokes about foreigners. Actually, they were more like a bullfighter's red cape, or scarlet blood in the water. Commenting on the wave of illegal bodies present in our country, this brother of one compassionate conservative president and son of another observed: "The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn't come legally, they come to our country because their families - the dad who loved their children - was worried that their children didn't have food on the table.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edgar Trinidad Mendez no longer lives in fear. But that was not always the case for the Mexican undocumented immigrant, who came to the United States when he was 6. Mendez, 24, of Deptford, was a high school sophomore when he learned how his life and aspirations would take a different course because he was undocumented. "Since I [can] remember, I have been undocumented. My life has been consumed by uncertainty, always apprehensive about an unclear future," Mendez said. "Being undocumented is like having ball chains tied to the limbs of your body, preventing you to move forward.
NEWS
August 9, 2013 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
The leader of the Philadelphia Archdiocese entered the immigration debate Wednesday, saying Americans are "not licensed to mistreat anyone ... whether they have papers or not. " Archbishop Charles J. Chaput urged Congress to create a path to citizenship that was "fair, accessible, and achievable" for undocumented immigrants. "Americans have a right to secure borders. ... We have a right to exclude criminals from our country ... to verify foreign visitors and guest workers, and expect their compliance with the law," Chaput wrote in a CatholicPhilly.com column.
NEWS
July 14, 2013 | By Philip Rucker and Sari Horwitz, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Janet Napolitano, who as President Obama's homeland security secretary has one of the broadest and most challenging portfolios of any cabinet member, announced Friday that she is stepping down to become president of the University of California system. Napolitano has been a central figure in debates over immigration and counterterrorism policies while also managing the government's response to tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. Her resignation comes at a critical time for the Obama administration, as Congress debates a bill to overhaul immigration laws.
NEWS
July 2, 2013 | By Philip Elliott, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said Sunday that any attempt at comprehensive immigration legislation cannot offer a "special pathway to citizenship" for those in the United States illegally. That approach could block the GOP's hopes of ever winning the White House, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi predicted. With last week's Senate passage of a comprehensive immigration bill, the emotionally heated and politically perilous debate is now heading toward the GOP-led House, where conservative incumbents could face primary challenges if they appear too lenient on the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally.
NEWS
May 12, 2013 | By George Will
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a gooey confection of seasonal sentiment. It also is an economic manifesto. It concerned a 19th-century debate that is pertinent to today's argument about immigration. Last week, a disagreement between two conservative think tanks erupted when the Heritage Foundation excoriated the immigration reform proposed by a bipartisan group of eight senators. Heritage's analysis argues that making 11 million illegal immigrants eligible, more than a decade from now, for welfare-state entitlements would have net costs of $6.3 trillion over the next 50 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2013 | By Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
For all the talk about immigration, rarely does the conversation veer into why so many Latinos have come to the United States. Harvest of Empire attempts to fill in the gaps, and the reasons don't include some naive notion about streets being paved with gold. The documentary, based on the book by journalist Juan Gonzalez, makes a persuasive argument that immigration from Nicaragua, Mexico, Cuba, and other nations is the direct result of American maneuvering in Latin America. The film follows a pattern, looking at each country individually and hearing personal tales from immigrants before taking a deep dive into the history of that nation.
NEWS
May 3, 2013 | By Zachary A. Goldfarb and Nick Miroff, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - President Obama leaves Thursday for meetings in Mexico and Costa Rica as fragile talks continue at home over an overhaul of immigration law, a monumental task that will require him to enlist the support of Latin American officials while making sure that immigration does not dominate the trip. Obama and new Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto broadly share the goals of normalizing the status of millions of Mexicans living illegally in the United States and creating guest-worker programs.
NEWS
November 3, 2012 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is no accident that one of Mitt Romney's favorite surrogates on the campaign trail is Marco Rubio, the Florida senator of Cuban ancestry, who rallied a crowd Thursday night in Delaware County. Rubio, energetic in a zippered black fleece, told 1,000 or so Republican supporters at the Heritage Ballroom in Ridley Township he was stumping in Pennsylvania now because the state, once deemed a lock for President Obama, is suddenly in play - or so said Rubio. "How does it feel to be a swing state?"
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