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March 30, 2006 | By Steve Britt
It's 2006 and time for the decennial immigration reform. As in 1986 and 1996, Congress is again pondering comprehensive amendments to the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act. The most recent proposal is Sen. Arlen Specter's compendium of other bills that promises increased enforcement while granting legalization to perhaps 9 million illegal aliens already here. If a new immigration law is enacted this year, it probably will resemble Specter's bill. The Specter bill would have a profound effect on immigration policy for a while but will do nothing to solve the immigration issue.
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May 27, 2010 | By MICHELLE SKOWRONEK, skowrom@phillynews.com 215-854-5926
FAMILY vacations are usually a nice getaway from home, but for one 13-year-old, her destination became her home. "I thought we were going to Disney World for vacation," said Maria Marroquin, an undocumented resident who spoke yesterday at an immigration-reform rally in Center City. "I had no idea we were going to stay here. " Marroquin left Peru with her family 10 years ago, and they overstayed their visitors' visas, eventually settling in Glenside. Now 23, Marroquin has graduated from Montgomery County Community College - a feat that took four years instead of two because she had to pay tuition out of pocket at the pricier international-student rate.
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October 23, 2011
Charles Allison Jr. is CEO of CWBiofuels in New York and a member of the Partnership for a New American Economy The level of uncertainty and despair stemming from Washington makes it hard to be optimistic about our nation's future. Three years into the recession, jobs have still not come back, and to many, the future still looks bleak. But Congress can change that outlook. It can put America back on the road to job creation. And the necessary steps do not require large capital investment, new spending, or higher taxes.
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May 17, 2006
Republicans in Congress must now decide whether this nation is going to live up to its time-honored reputation as a welcoming beacon to immigrants. They can either follow a sensible path to immigration reform, along the lines their leader outlined in Monday night's presidential address, or they can stubbornly cling to a xenophobic course that will make matters worse. Members of the party known for its infamous "Southern strategy," which exploited racial divisions to cultivate votes, now can make inclusiveness more than just a slogan.
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May 10, 2010
ARIZONA'S recent passage of a new immigration law demonstrates the urgent need for federal comprehensive immigration reform. The controversial law attempts to address some of the very real challenges Arizona faces. But its specific provisions - which include allowing police to stop people for no other reason than that they look like they may not have been born in the United States - go too far. The law does not reflect the American values that I know and cherish. In fact, in December, I signed an executive order that prohibits city workers from asking anyone their immigration status - this includes police officers, unless asking such questions is relevant to a criminal investigation.
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March 27, 2015 | By Kelly Flynn, Inquirer Staff Writer
Father Kenneth Hallahan of the Black Horse Pike Ministry of the Diocese of Camden spoke of seeing parishioners separated from their children. One father was handcuffed in front of his 3-year-old son, he said. Some of his parishioners, undocumented workers, admit to not attending services because they fear police officers stationed on the Black Horse Pike might confiscate their cars, he said. "Our money says 'In God We Trust,' " Hallahan said in impassioned remarks. "Rejection of immigration is a rejection of that God. " Hallahan was among members of a newly formed coalition of activists calling themselves the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice who pressed the cause of immigration reform Wednesday from the steps of St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral in Camden.
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November 25, 2014
I'M NOT an immigrant, but I work with them every day. I'm not a Republican, but I share many of their more-conservative ideas on social policies. I'm not a wise woman, possessed of all the answers, but I sometimes play one on TV. What I am is someone who knows why President Obama issued a set of executive orders addressing the single most controversial issue of our time: immigration. He didn't do it because he's an emperor, or because he wants to create millions of new, Latino Democrats.
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November 21, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Philadelphia-area Republicans in Congress blasted President Obama for "hubris" and exceeding his authority Thursday, saying his executive actions on immigration will undermine hope of passing a bipartisan law to repair the nation's immigration system. Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) called the president's Thursday night announcement his "latest overreach. " "America's immigration system is badly broken and cries out for reform," Toomey said in a news release. But he said Obama's "legally unauthorized actions" aren't the answer "and could encourage even more illegal immigration.
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November 21, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sounding notes of hope and challenge, President Obama told the nation Thursday that he is imposing a historic set of executive actions to end congressional gridlock over immigration reform, and balance the rule of law with America's legacy as a welcoming country. "Mass amnesty would be unfair. Mass deportation would be both impossible and contrary to our character," Obama said in a televised address from the White House. The critical elements of his plan include cracking down on illegal immigration at the borders; deporting felons and gang members, "not a mother who is working hard to provide for her kids"; and requiring undocumented immigrants eligible for relief to start paying "their fair share of taxes" in exchange for permission to work in the United States without fear of deportation for three years at a time.
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November 19, 2014
ISSUE | APPRECIATION Central to great art The William Glackens exhibit at the Barnes Foundation museum is a pure delight - despite Thomas Hine's negativity in his critique and the reluctance of the curator to mention the Ashcan School, in which Glackens and company were popularly classified ("William Glackens: A career divided," Nov. 9). And cheers for two Central High boys - Glackens and Albert C. Barnes - who made good. |Henry and Bobbie Shaffner, Bala Cynwyd Send a critic to cover The state's massive deficit should make for interesting theater when the legislature tries to explain how the budget crisis is the fault of Tom Wolf.
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November 16, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
No doubt President Obama has heard the old saying: Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Well, what kind of fool would he be if he believed Republicans' latest claims of sincere interest in meaningful immigration reform? Their track record suggests otherwise. In fact, the GOP's capture of both congressional chambers in the midterm elections may make House Republicans even more stubborn than last year, when they killed a bipartisan Senate bill. The House majority acts as if more border security will address the 11 million illegal immigrants already here, but they know it won't.
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November 11, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
U.S. SEN. Bob Casey Jr., in a tight spot, tried to dodge. Journalist Steve Highsmith asked the Scranton native which Democrat with family ties to that city - Vice President Joe Biden or former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - would do better there for president in 2016. "It's only 2014," Casey said at the Committee of Seventy's annual fundraiser breakfast. "They've both done well there. " Highsmith persisted and Casey praised Clinton's chances if she runs, leaving Biden out of it. "She's in as commanding a position as I've ever seen a nominee in my life," Casey said.
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September 27, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Breaking from the antiamnesty, secure-the-border hawkishness coursing through the national Republican Party, New Jersey's GOP nominee for a U.S. Senate seat says he would fight for "comprehensive immigration reform" in Washington. And like many Republicans, Jeff Bell is claiming the mantle of Ronald Reagan. "Ronald Reagan once said, 'Latinos are Republicans - they just don't know it yet.' Maybe that's politically incorrect to repeat in 2014," Bell wrote in an e-mail to supporters Wednesday.
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September 25, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A SOUTH Philadelphia church and a Mount Airy Jewish community group will offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants as part of a nationwide civil act of disobedience in response to President Obama's inaction on immigration reform. Each congregation will open its doors to house an undocumented immigrant - who will be defying a federal deportation order - and his or her family. This act of civil disobedience is part of a National Day of Action, said Peter Pedemonti, director of the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, which will hold a news conference today at the Philadelphia Praise Center, on McKean Street near 17th.
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September 1, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
As he prepares to lead a trade mission to Mexico this week, Gov. Christie has been relatively silent on an issue vexing the Republican Party: immigration reform. New Jersey's famously outspoken governor, who is considering a run for president in 2016, has repeatedly attacked President Obama in recent weeks over the influx of unaccompanied children trying to cross Mexico's border into the United States. But he also has deflected questions about how he would change the country's immigration system at a time when congressional Republicans - who blocked a bill providing a path to legal status for millions of people in the country illegally - are gearing up for a battle with Obama over the possibility the president will take executive action on the issue.
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