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Sep 23, 2013

New signs of rising illegal immigration into US

WASHINGTON — The number of immigrants crossing the border illegally into the U.S. appears to be on the rise again after dropping during the recession. The total number of immigrants living in this country unlawfully edged up from 11.3 million in 2009 to 11.7 million last year, with those from countries other than Mexico at […]

Aug 7, 2013

Schumer sees path to passage of immigration bill

WASHINGTON — One of the key Senate players in the push to overhaul America’s immigration system is voicing fresh confidence that an accommodation can be reached with the House. Sen. Charles Schumer says it’s OK with him if the House sticks with its piecemeal approach, as long as it can be reconciled with the version […]

Jul 8, 2013

Immigration, student loans top Congress’ plans

WASHINGTON — Congress returned Monday to potentially incendiary fights over nominations, unresolved disputes over student loans and the farm bill, and the uncertainty of whether lawmakers have the political will to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws. The cooperation evident in the Senate last month with passage of a bipartisan immigration bill could be wiped out […]

Jun 20, 2013

Budget office view boosts Senate immigration bill

WASHINGTON — Supporters of a far-reaching immigration bill in the Senate see fresh momentum from a report by the Congressional Budget Office that says the measure would boost the economy and reduce federal deficits by billions of dollars. Congress’ nonpartisan scorekeeping agency said that the immigration bill would decrease federal red ink by $197 billion […]

May 14, 2013

Senators argue over ID mandates

WASHINGTON — Senators weighing a landmark immigration bill defeated an effort by Republicans on Tuesday to require biometric identification — such as fingerprinting — to track who is entering and leaving the country. The amendment by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., would have required a biometric system to be in place before any immigrant here illegally […]

May 6, 2013

Could immigration bill set off another backlash?

WASHINGTON  — As a Senate committee prepares to begin voting this week on far-reaching immigration legislation, advocates are watching warily to see whether relatively tame opposition balloons into the kind of fierce resistance that killed Congress’ last attempt to overhaul the system. Last time around, in 2007, angry calls overwhelmed the Senate switchboard and lawmakers […]

Apr 17, 2013

Schumer: Immigration bill helps Northeast farmers

ALBANY — Sen. Charles Schumer says farmers, especially in the dairy industry, will find it easier to secure a reliable labor force under sweeping changes to the nation’s immigration laws proposed in an 844-page bipartisan bill. Schumer says the bill, filed at 2 a.m. Wednesday, creates a new visa program that will allow farmers to […]

Apr 9, 2013

Raucous debate on immigration to get under way

WASHINGTON — Senators writing a comprehensive immigration bill hope to finish their work this week, opening what’s sure to be a raucous public debate over measures to secure the border, allow tens of thousands of foreign workers into the country and grant eventual citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living here illegally. Already negotiators […]

Apr 7, 2013

Schumer sees deal this week on immigration

WASHINGTON — A raucous public debate over the nation’s flawed immigration system is set to begin in earnest this week as senators finalize a bipartisan bill to secure the border, allow tens of thousands of foreign workers into the country and grant eventual citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living here illegally. Already negotiators […]

Apr 2, 2013

LWV sponsors immigration talk

The League of Women Voters of the Rochester Metropolitan Area and the Greater Rochester Coalition for Immigration Justice are hosting a forum, “Untold Truths: Immigration & You,” at 7 p.m. on April 22 at the Brighton Town Hall. Andrea Callan, a constitutional lawyer with the New York Civil Liberties Union, will address state and federal […]

Mar 31, 2013

Senators caution immigration deal not final

WASHINGTON — Even with one of the largest hurdles to an immigration overhaul overcome, optimistic lawmakers on Sunday cautioned they had not finished work on a bill that would provide a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants. The AFL-CIO and the pro-business U.S. Chamber of Commerce reached a deal late Friday that would […]

Mar 27, 2013

Senators to tour Mexico border

PHOENIX — A group of U.S. senators who will be influential in shaping and negotiating details of an immigration reform package is traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona to get a firsthand look at issues affecting the region. Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona were expected to tour the border Wednesday […]

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