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February 24, 2008

HK to liberalize immigration regime to attract talents

Out competing the US for talent Honk Kong is enacting laws to allow students to remain. Here is an article describing the change;

www.chinaview.cn 2008-02-23 18:55:45 Print

"HONG KONG, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong will liberalize the immigration regime to make it easier for non-local graduates to stay and work in Hong Kong, a Hong Kong immigration official said here Saturday.

There are many schemes to attract Chinese mainland and overseas talent to Hong Kong, said Helen Chan, assistant director of Immigration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government.

From the 2008-09 school year, non-local graduates who have obtained a degree or higher qualification in a full-time program in Hong Kong, upon application to the Immigration Department, may be granted 12 months' stay without any condition and are free to take up any jobs, she said....".

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February 22, 2008

Obama, Clinton would consider suspending immigration raids

By Eunice Moscoso | Friday, February 22, 2008, 11:19 AM

Statesman.com


During a Democratic presidential debate in Austin, Texas, Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton said they would consider suspending work site immigration raids until Congress passes an immigration overhaul which includes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

Clinton said she would request such legislation in the first 100 days of her administration.

“When we see what’s been happening, with literally babies being left with no one to take care of them, children coming home from school, no responsible adult left, that is not the America that I know,” Clinton said.

Other immigration highlights from the debate:

Clinton: “We need a path to legalization, to bring the immigrants out of the shadows, give them the conditions that we expect them to meet, paying a fine for coming here illegally, trying to pay back taxes, over time, and learning English. If they had a committed a crime in our country or the country they came from, then they should be deported. But for everyone else, there must be a path to legalization.”

Obama: “It is absolutely critical that we tone down the rhetoric when it comes to the immigration debate, because there has been an undertone that has been ugly. Oftentimes, it has been directed at the Hispanic community. We have seen hate crimes skyrocket in the wake of the immigration debate…and that is unacceptable.”

Obama on the border fence: “There may be areas where it makes sense to have some fencing. But for the most part, having border patrolled, surveillance, deploying effective technology, that’s going to be the better approach.”

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February 13, 2008

Federal Court Ends County Official's Policy Of Denying Marriage Licenses Based On Immigration Status

Unfortunately this does not apply in Tennessee;

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SCRANTON, PA – A federal court in Pennsylvania yesterday approved a consent order ending a Luzerne County official's policy of denying marriage licenses based upon applicants’ immigration status. The order, issued in the case of Buck v. Stankovic, makes permanent a previous court ruling holding that the Luzerne County Register of Wills violated the constitutional rights of marriage license applicants by requiring that they show a green card or current visa in order to obtain a license.

The consent order follows a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Pennsylvania and cooperating counsel Langer, Grogan and Diver, P.C., in April 2007 against Dorothy Stankovic, the Register of Wills for Luzerne County, on behalf of Pennsylvania native and U.S. citizen Heather Buck and Jose Arias-Maravilla, a citizen of Mexico.

“This is a wonderful Valentine’s victory,” said Mary Catherine Roper, a staff attorney with the ACLU of Pennsylvania. “In this country, a person has the fundamental right to marry the person she loves regardless of where her fiancé is from or what his immigration status is.”...".

URL: http://www.aclu.org/immigrants/gen/34080prs20080212.html




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February 12, 2008

Obama says comprehensive immigration reform in his first year

"[W]hen I'm President, I will put comprehensive immigration reform back on the nation's agenda during my first year in office, and I will not rest until it is passed once and for all."

Source:
http://www.latinalista.net/palabrafinal/2008/02/guest_voz_barack_obama_promises_to_addre.html

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February 06, 2008

Hate Speech Cited in Immigration Debate

By SUZANNE GAMBOA – 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A national Latino group said Thursday it is fighting back against what it considers to be "hate speech" that has emerged from the debate over immigration.

National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia announced plans to pressure television network executives and candidates seeking their parties' presidential nominations to clamp down on such remarks.

The group launched a Web site to counter the speech, http://www.wecanstopthehate.org, with clips of what it considers offensive comments on television as well as a tracking of hate crimes.

"Hate groups and extremists have taken over the immigration debate in an unprecedented wave of hate," Murguia said. Although some comments could be considered free speech, "there is a line that sometimes can be crossed when it comes to free speech," she said.

Some of the remarks the Hispanic group identified included referring to immigrants as an "army of invaders" or an "invading force," associating immigrants with animals, accusing immigrants of bringing crime and diseases like leprosy to the U.S., and purveying a conspiracy theory that Latinos are trying to take back parts of the United States once ruled by Mexico.

Murguia named as offenders Pat Buchanan, who appears on MSNBC as a commentator, CNN's Lou Dobbs and Glenn Beck of Headline News, a CNN network...".

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gb2JsX8Z6x3URVp778MDujaWDaKwD8UH43K00

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February 04, 2008

KENNEDY PRAISES OBAMA ON IMMIGRATION

Posted: Friday, February 01, 2008 3:56 PM by Mark Murray
Filed Under: 2008, Obama

From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli

"MONTEREY PARK, CA -- Sen. Ted Kennedy spoke Spanish. It wasn't pretty, but it got the message across.

"Un voto por Obama es un voto para la gente!" the senior Massachusetts senator told a crowd on the campus of East Los Angeles College.

Kennedy spoke of Obama as a transformational leader, and made a direct appeal to Hispanic voters by highlighting his work on labor and immigration issues in the Senate. He also attempted to bridge the Hispanic and African American divide by linking the debate over immigration reform with the fight for civil rights.

"There are those [voices] in the floor of the United States Senate that were similar to the voices that I heard in the 1960s -- the voices of discrimination and bigotry and prejudice," Kennedy said. Obama, he added, has stood with him throughout the effort. "If you watched him last night, you saw a man of empathy, you saw a man of heart, you saw a man of soul, and I can give you this assurance, that Barack and I are going to stand on the floor of the United States Senate until we get a comprehensive bill."...".

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February 01, 2008

Immigration defines the US election

Florida has shown that if you are anti-immigrant you cannot win the nomination of either party. Those candidates who listened to the anti-immigration "advisors" have either dropped out or will shortly. I hope they did not pay for this advice. Any way this election has proven that what Pete Wilson did to the Republican party in California Tom Tancredo has done to who ever listen to him.

Voters are tired of the negative message without a solution. Voters want reform. This is the positive message to fix our nation.

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