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EB-5 Investor Visa Program Needs Better Oversight, Regulation | Commentary

The job of overhauling the nation’s immigration system is not getting any easier, but as Congress gets more detailed in its analysis of what elements should be kept, what should be discarded and what should be amended, good ideas for improving the system as a whole are coming to the fore.

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Becerra Pushes Immigration Overhaul as Deficit Reducer Again

Rep. Xavier Becerra has a plan for dealing with two thorny political problems at once this fall: bring down the national deficit by passing an immigration overhaul.

Evangelicals Announce Ad Buy Urging Republicans to Back Immigration Overhaul

A coalition of evangelical groups plans to spend $400,000 advertising on Christian radio stations to call on Congress to pass a broad immigration overhaul that would grant citizenship to many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country.

Study Predicts Immigration Overhaul Would Boost District's Economics | D.C. Notebook

If legislation largely modeled on the Senate’s immigration proposal were signed into law this year, Washington, D.C., would see an influx of particularly high-skilled workers and growth in economic indicators such as total job creation, according to a recent study released by Regional Economic Models Inc., an economic forecasting firm.

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Immigration Protests Snarl Traffic, Lead to Arrests

Immigration protests that have blocked traffic in front of House office buildings Thursday will continue throughout the afternoon, organizers told CQ Roll Call.

Boehner Can Save His Party and His Legacy | Commentary

Recent news about Speaker John A. Boehner paints a picture of a man in a dreadful position. The speaker is in a conundrum. A dire situation, political analysts say.

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Democrats Face DREAM Dilemma

House Democrats face a dilemma: Should they vote against a new, Republican version of the DREAM Act?

Republicans Need to Face the Facts on Immigration Reform | Commentary

America already admits 1 million legal immigrants every year, far more than any other nation. That generosity should continue. But in writing our immigration laws, we should put the interests of American workers and taxpayers first.

Immigration Reform Will Make America's Economy Stronger | Commentary

As a business leader from a Silicon Valley high-tech company, I was overjoyed to learn that the U.S. Senate had approved immigration reform including high-skilled worker provisions on a strong bipartisan basis. This legislation, I believe, is a significant step forward, and I hope that the House will take action soon.

Don't Devalue Exchange Programs in Immigration Reform | Commentary

Comprehensive immigration reform is a large and complex task. As legislation makes its way through the necessary processes, all sorts of compromises will be made in order to end up with a final product that most can agree on. Along the way, however, it will be important to remain mindful of those things that add value to the nation.

Is Senate Immigration Bill Better Than the Status Quo? | Commentary

Senate passage of immigration reform legislation, S 744, begs the question: Is it better than current law? Probably, but the answer could change.

Napolitano Departure in Fall Likely to Add Wrinkle to Immigration Overhaul Efforts

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s decision to leave the Cabinet this fall means President Barack Obama will have to find a replacement just as deliberations over an immigration overhaul may reach their peak.

Strategic Immigration Reform Is Our Competitive Advantage | Commentary

Recently the Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. The bill ensures the United States will remain a magnet for talent and innovation, proposing new visas for high-skilled immigrants. These visas would allow the U.S. to retain the best and brightest — a critical step in addressing our nation’s shortage of high-skilled workers. This bipartisan bill may not be perfect, but we cannot wait another 18 years for the chance to bring our immigration system up to speed. The global economy won’t wait for us.

GOP Border Security, Health Mandate Concerns Rebuffed by White House

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended the president’s record on border security Wednesday and dismissed concerns raised by members of both parties over the legality of delaying the employer health care mandate of the Affordable Care Act for a year.

America Is a Country of Immigrants, Not Illegals | Commentary

I grew up in a time when people of color were given numerous labels and called horrific names. Then, as it is now, referring to a group of people in this negative way was far too common in our speech. As an elected official, I, along with my colleagues, feel enough is enough. So we have decided to be an example of civility and compassion. America is and has always been a country of immigrants, so it is unacceptable to just now start referring to the status of immigrants as “an illegal.” For some time now, we have begun to accept the rampant misuse of the term “illegal” when referring to people seeking to make America their home.

Obama to Meet With Hill Leaders Tuesday

President Barack Obama will meet with the top four Congressional leaders on Tuesday at the White House — with student loans, immigration and the budget among the topics expected to be discussed.

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'Border Surge' Amendment Attracts More GOP Support for Senate Immigration Bill

The Senate immigration bill got a boost Thursday, when a bipartisan group of lawmakers agreed to a “border surge” amendment that would double the number of border agents and spend $3.2 billion on equipment to seal off the southern border.

'Hastert Rule' Worries Hispanic Caucus

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus emerged from a meeting with Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday afternoon sticking to their hope that the House could pass a comprehensive immigration bill.

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Boehner and the Immigration Revolt

Speaker John A. Boehner looked to cut off a budding revolt Tuesday when he told his fellow Republicans that he couldn’t see a way to bring a bill to the floor without majority GOP support — a move that alarmed Democrats and appeared to shrink the chances of a bill reaching the president’s desk.

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Health Care and Immigration: Uncomfortable Bedfellows

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus was emphatic that illegal immigrants should be included when the landmark health care bill was being negotiated in 2009. But the White House and Democratic leaders said it was not the right time and health care would be taken care of when immigration was overhauled.

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