February 19, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - There was the latest Russian gold medalist atop the podium after his stirring victory in the men's parallel giant slalom, a win that thrilled the jubilant, flag-waving home crowd at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Wednesday afternoon. Meet Vic Wild. Not Viktor. Wild reversed the immigration pattern, first finding love, a new life in Moscow and then gold. He was born and raised in White Salmon, Wash., married Russian snowboarder Alena Zavarzina (who won a bronze in the women's parallel giant slalom a few minutes before his race)
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February 3, 2014 |
An immigration officer who demanded that a Vietnamese immigrant pick up hundreds of egg rolls and deliver them for an office party will stand trial later this year on bribery charges. Mai Nhu Nguyen, an Irvine resident, allegedly took thousands of dollars from three applicants seeking citizenship or lawful permanent resident status, authorities contend. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employee was indicted last summer has been ordered to stand trial in June at U.S. District Court in Santa Ana. Authorities arrested Nguyen, 47, last June after she allegedly accepted a $2,200 bribe from an immigrant awaiting citizenship.
January 30, 2014 |
CAMBRIDGE, Md. - A Republican blueprint for immigration reform offers legalization for some of the nation's 11 million people who are in the country illegally, but no special pathway to citizenship except in the cases of children brought here by their parents, according to a draft presented Thursday to lawmakers by party leadership. The much-anticipated blueprint, while short on specifics, would offer legal status to immigrants as long as they admitted to wrongdoing, paid fines and taxes, submitted to a criminal background check and demonstrated a mastery of English and civics.
January 27, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - In a potential breakthrough for long-stalled immigration legislation, House Republicans will consider a proposal this week that would allow millions of immigrants in the country illegally to gain legal status and, in some cases, to eventually become citizens. House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio is expected to issue a list of broad immigration "principles" to fellow Republicans during a three-day retreat that begins Wednesday at a Chesapeake Bay resort. For the first time, the list will include a narrow path to citizenship as well as tighter border security and new visas for foreign workers.
January 19, 2014 |
TORONTO - Canadian journalists gathered around one of their favorite basketball players before the Lakers played the Toronto Raptors. A semicircle at Steve Nash's locker? Try again. Nash was on the other side of the country, trying to rehabilitate his bad back in Vancouver for one last run at playing this season. Robert Sacre was the man of the hour Sunday, holding court with a dozen writers, only some of them American, in returning to his homeland. Sacre, 24, played high school basketball in Vancouver before going to Gonzaga and eventually being grabbed by the Lakers with the 60th and final pick of the 2012 draft.
January 14, 2014 |
Recently, Israel has been beset by a pair of controversies relating to its Arab minority: first, the proposal over whether to resettle Bedouin Arabs against their will in state-sponsored towns, and second, the renewed call by Israel's foreign minister to "transfer" Arab residents of northern Israel to a new state of Palestine should one be established. At issue here is not only the status of Israel's Arab population but the concept of citizenship in Israel. If threats to the status of Israeli citizenship continue unchecked, Israel's very democracy is imperiled.