January 1, 2012 |
Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has pledged to veto the so-called DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants if they attend college or serve in the military. Romney made the comments during a late campaign stop New Year's Eve in northwestern Iowa. “The answer is yes,” he said, when asked if he would veto the legislation if Congress passes it and he is in the White House. Romney said, however, that he would support granting children of illegal immigrants some form of residency in exchange for military service.
January 24, 2012 |
Despite entrenched opposition in Congress to immigration reform, President Obama in the State of the Union speech asked both chambers to resurrect the Dream Act, a bill that would create a path to citizenship for young illegal immigrants who are college students and military service members. He also encouraged lawmakers to increase the number of visas for highly skilled immigrants, many of whom complete graduate degrees in the U.S. but are not authorized to work here. The U.S. currently awards about 140,000 highly skilled visas per year.
March 13, 2012 |
Two weeks ago, Uriel Alberto interrupted a state legislative hearing in North Carolina and declared himself an undocumented immigrant. "I am undocumented and I am unafraid," Alberto, 24, told a North Carolina House of Representatives immigration committee in Raleigh . "I refuse to be bullied and intimidated by this committee and choose to empower my community. " Alberto's bold statement got him arrested for disorderly conduct -- and landed him in jail under threat of federal deportation.
July 3, 2010
Nightmare in Hesperia Re "Undone by their dreams," June 27, and "A steep fall for a suburban idyll," June 28 Thank you for your incredible story about the Meenan family, who lost their home in Hesperia. For one of the few times in more than 50 years of reading newspapers, I actually got choked up. My wife and I moved to the Golden State from Pennsylvania in 2001, and were considering buying a place in the high desert due to affordability when we lucked out and found a reasonably priced home in a senior community in Oceanside.
December 9, 2010 |
The House passed a landmark youth immigration bill known as the Dream Act on Wednesday night largely along party lines, but the measure faces a tough test in the Senate as Democrats struggle to pass priority legislation in the waning days of this Congress. Eight Republicans joined in approving the bill, 216 to 198. Thirty-eight Democrats voted no. The measure offers a path to citizenship for young people who were brought to this country illegally before age 16 and who have enrolled in college or entered the military.
September 20, 2010
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he will introduce the so-called DREAM Act, a key component of immigration reform, as an amendment to a defense authorization bill as early as Tuesday. Doing so will throw down a gauntlet. Democrats and Republicans alike will have to choose between what is right for the nation and what might appease its angriest elements. Under the act, undocumented students who graduate from U.S. high schools and have been in the country continuously for at least five years would be eligible for a six-year conditional path to citizenship if they meet certain college requirements or serve two years in the military.
June 28, 2011 |
Tolu Olubunmi was brought to the United States from Nigeria when she was 14, graduated from college seven years later with a chemical engineering degree, and couldn't get hired because of her status as an illegal immigrant. "It was heartbreaking," she said. For Olubunmi, passage of the DREAM Act, which would establish a path to citizenship for some young illegal immigrants, is especially urgent. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story said Tolu Olubunmi was brought to the U.S. illegally from Nigeria.
December 8, 2010 |
Congress on Wednesday is expected to begin its fight over extending legal immigration status to foreign-born youngsters with a scheduled cloture vote on the DREAM Act in the Senate. The bill, whose cloture vote is expected about 4 p.m. EST, is being heavily pushed by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who was reelected with a large Latino vote last month. He pledged to bring the measure to a vote, though it will likely fail because of strong opposition from Republicans to a what they have called a mass amnesty for illegal immigrants.
April 20, 2012 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- A former president of the University of Arizona pleaded with Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Friday to support some version of the Dream Act to give "a glimmer of hope" to college students who are not in the United States legally. "They're bright, they can help carry this country forward," Manuel Pacheco told Romney during a roundtable discussion with Latino business leaders in Tempe. "I think it would be a shame to lose that particular talent that they bring.
October 2, 2012 |
HENDERSON, Nev. - Campaigning for Mitt Romney in Nevada, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio called the GOP presidential nominee's position on the so-called Dream Act kids “logical.” In an interview published Tuesday, Romney told the Denver Post that he would honor visas granted to some young immigrants under an executive order announced by President Obama in June. In August, the administration started the program to grant work permits and two-year deportation deferrals to illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children.