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Kentucky GOP wants Arizona-like Immigration Law

December 14, 2010

If new law is passed, Kentucky won't be as welcoming for all.

By: Kristen Thometz

If Kentucky Republicans get their way, Kentucky will have an immigration law similar to the one passed in Arizona, according to an article by McClatchy.

Senate President David Williams said this law woud allow police to determine the legal status of a person when he or she is stopped by authorities.

This law would allow police to enfore federal immigration, Williams said.

The law passed by Arizona is currently being challenged in the federal court of appeals.

Photo courtesy of Joe Shlabotnik.


New GOP Leader Outlines Immigration Plans

December 14, 2010

By: Kristen Thometz

Rep. Steve King plans to push for a bill that will penalize employers who hire illegal immigrants.

In January, Rep. Steve King of Iowa is expected to be the leader of the main subcommittee on immigration.  In an interview with the New York Times, he reveals his plans for on immigration bills.

King said he would penalize employers who hire illegal immigrants. His top priority is to pass a bill that would “also require the Internal Revenue Service to share information with the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration about the immigration status of workers.”

Whether or not these illegal immigrants get to keep their jobs after the employer is penalized is up to the employer, said King.

However, King believes that this new measure will cause employers to avoid hiring illegal immigrants and perhaps encourage them to fire illegal immigrants.

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DREAM Act Passes House

December 11, 2010

By: Kristen Thometz

House passes DREAM act bill, but future remains unclear in Senate

Good news for immigration activists, the DREAM Act passed the U.S House of Representatives earlier this week.

The bill was going to be introduced to the Senate on Thursday but was postponed by Sen. Harry Reid, according to an article by The Orange County Register.

However, Reid plans to introduce the House version of the bill early next week.

The revised House version of the bill includes:

  • lowered age for applicants; from 34 down to 29
  • lengthens the time needed to gain permanent status; from 6 years up to 10 years

Analysts believe Reid postponed introduction to the bill because of lack of support to get enough votes for a debate on it.

According to the article, the DREAM act has been in the works for a decade.  Supporters of the bill fear that if it is not voted on before the influx of GOP members in January that the bill will not get passed.  This lame-duck session is seen as a last chance to get the bill passed.

However, analysts think the chances of it passing are slim even in the lame-duck session.

Photo courtesy of Korean Resource Center.

New York City Mayor Calls for Immigration Reform

December 11, 2010

By: Leigh Burmesch

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

New York City Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg spoke Friday at the Partnership for New York City’s yearly meeting, calling for a loosening of the U.S. immigration policy.  Immigrants, Bloomberg says, will ultimately help the US economy  as well as help to foster new ideas.  “If we keep the best and the brightest out of this country, all the next big things will happen outside this country,” Bloomberg said.  Bloomberg called for the legalization of the many immigrants who are currently living in the U.S. as well as looser restrictions to allow more immigrants to live in the US, according to a New York Times article.

Immigrants in Comedy

December 9, 2010

Recently, I had a chance to sit down and chat with Aarón Alonso, a Mexican immigrant who moved to Chicago to pursue comedy.

Aarón discusses his experience at the iO and Annoyance theaters as one of the only immigrants currently going through their improv programs and how this effects the way he approaches situations that arise in comedy and in his everyday  life. Listen to the entire interview here.

To see more of Aarón’s work, visit!
-Abbie Namestnik

December 9, 2010

Photo courtesy of Fox News

By Sasha Attoh

Fifteen Pro immigration advocates were arrested while protesting outside of the Chicago immigration offices.

The protesters blocked off the main entrance of the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement office where Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill) was said to have joined the protesters, but ended up not participating.

Gutiérrez told the story of Rosa Nuñez who is being penalized for entering the United States on two occasions without any documents as a child

The rather peaceful protest lasted only 30 minutes.  Protesters said they wanted to put an end to deportation  of undocumented immigrants.

Federal agents handcuffed the 15 participants including a seven month pregnant woman, an activist in a wheelchair and a group of clergy.  After two hours, they were freed and they each paid a $175 fine.

They are scheduled to go to court in February.

Relief for Mexican Illegals Escaping Violence?

December 8, 2010

By: Mariea Murlowski

The continuing drug violence in Mexico leaves many there desperate to flee the country and come to the U.S.

Violence in Mexico. AP Photo/Gregory Bull

According to an article from the Houston Chronicle, more than 30,000 people have died in the past four years from drug violence in Mexico and approximately 6.6 million illegal immigrants from Mexico are living in the U.S.

Now, protection for these illegal immigrants is being lobbied in Chicago’s Hispanic neighborhoods, as well other places across the country, asking government officials to consider barring deportation of illegals who were escaping violence. Read more…