Senate Votes 68-32 in Favor of Immigration Reform Bill

June 28, 2013

Retrieved from: On Thursday, the U.S. Senate approved the milestone immigration reform bill that we have previously covered in several blog posts. Immigration has taken the helm as one of the major focuses of President’s Obama’s second term. The nearly 1,200 page bill plans to create a path of citizenship for millions of undocumented…

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Immigration Reform Bill Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

June 7, 2013

Retrieved from: In a prior blog post, we discussed that the S.744 Immigration Reform bill that was introduced in the Senate provoke spars between business groups and organized labor. On May 21, this bill was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and will be sent to the Senate floor where it will be debated…

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German Vice Chancellor Calls for Change to German Law Concerning Dual Citizenship

May 30, 2013

Amidst an “integration summit” on Monday at the Chancellery in Berlin, German Vice Chancellor Phillipp Rösler demanded that newcomers to Germany be allowed to maintain their citizenship in their home country. Rösler hopes that this will help Germany to attract skilled immigrants from countries outside the EU. His position on the issue directly challenges the beliefs…

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U.S. House of Representatives passes immigration reform: STEM Jobs Act

November 30, 2012

(c) photo: Today, the House approved the first post-election effort to reform U.S. immigration policy. The so-called STEM Jobs Act eliminates the diversity visa program (“Green Card Lottery”) and reallocates up to 55,000 new green cards to graduates of American universities in science, technology, engineering, and math (“STEM” fields).  The bill was approved by…

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Obama Suspends Deportation of Eligible Young Undocumented Immigrants*

June 18, 2012

This past Friday, President Obama announced a new federal policy that will ease enforcement of immigration laws and allow an unprecedented number of undocumented immigrants to apply for work permits. The change in policy is estimated to affect as many as 800,000 immigrants nationwide, and just under 40,000 undocumented immigrants in North Carolina. Taking effect…

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