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Don't shortchange immigrant families


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 30, 2013

~~<p>Congress appears nearing enactment of legislation to overhaul the nation's immigration system that, while focusing on illegal immigrants who crossed the U.S. southern border, would have a positive effect on Hawaii. The sweeping bill would allow 11 million unauthorized immigrants, including 35,000 in Hawaii, to enter a promising pathway to legality that will help build our nation's labor and intellectual capital into the future. Of particular concern, though, is a proposed elimination of family-based visas, which would impose further hardships by splitting families.</p>
<p>First, the encouraging news: A bipartisan group of eight senators has forged a sweeping immigration bill and a House committee announced Thursday that it would introduce a series of bills that are similar to the Senate version, allowing unauthorized immigrants to earn a green card in 10 years and putting them on a 13-year pathway to citizenship.</p>
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Congress appears nearing enactment of legislation to overhaul the nation's immigration system that, while focusing on illegal immigrants who crossed the U.S. southern border, would have a positive effect on Hawaii. The sweeping bill would allow 11 million unauthorized immigrants, including 35,000 in Hawaii, to enter a promising pathway to legality that will help build our nation's labor and intellectual capital into the future. Of particular concern, though, is a proposed elimination of family-based visas, which would impose further hardships by splitting families.

First, the encouraging news: A bipartisan group of eight senators has forged a sweeping immigration bill and a House committee announced Thursday that it would introduce a series of bills that are similar to the Senate version, allowing unauthorized immigrants to earn a green card in 10 years and putting them on a 13-year pathway to citizenship. Login for more...



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