Poll: Most Back Legal Status for Immigrants in US Illegally

June 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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New York Times                     By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JUNE 4, 2015, 1:22 P.M. E.D.T.

WASHINGTON — A majority of Americans support allowing immigrants living in the country illegally to stay and be granted legal status, according to a new poll released Thursday.

The survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 72 percent of Americans support legal status for such immigrants.

The poll found that 56 percent of Republicans agree that immigrants living in the U.S. illegally should be able to stay as long as they meet certain criteria, as did 8 in 10 Democrats and three-quarters of independents. The poll question did not specify what those requirements might be. Read more

Arizona bill would compel hospitals to check immigration status

January 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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By Cindy Carcamo  January 26, 2013, 6:00 a.m.   Los Angeles Times

Under a bill introduced this week in Arizona, hospital staffs would be compelled to check whether uninsured patients are in the country illegally.

If the patients can’t provide proof that they are in the country legally, hospital staff would have to call federal immigration officials or local law enforcement. The bill by state Rep. Steve Smith also would require hospital officials to file annual reports of how many people they treated who were in the country illegally. Read more

Senators Try to ‘Get Ball Rolling’ on Immigration

November 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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ByMichael R. Crittenden,  November 27, 2012, 2:41 PM ET

“Sen. Kyl stressed that the measure would not disqualify participants from also seeking U.S. citizenship, but said it would not give them preference in the process or make them eligible for programs such as welfare”

A pair of Senate Republicans said they want to “get the ball rolling” on overhauling the immigration system, offering an alternative bill to the  Dream Act aimed at giving young illegal immigrants a way to avoid deportation.

Sens. Jon Kyl of Arizona and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, who are retiring this year, acknowledged their move is largely symbolic, since the Senate isn’t likely to take up immigration in the few weeks remaining in the lame-duck session Read more

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