Immigration

An amendment proposed by U.S. Senator Mark Warner to the immigration-reform bill is languishing in the Senate even as the legislation moves closer to passage. 

The amendment would enable more highly skilled, foreign-born college graduates and entrepreneurs in science and technology to start businesses in the U.S. 

Warner says the U.S. educates thousands of foreign students who leave and compete against American businesses. The same is true of highly skilled but temporary foreign workers.

Independence Day Naturalization Ceremony

Jun 18, 2013
Monticello

It’s an annual Independence Day tradition at Monticello—and this year marks the 51st Naturalization Ceremony in Charlottesville.

80 people from 38 countries will become U-S citizens at the event.

Musician Dave Matthews, who heads the Dave Matthews band, will be a featured speaker at the event.  Born in South Africa in 1967, he became a naturalized American citizen in 1980.

The Independence Day Ceremony at Monticello, presided over by the Western District Court of Virginia, is the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony outside of a courtroom in the country.

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A comprehensive immigration reform bill in the U.S. Senate that survived an effort to expand its border-security requirements still has a long way to go before its passage.  Meanwhile, a House bill with tougher enforcement provisions is being advanced by Republicans-led by 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte.  But as Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, a state coalition says the Commonwealth’s residents prefer the Senate version … and it's urging the Congressional delegation to support it. . .

Virginia Lawmakers on Immigration Debate

May 6, 2013

Virginia Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte could play an outsized role in this year’s immigration debate.

At 844 pages, the bipartisan immigration reform bill in the Senate is one of those whoppers that’s easy to decry on the campaign trail. You won’t be seeing anything like that coming out of the House if Chairman Goodlatte has anything to say about it. He wants his Judiciary Committee to examine immigration one subsection at a time. He says speed isn’t his concern.

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