immigration

Education
12:13 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Kentucky Immigrants Are Likelier to Have a College Degree Than U.S.-Born Kentucky Residents

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A greater percentage of foreign-born Kentucky residents hold a college degree than Kentuckians born in the U.S.—but immigrants to Kentucky are also likelier to have not finished high school, according to a study by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

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Politics
7:46 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Immigration Reform Would Help Kentucky, Report Says

Mammoth Cave hosts Naturalization Ceremony underground.
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Kentucky’s economy would benefit from comprehensive immigration reform, according to a report on immigration's impact on the state.

The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy last week released its report on "New Americans in Kentucky."

Kentucky’s immigrant population grew faster than all but six states from 2000 to 2012, the report said. 

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Politics
12:16 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Optimistic on Immigration Reform

John Yarmuth
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Appearing on MSNBC Wednesday, Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., says he is optimistic comprehensive immigration reform will pass in Congress this year despite an undertone of setbacks.

The "gang of eight" in the Senate are trying to gain a super-majority as Democrats and Republicans continue to negotiate. Among the issues being hashed out are provisions dealing with a pathway to citizenship that are linked to tighter enforcement of the U.S. borders.

Recently, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. warned that conservatives would be pulling back from the plan if stricter rules to protect borders are not added to the bill.

But Yarmuth, who is part of a bipartisan "gang of eight" in the House, says lawmakers remains motivated to pass an overhaul of the immigration system due to an unprecedented group of diverse interests.

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Politics
12:33 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Kentuckians in Agriculture, Education Voice Support for Immigration Plan

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Kentuckians concerned with agriculture, business and education spoke out in favor of the latest federal immigration proposal during a phone conference organized by the Partnership for a New American Economy.

The immigration proposal is being considered in the U.S. Senate, thanks to a compromise by a group of eight senators from both political parties.

The plan would create a 13-year path to citizens, expand work visas and attempts to tighten border security.

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Politics
1:54 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Tackle With TAC4 Hosting Immigration Forum

A Louisville-based consulting firm is hosting a forum on immigration reform with the hope of finding common ground.

In the past year, TAC 4 Solutions had held several public discussions on tough political issues such as gun control, campaign finance reform and President Obama’s health care law. The group's aim is to hold respectful dialogue and change the tone of political conversation.

There appears to be movement on improving the immigration system after Republicans performed poorly among Hispanics in the fall election.

Recently, Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., delivered a speech on immigration reform that was praised by liberal and Tea Party activists. Paul noted that Republicans have been losing "both the respect and votes" of Hispanics due to the GOP's "harsh rhetoric."

Kate Miller is a program director with the ACLU of Kentucky, and a featured panelist. She says it is encouraging to hear Paul’s remarks because the majority of Americans want to improve the system.

"We haven’t had an opportunity to review all of Senator Paul’s proposal, but I can assure you that we are thrilled that his proposal includes a pathway to citizenship," she says. "And really it’s not surprising that someone with his political background would support a more practical system. As most people know, it’s very expensive to maintain our current immigration system."

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Local News
10:00 am
Sun August 26, 2012

Program Could Provide Deportation Immunity to Young Immigrants in Louisville

On August 15, the Department of Homeland Security began accepting applications for the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals. It would allow some undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children to obtain temporary immunity from deportation. LEO Weekly’s Anne Marshall joined us on Friday's Byline to talk about the program and some local young people who are applying for it.

Politics
1:39 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Immigration Ruling Could Stall Kentucky Legislation

Activists expect the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down most of Arizona's controversial immigration law will stifle efforts to pass a similar law in Kentucky.

Kate Miller of the state ACLU chapter says Kentuckians have largely rejected policies modeled after Arizona's law. But at least one immigration bill comes up in every legislative session.

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Politics
12:32 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Coats Calls Out Obama's New Immigration Policy

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-In., says President Obama is overstepping his authority by halting the deportation of young immigrants.

On Friday, the president ordered his administration to stop expulsion of immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, which bypasses Congress and implements parts of the DREAM Act. The policy change takes effect immediately and gives younger immigrants immunity and the ability to apply for work permits as long as they have no criminal history and meet other criteria.

Coats says the decision grants amnesty to illegal immigrants and was made to benefit the president's re-election campaign.

From Sen. Coats' office:

"The Obama administration’s announcement today is an obvious political move five months before Americans decide if the president deserves a second term. This new immigration policy effectively grants amnesty to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants. The administration is overstepping its authority and bypassing Congress to implement the goals of the proposed DREAM Act. Unfortunately, this move – ignoring the Constitution and legislating through federal bureaucrats – has become standard operation under this president.

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