IMMIGRATION REFORM: A PATH TO RESIDENCY

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A draft of a White House immigration proposal obtained by USA TODAY would allow illegal immigrants to become legal permanent residents within eight years. The plan also would provide for more security funding and require business owners to check the immigration status of new hires within four years. In addition, the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants could apply for a newly created “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” visa, under the draft bill being written by the White House. If approved, they could then apply for the same provisional legal status for their spouse or children living outside the country, according to the draft.

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The bill is being developed as members in both chambers of Congress are drafting their own immigration bills. In the House, a bipartisan group of representatives has been negotiating an immigration proposal for years and are writing their own bill. Last month, four Republican senators joined with four Democratic senators to announce their agreement on the general outlines of an immigration plan.

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One of those senators, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said Obama‘s bill repeats the failures of past legislation and would be “dead on arrival” in Congress. “It fails to follow through on previously broken promises to secure our borders,  (and) creates a special pathway that puts those who broke our immigration laws at an advantage over those who chose to do things the right way and come here legally,” Rubio said. “It would actually make our immigration problems worse.”

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The draft was obtained from an Obama administration official who said it was being distributed to various agencies.  The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to release the proposal publicly. The bill mirrors many provisions of the bipartisan 2007 bill that was spearheaded by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and ultimately failed.

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In his first term, Obama often deferred to Congress on drafting and advancing major legislation, including the Affordable Care Act. He has openly supported the efforts in Congress to take the lead on immigration legislation, and just this week met with Democratic senators to discuss their proposals. But two weeks ago in Las Vegas, while outlining his immigration plans, Obama made clear that he would not wait too long for Congress to get moving. “If Congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, I will send up a bill based on my proposal and insist that they vote on it right away,” he said.
White House spokesman Clark Stevens said Saturday that the administration continues to support the bipartisan efforts ongoing in Congress.
“The president has made clear the principles upon which he believes any common-sense immigration reform effort should be based,” Stevens said. “We continue to work in support of a bipartisan effort, and while the president has made clear he will move forward if Congress fails to act, progress continues to be made and the administration has not prepared a final bill to submit.”

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WHO IS THE HISPANIC ASTRONAUT RUNNING FOR UNITED STATES CONGRESS?

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Jose Hernandez knows all about launches: The former NASA astronaut is helping to kick off the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI)’s conference at the Sheraton hotel in Chicago Thursday, hoping to inspire thousands of students to reach for the stars.

As a child, Hernandez and his family toiled as migrant farm workers. He remembers clearly his father’s words after a hard day of picking cucumbers.

“He said, how do you kids feel right now?” said Hernandez. “Of course, after a hard day’s work, we answered, we’re tired. He said, remember this feeling because you kids have the privilege of living your future now.”
That meant going to school and getting an education. And Hernandez had a goal: to become an astronaut. He applied to the program several times.

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Future NASA astronaut & US Congressman Jose Hernandez,f ar right, with his brothers Gil, left, Chava and sister Leticia, didn't learn English until he was 12.

“I didn’t get accepted the first time, second time, third time, It took 12 years to get accepted, 12 years, so that’s perseverance.”

In 2009, Hernandez took flight onboard the Space Shuttle Discovery.

Latino Leadership Initiative participants met with astronaut Jose Hernandez photo via CNN

“I was raised by a single mother,” said Adeyanira Escuadra, Whitney Young High School junior. “We come from a low-income family. I think seeing other people start off from a small place and they were able to prosper in life, it’s a very high inspiration for us.”
Chicago is just one stop. The U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute announced Thursday that student events, like the one being held in the city this week, will be held in more than 20 states this year. The ultimate goal for every Latino family?

“In every household, and there are millions of them, we have to work towards this – we have to ensure in every household there is a diploma – for high school graduation, for post secondary education or training,” said Dr. Juan Andrade, United States Hispanic Leadership Institute.That’s an important message for the young minds who are looking ahead.

“Anything is possible in this country,” he said. “If folks are willing to work hard, get themselves a good education, anything is possible.”

Jose Hernandez announces his run for the 10th Congressional District seat during a ceremony at the Tracy Transit Station Tuesday afternoon. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Hernández announced at Pacific Union College on September 29, 2011 that at the urging of President Barack Obama he was considering a run for the U.S. House of Representatives and would announce his decision on October 11, 2011. He announced his candidacy as promised on October 11 via Twitter by linking to his campaign website. Hernandez made his first public campaign appearance on January 14, 2012, at a Democratic Candidate Forum in Tracy at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites.

UPDATE & FOR UPDATED BLOG ABOUT THIS STORY CLICK HERE: In March 2012, Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, a law firm with links to the California Republican Party, sued in Sacramento County Superior Court to block Hernandez from describing himself as an “astronaut/scientist/engineer” on the June ballot.

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The lawsuit stated that “astronaut is not a title one carries for life”; the election code requires the description be accurate for the previous calendar year. “Allowing a candidate out of nowhere to use the profession of ‘astronaut’ when he hasn’t served in that profession recently is akin to allowing someone to use a title of ‘sailor’ when they no longer own or operate a ship,” said Jennifer Kerns, a California Republican Party spokeswoman. On March 29th, a Sacramento County Superior Court judge ruled that Hernández may be described as an astronaut on the June 5 Democrat primary ballot.

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