WASHINGTON, May 17- The technology industry and organized labor are locked in a fight that threatens to complicate the U.S. Senate's immigration bill. At the heart of the debate is whether there is a shortage of Americans with the math and science skills needed for work at technology firms like Facebook Inc, Google Inc and Microsoft Corp..» Read More
Newark Mayor Cory Booker, (D-NJ), shares his vision of using technology to create jobs in the Garden State, and weighs in on the importance of immigration reform.
FRANKFURT, May 7- An influx of people from crisis-hit southern European countries like Spain, Italy and Greece has led to the biggest surge in German immigration in nearly 20 years. The Federal Statistics Office said on Tuesday that 1.081 million immigrants flocked to Germany last year, up 13 percent from 2011 and the highest number since 1995..
A Senate immigration bill would cost $6.3 trillion over 50 years to provide benefits for millions now in the U.S. illegally, the Heritage Foundation says in a controversial study.
An influx of people from crisis-hit European countries has led to the biggest surge in German immigration in nearly 20 years.
FRANKFURT, May 7- An influx of people from crisis-hit southern European countries like Spain, Italy and Greece has led to the biggest surge in German immigration in nearly 20 years. The number of immigrants coming from Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy rose by 40 percent or more compared to the prior year.
The Heritage Foundation is out with its long-awaited study on the economic impact of immigration reform. Robert Rector, Heritage Foundation and Doug Holtz-Eakin, American Action forum president, discuss. Dean Garfield, Information Technology Industry Council, weighs in.
*Supporters drive for lopsided Senate approval. WASHINGTON, May 6- The U.S. Congress this week opens its first debate in six years on a comprehensive immigration reform bill, testing whether business and labor groups can hold together on a delicately crafted deal that already is under attack.
Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman; and Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, chairman & CEO, discuss the need to implement changes in the nation's immigration law. Also, Gates and Buffett weigh in on the debate over the "fairness" of online sales tax.
The winners of this proposed "merit-based" system, experts say, would be primarily from Asia, particularly from India, China and the Philippines, whose citizens are more likely to have attended college or have on-the-job training in skilled occupations such as engineering and technology.
*Senate committee set to start work on changes. WASHINGTON, May 3- As the Senate gets ready to debate the details of a broad U.S. immigration bill, a group of House of Representatives lawmakers is still struggling to write its own legislation, hung up in part over guest worker programs sought by businesses.
President Barack Obama arrived in Mexico on Thursday for a visit he hopes will draw attention to Mexico's emerging economic might, even as worries about containing drug-trafficking and related violence remain an inescapable subtext.
*Local elections being held in England and Wales. ASHFORD, England, May 2- Britain's ruling Conservatives are set to lose hundreds of seats in local polls on Thursday that will go some way to measuring the threat the surging anti- European Union UK Independence Party poses to their hopes of re-election in 2015..
President Obama explains why he is 'impressed" by the work done in the Senate on immigration, and discusses the criteria he would like to see from the House.
There's a crisis in Italy: It's too hot in the pizzeria and the Italians have gotten out, leaving a shortage of 6,000 "pizzaiuoli," according to the Italian business group FIPE.
HAVANA, April 28- On weekend nights in Havana, young hipsters fill the sidewalks at a busy intersection near the seafront and spill into the park below, passing rum bottles between them, smoking cigarettes and playing guitars.
WASHINGTON, April 26- Meatpackers could hire employees through an agricultural guest worker program for the first time under a visa program proposed by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee chairman on Friday. Chairman Bob Goodlatte, who oversees the legal code, said he would examine the immigration system issue by issue "to ensure we get immigration reform right."
OTTAWA, April 26- Canada must review its deportation policy in light of a pardon that was granted to a Canadian resident once threatened with deportation and now accused in an alleged al Qaeda plot to derail a passenger train, a government minister said on Friday.
*UNHCR's $1 billion appeal only 55 pct funded. GENEVA, April 26- Doctors at Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan are having to decide between treating acute cancer patients and helping deliver babies due to severe shortages of cash, the United Nations said on Friday. High Commissioner for Refugees for $1 billion through mid-year is only 55 percent covered.
WASHINGTON, April 22- The United States will become more reliant than ever on imported food if it does not pass immigration reforms to assure there are enough workers to harvest fruit and vegetable crops and milk cows, a farm coalition told senators on Monday.
Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) spar over who was to blame for delays in passing immigration reform legislation.