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President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington

Defying GOP, Obama announces expansive immigration orders

WASHINGTON: Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement… Read more »

March to demand Obama to implement immediate administrative reliefs

Full text of Obama’s immigration speech

My fellow Americans, to night, I’d like to talk with you about immigration. For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous… Read more »


Obama warned against bypassing Congress

WASHINGTON: Top Republican leadership has cautioned US President Barack Obama against bypassing the Congress on immigration reform that would allow 11 million illegal immigrants, including 2.4 lakh Indians, to stay… Read more »

A crowd of Measure 88 supporters wave signs during a rally in Portland, Ore.

East Coast popular for immigrants in US illegally

WASHINGTON: Immigrants entering the U.S. illegally are increasingly making states along the East Coast their home rather than states closer to the Mexican border. New Jersey, Florida and Pennsylvania were… Read more »

People rally for comprehensive immigration reform outside the White House in Washington. According to advocates in touch with the White House, President Barack Obama is poised to act soon to unveil a series of executive actions on immigration that will shield possibly around 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation. Timing of the announcement is unclear, though it's expected before the end of 2014.

House Republicans debate responding to Obama’s action plan

WASHINGTON: House Republicans debated how to respond to President Barack Obama’s expected executive action on immigration, with party leaders anxious to craft a solution that satisfies the demands of their… Read more »


US, Israel, Palestine to be given e-visa facility on Nov 27

NEW DELHI: Citizens of USA, Israel and Palestine are among 28 countries who would be given the electronic visa facility to be launched on November 27. The e-visa facility for… Read more »

File picture of President Ronald Reagan speaking during a news conference at the White House in Washington.

Reagan, Bush also acted alone to shield immigrants

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama’s anticipated order that would shield millions of immigrants now living illegally in the U.S. from deportation is not without precedent. Two of the last three Republican… Read more »

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The fate of executive action on immigration

For courage – not complacency – is our need today leadership – not salesmanship. And the only valid test of leadership is the ability to lead, and lead vigorously. – Senator… Read more »

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, arrive together for a G20 Summit family photo with other world leaders in Brisbane, Australia

Sino-US visa deal to unleash travel, trade boom

BEIJING: The new liberalized visa agreement between China and the US will unleash a major travel and trade boom between the world’s two largest economies and will also be used… Read more »

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Nobel summit moved to Rome after Dalai Lama visa row

JOHANNESBURG: A summit of Nobel peace laureates scheduled to be held in Cape Town has been moved to Rome after the South African government failed to issue a visa to… Read more »

PM wows students at Queensland University of Technology

PM wows students at Queensland University of Technology

BRISBANE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today wowed students of a leading Australian university, freely mingling with them during a visit, and made it a point to tell them that it… Read more »

Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer speaks at a news conference in Phoenix. A federal judge has struck down Arizona's 2005 immigrant smuggling law on the grounds that it's trumped by federal statutes.

Another Arizona immigration law struck down

PHOENIX: Arizona’s frustrations over federal enforcement of the state’s border with Mexico spawned a movement nearly a decade ago to have local police confront illegal immigration. Now, the state’s experiment… Read more »

President Barack Obama listens at right as US Attorney Loretta Lynch speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington

AG pick Lynch called strong civil rights defender

WASHINGTON: Loretta Lynch was a federal prosecutor in New York when she encountered an astonishing case of police brutality: the broomstick sodomy of a Haitian immigrant in a precinct bathroom…. Read more »


Homeland Security gears up for Obama immigration action

WASHINGTON: The White House has cautioned against making assumptions about President Barack Obama’s changes to immigration rules based on a new federal contract proposal from the Homeland Security Department to… Read more »


A significant decision for L-1B foreign chefs

The best way for a great nation of immigrants such as America to showcase its richness and diversity is through fine ethnic restaurants. A better appreciation of different cuisines can also… Read more »

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Would the religious freedom ground of inadmissibility still apply to Modi?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been welcomed by the Indian Diaspora without reservations in the United States. This was his first trip to the United States after his tourist/business was revoked… Read more »

Aliens could file an adjustment of status application

Aliens could file an adjustment of status application

While the Obama admin istration is working on unveiling administrative fixes to reform the immigration system, we wish to revive one idea, which we discussed in The Tyranny of Priority Dates We… Read more »

Obama has quietly slowed down deportations by nearly 20%

Obama has quietly slowed down deportations by nearly 20%

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has quietly slowed deportations by nearly 20 percent while delaying plans to act on his own potentially to shield millions of immigrants from expulsion. The Homeland… Read more »


Eyeing 2016, Sen. Rubio stresses border security

MIAMI: Two years ago, immigration activist Gaby Pacheco got a call from Marco Rubio. The Florida senator wanted advice as he tried to develop a plan to help people like… Read more »

Obama defends decision to delay immigration action

Obama defends decision to delay immigration action

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama says that the surge of immigrant children entering the U.S. illegally changed the politics surrounding the issue of immigration and led him to put off a… Read more »