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Rep. Chu Praises Executive Action on Immigration

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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) praised President Obama’s announcement today that he will take executive action to immediately protect millions of immigrant families from deportation and take steps to improve our broken immigration system. Rep. Chu released the following statement:“This is a day of historic significance for millions of immigrant families. For over a year, I have urged the House Republican Leadership to bring a comprehensive immigration bill to a vote, and they failed to do so. In the absence of their inaction, we have turned to President Obama and asked him to take immediate action to provide relief. Today’s announcement does just that,” said Rep Chu. “America depends on immigrants who go to school, work hard, lay roots in our communities, and who dedicate their hard work and entrepreneurial spirit towards achieving the American Dream. We should be rewarding aspiring Americans, not deporting them.“Today marks the day where millions of children who are citizens or have legal status will no longer fear coming home to discover that their parents have been deported,” said Rep. Chu. “I applaud the President for doing what is morally right and fair by providing peace of mind for families who have been living and contributing to our communities for so many years.”“Of course, this is the first step towards fixing our broken immigration system. A permanent solution will only come when Congress acts to pass comprehensive immigration reform. I remain committed to working across the aisle on legislation that will go even further to keep families together and secure our border.”Expanding deferred action to parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents will impact more than 4 million individuals. The Administration will also expand the current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) to include more young people who were brought to this country as children. It will not matter how old they are today as long as they satisfy a certain residence requirement. This change is expected to impact 300,000 people nationally.Overall, the President’s executive action package is expected to benefit nearly 5 million individuals. It includes long overdue improvements to our immigration system, such as narrowing our immigration enforcement priorities to focus on serious criminals and national security threats. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will also issue new guidance and regulations to reduce family separation for those waiting to obtain their green cards. DHS’s actions would expand unlawful presence waivers to those who are statutorily eligible and broaden the “extreme hardship” standard.Over the past year, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) has met with DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and senior White House aides, Cecilia Munoz and Neil Eggleston, to discuss the need to prioritize family in immigration reform. Asians and Pacific Islanders account for over 40% of the 4.2 million individuals caught in the current family immigration visa backlogs and over 80% of those in the employer-based visa backlogs. Last night, Rep. Chu attended a dinner with Congressional leaders and President Obama where she raised the API community’s immigration priorities. The President’s executive action is expected to protect over one million undocumented Asian Pacific Islander individuals currently living in the U.S.The CAPAC recommendations on executive action to Secretary Jeh Johnson can be found here.A Congressional letter to Secretary Jeh Johnson led by Rep. Chu on immigrant worker protections can be found here. The accompanying recommendations on worker protections can be found here. More Cool Stuff Subscribe Business News Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Government Rep. Chu Praises Executive Action on Immigration Published on Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 6:37 pm Top of the News last_img read more

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Village mourns deaths of Oliver and John

first_imgEmail Twitter Advertisement Facebook Print NewsLocal NewsVillage mourns deaths of Oliver and JohnBy admin – January 13, 2009 753 center_img THE village of Hospital was in mourning this week after a horrific road traffic accident caused the deaths of Oliver Kearney, aged 21, and his friend John Swords (22).It is understood that Mr Swords had earlier attended the christening of his baby daughter.Their Honda Civic hit a wall outside Knocklong parish church.According to reports, both men were on their way to Knocklong to investigate an alleged break-in at Mr Swords home.Mr Kearney, a carpenter, was the only child of Noreen Kearney, whose husband died in 2008.Mr Swords was son of John and Eileen Swords, and is also survived by sister, Stephanie.Gardai said that both men were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and their bodies were removed to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital. WhatsApp Linkedin Previous articleLimerick manager rings in new year with top awardNext articleTraining centre on way to Moyross adminlast_img read more

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first_imgA memorial mass was held Jan. 20 at Immaculate Conception Church in Secaucus for Frank David Formisano, 75, of Secaucus. He passed away Jan. 16 at the Care One at Wellington in Hackensack. Born in Jersey City to the late David and Cecelia (Potoczniak) Formisano, Frank owned his own auto parts store, and has been living in Secaucus most of his life. Frank is survived by his wife, Elisa (Acerra) Formisano; sons Scott Thompson and Frank Formisano; daughter Tara and her husband Kevin Nolan; and brother and sister Michael and Cecelia Formisano. He is also survived by his grandchildren Sophia and Gaetano Formisano and Frank, Ava, and Riley Nolan.Services arranged by the Mack Memorial Home, Secaucus.last_img

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Best Children’s Picture Books of 2013

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Timberland Regional LibraryTimberland Regional Library staff select the best of the best at annual gatheringLast Thursday Timberland Regional Library (TRL) staff gathered, as they do each December, to peruse many of the year’s best picture books for children. From them, they named TRL’s choice of illustrator of the most distinguished picture book published this year in the United States.Twenty-four participants examined 70 books that were either nominated by staff throughout the library system, or received starred reviews, or both. Then five groups selected three finalists each. “Energy was high and defense of each of the 15 finalists was tough,” said Ellen Duffy, TRL Youth Services Coordinator.In the end, Aaron Becker’s “Journey” was voted the winner. The book follows a lonely girl on an elaborate flight of fancy in a wondrously illustrated, wordless picture book about self-determination and unexpected friendship. Here is the full list of winners and finalists:Winner:JOURNEY, Aaron Becker, author & illustrator, (Candlewick Press)Honor Books:MR. TIGER GOES WILD, Peter Brown, author & illustrator (Little, Brown)THE STORY OF FISH & SNAIL, Deborah Freedman, author & illustrator (Viking)THE DARK, Lemony Snicket, author; Jon Klassen, illustrator (Little, Brown)The other finalists:ODD DUCK, Cecil Castellucci & Sara Varon, co-illustrators & authors (First Second)HANK FINDS AN EGG, Rebecca Dudley, illustrator & author (Peter Pauper)PAPA’S MECHANICAL FISH, Candace Fleming, author; Boris Kulikov, illustrator (Farrar, Straus Giroux)CHU’S DAY, Neil Gaiman, author; Adam Rex, illustrator (Harper)FROG SONG, Brenda Guiberson, author; Gennady Spirin, illustrator (Henry Holt)HOW TO BE A CAT, Nikki McClure, author & illustrator (Abrams Appleseed)THE TORTOISE & THE HARE, Jerry Pinkney, author & illustrator (Little, Brown)THE WATERMELON SEED, Greg Pizzoli, author & illustrator (Hyperion)BUGS IN MY HAIR! David Shannon, author & illustrator (Blue Sky Press)WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING, Eileen Spinelli, author; David A. Johnson, illustrator (Eerdmans)BLUEBIRD, Bob Staake, author & illustrator (Schwartz & Wade)TRL staff try to predict the winners and honor books for the Randolph Caldecott Medal awards that are announced each January at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Conference. The medal goes to the artist of the most distinguished picture book for children published in the United States during the preceding year.Library staff used the same criteria as the judges for the Caldecott Medal:Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed;Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept;Appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme or concept;Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood or information through the pictures;Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child audience.“Now we’ll wait with bated breath until the actual Caldecott winner and honor books are announced,” said Duffy, “Will one of our titles be included?”Numerous other booklists compiled by TRL staff for all ages are to be found at www.TRL.org.last_img read more

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