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Politics
4:52 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

St. Louis Welcomes New Citizens On Eve Of July 4th

A naturalization ceremony is held in the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis on July 3, 2012.
(Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

Just one day before the Fourth of July, St. Louis welcomed more than 50 new United States citizens.

The group took the oath of citizenship during an annual naturalization ceremony in the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. 

The immigrants came from 26 countries, including Vietnam, Nigeria, Nepal, Albania and Germany.

Congresswoman Ann Wagner of Missouri’s Second District was the guest speaker at the ceremony, which she said was her first.

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Politics
4:35 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

Activists, Public Officials And Religious Leaders Rally For Immigration Reform

Activists rally for immigration reform on Sunday, June 30.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

 Public officials, activists and religious leaders packed into World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park this afternoon to rally for immigration reform, calling on members of the U.S. House of Representatives to move forward with a plan that cleared the Senate last week.

St. Louis native Vin Ko runs a pick up soccer league in St. Louis that he said brings together everyone from CEO’s to new immigrants.

More than just potential economic benefits, he said the nation needs immigration reform because it’s the right thing to do.

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Politics
1:16 pm
Sat June 29, 2013

McCaskill Praises Kirkwood Train Station Volunteers

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) thanks volunteers at the Kirkwood Amtrak station on Saturday, June 29.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

 Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) cut cake and scooped ice cream during a ceremony to celebrate the volunteers who helped restore and now staff the Amtrak station in downtown Kirkwood.

“We are celebrating the best of this community, which are the kind people who decided this train station is worth saving,” McCaskill said.  “It’s now recognized as one of the best train stations in the country.”

McCaskill also read a letter of thanks from Vice President, and vocal Amtrak supporter, Joe Biden.     

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Immigration
3:24 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

New Initiative Aims To Spur St. Louis Economic Growth Through Immigration

Credit (via Flickr/NathanReed)

The St. Louis region needs more immigrants to help bolster the economy.

That was the message delivered by public officials and representatives from economic development agencies during the launch of St. Louis Mosaic Project on the same day comprehensive immigration reform cleared the U.S. Senate.   

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Politics
1:08 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

Durbin Talks Background Checks, Immigration Reform

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
(Official Portrait/via Wikimedia Commons)

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is unsure whether there are enough Democratic votes to pass a bipartisan plan to expand background checks before guns sales.  The Senate Majority Whip said he has yet to conduct a count. 

But as a guest on Fox News Sunday, he said moving the plan through the Senate would be a step in the right direction. 

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Immigration
6:30 am
Sun April 14, 2013

Mo. House Committee Considers Bill To Revoke Public Assistance To Some Immigrants

Mo. State Rep. Wanda Brown (R, Cole Camp), sponsor of HB 765.
Mo. House Communications
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St. Louis on the Air
4:20 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Twenty Years Of Bosnian Identity In St. Louis And In The Homeland

A Bosnian family in St. Louis holds a picture of their home in Bosnia, now destroyed. On the mantle is a photograph of a son who was killed in the genocide.
Ben Moore

About 60,000 Bosnians live in St. Louis.  That’s estimated to be more Bosnians per capita than anywhere else in the world outside of Bosnia.

Bosnians settled in St. Louis during the 1990s, after the break-up of the former Yugoslavia and ensuing war and genocide.  Bosnia, or Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country in southeastern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of when Bosnians came to St. Louis and questions surrounding Bosnian cultural and national identities remain unresolved.

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Immigration
4:30 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Why Does St. Louis Need More Immigrants?

Credit (via Flickr/NathanReed)

We need more immigrants to help expand the regional population and kick start economic growth.

Those were the findings of a study released last year by Saint Louis University professor Jack Strauss.

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Politics
12:19 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Durbin Optimistic On Budget Deal, Says More Work To Do On Immigration Reform

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
(via Wikimedia Commons/United States Senate)

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said the current federal budget battle could present an opportunity for a “grand bargain” between Republicans and Democrats, asserting that  it's time to reform Medicare and other entitlements.

As a guest on Fox News Sunday, the number two Democrat in the Senate also managed to get in a political jab at Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).   

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Politics
4:47 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Blunt: Path To Citizenship Hardest For People To Accept

Blunt – Flickr/Gage Skidmore , McCaskill – Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill

Just months after the GOP’s poor performance among Latino voters, a group of eight senators -- four Republicans and four Democrats -- has renewed calls for immigration reform.

The plan would address four issues: border security, expanding opportunities for legal immigrants, an employee identification system and an arduous path to citizenship.

But Republican Senator Roy Blunt told reporters that it's the last one that will be the most problematic.

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