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Immigration
3:24 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

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

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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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Immigration
2:21 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Illinois Poised To Allow Driver's Licenses For Those In U.S. Illegally

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Updated 3:06 p.m. with comment from Gov. Quinn. Will be updated further. Reporting from Brian Mackey used in this report

The Illinois House has approved legislation allowing those who are in the U.S. illegally to obtain driver's licenses.

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Immigration
6:15 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Immigrant Advocates Ask Mo. Lawmakers To Resist Negative Rhetoric And Immigrant-Unfriendly Bills

Members of the Mo. Senate's Blue Ribbon Panel on Immigration hear testimony from Sister Peggy Bonnot of El Puente Hispanic Ministry in Jefferson City.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A State Senate panel assigned to study immigration issues in Missouri held its final meeting today in Jefferson City.

Some of the discussion focused on so-called “anti-immigrant” comments made on the House and Senate floors in recent years.  Vanessa Crawford Aragon is Executive Director of Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates.  She told committee chair Senator John Lamping (R, Ladue) that inflammatory speeches by some lawmakers have made life harder for immigrants in Missouri and they need to tone it down.

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Immigration
2:10 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Ill. Senate Panel OKs Licenses For Illegal Immigrants

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Supporters of licensing illegal immigrants to drive say it would make Illinois roads safer with trained motorists required to carry insurance.

The Senate Executive Committee voted 12-2 Thursday to advance the plan for some of the 250,000 people living in Illinois illegally.

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran told the committee unlicensed and uninsured illegal immigrants cause $64 million in damage claims each year - a cost covered by insured motorists' premiums.

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