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According to an article in Time magazine by former U.S. Representative from New York, Robert Garcia, titled “Hillary Clinton Holds the Key to Immigration Reform“, that she might have a tough time trying to deliver on immigration reform promises she made during her campaign.

Unfortunately, getting support for an immigration reform bill will be particularly difficult in the hostile atmosphere created by Trump. It took us several years in the 1980’s to come together and pass a bill that attempted to address that generation’s immigration issues. As a participant in those debates, it was clear to me then, and it is just as clear now, that this must be a bipartisan effort.

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But Mr. Garcia notes that she has the experience to work toward a positive result:

The good news is Clinton has proven she understands how to work with the other side of the aisle. Her bottom line is to come together to find common ground while never forgetting that immigration reform is not an abstraction. It is about people, their future, and our future as a nation.

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It all went OK until the Wedtech scandal.

According to Wikipedia, the author of the Time article, the 7 term House Rep Mr. Garcia, had a long political career, but one that ended in scandal:

Garcia was elected on the Republican and Liberal tickets on February 14, 1978, to the 95th United States Congress, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Herman Badillo,[2] and took his seat on February 21, 1978, as a Democrat.

He was re-elected to the 96th, 97th, 98th, 99th, 100th and 101st United States Congresses, remaining in Congress until January 7, 1990, when he was forced to resign as a result of his involvement in the Wedtech scandal

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January 2019 Visa Bulletin

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VISA BULLETIN JANUARY 2019

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Here’s the latest Visa Bulletin.

https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Bulletins/visabulletin_january2019.pdf

 

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A battle over Trump’s border wall could shut down major parts of the government for the third time this year

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President Donald Trump has requested $5 billion in U.S. funding for his proposed wall on the U.S.-Meixco border, however, the Democrats refused to agree to such a sum.

On CNBC, the story quotes:

Once again, a spat over President Donald Trump’s immigration plans has derailed talks to keep the government open.

Congress faces a Dec. 7 deadline to fund parts of the government. Trump signed spending legislation in September for five agencies, such as the departments of Defense and Health and Human Services, for the next fiscal year. But lawmakers still need to fund seven other agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security.

As Congress has already approved money for large parts of the federal government, a partial shutdown will have limited effects on its core functions. The funding fight does have stakes for how much of the president’s immigration agenda he can enact as a migrant crisis plays out at the southern border.

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Migrant Caravan Set To Cross Border

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The “Migrant Caravan” is now set to attempt to cross the Mexican border into the United States.

It’s uncertain as to what will take place, but there have been very pointed statements by both those opposing, and supporting the undertaking.

On Yahoo, the story quotes:

As the issue exploded into a diplomatic row, organizers of the caravan quietly broke it up.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a stark warning Wednesday to the first 120 who arrived, including some 50 minors.

“If you enter our country illegally, you have broken the law and will be referred for prosecution,” DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said.

Nielsen said those making false immigration claims or helping others to do so would also be prosecuted.

Around 600 migrants are still traveling more or less together by hopping trains and taking buses.

The first two buses will be followed by three more, said organizer Irineo Mujica of the migrant rights group People Without Borders.

and Reuters reports:

Busloads of migrants began arriving on Tuesday at a shelter that was a five minute-walk from the border and within sight of a U.S. flag waving under an overpass connecting the two countries.

While many rested in tents after a month-long journey across Mexico, others wandered up to the border to contemplate the next stage in their journey.

“The wall doesn’t look that tall,” said Kimberly George, a 15-year-old girl from Honduras as she looked toward a stunted barrier a few feet away. “I really want to cross it.”

 

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