Daily Border Bulletin: Group reveals Kansas immigration plan, Latinos won’t forget Romney’s ‘anti-immigrant’ talk, Obama business plan ends country-specific immigrant visa caps

A coalition of businesses in Kansas are working to find ways to allow undocumented immigrants to remain in their state to work agricultural jobs while there are labor shortages. Following the Florida Primaries and a series of anti-immigrant statements, the Hispanic electorate will not soon forget where Mitt Romney stands on these issues. The Obama administration is going on offense on immigration by proposing to lift  the caps for certain immigrant visa categories as a way of fostering more small business growth.

Group reveals Kansas immigration plan  A coalition of businesses in Kansas are working to find ways to allow legal immigration in their state. “A coalition of business groups will propose Kansas start a new program to help some illegal immigrants remain in the state so they can hold down jobs in agriculture and other industries with labor shortages, coalition representatives disclosed Tuesday. The proposal is likely to stir controversy in the Legislature and divide the Republican majority, some of whose members have argued Kansas needs to crack down on illegal immigration. Representatives of the business coalition, which includes agriculture groups and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, provided a draft copy of their proposed legislation to The Associated Press ahead of its formal introduction in the House and Senate.”

Latinos won’t forget Romney’s ‘anti-immigrant’ talk Following the Florida Primaries and a series of anti-immigrant statements, the Hispanic electorate will not soon forget where Mitt Romney stands on these issues. “Responding angrily to a campaign ad from Newt Gingrich accusing him of being anti-immigrant, Mitt Romney insisted during last week’s Republican debate at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville that he has no problem with immigrants. Perhaps not. But the dishonest and cynical way in which the former governor of Massachusetts has dealt with the immigration issue on the campaign trail shows that he has a problem being consistent.”

Obama business plan ends country-specific immigrant visa caps The Obama administration is going on offense on immigration by proposing to lift  the caps for certain immigrant visa categories as a way of fostering more small business growth. “President Obama’s small-business growth plan includes a proposal to eliminate country-specific caps for certain immigrant visa categories. The proposal, which is likely to run into opposition from some members of Congress, would eliminate the caps to “attract more high skilled foreign workers, including entrepreneurs” to the United States, according to a White House statement. Business groups, particularly in the technology sector, have complained for years about the caps, which they say prevent them from hiring skilled workers and growing their companies in the United States.”

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