Sen. Leahy: Don't 'exploit' Boston to 'derail' immigration - CBS News Starting off the second Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform Monday, Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont "urged his Senate colleagues to stop using the Boston Marathon bombings as an excuse to slow down immigration reform." Discussion of last week's bombings turned to immigration when the two suspects were identified as having Chechen immigrant roots.
Details of US immigration bill prioritize work skills - Voice of America Among other provisions in the new Senate reform bill, the cap on H-1B visas for high-skilled would nearly double, and possibly triple if certain conditions are met. The spouses of people with these visas would also would be allowed to work legally, and their numbers wouldn't count against the cap.
Immigration bill sprinkled with pet projects - Fox News As tends to happen with omnibus bills, the Senate immigration reform bill contains provisions backed by individual lawmakers that would benefit several industries.
Advocates of immigration reform fight back against push for delay - Washington Post Senate supporters of the immigration reform bill filed last week are trying to "blunt a conservative effort to slow the pace of debate over their bill, saying the Boston Marathon bombings are a reason to move quickly to make changes." Last week's bombings have overshadowed immigration talks in the Senate.
Spain's population shrinks as immigrants flee economic crisis - BBC News Spanish officials are reporting that the country's population has dropped by almost 206,000, a decline "entirely accounted for by foreigners," many of them immigrants from Ecuador and Colombia. The country's first population drop in decades follows a major economic crisis.