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A naturalization ceremony on June 21, 2013 in New York City. U.S. immigration officials have rolled out a new form for citizenship applicants that is twice as long as the current one. It contains additional questions related to national security, and electronic bar codes to speed up processing. But critics say it could make applying more difficult for many.
Immigration officials rolled out a new application form for U.S. citizenship on Tuesday - 21 pages in length - twice as long as the current form.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials said the changes bring what's known as Form N-400 in line with two national security laws passed in the mid-2000s. Another reason the application is longer: electronic bar codes embedded in the online form, which officials say will capture the data entered and reduce human error and help staff process applications more quickly.
The changes have been years in the making and include a series of new questions, ranging from whether applicants participated in paramilitary group to questions that pertain to applicants' parents and children.
According to a statement on the USCIS website, the new questions were added"...to conform with the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) of 2004 and Child Soldier Prevention Act of 2007. The additional information is important for USCIS to make a complete and informed determination of an applicant’s eligibility for U.S. citizenship. The questions relate not only to concerns surrounding good moral character but also to issues relating to the security of the United States."
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Franklin Leonard, CEO of The Black List speaks at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival in Austin. His company will be creating a short list of writers from "underserved" communities to TBS and TNT.
Hollywood executives in the market for a screenplay or pilot script know to turn to The Black List for some of the best unproduced works in film and television.
The online service is where writers can have their work critiqued and ranked by studio execs. Oscar winners Argo and The King’s Speech both made appearances on the list.
But the company acknowledges that certain groups in Hollywood such as minorities aren’t getting noticed as much because they don’t have an “in” with the industry.
The Black List is tackling the issue by launching a new diversity initiative with Turner networks, TBS and TNT, said founder Franklin Leonard.
"We aim to be a doorway with a really good filter that allows people who are doing great work to get their work to Hollywood, where previously there may have not been an opportunity," Leonard said.
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President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill on Jan. 28, 2014 in Washington, D.C., two days before House Republicans unveiled their template for immigration reform last Thursday. The plan doesn't provide a clear path to U.S. citizenship for most unauthorized immigrants - and is prompting questions about how much Obama is willing to compromise.
House G.O.P.'s immigration plan presents tough choices for Obama - New York Times From the story: "President Obama and his allies may soon confront a difficult decision: whether to abandon the creation of a new path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants and accept tough border security and enforcement measures that they have long criticized." Last week, House Republicans unveiled an immigration reform strategy that stops short of U.S. citizenship for most unauthorized immigrants.
U.S. immigration bill 'in doubt' this year, Republican Ryan says - Reuters Republican Rep. Paul Ryan says it's unlikely that his party will compromise on immigration reform, in spite of a set of House GOP "principles" released last week. From the story: "Security first, no amnesty, then we might be able to get somewhere," Ryan said on ABC's "This Week."
Coca-Cola's ad with people singing "America the Beautiful" is turning out to be the most controversial commercial of the Super Bowl.
But Coca-Cola's latest Super Bowl entry, featuring "America the Beautiful" sung in multiple languages, is going down as one of the most polarizing ads in game history.
Coke said the point of the 60-second commercial was to celebrate the country's diversity and showed people of different races and creeds hanging out with friends and family, as the song is delivered first in English, then in other tongues, including Spanish, Hindi and Tagalog.
The company has since posted on YouTube versions of the song performed in its entirety in languages including Senegalese-French, Mandarin, Spanish, Hebrew and Keres, a dialect spoken by the Keres Pueblo people in New Mexico.
House Speaker John Boehner speaks at a GOP retreat Thursday in Maryland, where House Republican leaders unveiled a one-page set of "principles" for immigration reform.
Text of Republicans’ Principles on Immigration - New York Times House GOP leaders' template for immigration reform stipulates that border and interior security should come first, but would allow for young people who arrived as minors to legalize their status and pursue U.S. citizenship. Others in the country illegally would also be able to pursue legal status, but with "no special path to citizenship."
Obama: I might consider immigration reform that has no citizenship path - CBS News Although he has long held that a clear path to U.S. citizenship should be a key provision of immigration reform, President Obama said in an interview Friday that "he doesn't want to prejudge legislation in which people get legal status and then go into the regular citizenship process."
Republicans’ Immigration Blueprint Leaves Party at Odds and Democrats Hopeful - New York Times From the story: "Many Republicans rejected the one-page 'standards for immigration reform' outright, and others said now was not the time for a legislative push on a number of contentious issues in an election year with trends going their way. Even their leader was cautious about where the issue will go from here."