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In immigration news: U-Visas and domestic violence, tech industry lobbied on comprehensive reform



Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is asking the high-tech industry to support comprehensive reform, not just legislation that would increase the number of visas for high-tech workers.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is asking the high-tech industry to support comprehensive reform, not just legislation that would increase the number of visas for high-tech workers.
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Activists set out for immigrant detention center in Arizona - Fox News Latino Calling for a stop to deportations, activists have begun a march that will end April 5 at the Eloy Detention Center in Arizona. The group left from Phoenix and includes Guatemalan immigrant Anselma Lopez who says her son has been held at at the detention center for two years. Activists have been ramping up pressure on Washington, and hoping that President Obama will change his deportation policy.

Committee Votes Down Immigration Reform as Budget Booster - NBC News Democrats on the House Budget Committee forced Republicans to go on record as to where they stand on immigration reform. They did this by forcing a roll call vote on an amendment to include money for an immigration overhaul in a budget bill. Rep. Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif, had offered the amendment knowing that it would likely fail as it did on party lines. 

Asian immigrant wins U-Visa as crime victim - Times Ledger U-Visas grant up to four years of temporary working status for survivors of serious crime, helping to put them on their way to a green card and naturalization. Created by the passage of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, U-Visas help immigrants such as Li Ping, who during an attack by two men in 1997, had her throat slit.

Tech Industry’s Stance on Immigration Scrutinized - Wall Street Journal  Large technology companies are concerned that inaction on comprehensive legislation will ruin chances for less controversial parts of the bill, such as visas for high-tech or agriculture workers. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois wrote tech leaders this week to complain and ask them to "renew their commitment to a comprehensive bill and to pledge that they will not support stand-alone legislation to increase the number of high-tech visas, known as H1-Bs."