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Biden cites free-trade pacts for 'blossoming' Latin American economies

NEW YORK, June 5 (UPI) -- Free-trade agreements with countries from Canada to Chile have spawned economic progress throughout the Western Hemisphere, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says.
Schumer: Immigration overhaul to pass Senate by July 4

Schumer: Immigration overhaul to pass Senate by July 4

WASHINGTON, June 3 (UPI) -- A U.S. immigration-overhaul bill will pass the Senate by Independence Day with "a lot of" Republican support, the body's No. 3 Democrat says.

Romney's biggest Obama disappointment: No agenda

LA JOLLA, Calif., May 31 (UPI) -- Losing U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said his biggest disappointment with President Obama's second term is its lack of clear "agenda."
The Issue: How far is the reach of the scandal monster dogging Obama?

The Issue: How far is the reach of the scandal monster dogging Obama?

Talk about a whiff. The Obama administration, in one extraordinarily difficult stretch, was belted with the specters of the U.S. Consulate bombing, word of the IRS targeting conservative groups and the revelation that the FBI was rifling through The Associated Press' phone records.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Sen. Menendez says he is hopeful on votes for U.S. immigration reform

Sen. Menendez says he is hopeful on votes for U.S. immigration reform

WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) -- A Democratic member of the so-called Gang of Eight said he was still optimistic the U.S. Senate will be able to pass the group's immigration reform bill.

Republican leaders press Obama to meet with border enforcement union

WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) -- Two Republican legislators criticized President Barack Obama in a letter for failing to meet with unionized U.S. immigration and customs officers.

Boehner 'confident' House will pass immigration reform

WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Thursday he is "confident" the House will pass immigration reform but he isn't sure what might be in the bill.

Italy sends police reinforcements to Milan after pickaxe attacks

MILAN, Italy, May 23 (UPI) -- Scores of police reinforcement are being sent to Milan to calm crime fears after a Ghanaian immigrant killed three people, Italy's interior minister says.
Immigration reform legislation sent to Senate floor

Immigration reform legislation sent to Senate floor

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 Tuesday night to send U.S. immigration reform legislation to the Senate floor.
Bipartisan House group has first-round immigration deal

Bipartisan House group has first-round immigration deal

WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- A bipartisan U.S. House group says it has a first-round agreement on comprehensive immigration reform both parties consider fair and equitable.

Senate panel tightens student visa rules in immigration bill

WASHINGTON, May 15 (UPI) -- The sweeping immigration reform bill was amended by a U.S. Senate committee to tighten student visa rules in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.
The Issue: Accountability attacked over, under and upside-down

The Issue: Accountability attacked over, under and upside-down

American voters are bombarded by messages -- gazillions of messages -- that help them make decisions when they enter the voting booth or decide on an issue.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Fwd.us draws criticism from defector Musk

SAN FRANCISCO, May 11 (UPI) -- Prominent Silicon Valley businessman Elon Musk said the political group Fwd.us was going about its support of immigration reform the wrong way.

Immigration bill survives poison-pill attacks in committee session

WASHINGTON, May 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate's Gang of Eight fended off poison-pill amendments meant to derail a bipartisan immigration reform bill supporters say is gaining steam.

New York City bill would let non-citizen immigrants vote

NEW YORK, May 10 (UPI) -- Some 800,000 immigrants would get the right to vote under a New York bill that would make the city the largest to let non-citizens vote in local elections.
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