Good News, Bad News

I recently received the following email, I suppose he got my email from the ‘About’ section. Well, the good news is he likes our blog but the bad news is that he thinks I’m Greg.

Hi Greg!
I love your blog.  I am an author whose novel, Forever My Lady is being released by WarnerBooks/Grand Central at the end of the month. 
I would be honored to include your blog as part of my official author blog tour as your special interview guest. (I can even provide the questions and answers so all you’ll have to do is cut & paste if you’d like if you’re super busy.)
I have appeared on NPR, American Latino TV, SITV, in the Boston Globe, Miami Herald. 
Basically I would “stop by” your blog and answer some questions which you can post in your blog.  I think it might be kind of fun for your readers.I can also give away a free book to your audience and I’d love to give you a copy of the book as being such a gracious “host” on your blog. 
It might be exciting for your readers to get a sneak peak into the new release of this book. If you’d like more information let me know!
🙂 Jeff Rivera

Press Release: Immigration Policy Center

Here again, confirmation that Comprehensive Immigration Reform is a priority for the 111th Congress. Perhaps the silver lining in this dark cloud that’s hung over our County is that it has caused the federal government to acknowledge their short-comings and finally force them to address this issue. Could I end up thanking Corey Stewart & John Stirrup? Let’s wait and see….

For Immediate Release

Another Reason to Give Thanks:
Leaders in Both Parties Agree Immigration Reform is a Must Pass Priority

November 25, 2008

Washington, DC-In recent days, leaders from both sides of the aisle indicated that comprehensive immigration reform is a legislative priority for the 111th Congress. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reassured the public that Congress will “move forward” and pass immigration reform legislation. Meanwhile, the renowned Republican strategist Karl Rove included immigration reform as part of a roadmap for the future survival of the GOP. “Republicans must find a way to support secure borders, a guest-worker program and comprehensive immigration reform that strengthens citizenship, grows our economy and keeps America a welcoming nation,” said Rove.

In fact, the lessons from this month’s election are stark. An analysis by America’s Voice of 21 “battleground” races for House and Senate seats found that pro-immigration-reform candidates beat enforcement-only “hardliners” in 19 of the races. “Americans voters have shown they prefer fair and practical solutions over anti-immigrant rhetoric that sidesteps the real problem,” said Angela Kelley, Director of the Immigration Policy Center. Now leaders must show that they got the wake up call. Reid and Rove know that the American people are counting on Washington to offer answers that strengthen and sustain all of America’s workers, families and communities, native born and newcomer alike. Immigration reform is a part of the solution for a stronger America, and one that policy-makers have to get done and get done right.”

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Immigration Deal Reached?

Deal Is Reached on Immigration Bill Affecting Students, Says Senate Leader

Washington — Momentum appears to be building in Congress for passage of immigration legislation that could make some illegal immigrants eligible for certain federal programs, including student aid.

In an interview with the Gannett News Service that was published over the weekend, the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, a Democrat of Nevada, said that President-elect Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain, a Republican of Arizona, had reached agreement on how to proceed with a comprehensive immigration bill. Senator Reid said that he did not expect “much of a fight at all” over the legislation, which would overhaul the nation’s immigration laws.

Congress tried to pass an immigration bill last year, but it failed for reasons unrelated to the education provisions. Those pieces of the bill, which were taken from the Dream Act, would have created a path to permanent residency for immigrant students and would have made it easier for states to charge cheaper in-state tuition rates to some illegal immigrants. —Kelly Field