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UNITED STATES – Arizona Passes New Immigration Enforcement Provision

On Friday April 23, 2010, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law. This law is focused on immigration enforcement and appears to give broad authority to state and local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration provisions. The bill, among other things, requires law enforcement officers and other agents of the state to inquire about a person’s immigration status under certain circumstances.
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UNITED STATES – Immigration Reform on Congressional Agenda

April 28, 2010
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Now that healthcare reform has been passed, Congress has turned its attention to immigration reform. However, some in Washington, D.C. have indicated that the issue might have a very difficult time finding enough votes to pass. The immigration reform push has been strong with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who faces a challenging re-election contest in Nevada. Although a bill has not yet been formally proposed, it would likely contain provisions similar to those included in the 2007 comprehensive immigration reform effort. In the 2007 proposals, there was a strong emphasis on enforcement, as well as additional immigration benefits for the employment-based process.
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CANADA – Special Visa Program for Mexican Business Visitors Created

Canada imposed visa restrictions on those travelling from Mexico to Canada last year. This policy angered Mexican authorities and damaged the relationship between the governments of the two U.S. neighbors. The visa restrictions were imposed to reduce the number of refugees from Mexico applying for valid status in Canada. A special visa program for business visitors from Mexico has been implemented. The new Business Express Program was created to enable qualified businesses and their employees to benefit from more efficient visa processing. Specifically, they will be encumbered less paperwork, will benefit from priority processing of visa applications, and will have a dedicated service team to respond to specific issues. This new program will also allow Mexican business visitors to have their visa applications processed within twenty-four hours.
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