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2009/8/29-9/9 [Politics/Domestic/Immigration, Politics/Domestic/President/Bush] UID:53308 Activity:nil
8/29    'For immigrants, Kennedy remained tireless advocate'
        http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090829/ap_on_re_us/us_kennedy_immigrants
        'Kennedy remained an ally for immigrants and minorities, even though
         Massachusetts didn't have a sizable Latino or Asian population.
         "He had no constituency he was trying to serve, other than what he saw
         was fair and just," Mindiola said."'
        Now this was a real pro-immigrant senator, not like those so-called
        "pro-immigrant" vote-buying politicians.  I didn't know I benefited
        from him so much until after he passed away.  May he RIP.
        -- Asian immigrant
        \_ Is he pro H1B? We need more H1Bs so that tech companies can be
           more competitive, by hiring cheap skilled PhDs.
           \_ He's now pro annelid.
           \_ "All Immigration Votes of Senator Edward Kennedy"
              http://www.csua.org/u/oyr (profiles.numbersusa.com)
              I'm not sure.  At a first glance he seems to be anti-H1B, but
              maybe he actually cast his vote according to the specific details
              of the bills and the then-current situation, rather than adopting
              a simple for/against position.  -- OP
              I'm not sure.  At a first glance he seemed to be anti-H1B, but
              maybe he actually casted his vote according to the specific
              details of the bills and the then-current situations, rather than
              adopting a simple for/against position.  -- OP
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ABC News By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press Writer Russell Contreras, Associated Press Writer - Sat Aug 29, 9:34 am ET BOSTON - Before 1965, Leticia Hermosa had little chance of crossing the Pacific to the US from the Philippines. Hermosa, a nurse, and others like her just couldn't get through the strict US immigration quota system, which favored Western Europeans and essentially excluded those from Asia and Latin America. Edward Kennedy pushed through the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, the door opened for her to immigrate in 1973 to Boston, where she eventually finished school, got a law degree and became a US citizen. On Thursday, Hermosa stood in line with thousands of others at the John F Kennedy Library and Museum to pay her respects to the late senator. "If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here today," said the 55-year-old Hermosa, who now lives in Westwood, Mass. As the nation mourns Kennedy, who died this week of a brain tumor at age 77, historians and immigrant advocates are remembering the senator -- perhaps more than any other -- as championing legislation that directly benefited immigrants, their children and their grandchildren. The 1965 law that he sponsored fundamentally changed the demographics of the country and transformed many urban enclaves into majority-minority cities. But they say Kennedy also remained a "point man" in the Senate for immigrant advocates and minorities throughout his career, even supporting recent proposals to overhaul immigration laws aimed at undocumented workers. Kennedy was always committed to us and also tried to do what he could on our behalf," said Arturo S Rodriguez, president of the California-based United Farm Workers, a group co-founded by the late Cesar Chavez. Kennedy advocated for the children of immigrants and minorities by pushing legislation on voting rights and health care for uninsured children, Rodriguez said. Tatcho Mindiola, the director of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston, said Kennedy remained an ally for immigrants and minorities, even though Massachusetts didn't have a sizable Latino or Asian population. "He had no constituency he was trying to serve, other than what he saw was fair and just," Mindiola said. Ignacio M Garcia, author of "Viva Kennedy: Mexican Americans in search of Camelot" and a history professor at Utah's Brigham Young University, said Kennedy developed strong ties with advocates during his brother's 1960 presidential campaign. While campaigning as the point person for "Viva Kennedy" clubs in the American Southwest, the youngest Kennedy brother saw firsthand the effects of Latino segregation, Garcia said. "He established relationships even before his brothers did, and in a more direct way," Garcia said. "John F Kennedy would disappoint, Robert Kennedy never really got the chance, but Ted would become the go-to guy." William Bonilla, 79, a lawyer in Corpus Christi, Texas, and former national president for the League of United Latin American Citizens, said that whenever Latino groups invited Kennedy to speak, the room was packed. "He spoke more for us than our own senators we elected from Texas," Bonilla said. Political observers say Kennedy's most lasting legacy may be the rarely mentioned 1965 immigration law. Before its passage, a national origins quota system was in place to mirror the largely white-ancestral makeup of the US Rep. Charles A Gonzalez, D-Texas, whose late father, Henry, served in Congress and worked with Kennedy on the legislation, said the bill would not have passed without Kennedy. "There's no way you can describe the importance of his involvement. In 1965, the US was around 85 percent white, according to various estimates. Today, a third of the country is minority, and nonwhites are on track to become the majority sometime in the 2040s. Minority populations have grown by leaps and bounds because of high birth rates among those first generations of immigrants and a steady flow from Latin America, Asian and Africa since. Some political observers even credit the election of President Barack Obama to the political maturation of those populations. Syndicated editorial cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz said Kennedy's death has "reawakened" interests in Kennedy among the children and grandchildren of immigrants. He said that when his wife, Victoria Landeros-Lopez, heard of Kennedy's passing, she pulled out an old "Viva Kennedy" button her mother wore during the 1960 campaign. That gave Alcaraz the idea this week to draw a cartoon of a young Sen. "When my wife left to take the kids to the orthodontist, I kissed her and said 'Viva Kennedy,'" Alcaraz said. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.
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Kennedy's immigration related congressional votes, cosponsorships, and other immigration actions during his career in Congress. Immigration Profiles is the only exhaustive source for this information available in one place. This bill would have exempted children of Filipino World War II veterans naturalized pursuant to the Immigration Act of 1990 from numerical limits on worldwide immigration. cosposnring A S 703, a bill that would expand chain migration by expanding the definition of immediate relative for purposes of exemptions from the numerical cap to include children of US citizens parents accompanying or following to join the parent. The Clinton Amendment would significantly increase legal immigration by adding an unlimited number of spouses and minor children of lawful permanent residents to the uncapped immediate relative category that currently is for the spouses, minor children and parents of US citizens only. 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Two weeks prior to this vote, the Senate rejected cloture on the grand bargain substitute amendment to S 1348 by a 45-50 margin, thus halting for the time being the bills progress toward final passage. President Bush then stepped in to plead with Senate Republicans to give the compromise another look. Senate Majority Leader Reid chose to bring the proposal back to the Senate as a new bill, S 1369. Voted on Senate floor in favor of guestworker-amnesty bill by voting in favor of a motion to bring bill to the Senate floor for a debate and a vote in 2007 Sen. Kennedy voted in favor of a motion to invoke cloture and bring S 1639, the corrected and updated version of S 1348, the guestworker-amnesty bill that would grant an amnesty, would authorize the importation of millions of new foreign workers, and would do little to curb our illegal immigration crisis, to the Senate floor. Two weeks prior to this vote, the Senate rejected cloture on the grand bargain substitute amendment to S 1348 by a 45-50 margin, thus halting for the time being the bills progress toward final passage. President Bush then stepped in to plead with Senate Republicans to give the compromise another look and Senate Majority Leader Reid then brought the proposal back to the Senate as a new bill, S 1369. Voted on Senate floor in favor of guestworker-amnesty bill by voting in favor of motion to limit debate and move to vote in 2007 Sen. Kennedy voted in favor of the second cloture motion on the "grand bargain" substitute amendment (SA 1150) to S 1348, the guestworker-amnesty bill that would grant an amnesty, would authorize the importation of millions of new foreign workers, and would do little to curb our illegal immigration crisis. 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