The Senate has rejected Kentucky Republican Rand Paul's amendment to hold annual border security votes as part of comprehensive immigration reform by a 61-to-37 vote. Under Paul's 'Trust But Verify" proposal, Congress would be required to vote once every five years to certify the border is sufficiently secure. Specifically, the amendment calls for 95 percent apprehension rate, a double fence on the U.S-Mexico border and full border surveillance. The Senate is currently debating the so-called ...

Immigration Reform Supporters Rally in Lexington

Apr 11, 2013

As a group of senators known as the “Gang of Eight” work toward an immigration bill in Washington, supporters of reform are urging Congress to act sooner rather than later. One of the 70 demonstrations planned across the country Wednesday was held at Lexington’s Triangle Park. Speakers and musicians rallied a crowd of more than 150 people.

A new group of business leaders wants to recruit 300 CEOs and 1,000 small businesses in Illinois to push for "common sense" bipartisan immigration reform. The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition includes leaders from Peoria-based Caterpillar as well as Motorola Solutions, the University of Illinois, trade groups and immigration-rights advocates. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also backs the coalition.

Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner says comprehensive immigration reform would have a tremendous impact on the state’s farmers and livestock producers. James Comer says if it weren’t for immigrant labor, many Kentucky farmers wouldn’t be able to harvest their crops.

Afternoon Round-Up 8/16/12

Aug 16, 2012

Today on NPR: The government began accepting applications Wednesday for " deferred action for childhood arrivals ." The program allows qualified undocumented young people brought to the U.S. as children to study and work legally in the U.S. Many are applying, but the process is not without risk for some.

NPR reports around 2 million people in the US are without power , while heat waves still blanket much of the country. Kentucky ~ An oil well explosion shut down a portion of US-41 Alternate in Webster County for part of last night. A Mayfield man has pleaded guilty to several charges stemming from a Marshall County wreck that killed two of his passengers. The combination of high heat and inconsistent rainfall is hurting many crops in Kentucky including one of the more recent additions to the...

The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on immigration has officials in many states mulling over its impact. The matter was the topic of discussion this week on KETs Kentucky Tonight.

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Activists expect the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down most of Arizonas controversial immigration law will stifle efforts to pass a similar law in Kentucky.

NPR reports more and more dads are going it alone, choosing to be single fathers . Kentucky ~ Michael Ceglinski has been named principal of McCracken County High School . The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is holding three fair housing workshops next week for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and their families. A workshop to help veterans apply for a new educational benefit is being held at West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah this month. Two...

Kentucky Senate Passes Bill Barring Welfare for Immigrants

Mar 20, 2012

A proposal to keep illegal immigrants from getting welfare benefits in Kentucky has passed the state Senate. The legislation sponsored by Republican Senator Mike Wilson cleared the Senate Monday. The bill requires welfare applicants to present documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal residency in order to be eligible. If theyre not able to produce a document such as a birth certificate or drivers license within 30 days, they could sign an affidavit swearing that they are eligible for the...