Bill Richardson: Immigration and the Competitive Edge

Bill Richardson: Yes it does because there’s . . . there’s thousands of legal immigrants that are trying to get in this country – through what are called H1Bs – that are skilled, and especially technology, that are not allowed in. We have a broken immigration system not on . . . not just on the illegal immigration side, but also dealing with legal immigration; dealing with those that are trying to get here legally that have applied for years, that legitimately should be part of technology, and computers, and are not allowed in because of a huge backlog; because of inefficiency in our bureaucratic system; because they don’t have enough staffing at the immigration service. What we need to realize is we can’t just deal with illegal immigration. We have to deal with legal immigration. And what I would do is . . . I mentioned all those standards for illegal immigrants. First to be able to come into America should be those that are trying to get here legally. And those that are here legally, trying to become citizens. Recorded on: 11/20/07

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Why the federal judge ordered White House to restore Jim Acosta's press badge

A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (R) returns to the White House with CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist after Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate his press pass November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. CNN has filed a lawsuit against the White House after Acosta's press pass was revoked after a dispute involving a news conference last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs
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  • The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
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Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

Image: Dicken Schrader
Strange Maps
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  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
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Surprising Science
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