Conservative leaders from Ohio are headed to Washington this week to lobby for immigration reform in a collaboration between businesses, evangelicals, and law enforcement. Twenty Ohio leaders are among the hundreds who have meetings set with House Republicans Tuesday. While the Senate passed a comprehensive bill earlier this year, the House has yet to bring a bill to the floor.
U.S. Senator Rob Portman will meet with farmers in the Dayton area today to answer questions about the farm bill.
For most farmers, the first concern about the farm bill is making sure there is a farm bill. The bill expires every five years, and the U.S. House and Senate have until October to agree on a new version or extend the old one.
Ohio's higher education chief says illegal immigrants with temporary legal status will soon be able to pay in-state tuition rates at the state's public colleges as long as they meet other residency requirements.
Most of the state's two- and four-year public colleges have previously charged students who are illegal immigrants tuition rates much higher than what other Ohio students pay.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that John Carey, chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, sent a letter Wednesday to the state's college presidents notifying them of the changes.
Businesses would have to prioritize hiring an American worker over a foreign one, under a bipartisan amendment announced Tuesday by U-S Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio.
Senator Brown says the amendment essentially restores language in the Senate’s immigration bill that requires companies offering positions to recruit AND hire qualified American workers ahead of foreign workers seeking H-1B visas. The H-1B allows foreign workers with advanced degrees and specialized skills to work in the U.S., on a temporary three-year basis. Last year, 135-thousand were issued in the country.
In the final installment of WYSO’s ReInvention Stories, we meet Francisco and Maribel Arias Hernandez. The couple came to the United States from Mexico in 1989. They planned to earn money and go back but they ended up starting a family in Chicago, and they lived there for 15 years. Francisco and Maribel came to Dayton with their two sons to start a construction business - during a time when authorities were cracking down on undocumented workers, and immigrants in Southwest Ohio were living in fear.