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Standards For Immigration Reform

Posted on: February 2, 2014 by in Uncategorized
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Our nation’s immigration system is broken and our laws are not being enforced. Washington’s failure to fix them is hurting our economy and jeopardizing our national security. The overriding purpose of our immigration system is to promote and further America’s national interests and that is not the case today. The serious problems in our immigration system must be solved, and we are committed to working in a bipartisan manner to solve them. But they cannot be solved with a single, massive piece of legislation that few have read and even fewer understand, and therefore, we will not go to a conference with the Senate’s immigration bill. The problems in our immigration system must be solved through a step-by-step, common-sense approach that starts with securing our country’s borders, enforcing our laws, and implementing robust enforcement measures. These are the principals guiding us in that effort.

Border Security and Interior Enforcement Must Come First

It is the fundamental duty of any government to secure its borders, and the United States is failing in this mission. We must secure our borders now and verify that they are secure. In addition, we must ensure now that when immigration reform is enacted, there will be a zero tolerance policy for those who cross the border illegally or overstay their visas in the future. Faced with a consistent pattern of administrations of both parties only selectively enforcing our nation’s immigration laws, we must enact reform that ensures that a President cannot unilaterally stop immigration enforcement.

Implement Entry-Exit Visa Tracking System

A fully functioning Entry-Exit system has been mandated by eight separate statutes over the last 17 years. At least three of these laws call for this system to be biometric, using technology to verify identity and prevent fraud. We must implement this system so we can identify and track down visitors who abuse our laws.

Employment Verification and Workplace Enforcement

In the 21st century it is unacceptable that the majority of employees have their work eligibility verified through a paper based system wrought with fraud. It is past time for this country to fully implement a workable electronic employment verification system.

Reforms to the Legal Immigration System

For far too long, the United States has emphasized extended family members and pure luck over employment-based immigration.  This is inconsistent with nearly every other developed country. Every year thousands of foreign nationals pursue degrees at America’s colleges and universities, particularly in high skilled fields. Many of them want to use their expertise in U.S. industries that will spur economic growth and create jobs for Americans. When visas aren’t available, we end up exporting this labor and ingenuity to other countries. Visa and green card allocations need to reflect the needs of employers and the desire for these exceptional individuals to help grow our economy.

The goal of any temporary worker program should be to address the economic needs of the country and to strengthen our national security by allowing for realistic, enforceable, usable, legal paths for entry into the United States. Of particular concern are the needs of the agricultural industry, among others. It is imperative that these temporary workers are able to meet the economic needs of the country and do not displace or disadvantage American workers.

Youth

One of the great founding principles of our country was that children would not be punished for the mistakes of their parents. It is time to provide an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those who were brought to this country as children through no fault of their own, those who know no other place as home. For those who meet certain eligibility standards, and serve honorably in our military or attain a college degree, we will do just that.

Individuals Living Outside the Rule of Law

Our national and economic security depend on requiring people who are living and working here illegally to come forward and get right with the law. There will be no special path to citizenship for individuals who broke our nation’s immigration laws – that would be unfair to those immigrants who have played by the rules and harmful to promoting the rule of law. Rather, these persons could live legally and without fear in the U.S., but only if they were willing to admit their culpability, pass rigorous background checks, pay significant fines and back taxes, develop proficiency in English and American civics, and be able to support themselves and their families (without access to public benefits). Criminal aliens, gang members, and sex offenders and those who do not meet the above requirements will not be eligible for this program. Finally, none of this can happen before specific enforcement triggers have been implemented to fulfill our promise to the American people that from here on, our immigration laws will indeed be enforced.

Information for Asylum Seekers

Posted on: July 8, 2013 by in Uncategorized
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bigstock-Citizenship-documents-43205116The word “asylum” actually means protection or shelter from danger. Politically, refuge is protection granted by a government to an individual who has fled his or her native country as a political refugee – typically when the individual faces danger if he or she were to return home.

Along with being the land of the free and the home of the brave, the United States has historically been a sanctuary for individuals in need of protection from the dangers in their home countries. If they are granted refuge, individuals are allowed to work and live in the United States, but the status is only granted to individuals who meet certain requirements.

Requirements for Asylum

First of all, a person leaving his or her home country need not be approved for refuge  before entering the United States. Instead, individuals seeking asylum are allowed to apply for the status within one year of arriving in the U.S. The government approves applications for refuge if a person can prove that he or she has suffered fear or persecution in his or her home country due to the individual’s race, religion, nationality, membership in a social group, or political opinion. The individual is not only allowed to seek asylum for him or herself, but also for a spouse and any children under the age of 21 who are also unmarried.

Working as an Asylee

Once a person is granted asylum, that person can begin working legally in the United States without penalty. If 150 days have passed since the person applied for refuge status and no decision on the person’s application has been made, the individual seeking asylum can apply for Employment Authorization Documents, which would allow the refuge seeker to work before a final decision on his or her application is made.

It should be noted that the 150 day requirement assumes that any delays in application processing were not made by the applicant him or herself, as would be the case if an applicant asked for any extensions. A person must have an application for refuge pending in order to apply for Employment Authorization Documents.

After Asylum

An individual is able to apply for a green card, which is permanent resident status, after one year as an asylee.

Getting Legal Advice

Anyone who is in a position where refuge has to be considered will no doubt have some fears and doubts about their futures. By speaking with an experienced immigration attorney, seekers of asylum can have all of their questions answered and, if the attorney thinks the person is a good candidate for asylum, can help the person through the entire application process.

The attorney can help with all the necessary paperwork, including any paperwork necessary to help the applicant’s family gain asylum, and can also help with getting Employment Authorization Documents if the individual intends on working while in the U.S. After a year in the United States on refuge status, the attorney can also help the person apply for a green card to become a lawful permanent resident.

Breakfast Spots in Las Vegas

Posted on: December 2, 2012 by in Uncategorized
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It is widely known that eating a delicious, hearty breakfast gives your body the necessary energy to face the day. In Las Vegas, there are plenty of restaurants where you can fill your stomach with a scrumptious breakfast. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to have a good-time in Sin City or you want to recover from the previous night’s hangover, there are suitable breakfast spots to try all over the city of Las Vegas. Here are a few for you to consider.

10 Stacks at Du-Pars Restaurant

Du-Pars Restaurant is located on One Fremont Street at the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino. It has a fine reputation for its American cuisine, and they’re open 24 hours every day. Prices are pocket-friendly at an average of under $15 for a meal. You can make reservations if you choose to or walk-in, day or night. The main event here is their pancakes and pies. The savory aroma of pancakes made with buttermilk is simply their most sought-after dish. The restaurant has what it calls the Stackzilla challenge. Anyone who is hungry enough is given 10 golden pancakes to eat and finish them in a maximum of fifteen minutes. They are on the house if you manage to finish them and you get a T-shirt to show off. There are other great offerings on the breakfast menu. The pastry case with doughnuts is hard to resist. Try their banana nut bread, or go all out for breakfast and get a delicious steak fried the way you like it, and more.

Pete Rose Bar and Grill

This is an exquisite sports bar owned by the baseball star Pete Rose. It is located close to Polo Towers in the Hawaiian Marketplace. It specializes in sumptuous American Cuisine to hungry customers every day. The prices range is from $15 to $25, main hours are from 11 AM-1 AM, Monday-Thursday, and 11 AM to 3 AM on Friday to Sunday. Special breakfast hours are every day from 7AM to 11AM. There’s no need to reserve a table here, just walk in and enjoy your meal. For breakfast, you can get the delightful peanut butter cup crunchy French toast, fried eggs with cheese, and cinnamon waffles made with apples.If you’re late for breakfast, you can have nachos, burgers, and chicken wings – great sports bar grub. Or, if you want something a bit more substantial, they have delicious salads, appetizers, different types of sandwiches, and desserts.

Hexx Kitchen + Bar

Hexx is a suitable spot for those who want to clear their hangovers with a nice breakfast. This restaurant has a meal known as The Hot Mess. It includes pork with French fries, barbecue gravy, their famous sauce made with cheese, and eggs. For a hangover? Well, when in Vegas! They serve American dishes at $15-$25 for a meal. They are always open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Hexx has its menu focused on daily fresh ingredients for their signature meals such as their Cinnarollwaffle. Their savory signature dishes are chicken and waffles, which includes cheddar waffles with apple, tasty spaghetti carbonara served with pancetta and cheese, and the Hexx Benedict with Canadian bacon.

Good Breakfast Eats

With so many restaurants serving breakfast in Las Vegas, you have many options to choose from and then some. Get up early and try out the breakfast meals next time you visit, you won’t regret it!

Colleges and Universities in Las Vegas

Posted on: December 1, 2012 by in Uncategorized
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Las Vegas is not all fun and games! There is another side of this city that isn’t often experienced by visitors. Institutions of higher learning are also present in Las Vegas; they include trade schools, public or private colleges, and universities for students earning all types of degrees. Anyone who qualifies for admission is offered a quality education in their field of interest. Here are some of them:

Brightwood College in Las Vegas, Nevada

This college was known as Kaplan College before changing its name to Brightwood College in June 2008. They focus on assisting their students to excel in education. They offer diploma and degree courses to students who want to join certain careers or seek to advance in their current professions. This institute for advanced learning is close to the famed strip in Las Vegas. At Brightwood College, you will be guided towards achieving your goal in your chosen career. The college offers health and nursing programs, where students are encouraged to interact and gain practical knowledge and experience with coursework and clinical hours. Guests are frequently invited to speak to students about developments in the health sector and help prepare students for their future careers.

University of Nevada Las Vegas

University of Nevada gained status as a respectable research center and for their unrivaled economic expertise. Currently, the rate of admission is higher than other universities. With the rising number of applicants to this academic giant, only 55% are admitted, so students interested in attending need to perfect their application to stand out. Learning resources are accessible to all students, and they can be accessed in a classroom or online. Small class sizes ensure the professor knows who you are, your strengths, and what you would want to achieve in life after graduating. University of Nevada offers various degrees in liberal arts, sciences, nursing, and education. The university awards scholarships to some groups and qualified students on merit.

Sierra Nevada College

This private college is the only one of its kind in Nevada; it is a four-year academic hub with a reputation for outstanding higher education. The college is in Incline Village, Nevada. Sierra Nevada’s faculties have esteemed degree programs to prepare you for the job market. With more than 29 majors to choose from, students have lots of options at Sierra Nevada. These majors include finance, digital art, entrepreneurship, biology, and more. There are Masters degrees available in education, creative writing, and arts. Sierra Nevada College offers scholarships to athletes on merit; those who need financial assistance can get help from the Horatio Alger Association. Students who are studying fine arts and looking for financial aid can apply for a scholarship by filling the Aubrey application form available on the college website.

Sierra Nevada College has a well-equipped lab for sciences close to Lake Tahoe. Students are expected to attend academic symposiums, participate in doing research, and they are given access to art studios without limitations.

Get your Degree in Las Vegas

Whether you want to advance in your current profession or you just want to build a strong foundation for your career, education is the way to do it. There’s no shortage of colleges or universities in Las Vegas, find a degree program that you are interested in and start your new career.

Golf Courses in Las Vegas

Posted on: November 30, 2012 by in Uncategorized
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Stunning green landscapes are what golfers expect when they are teeing off at the golf course. Las Vegas, NV does not fall short of expectations; it has hosted some championship games in the US and around the world. Celebrated golfers hit the links in Las Vegas, and it’s always a thrill to spot them. Let’s highlight some of these majestic courses.

The Amazing Primm Valley Golf Club

This superb golf course in the desert is an 18-hole, par 72 course designed by Tom Fazio. Primm Valley Golf Course amazes golfers with its evergreen landscape. Its landscaping seems to rise from no particular direction outwards from the state line of Nevada-California. The course offers golfers a feeling of being isolated, so players can enjoy the breathtaking view without being disturbed by noise or other golfers.

At Primm Valley Golf Course, players are offered a warm-up area, which is on 22 acres for those who want to train before teeing with the professionals. The practice course has a variety of challenges, including sand bunkers, a driving range, target greens, and chipping. All these features are free to use with the green fees.

It’s among the most impressive direct courses in Nevada’s deserts. It has carts installed with GPS systems for on-point yardage, and the staff are very helpful.

Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock

Arroyo Golf Club at Red Rock is an 18-hole, par 72, 738-acre private course designed by Arnold Palmer in 2003. Players from all over the world travel to Las Vegas to take in the experience. It is recognized as Las Vegas’ premium golfer’s paradise. Here, you can pay a daily charge and delight in the privileges that accompany members of this golf course. At Arroyo Red Rock Country Club, locals and outsiders can play golf like the professionals.

Arroyo at Red Rock has gained its fair share of fame thanks to its great staff offering unmatched service, spectacular fairways, and green layout. Its 6,883-yards make it key to take a shot. The magnificently sculpted bunkers are big, while the greens are protected all around. All these features ensure an exciting game for both visitors and locals.

Luxury at Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn Las Vegas is a par 72, 18-hole, 7,193-yard golf course designed by world known designers Steve Wynn and Tom Fazio. It’s the only golf course in Vegas that’s attached to a resort. The resort has 2,716 rooms and VIP suites, high-end restaurants, a spa and a salon, and premium boutiques.The amazing landscape has a tree forest along the fairways, streams of water, and a waterfall to crown it. Wynn Las Vegas was designed as a luxurious golf resort for those golfers who cherish a great game and leisure. While playing on the green or relaxing in the clubhouse, the staff here are happyto make your visit as memorable as possible.

The course has hosted the LPGA and PGA golf championship tournaments for 50 years. It’s been built to leave a legacy for the many championships games that have been held here. Playing the course at Wynn calls for a high level of concentration from all participants on the course. For the comfort of all players, the club has fully serviced locker rooms, an area to practice, golf carts with drinks, and much more.

So, when you’re planning your trip to Las Vegas, remember to pack your golf bag! Visit some of the beautiful, unique courses that are available here.

Parks in Las Vegas

Posted on: November 29, 2012 by in Uncategorized
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Most people associate Las Vegas, Nevada with flashy casinos, premium hotels, and five-star restaurants. There’s more to Las Vegas than gambling and great food. National parks in Las Vegas are worthy of notice and appreciation. The Grand Canyon is not far from Las Vegas. People should take advantage of the amazing scenery and visit these parks. Let’s take a look at some of them.

The Amazing Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

This state park covers an area of 520 acres. It’s found in Red Rock Canyon near the beautiful cliffs of Wilson Range. These mountains have springs of water which have historically provided nourishment to the people who settled here.

The park has four special species of plants for those who enjoy botany. Native plant species include the Black Brush, the Riparian, Desert Scrub, and the Pinon-Juniper. Many plants grow naturally in these woodlands and deserts. During the rainy season, wildflowers are visible throughout the park, such as the Joshua tree, globe mallow, and the desert marigold. Most animals in this park are nocturnal and remain hidden during the day. Common species found in this desert are reptiles, such as snakes and lizards. Look for antelopes, squirrels, deer, and jackrabbits. Coyotes and foxes are also sighted.

Historic Valley of Fire State Park

This spectacular park is 55 miles North East of Las Vegas; it’s the largest and oldest national park in Nevada. The park got its name from the formations of red sandstones dating back to the dinosaur era and the blunt attractiveness of the Mojave Desert. Trees as old as a few hundred years are all over this wonderful park. Rich in history, the presence of early human beings is evident from the historical carvings by Native tribes.

The park is open to the public through the year. It has a fully-fledged visitor center with extensive displays. Those visiting as groups or with special accommodations can notify the park’s staff. There are many activities for visitors to engage in, including going for picnics on the beautiful grounds of White Domes, Atlatl Rock, and Seven Sisters. Nature lovers and camping enthusiasts will enjoy the photographic opportunities that are found in the park. There are 51 units available for campers on the grounds, but the park operates on a first come, first serve basis. Amenities available at the camp-sites include grilling equipment, clean water, and tables with shade.

The Preserve of Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge

On the 10th of September 1979, Moapa Valley was recognized as a refuge to save an endangered species of fish known as Moapa Dace. This species of fish is listed by the US federal government as an endangered species. The Moapa’s population was declining due to people invading their natural environment and destroying their homes.

This refuge covers an area of 106 acres in the Nevada’s Clark County 60 miles to the North of Las Vegas. This location is suitable for the preservation of Moapa Dace and prevention of its extinction. The fish are found in six springs close to the center of the refuge. The nature of this area is composed of three different units. The Plummer unit on the East side, Apcar unit, and the Pedersen towards West. These units have natural warm springs of their own.

Anyone who’s visiting Las Vegas would be amazed by the magnificent beauty of nature. So, come and see “The Other Las Vegas.” Visit any of these parks for an unforgettable experience.

The Best Restaurants in Las Vegas

Posted on: November 28, 2012 by in Uncategorized
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For the longest time, Las Vegas has been celebrated for its world-renownedrestaurants next to casinos all over the city. From delightful pizzerias to impeccable burger joints frequently visited by chefs from around the globe, Las Vegas is home to many great restaurants you can only find in Sin City. Let’s look at some of them.

Jaleo

Jaleo is one of the latest restaurants to open in the city of Las Vegas. It belongs to Jose Andres, a celebrity chef who owns another restaurant by the same name in Washington DC. This restaurant focuses on tapas. Patrons can have a taste of unique flavors that are synonymous with the celebrity chef. Delicious options such as paella, peppered hanger steak on the grill, and fresh salmon with a dash of lemon oil are available. But don’t forget to pair your meal with one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails or sangria.

Bach Burger Restaurant

This restaurant offers six different types of burgers which have a blend of shrimp, pork pate, beef, and pork. The addition of fresh basil, mint, and lemongrass make a delicious burger. At the same time, the sauces made from quality fish and ingredients, and add a distinct flavor to the meal. These burgers taste delicious and are pleasing to the eye.

The Bartolotta

Bartolotta is an Italian restaurant specializing in seafood. It is famous for its high-end fish which is normally caught in Italy and flown to Las Vegas every day. The various types of seafood dishes available at the Bartolottainclude the silver-flecked fish, glistening snapper, and the spiny scorpion. Select the fish of your choice and have it prepared however you like; it can be roasted or grilled. The chef will also add white truffles to any meal for $85 more.

For starters, there are many options, including a sauté of baby clams with a wine of your choice, garlic, spiced anchovies, and tomatoes. You can also start off with a savory charcoal-grilled saber fish that’s Sicilian. Their soft octopus is impeccable too. If you are looking for a memorable experience, try the snapper drizzled with olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice. You will not be sorry!

Joel Robuchon

This classy French restaurant’s location is at the MGM Grand. Guests are treated like royalty. After making reservations, you will be picked up by a limousine and driven to the entrance of MGM at the Mansion. You will then be taken to a large room for dining. The room can host up to 50 guests at a time; its interiors are adorned in gold and purple décor to accent the dining room. Prepare yourself for an elegant dining experience you will only find in Las Vegas.

The restaurant’s tasting menu has 16 courses which will cost you $385 per guest. The courses consist of crab meat, fennel cream, Ossetra caviar, ravioli made from egg-yolk with spinach foam, and chanterelles. A white burgundy paired with the grilled lobster is heavenly. The bread here has an impeccable taste to it, made with butter from Brittany.

AburiyaRaku

This restaurant is located in a mall along Spring Mountain Road, in what is considered the Chinatown of Las Vegas. AburiyaRaku (or RAKU, as it is sometimes called) opened its doors to the public in 2008. It specializes in different charcoal-grilled vegetables and meat. Raku’s menu is impressive with dishes such as poached eggs with sea urchin from Santa Barbara, smooth custard with smoother foie, prawns fried to your liking, and Japanese tofu. These dishes are loved by all foodies who visit Raku. Most of its clients are celebrity chefs.

Whether you are a vegetarian or a meat eater, Las Vegas has something for you. Make reservations and experience some of the city’s world-class restaurants.