Thursday, January 12, 2006

Pawlenty plan to promote LEGAL immigration

The Star Tribune and its columnist Nick Coleman suffered a huge blow today, Pawlenty announced another phase of his proposal to stop illegal immigration. Part two of his plan is to promote legal immigration.

We still want to encourage legal immigration because we are a country of immigrants," Pawlenty said in a news release issued as he began a four-city fly-around tour to introduce the plan. "However, immigration should be legal and orderly. These proposals will help immigrants who do it the right way and play by the rules." (Source: Star Tribune, Jan. 12, 2006)

Here are the details on his plan to promote legal immigration:


An income tax credit of $300 per family for those earning less than $30,000 to offset the costs of learning English and applying for citizenship.

A new "financial literacy partnership" with the Itasca Project, a business and civic group chaired by Best Buy CEO Brad Anderson, to help immigrants learn the basics of finance and business.

A trip to Washington, D.C., next month to urge federal immigration officials to expand the number of visas and employment-based green cards for Minnesota students who want to work in high-tech fields.

Creation of an Immigrant Investor Visa Regional Center in Minnesota to provide an incentive for foreign investors to create jobs.

A $3 million grant program to provide "work-readiness English language instruction" to an estimated 1,100 employees.

More aggressive efforts to bring in foreign doctors to meet shortages of physicians, especially in rural areas. Minnesota is allotted 30 "J1 visa waivers" for doctors and last year used only 21 of them.

A $500,000 initiative to boost treatment and education about Hepatitis B and tuberculosis, diseases common among immigrants. (Source: Star Tribune, Jan. 12, 2006)


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