Kika Warokka

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China On Track To Become World's Largest Christian Country By 2025, Experts Say

Just a few decades ago some wondered whether religion would survive Communist rule at all. However, as of 2010 there were 68 million Christians in China according to Pew Research.<p>Some experts, like Purdue University sociology professor Fenggang Yang, have no doubt, though, that China is on track to …

House leaders sell immigration plan

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — The House Republican leadership is trying to sell their colleagues on a series of broad immigration principles, including a path to legal status for those here illegally.<p>Speaker John Boehner’s leadership team introduced the principles at their annual policy retreat here. Top …

Veteran theology professor asked to leave Christian college after coming out as transgender

Heath Adam Ackley had been teaching at Azusa Pacific University for 15 years<p>A veteran theology professor at a California Christian college has been asked to leave his teaching post after coming out as transgender in a sermon.<p>Heath Adam Ackley (who, before coming out as transgender, went by the name …

Senate passes sweeping rewrite of immigration laws

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate passed a sweeping immigration bill Thursday that would allow the nation's 11 million unauthorized immigrants to become U.S. citizens, overhaul the country's immigration system and spend billions to secure the southwest border with Mexico.<p>After years of failed attempts, …

Senators announce border security deal, kill Cornyn amendment

Senators formally announced a compromise amendment on border security provisions Thursday designed to woo GOP support for a comprehensive immigration reform bill, hours after lawmakers voted to set aside a more stringent border measure that Democrats had dubbed a “poison pill.”<p>Republican Sens. John …

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Judiciary panel OKs immigration bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee gave final approval Tuesday to a sweeping immigration reform bill, setting up a debate on the Senate floor for early June.<p>Three Republicans joined 10 Democrats to support the bill, which would create a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, …

Mike Lee Amendment Would Allow Undocumented Immigrations To Work In 'Domestic Service'

One of Sen. Mike Lee's (R-Utah) 23 amendments to the Senate immigration bill being considered this week would allow undocumented immigrants to be lawfully employed -- but only only as domestic workers.<p>Lee's amendment would exempt undocumented immigrants working as "cooks, waiters, butlers, …

House group reaches deal on immigration bill

After years of negotiating and a week that saw one of its members nearly bolt from the group, a bipartisan group of House members announced Thursday that they had reached a deal "in principle" on a bill to overhaul the nation's immigration laws.<p>A group of senators filed their version of an …

Gang of 8 defends guest worker plan

The Senate Gang of Eight has largely controlled the Senate Judiciary Committee’s immigration markup, and the group’s next step: shielding a painstakingly negotiated agreement for a new guest worker program.<p>This week, the gang will have to fend off amendments from both the right and left to fiddle …

Gang of 8 plots path to supermajority

Senate immigration negotiators are targeting as many as two dozen Republicans for a show-of-force majority — which they believe may be the only way a reform bill will have the momentum to force the House to act.<p>Reform proponents are looking for votes far beyond the usual moderate suspects to …

For immigration bill: Amendments

Foes and friends of reform are set to offer a slew of amendments to the mammoth immigration bill this week as the Senate Judiciary Committee begins to mark it up.<p>But observers believe that between Democrats, who hold the majority on the committee, and the two Gang of Eight Republicans who wrote the …

A 'Poison Pill' In The Immigration Bill?

That big immigration bill working its way through the Senate would let in lots more highly skilled workers on temporary visas. But there's a catch.<p>The bill says all employers who want to hire workers on these H-1B visas:<p>... would be required to advertise on an Internet website maintained by the …

Tech companies driving the lobbying on immigration

WASHINGTON – Seven technology companies and a software association – all with interests in shaping the immigration debate now underway in Congress -- each spent more than $1 million on their federal lobbying efforts during the first three months of this year, new reports shows.<p>Their spending, …

70+ votes for immigration reform?

The two lead negotiators in the Senate’s Gang of Eight said on Thursday that they believe their immigration reform bill will not just have a filibuster proof majority in the Senate — but majority support from both parties.<p>“I think it is doable,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said at a breakfast …

Immigration bill summary: More than amnesty and border security.

Increased border security and "amnesty" for past undocumented migrants to the United States are the elements of the immigration bill that grassroots …

Rubio's toughest crowd

The pathway to immigration reform could run right through a gathering of conservative talk radio show hosts from around the country who are meeting Thursday just blocks from the Capitol.<p>Sen. Marco Rubio is going there to sell his plan to his toughest crowd — and as they go, so could immigration …

Gang of Eight aims to stop conservative attacks

The Senate’s Gang of Eight is mounting an aggressive lobbying campaign with one major goal: weaken the conservative opposition to a sweeping immigration overhaul.<p>Hours after the bill was unveiled after 2 a.m. Wednesday, Republicans began to make their pitch for it on conservative talk radio and by …

Obama: Rubio 'positive force'

President Barack Obama called Sen. Marco Rubio a “positive force” in the immigration debate and is “reasonably confident” that an immigration deal will be reached, he said in a wide-ranging exclusive interview with NBC’s “Today” show.<p>“I think that he has been a very positive force,” he said of …