LANSING, Mich. – Twenty-five people entered the Michigan State Capitol on Wednesday as citizens of 18 countries, but left as Americans – and Michiganders.
Gov. Rick Snyder co-hosted the first naturalization ceremony in the Capitol on Wednesday, affirming that Michigan is a place for immigrants to come and take part in the state’s comeback.
The ceremony was co-hosted by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, with the U.S. Federal Court Judge Robert Jonker presiding.
“Michigan is proud of its diversity and rich history of immigrants who helped build our state,” Snyder said. “We must create welcoming communities that leverage the full potential of all who live there, capitalizing on different perspectives, cultures and talents for knowledge, creativity and innovation to thrive.”
This year about 13,400 people in Michigan will take the oath of American citizenship. About a dozen naturalization ceremonies are performed in Michigan each month.
Snyder said people come to Michigan because they see the opportunities for education, high-skill jobs and an entrepreneurial spirit to start their own business.
About 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were started by immigrants or children of immigrants, and 32 percent of Michigan’s high-tech startups between 1990 and 2005 had an immigrant founder.
“It’s possible that one of the people becoming a citizen today could be the next Meijer, Dow, Vlasic or Ford – great Michigan companies started by immigrants or children of immigrants,” Snyder said. “Our success has always been the product of our unique capacity to welcome the contributions and spirit of entrepreneurship of all people.”
Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement condemning a new IRS regulation that will severely restrict the constitutionally protected speech of 501(c)4 tax-exempt organizations:
“The Obama Administration is acting as if Citizens United never happened. Now, instead of targeting the tea party and other 501(c)4s for selective discrimination, the IRS wants to codify the practice in regulation. This is nothing more than an effort to defy the Supreme Court and implement rules that violate the First Amendment’s protection of the freedom of speech by drawing up rules dramatically redefining the criteria to be a (c)4 — all without any vote in Congress.
“Citizens United lifted restrictions on electioneering communications by groups. Now, very similar limitations are once again being proposed for groups, including blackout windows 60 days prior to a general election and 30 days prior to a primary. The IRS even proposes expanding the restrictions to include anything that even mentions a public official who happens to be candidate, even if such communications do not contain express advocacy, if they constitute a majority of the group’s activity.
“This tightens the ability of non-profits to engage in public discussions on areas of interest if a candidate for political office happens to be involved in that area; it will make voter registration drives more difficult; and it will generally make it harder for organizations to comment on issues of public concern, especially during certain parts of the year.
“Also, of note, the proposed regulation does not apply to labor organizations, although the proposal states that the Administration is considering a regulation in this area. Thus, a likely result is that a final rule will be promulgated further restricting non-profit speech and activities long before any comparable regulation is promulgated on the activities of labor organizations. The net result will be more restrictions on the rights of conservative leaning organizations while the same restrictions on left leaning labor organizations remain unfinished.”
To view online: http://getliberty.org/obamas-irs-end-run-around-citizens-united/
Washington, DC – (12/4/13) – Evan Feinberg, President of Generation Opportunity, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s misleading attacks today:
“Today, the President called our efforts to educate young people on alternatives to Obamacare ‘bizarre.’ What’s bizarre is that the President of the United States would use his ‘youth summit’ (our invitation must have been lost in the mail) to mislead young people about their healthcare options while refusing a dialogue with anybody that has concerns about Obamacare.
“Obamacare is a bad deal for our generation, but health insurance is not. Unfortunately, Obamacare is not health insurance but generational theft, placing huge cost burdens on us to subsidize older, wealthier, and sicker generations.
“To steal a phrase, let me be clear. We have always advocated that young people make a responsible decision. And that’s to opt out of Obamacare and purchase private insurance outside of the government-run health care exchanges.”
The White House Youth Summit comes on the heels of new polling indicating that young Americans have soured on Obamacare and the President.
- Only 3 out of 10 young Americans (18-29) plan to enroll in the government exchanges
- 57% of Millennials disapprove of Obamacare
- Only 18% say Obamacare will improve their care
- If a recall election were held today 52% of young Americans 18-24 would vote to recall President Obama.
Source: Political Press Release by Generation Opportunity
The Michigan State Waterways Commission (MSWC) will hold its regular meeting on Friday, Dec. 6, in Room 104 AB of the MSU Kellogg Center, located at 219 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing. The public meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m.; a work session will be held at 8:30 a.m., before the regular meeting.
The meeting agenda includes a review of the proposed land use order that will amend the number of fee-assessed boating access sites; updates on the emergency dredging program and operations and projects; the election of commission officers for 2014; and approval of the 2014 Waterways Commission meeting schedule.
The Michigan State Waterways Commission is an advisory group created by Public Act 451 of 1994, Part 781 to address issues concerning public boating opportunities in the state of Michigan, including acquisition, construction and maintenance of recreational harbors, channels, docking and launching facilities, and administration of commercial docks in the Straits of Mackinac; and to advise on regulations and grant funding for the Great Lakes Harbors of Refuge.
Anyone seeking more information about this meeting, wishing to provide public comment on any boating-related issue, or needing accommodations to attend this meeting should contact Darlene Moore, Parks and Recreation Division, Department of Natural Resources, at 517-335-3035 (TTY/TDD711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired), or visit the MSWC website at www.michigan.gov/dnr under Commissions, Boards and Committees. A copy of the agenda is also available on the website.
NASA’s Orion spacecraft is just about ready to turn up the heat. The spacecraft’s heat shield arrived at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida Wednesday night aboard the agency’s Super Guppy aircraft.
Data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed faint remnants of a supernova explosion and helped researchers determine Circinus X-1 — an X-ray binary — is the youngest of this class of astronomical objects found to date.
PhoneSat 2.4, NASA’s next generation smartphone cubesat has phoned home. The tiny spacecraft that uses an off-the-shelf smartphone for a brain has completed checkout and sent back data confirming all systems are “go” for the spry spacefarer.
Read more here: NASA’s Latest Space Technology Small Satellite Phones Home
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has obtained the highest-resolution movie yet of a unique six-sided jet stream, known as the hexagon, around Saturn’s north pole.
Read more here: NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Obtains Best Views of Saturn Hexagon
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler III, and his wife, Jeanne, visited with service members, Department of Defense civilians and families on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Dec. 3, 2013.
Read more here: SMA talks policy, Army future with Old Guard