Weekend Reading: Highlights from this week’s immigration news (March 7 – March 11)

This week, Democratic and Republican debates took place in Florida, a state where immigrants play a critical role in the local economy. In this CNN piece, Ione Molinares profiles multiple Hispanic leaders in Central Florida, including Karina Oyola, who owns a tax preparation business based in Plaza del Sol.

America’s top universities are a magnet for bright, creative minds from around the world. These students should be able to stay after graduation to help drive innovation and keep America globally competitive. This will be a little easier under a new rule by the Department of Homeland Security that extends the length of time that international students graduating with a degree in a STEM (science, technology, math and engineering) can remain in the United States.

Brad Pitt and Disney announced that they are developing a film entitled “Dr. Q,” based on the life story of Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, an immigrant who became the head of brain tumor surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Variety’s Dave McNary writes: “Quinones-Hinojosa crossed into the United States from Mexico in the late 1980s when he was 19 and began working on farms in California. He started his education at San Joaquin Delta College and completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley. He then received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and became a U.S. citizen.”

Helpful explainer:
Get caught up on each of the presidential candidates’ immigration plans with the Council on Foreign Relations’ Campaign 2016 interactive.

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