U.S. President Barack today said he is ready to take executive action on immigration.

This, after the House of Representatives failed to act on a comprehensive immigration reform bill passed by the Senate last year.

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President Barack Obama says he's done waiting for House Republicans to act on immigration. He says he now plans to act on his own.

Obama announced his intention Monday to take executive action.

Obama says there are enough Republicans and Democrats in the House to pass an immigration bill today, and says he would sign it.

But Obama says he's waited for more than a year to give House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) space to act. He says Boehner informed him last week that the House won't vote on immigration this year.

Controversial new rules aimed at strengthening the requirements for access to Canadian citizenship have now been passed into law.

The aim of the changes is to make certain that those applying for citizenship are fully prepared for integration and participation in Canadian society. The government is hoping that the requirements will help foster a better understanding of the country’s traditions and value systems..

A new Gallop poll reveals that two in three Americans disapprove of the way President Obama's administration is handling the issue of immigration.

According to Politico, 65 percent of Americans disapprove, which is the highest disapproval rate of the immigration system since Gallop began polling on the subject. The disapproval rate is also up 10 points since August of last year.

Only 31 percent approve of Obama's management of the immigration reform system, the lowest since 2010, when only 29 percent approved of his handling of immigration reform.

The Canadian government has outlined its new scheme for providing access to the country for skilled economic immigrants.

Dubbed 'Express Entry' the scheme will fast-track the immigration process for candidates who have received a valid job offer or nomination through the Provincial Nomination Program. Where the previous Temporary Foreign Worker Program was used to fill temporary labour needs, however, Express Entry will enable applicants to quickly apply for permanent residency.

International graduates from a Canadian college or university who have a job offer in Nova Scotia can now apply for permanent residency through the country's Skilled Worker visa stream.

The Skilled Worker stream helps employers to recruit foreign workers for positions they have not been able to fill with permanent residents or Canadian citizens. The new immigration route was introduced on June 6, and follows negotiations between the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

President Obama on Wednesday rejected the idea that Rep. Eric Cantor's primary loss on Tuesday meant the death of immigration reform in 2014.

"It is interesting to listen to the pundits and the analysts and some of the conventional wisdom talks about how the politics of immigration reform seem impossible now," the president said. Obama did not mention Cantor by name, but at a fundraiser for Democratic donors in Boston, he insisted that he "fundamentally rejects" the idea that immigration reform can't be achieved this year.

U.S. President Barack Obama has asserted his commitment to immigration reform during a meeting with nurses at the White House.

By reforming the legal immigration system the United States can bolster public health by providing immigrant nurses an opportunity to stay in the United States legally and grow their skills, while also attracting the best and brightest immigrants from around the globe to help meet the needs of the growing health care industry, Mr. Obama said in his meeting with nurses at the White House on Monday.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that children waiting with their parents for immigration visas must go to the back of the line once they reach the age of 21.

The court was divided 5-4 in deciding that only in limited circumstances does federal immigration law allow for children to retain their place in line after they become adults.

Canada’s Information Technology (IT) sector is currently growing. Faced with the need for more IT workers, the Canadian government has taken steps to attract leading IT companies and industry professionals from around the world. Currently, IT professionals in a wide range of fields may be eligible to immigrate to Canada, or to come to the country as temporary workers.

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