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Despite Rubio’s claims, White House plan similar to Senate’s

President Obama made his first direct overture to Republicans on immigration Tuseday night, placing calls to the three key GOP players on the issue in the Senate:  John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio. The calls come after Rubio called … Continue reading

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Alliance for Citizenship pushes for swift reform

A coalition of human rights groups and labor organizations will band together to push for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, starting this week with events in eight states and continuing with a bus tour to 80 cities and … Continue reading

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California eases up on immigration while Arizona buckles down

While more California residents than ever before say that immigrants are a benefit to the state, Arizona continues to promote the harsh anti-immigrant policies of SB-1070.

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White House immigration plan puts pressure on Senate

A draft of a White House immigration proposal leaked Saturday would allow undocumented immigrants to become legal permanent residents within eight years. The plan also would provide for more security funding and require business owners to check the immigration status … Continue reading

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Bloomberg: Obama says economy stifled by outdated immigration law

President Barack Obama said the U.S. economy is “stifled” by an inefficient immigration system and that a consensus is forming in Congress that may lead to a rewritten law in the next few months. Current immigration laws result in some … Continue reading

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More on the border trigger and sequestration

While President Obama has not yet said whether he will support an immigration reform deal that ties a pathway to citizenship to tighter border security, spending cuts to CBP may make the conversation more complicated.

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Labor and business talks continue

The business-labor rift was one of the biggest fault lines of the failed 2007 immigration overhaul. Now, the Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO are now trying to link arms to find a new path forward. However, Thursday reports surfaced … Continue reading

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A note on operational control

During Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Hearing titled “Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said, “I do not believe the border is secure…I believe we have a long, long way to go.” Cornyn cited the lack of complete operational control … Continue reading

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Obama, 4 Senators discuss immigration

On Wednesday, Obama met with Sens. Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer, Robert Menendez and Michael Bennet, the four Democrats in the bipartisan group of eight senators who introduced a framework for immigration reform last month. President Barack Obama told the group … Continue reading

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Senate hearing on immigration focuses on human aspect, border security

On Monday, the Senate judiciary committee followed President Obama’s State of the Union call for legislation and Senator Marco Rubio’s GOP response, which echoed the need for comprehensive reform. The speakers at the committee hearing included Jose Antonio Vargas, the … Continue reading

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