HEADLINES: Immigration

button_icon_immigration_headlinesVisit our blog every Thursday for HEADLINES: Immigration.   I will bring you all the most important and up-to-date news on the immigration debate.  From CIR to detention to the DREAM Act, HEADLINES: Immigration gives easy access to all the news you want in one place.

Little Red Beacon for Immigrant Laborers Shines On. The story of the Bay Parkway Community Job Center in Brooklyn can be charted in numbers.  First, 8 by 12: the width and length, in feet, of the wooden structure that housed the center. Then, 5,000: the approximate number of day laborers who have found work through the organization since its creation in 2001.  [New York Times]

Win or Lose, Immigration Risk for GOP.  As comprehensive immigration reform continues to gain momentum, many Republicans are hopeful that passing a bill that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants will draw more Hispanics into the party.  [AZ Republic]

Other Countries Court Skilled Immigrants Frustrated by U.S Visa Laws.  The contraption sits in a basement lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a mishmash of hoses, wires, whirring pumps and a 12-foot-high plastic tower filled with steam and dripping water, all set on plastic milk crates.  [Washington Post]

Young Immigrants Shut Out of Health Reform.  California’s young immigrants who have been granted reprieves to stay in the country stand to gain little from the federal health reform law that the state Legislature is working to implement. [SF Gate]

White House Drafts Backup Immigration Plan, Republicans Balk.  The White House is drafting a backup immigration reform plan in case a bipartisan congressional committee working on a bill fails, an Obama Administration official said on Sunday, though a key Republican said the president’s plan would be “dead on arrival” on Capitol Hill.  [Reuters]

More than Half of Congress Has Never Debated Immigration Reform.  More than half of Congress has turned over since the last time the House and Senate tried to move legislation to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws.  [The Hill]

Undocumented Immigrants Would Have 13-year Wait for Citizenship under Obama Plan.  A draft of the White House immigration bill was leaked over the weekend, detailing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants that would take about 13 years after the passage of the bill to complete, policy experts say.  [Washington Post]

Can Obama and Rubio be Immigration Frenemies.  President Obama and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, arguably the two most important people in a potential immigration deal, aren’t exactly pals.  [National Journal]

Mccain Defends Immigration Plan to Angry Residents.  Arizona took center stage in the national immigration debate Tuesday as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano toured the state’s border with Mexico and Sen. John McCain defended his proposed immigration overhaul to an angry crowd in suburban Phoenix.  [Associated Press]

Proponents of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Hope for Resolution in August.   Pro-immigration advocates are hopeful that the government will pass a comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) legislation by August, giving relief to the more than 11 million undocumented individuals in the United States. [Asian Journal]

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