HEADLINES: Immigration – February 28th, 2013

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Seeing Citizenship Path Near, Activists Push Obama to Slow Deportations.  In four years, Mr. Obama’s administration has deported as many undocumented immigrants as the administration of George W. Bush did in his two terms, largely by embracing, expanding and refining Bush-era programs to find people and send them home.  [New York Times]

ACLU: US Too Tough on Undocumented Immigrants.  United States border security treats people crossing the border illegally to look for work as criminals instead of as desperate people trying to feed their families.  [ABCNews]

Mccain: Backing Immigration Reform Won’t Hurt GOP Lawmakers in Primaries.  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that he didn’t think Republican lawmakers would be hurt in GOP primaries if they supported a comprehensive immigration overhaul. [The Hill]

Immigration Reform Could Lead to Biometric ID Cards.  If one part of some lawmakers’ plan for comprehensive immigration reform goes through, Social Security cards could soon come with a fingerprint. [Huffington Post]

Bipartisan House Immigration Group Reports  ‘Incredible Progress.’  A bipartisan House group is making “really good progress” on immigration reform legislation despite missing a target date for an agreement, a top Republican participant said.  [The Hill]

Business Leaders Emerge as Vocal Force in Pro-Immigration Debate. Spend a few minutes talking to Joe Wright near the vast open fields of his dairy farm, and it quickly becomes clear that he’s a staunch Republican.  [LA Times]

Immigration Debate Renews Demand for a ‘Secure Border,’ but What Does That Mean?  Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino points out that drug, gun and human smuggling is nothing new to the border. The difference is the attention that the drug-related violence in Mexico has drawn to the region in recent years.  [Washington Post]

Smart Immigration Could Save the U.S Economy. For the last several years the immigration debate in Washington has been much like America’s immigration system itself – disorganized, vague and without clear borders. Fortunately, it seems like we’re starting to make progress.  [Washington Times]

Immigration Holds at Maricopa County Jail in Arizona Top Nation, Study Says.  A Maricopa County jail holds the title for most immigration holds.  ICE put more detainers on inmates over the last four years in Maricopa County’s main jail than any other in the country, The Arizona Republic reports, citing a study released last week by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.  [Huffington Post]

Key House Republican Signals Immigration Reform Still Alive. Immigration reform’s chances in the House may be in significantly less dire shape than activists feared last week, when Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), chair of the powerful Judiciary Committee, ruled out a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.  [TPM]

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