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November 25, 2013 - CNN
Traveling Monday in California, Obama is expected again to call on House Republicans to take up the bill already passed by the Senate or some elements of immigration reform. With the growing Latino population, the national Republican Party understands it must embrace the immigration issue. Additionally, the public supports action. Two polls released this month show an overwhelming majority of Americans -- 63% in a Public Religion Research Institute survey and 57% in a Quinnipiac poll -- support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. But some factions within the Republican base are adamantly opposed to any legislation that includes a path to citizenship. This division creates a challenge for Republicans. Their answer: maybe later.
November 18, 2013 - Toronto Star
In 2012, border enforcement officials detained a total of 9,571 people. While the three CBSA-run immigration holding centres — in Greater Toronto, Vancouver and Laval, Que. — held about 70 per cent of the detainees, the rest were detained in provincial correctional facilities. (By comparison, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security held a total of 429,247 in 2011, and has an immigration detention capacity of 34,000 on any given day, according to a recent report by the National Immigration Forum, a Washington-based think tank. It costs the U.S. government US$159 per day per detainee, compared to $239 in Canada.)
November 15, 2013 - Associated Press/Equal Voice News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner said this week that the House will not hold formal, compromise talks on the Senate-passed comprehensive immigration bill, a fresh signal from the Republican leadership that the issue is dead for the year. The slow, relatively quiet death came more than four months after the Senate, on a bipartisan vote, passed a far-reaching bill that would provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally and tighten border security.
November 13, 2013 - Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama brainstormed at the White House Wednesday with religious leaders over how to persuade House Republicans to move on the issue. Last week, the president met with business executives to urge them to speak out for action. He is planning other immigration events on the road, with a mix of national and local outreach, both behind the scenes and publicly. On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden talked to Roman Catholic leaders.
November 08, 2013 - NBC Latino
There have been efforts to crystal ball the future of immigration reform and more specifically what the House plans to do this year or next. What’s becoming clear is that there’s once again a split in the GOP, some of it fed by the upcoming 2014 elections, that the House leadership must navigate to a resolution that satisfies most of its rank-and-file. Speaking at a National Journal forum Thursday, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said the window for passing immigration reform is open until March.
November 06, 2013 - VOXXI
The AFL-CIO launched a seven-figure ad campaign on Wednesday to call out Republicans who labor leaders say have been blocking immigration reform legislation in Congress. “The time for acting on immigration reform is now, and the labor movement has decided to throw down in a big way to make it happen,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a call with reporters Wednesday. Starting Wednesday, the television commercials will air in Spanish in four cities with large populations of Latino voters: Bakersfield, Denver, Atlanta and Orlando. They will also be broadcasted in English in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. All together, the ads have a price tag of more than $1 million.
November 06, 2013 - The Hill
The AFL-CIO launched a major television ad campaign on Wednesday, taking House Republicans to task for the stalled work on immigration reform. The ads will target GOP members who live in districts with large Hispanic populations and is part of a broader effort by the labor movement to push the House into taking action. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Tuesday said Republicans would pay a price at the ballot box if immigration reform runs aground in the House.
October 30, 2013 - UPI
For many business leaders, evangelicals and law enforcement officials, acceptable immigration reform would include a pathway to citizenship, paired with increased border security. The goal would be to provide visas to immigrants to fill certain labor-intensive jobs and to allow talented and educated newcomers to remain in the country. Business leaders believe immigrants would add much needed support to the country’s work force, particularly in the agricultural industry where nearly 70 percent of farm workers are undocumented, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
October 30, 2013 - UPI
Their goal was to persuade the lawmakers to go beyond just supporting immigration reform and take leadership in the name of the Republican Party on broad immigration overhaul, including some sort of legal status for the nearly 12 million immigrants living in the United States illegally. "Our plea is to act now, do it now, lead," Stan Lockhart, a former chairman of the Utah Republican Party, told The New York Times. A study by the non-profit Bipartisan Policy Center released at the event found broad immigration overhaul would expand the U.S. gross domestic product nearly 3 percent over a decade.
October 30, 2013 - New America Media
WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 600 conservative leaders from close to 40 states called on House Republicans to vote on immigration reform this year. In more than 100 meetings with members of Congress, the coalition of Bibles, Badges and Business leaders discussed the need for reform for our nation’s economy, security and moral integrity. Support also spread on social media, including more than 10,000 tweets so far this week at #Ready4Reform, an effort that will continue as the House of Representatives decides how to proceed in coming days and weeks.