Latest Immigration News Stories
Atlanta Journal Constitution, 01/27)
Dulce Guerrero had lived with a stressful secret for years and was finally ready to share it with the world.
She opened up in front of dozens of friends, strangers and camera-wielding journalists who had gathered for an immigrant rights demonstration two years ago in downtown Atlanta. The Cobb County woman’s secret: She was living illegally in the United States.
(ABC News, 01/27)
Two senators at the center of negotiations over comprehensive immigration reform, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said on Sunday that a pathway to citizenship is an essential component of a comprehensive reform bill.
(Washington Post, 01/26)
A bipartisan group of House members has been quietly meeting and is close to an agreement on changes to propose the nation’s immigration laws, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said last week in a speech to a Republican group.
Under a bill introduced this week in Arizona, hospital staffs would be compelled to check whether uninsured patients are in the country illegally.
If the patients can't provide proof that they are in the country legally, hospital staff would have to call federal immigration officials or local law enforcement. The bill by state Rep. Steve Smith also would require hospital officials to file annual reports of how many people they treated who were in the country illegally.
(LA Times, 01/26)
President Obama plans to travel to Nevada next week for the public launch of his effort to pass a comprehensive immigration reform measure this year.
The push to overhaul the nation's immigration laws is officially underway.
President Obama met with Hispanic members of Congress at the White House on Friday and is planning a speech in Las Vegas on Tuesday to "redouble the administration's efforts to work with Congress to fix the broken immigration system this year," according to a White House statement.
(CBS News, 01/25)
Putting action behind his words, President Obama held an initial meeting at the White House with Hispanic leaders of Congress on immigration reform, indicating that the issue will, in fact, be a top priority during his second and final term.
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