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Obama says he will overhaul immigration without Congress’ help

June 30, 2014 - LOS ANGELES TIMES

President Obama, saying he’s convinced that House Republicans will not take action to reform immigration laws this year, vowed Monday to use his executive authority to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.”. Obama set an end-of-summer deadline for officials to give him options for changes he can implement on his own and promised he would “adopt those recommendations without further delay.”

New York City Council Passes Free Legal Counsel for Poor Immigrants Facing Deportation

June 30, 2014 - LATIN POST

New York City became the first jurisdiction in the United States to provide free legal counsel to detained undocumented immigrants facing deportation. New York City's Council passed the $4.9 billion program known as the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) after a "successful" yearlong trial. The NYIFUP's funding from the City Council grants legal representation for nearly 1,380 detained immigrants in the city.

Immigration Advocate Asking Business Leaders for Push

March 28, 2014 - BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK

Republicans favoring a broad revision of U.S. immigration policies are questioning why business groups aren’t doing more to force the issue with the party’s majority in the House of Representatives. “It’s been very soft, and we want them to go a little bit stronger,” said Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Florida Republican in favor of easing immigration laws.

Congress reacts to spate of killings by Border Patrol agents

March 25, 2014 - MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU

WASHINGTON -- A wave of Border Patrol shooting deaths of unarmed civilians along the U.S.-Mexico line has drawn bipartisan scrutiny to the nation’s largest federal law enforcement agency. As attention increases on the deaths of nearly two dozen people in the past four years _ including that of a teenager shot in the back of the head _ some in Congress say the border agency needs more training and more accountability. Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas and Republican Rep. Steve Pearce of New Mexico say they will introduce legislation Wednesday that would impose more levels of oversight and accountability of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

Obama Deportation Review Crucial to Hold Latino Support

March 24, 2014 - Bloomberg Businessweek

A review of the U.S. deportation system ordered by President Barack Obama is seen by pro-immigration Democrats as good policy and good politics. It’s appeasing the party’s Senate leaders, who’d rather criticize the Republican-led House over immigration policy than spar with the White House over deportations. Administration officials and staff for top Senate Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, met privately on March 11 as the party aims to alleviate tensions heading into the November congressional election.

Forum supports immigration reform

March 21, 2014 - News & Record

GREENSBORO — Immigration reform is going to have to happen at a national level, speakers said Thursday night. Congress needs to pass encompassing immigration reform, a series of speakers said as part of Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform roundtable discussions held on the UNCG campus. Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform is a project of the National Immigration Forum and is a national network of faith, law enforcement and business leaders working to support Congress as it considers reforms to the national immigration system.

Can immigration reform be achieved this year?

March 19, 2014 - Fox Business

National Immigration Forum Executive Director Ali Noorani on calls to reform America’s immigration system.

Businesses Help Guide Workers Down Path To Citizenship

March 18, 2014 - National Public Radio

Silicon Valley companies have launched a drive to provide citizenship services on-site to employees holding green cards. The belief is that such employees become more valuable workers.

Businesses Back Push Full Citizenship For Silicon Valley Green Card Holders

March 18, 2014 - CBS San Francisco Bay Area

SAN JOSE (KCBS) — The path to citizenship for permanent resident card holders in Silicon Valley may become easier as a number of Silicon Valley companies announced on Monday that they are getting directly involved in helping eligible employees become citizens—for free. Nokia, DTZ, Technology Credit Union and ABM were at the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce to announcing their joining “the Bethlehem Project”—a year-old, nonprofit program that provides funds and assistance for employees who have the documents – often called a green card – including on-site citizenship classes.

Obama meets with immigration advocates in wake of criticism over his record on deportations

March 14, 2014 - McClatchy

President Obama was meeting Friday with a host of immigration advocates -- a day after he said he’d direct his administration to find a more “humane” way to enforce immigration laws. Facing a backlash from Hispanic groups for an aggressive record of deportations, the White House said Thursday night that Obama had told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that he’d asked Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to do an inventory of the department’s current practices “to see how it can conduct enforcement more humanely within the confines of the law.”


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