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Napolitano To Stay At Homeland Security

January 14, 2013 - Fronteras

Secretary Janet Napolitano will continue to lead the Department of Homeland Security into President Barack Obama's second term, according to an agency official. That means Napolitano is likely to play a central role should Congress take on immigration reform.

Napolitano Stays at DHS, Immigration Reform Advocates Cheer

January 14, 2013 - ABC/Univision News

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will remain at her post during President Obama's second term, a development that could have implications for the debate over immigration reform.

Indiana attorney general says he needs eyes and ears in D.C.

January 13, 2013 - Indianapolis Star

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is putting a deputy in Washington to monitor proposed bills and regulations that could affect Indiana. Zoeller, a Republican, said the position is needed because of a growth in federal activity that affects states.

Chamber, faith groups plan push on immigration reform

January 12, 2013 - The Washington Times

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will be joining a broad coalition of law enforcement officials, faith groups and immigrant-rights activists Thursday in concerted push for the Obama administration and Congress to pass a broad overhaul of the nation's immigration laws this year.

BLOG: ‘Us,’ not ‘Them’: My Christian Calling to Advocate for Immigrants

January 09, 2013 - G92

I always identified Tuscaloosa with “Roll Tide,” not the “Clergy Criminalization Act.” That changed when I spent two weeks in late 2011 working with the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice.

Illinois approves driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants

January 09, 2013 - CNN

Illinois lawmakers approved a new measure Tuesday that would allow undocumented immigrants to get temporary driver's licenses. Gov. Pat Quinn has pledged to sign the bill, saying in a statement that it will make the state's roads safer.

Illinois House Authorizes Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

January 08, 2013 - ABC/Univision News

The Illinois General Assembly passed legislation on Tuesday that would permit unauthorized immigrants to obtain temporary drivers licenses, clearing the way for Gov. Pat Quinn (D) to sign the bill into law. When it becomes law, undocumented immigrants in Illinois will be able three-year renewable licenses as long as they provide proof of residency in the state.

U.S. Immigration System’s Cost, Reach “Unprecedented”

January 08, 2013 - Inter Press Services

The United States government is spending more on immigration enforcement each year than it is on all other federal law-enforcement agencies combined, according to the first comprehensive look at how the country’s sprawling immigration complex has grown over the past decade. Likewise, on a daily basis the U.S. immigration system has more people in detention – around 430,000 in fiscal year 2011 – than the entire federal prisons system.

Immigrants with no criminal history get lengthy stays at little-known jail

January 05, 2013 - Sun Sentinel

Hundreds of men and women who have committed minor offenses, such as driving without a license, or no apparent crime at all, are locked up for weeks and months in a little-known central Broward County facility run by a private company. They are immigrants, accused of entering the country without legal authorization or staying longer than permitted.

Migrant reform at a crossroads

January 04, 2013 - Arizona Republic

Immigration reform jumped to the top of President Barack Obama's second-term agenda after he won re-election with more than 70 percent of the Latino vote. But the already-difficult challenge of passing comprehensive immigration reform this year, as Obama hopes, has been exacerbated by the drawn-out battle over the "fiscal cliff" and

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