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Behind the Scenes, Some House Republicans are Laying Groundwork for Action on Immigration Reform

Associated Press “Immigration overhaul legislation has been dormant in the House for months, but a few Republicans are working behind the scenes to advance it at a time the Capitol is immersed in a partisan brawl over government spending and President Barack Obama’s health care
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Immigration Advocates Announce Plan for Demonstrations Across Country

David Nakamura, The Washington Post “Immigration advocates announced plans Thursday for rallies in dozens of cities Oct. 5 to pressure Congress to approve legislation to overhaul the nation’s border control laws and demand an end to mass deportations of the undocumented.&#
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Comprehensive Immigration Reform: The cost of Doing Nothing is Too High for Women and Children

Michelle Brane, Huffington Post “So far, the House has not made much progress towards passing a comprehensive bill that includes a pathway to citizenship, leaving millions of immigrant women, children and families in limbo. But that does not mean comprehensive immigration reform
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House Could Determine Fate of Immigration Overhaul

Erin Kelly, USA Today “Efforts for an immigration overhaul are on the verge of failing if the House does not act by the end of the year, activists on both sides of the issue agree.” Full Story
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Congress’ Illegal-Immigration Quota Costs $2 Billion a Year

William Selway and Margaret Newkirk, Businessweek “Keeping all those illegal immigrants behind bars costs $120 a day per inmate, or $2 billion a year. Congress has twice rebuffed White House budget requests to cut the quota so ICE can turn to less costly measures, such as ankle
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Nancy Pelosi May Introduce Immigration Reform Bill

Seung Min Kim and Jonathan Allen, Politico “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is spearheading a plan to advance comprehensive immigration reform in the chamber.” Full Story
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Number of Illegal Immigrants in U.S. Dropped During Recession, Study Finds

David Nakamura, The Washington Post “The number of illegal immigrants in the United States has leveled off but may be on the rise again, following a sharp drop that accompanied the start of the Great Recession, according to a report released Monday.” Full Story
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House Republicans Say They’ll Act on Immigration Reform This Year

David Nakamura, The Washington Post “House Republicans intensified their outreach to Latino groups last week, offering renewed pledges that the House will deal with immigration reform this year. The effort has revived hope among advocates that a bipartisan deal can be reached to
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A Nation Built for Immigrants

Michael Barone, The Wall Street Journal “Will the recent surge of newcomers tear the U.S. apart? Not if history is any guide: From the beginning, America was made to unite citizens, even those with deep differences.” Full Story
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Why Citizenship is Important

By Reps. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) and Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.), The Hill (Opinion) “It is not hard to see that citizenship is the cornerstone of the American dream. We are a nation of immigrants and immigration remains one of the great strengths of this country.  To recognize the
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