HEADLINES: Immigration – April 25th, 2013

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button_icon_immigration_headlinesVisit our blog every Thursday for HEADLINES: Immigration.   I will bring you all the most important and up-to-date news on the immigration debate.  From reform to detention to the DREAM Act, HEADLINES: Immigration gives easy access to all the news you want in one place.

Inside the Immigration Bill: A Reprieve for Asylum-Seekers.  Right now, those who come to the United States seeking asylum face a one-year deadline to apply for a visa. Under the Senate Gang of Eight’s bill, that deadline would be completely lifted — a change that immigration and human-rights advocates are celebrating.  [Washington Post]

Immigration Reform Could be Bonanza for Dems.  The immigration proposal pending in Congress would transform the nation’s political landscape for a generation or more — pumping as many as 11 million new Hispanic voters into the electorate a decade from now in ways that, if current trends hold, would produce an electoral bonanza for Democrats and cripple Republican prospects in many states they now win easily.  [Politico]

Immigration and Fear. Much of the country was still waking up to the mayhem and confusion outside Boston on Friday morning when Senator Charles Grassley decided to link the hunt for terrorist bombers to immigration reform. [New York Times]

Senate Immigration Fight May Define Leahy’s Legacy.  “The committee held three hearings and four lengthy markups starting in January and concluding in March,” Mr. Leahy, Vermont’s senior senator and the newly anointed president pro tempore, said in bitter frustration. “No good deed goes unpunished.”  [New York Times]

Immigration Bill Would Aid Security, Napolitano Says.  Legislation to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws would further strengthen the country’s security system to guard against cases like the Boston Marathon bombings, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday in the last of three hearings on a bipartisan immigration proposal.  [New York Times]

Republican Split on U.S Immigration Blunts Party Rebranding.  But since the bill was rolled out last week, a rift has emerged among conservatives that has played out in Senate hearings on Capitol Hill, on conservative talk shows and in social media such as Twitter and blogs.  [Reuters]

Immigration Reform is All About Families.  For President Barack Obama, immigration reform can’t come soon enough. His political brand is all about inclusivity and civil rights.  [Huffington Post]

Boston Bombing Could Impact Refugee Policy in Immigration Bill.  America’s refugee policy, up until now one of the least discussed elements of immigration reform, is coming into the spotlight as lawmakers grapple with the aftermath of the Boston marathon bombing.  [Talking Points Memo]

Reid Argues Immigration Reform Would Enhance National Security.  “Under the status quo, we do not know who is here and might be intending to do us harm,” Reid wrote in a letter to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky).  [The Hill]

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