HEADLINES Immigration – March 21st, 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 CIR to detention to the DREAM Act, HEADLINES: Immigration gives easy access to all the news you want in one place.

Black Immigrants to Rally at Capitol for Reform.  Hundreds of black immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America will rally outside the Capitol and visit congressional offices on Wednesday in an effort to put a more diverse face on the debate over comprehensive immigration reform.  [Washington Post]

Immigration Hearing Pits Family Against Economy.  A Senate hearing Monday drew attention to competing philosophies on immigration overhaul: boosting the economy or reuniting families.  [Wall Street Journal]

Gender Bias Seen in Visas for Skilled Workers.  The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony Monday afternoon arguing that the H-1B visa program, which covers highly skilled temporary foreign workers, often in high-tech fields, discriminates against women.  [New York Times]

Arizona Border Quiets After Gains in Security.  Flying low along the Mexican line in a Black Hawk helicopter, the United States Border Patrol officer saw surveillance towers rising above the cactus.  [New York Times]

U.S Citizens Join Illegal immigrants in Pressing Lawmakers for Change.  On her trip to Washington to push for an overhaul of immigration laws, Cindy Garcia on Wednesday went straight to the office of Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, to tell him about how the looming deportation of her husband had affected her family.

Sen. Rand Paul: Illegal Immigrants Should be Allowed to Obtain Legal Status.  The dramatic shift in the Republican Party on immigration continued Tuesday, as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a conservative tea party icon and possible 2016 presidential contender, endorsed an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws that would allow the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants to obtain legalized status.  [Washington Post]

Immigration System Fails to Serve Justice.  There is a set of rules that we value and rely on in the U.S. justice system: we expect that a person will receive “Miranda” warnings when arrested and be provided an attorney if he or she cannot afford one.  [The Hill]

Republican Immigration Divide Widens as Bill Takes Shape.  As bipartisan immigration legislation takes shape in Congress to grant legal status to the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants, a quiet civil war is raging in the Republican Party on the issue.  [Bloomberg]

Rand Paul: Don’t Call My Plan ‘Pathway to Citizenship.’ Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) supports allowing undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States, receive legal status and eventually apply to become citizens. But he would rather not use the term “pathway to citizenship,” he said Tuesday.  [Huffington Post]

High Court Divided Over Arizona Voter Requirement.  Supreme Court justices disagreed Monday over whether states can require would-be voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before using a federal registration system designed to make signing up easier.  [Associated Press]

 

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