HEADLINES: Immigration – March 28th, 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.

Wage Rules for Foreign Workers – a Follow-up.  Yesterday I wrote about a dispute over wage rules for foreign workers that’s delaying the Gang of 8 from producing a draft immigration bill. I’ve now learned a bit more about this, thanks to Daniel Costa of EPI, and wanted to pass along a few further details.  [Mother Jones]

Immigration Talks Hit Snag Over Business.  On Friday evening, the group of eight senators who are working to produce bipartisan immigration legislation and racing to work out a final dispute between the business and labor communities before Congress left for a two-week recess hit yet another obstacle, when the four Republican senators in the group spurned what a major union described as a another attempt at compromise.  [New York Times]

Immigrants Held in Solitary Cells, Often for Weeks. Nearly half are isolated for 15 days or more, the point at which psychiatric experts say they are at risk for severe mental harm, with about 35 detainees kept for more than 75 days.  [New York Times]

The Most Active Immigration Lobbyists? Minority Groups and Universities.  The Sunlight Foundation has done an impressively detailed data analysis of the lobbying on immigration since the last big reform effort in 2007, combing through 6,712 quarterly reports from 678 registered lobbying groups. Researchers tracked the bills mentioned in the disclosures to determine the specific issues that these lobbyists focused on and how active they were in pushing Congress on them. [Washington Post]

Obama Wants Immigration Overhaul ‘As Soon as Possible.’  President Obama called on Congress on Monday to show “political courage” and get moving on an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws during a naturalization ceremony at the White House.  [USA Today]

Time to Strengthen Family Immigration.  The momentum in Washington for immigration reform has been growing with amazing speed in recent weeks, and it seems that the question now is not whether Congress will try to fix the immigration system this year, but how big and effective the repairs will be.  [New York Times]

How Did we Build an Immigrant Movement?  We Learned from Gay Rights Activists. There is something about being under attack that makes a movement stronger.  [Washington Post]

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Eyes Political Push on Immigration. The 28-year-old Facebook CEO and billionaire — after mostly staying out of the political fray while running his company’s day-to-day operations — is joining with other executives to form an issues advocacy organization, with an initial focus on comprehensive immigration reform, according to sources familiar with the discussions. [Politico]

Senate Closer on Migrant Measure. Despite political momentum for comprehensive immigration reform, frustrations were rising Friday as bipartisan Senate negotiators struggled to come to an agreement on details of an immigrant-worker program and other sticking points.  [Arizona Central]


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