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In immigration news: Reform roadblocks, how sequester affects immigration, what constitutes a 'secure' border, more

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An U.S. Border Patrol bike patrol agent in Nogales, Arizona assists Mexican nationals being returned to Mexico after they were apprehended entering the United States illegally, June 2, 2010. As federal sequester budget cuts loom, border security and the legal immigration system could take a financial hit.

Signs of immigration roadblocks in Congress - Politico While there continues to be momentum, with the Senate "Gang of Eight" reform proposal expected by mid-March, there is dissent in the GOP ranks. The angry public reaction faced by Sen. John McCain at an Arizona town hall recently also points to dissent among constituents. 

How the sequester would affect our dysfunctional immigration system - Washington Post Among other things, the federal speding cuts would  "would slash $15 million from the country’s immigration courts," potentially fueling further visa backlogs. Border security would also take a hit. 

Tech leaders plan virtual push on immigration - USA Today The former heads of AOL and Mozilla are among those organizing a campaign that's focused on making it easier for high-skilled tech workers and highly educated immigrants to come to the U.S. 

What does a 'secure' border look like? - Arizona Capitol Times From the story: "In pure numbers it is this: Where border agents made some 530,000 arrests in San Diego in fiscal year 1993, they had fewer than 30,000 in 2012. There is no simple yardstick to measure border security. And yet, as the debate over immigration reform ramps back up, many will try."

21 immigration reform power players - ABC/Univision An introduction to some of the top players behind immigration reform, from politicos and activists to faith and business leaders.

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