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In immigration news: Potential reform roadblocks, ICE chief defends detainee releases, black immigrants rally, more

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Immigrant detainees watch a movie at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility in July 2010 in Florence, Arizona. ICE has been under fire from conservative lawmakers for releasing more than 2,200 detainees last month over budget cuts.

Four hurdles that could block immigration reform - TIME Potential disagreements among the so-called Gang of Eight senators working on a reform bill, lobbyists, House Republicans, even some Democrats stand to pose roadblocks to a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform agreement.  

Administration officials defend release of detainees - New York Times During a House hearing yesterday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director John Morton said the release of more than 2,200 immigrants from detention last month was "solely a budgetary savings measure, and he disputed accusations that they had included many dangerous criminals." He said about two dozen people have been returned to detention.

What exactly is Rand Paul's position on immigration reform? - The Atlantic The Republican senator from Kentucky and Tea Party favorite has done an about-face in embracing comprehensive immigration reform in a speech yesterday, but the details of just what he supports were still "quite fuzzy."

Black immigrants to rally at Capitol for reform - Washington Post Organizers of the Wednesday demonstration say it is "is intended to highlight specific issues–including wage discrimination, high unemployment and family separation–that are particularly acute in the black immigrant community," which includes immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Mexicans less likely than other Latin American immigrants to settle in mixed neighborhoods, study suggests - Fox News Latino A Brown University study finds Mexican immigrants to remain more segregated in "isolated communities" than others from Latin America. The steady arrival of newcomers and earnings could play a part. 

By land or by sea, a tougher U.S. border tests illegal immigrants - Reuters Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants "have felt the force of tougher U.S. policing, new barriers and record deportations, which have helped cut to nil the net migration flow from south to north."

Tracing Latino roots via sound - NPR A feature on KCRW's Sonic Trace, a multimedia project which follows Latinos living in Southern California back to their families' native countries. 

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