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A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer prepares an undocumented Salvadoran immigrant for a deportation flight on December 8, 2010 in Mesa, Arizona. Record numbers of immigrants have been deported during the Obama administration; more than 409,000 were deported in fiscal year 2012.

ICE agents' union wants to slow immigration overhaul - USA Today National ICE Council leader Chris Crane has written to a group of senators working on an immigration reform package "that they should hear from ICE agents before they complete their immigration proposal." The union has been resistant to past changes made by the Obama administration.

Immigrants held in solitary cells, sometimes for weeks - New York Times From the story: "On any given day, about 300 immigrants are held in solitary confinement at the 50 largest detention facilities" making up the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention system. Almost half of these are reportedly held 15 days or more.

How Obama could (but probably won't) stop deporting illegal immigrants today - The Atlantic On how reducing the number of detained immigrants is "doable," but unlikely: After facing sharp criticism over the release of 2,000-plus detainees, Homeland Security officials have scrapped plans to release 3,000 more detainees this month.

The most active immigration reform lobbyists? Minority groups and universities - Washington Post According to one analysis, "these groups spent more than $1.5 billion on immigration lobbying between 2008 and 2012—and that was almost all before the newest comprehensive reform effort heated up."

Electoral demographics open door on immigration, Napolitano says - Bloomberg Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano noted to press what political observers have long been talking about: How the demographic changes that played out in the 2012 presidential election make this a good time for lawmakers to push immigration reform. Whether the plans go the distance is another question.

State senate approves drivers' licenses for illegal immigrants - Baltimore Sun A bill passed in the Maryland state senate Monday could make the state one of a few that allows licenses for undocumented immigrants, affecting at least 100,000 people who can't obtain them now. 

McCain: I won't stop saying 'illegal' immigrants - Talking Points Memo Asked during a Phoenix town hall meeting by an undocumented 25-year-old if he'd consider dropping the term, Sen. John McCain responded that he wouldn't: "Someone who crosses our borders illegally is here illegally,” he reportedly said.

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