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In immigration news: The border security snag, AP drops use of 'illegal immigrant,' evangelists launch pro-reform ads, more

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A metal fence constructed by National Guardsmen forms a double-fence border barrier east of San Luis, Arizona. With some lawmakers insisting on border security as a contingency, the question of whether the border is secure enough could stand as an obstacle to broader immigration reform provisions.

Border security quandary could kill immigration bill - USA Today From the story: "Lawmakers in the nation's capital are largely in agreement that the border must be secured, but the next battle will be how to secure it — and over what time period. A failure to find common ground on this critical issue could be enough to snuff out a compromise."

AP Stylebook will no longer sanction use of 'illegal immigrant' - Southern California Public Radio After long standing by the term, The Associated Press has announced it will no longer advise media organizations to use "illegal immigrant" to describe someone living in the U.S. without permission. However, the AP Stylebook isn't embracing the de facto alternative, "undocumented," either.

House immigration bill is said to offer three paths - New York Times Unlike a forthcoming Senate plan, soon-to-be-introduced House legislation"will most likely offer three distinct paths to legal status. Young immigrants in the country without legal papers, who often call themselves 'Dreamers,' and low-skilled agricultural workers would qualify for an expedited road to legal status, people familiar with the negotiations said."

Tech immigration push is in high gear - Politico Now that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has embarked on building an advocacy group, there is renewed enthusiasm in Silicon Valley over reforms that could benefit the tech industry. Tech leaders have "long argued that the current system is undermining the country’s ability to be competitive because it limits the ability to hire foreign talent."

In Mexican villages, few are left to dream of U.S. - New York Times On how the last wave of migration from Mexico diminished the population of towns in migrant sending regions, which remain partly empty in spite of a steep decline in the number of Mexican heading north. Some residents fear more people will be lured north by immigration reform in the U.S.

What would Jesus do? Evangelists launch immigration ad campaign - ABC News South Carolina conservative religious leaders are "being joined by church leaders in North Carolina, Texas, Colorado and Florida producing and airing a series of ads designed to change the hard-line views of conservative Christians on the issue."

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