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One of the amendments voted down this week as Senate lawmakers debate a comprehensive immigration reform bill would have required the completion of more double-layered border fencing before immigrants here illegally could pursue legal status. The Senate bill already proposes enhanced border security, including fencing.
The Gang reaches across the aisle as Senate immigration debate kicks off - TIME A recap of the first day of the Senate Judiciary Committee's deliberations as lawmakers marked up the so-called "Gang of Eight" Senate immigration reform bill on Thursday. About 300 amendments were offered this week.
Immigration fight just getting started: 5 takeaways - MSNBC Perhaps the biggest sticking point in the Senate negotiations so far has been border security. Amendments voted down have included one that would have delayed immigrants' applying for legal status until more border security goals were met, including the completion of additional double-layered border fence. More deliberations are set for Tuesday.
House group works on own version of immigration bill - New York Times One obstacle to a long-forthcoming bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill from the House is "reluctance on the part of Republicans in the group to accept a deal between the nation’s leading business and labor organizations" which would establish a guest worker program for low-skilled temporary workers. Meanwhile, some House lawmakers have been picking off bits and pieces to tackle separately.
Author of Heritage immigration report quits - Wall Street Journal Jason Richwine, a senior policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation, has resigned following questions over a report that set the potential price of immigration reform at a very high $6.3 trillion. Richwine had also authored a dissertation in which he alleged immigrants had lower IQs than native-born whites.
11 million and growing: Breaking down the number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. - PRI's The World How do researchers come up with estimates for a population that lives in the shadows? An inside look at the formula that's used to determine how many people are in living in the U.S. illegally.
'Sesame Street' introduces new Latino character, Armando - Los Angeles Times And he's not seafoam green, like Rosita. He's a human character played by Puerto Rican actor Ismael Cruz Cordova, also known as the character Jimmy Patrick on "The Good Wife."