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In immigration news: Fingerprinting at airports, reform bill faces more union opposition, immigrants and health, more

American Airlines passengers wait in line for a flight at Miami International Airport on Tuesday.

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An amendment to the Senate immigration reform bill approved Monday in the Senate Judiciary Committee would require fingerprinting systems at the nation's busiest airports to track foreigners leaving the country.

Senators working on immigration bill would require fingerprinting at 30 busiest airports - Washington Post As it weighs amendments to a comprehensive immigration bill, the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved an amendment from Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah that would require foreigners leaving the country to be fingerprinted. There would be a fingerprinting system in the nation's 10 busiest airports within two years, and in the 30 busiest within six years.

National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council fights Senate bill - Politico The union representing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to come out in opposition to the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform bill, saying the agency has turned into an "approval machine." The union, which represents about 12,000 employees, is the second union representing a Homeland Security agency to come out against the proposal.

U.S. immigration plan encounters business-labor rift - Bloomberg While the Senate moves forward on amendments to its immigration reform bill and the House prepares to introduce its own, sticking points continue over temporary guest workers, technology and construction, and disagreements continue between business and labor leaders.

The health toll of immigration - New York Times Research shows that while many immigrants arrive in the United States in good health, their health worsens as they assimilate and adapt to American diet and lifestyle: "...the longer they live in this country, the worse their rates of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. And while their American-born children may have more money, they tend to live shorter lives than the parents."

Asian Americans: Smart, high-income and...poor? - NPR More on the "model minority" myth and socioeconomic disparity in Asian American communities. While some Asian immigrants and their descendants are financially well off, many are not. In fact: ..."it might be surprising that they have a higher poverty rate than non-Hispanic whites."

Immigration reform: A family divided by the border - Arizona Republic The story of Ivonne Gil and Mario Gil and their son Daniel, 13. Ivonne was deported in 2007 and now lives in Nogales, on the Mexican side of the border. Her husband and son drive there every weekend to see her, but the separation has disrupted their lives.

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