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In immigration news: 'A-word' losing its punch, reform backers to pressure House, Boehner still optimistic, more

Immigrant rights marchers in downtown Los Angeles on May 1, 2006, during the last great immigration debate. Then as now, the term
Immigrant rights marchers in downtown Los Angeles on May 1, 2006, during the last great immigration debate. Then as now, the term "amnesty" was used by immigration reform opponents to describe what supporters referred to as earned legalization. But some believe overuse has lessened its effect.
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'Amnesty' losing emotional punch in immigration debate - USA Today Some immigration reform veterans say that the "A-word" long used by opponents to describe an immigration overhaul "no longer packs the emotional punch it did six or seven years ago. They see that as one reason foes this year have shifted to other lines of attack, such as the call for more robust border-security measures."

Immigration backers, under pressure to do more, plan campaign to pressure House to pass bill - Washington Post From the story: "Business and religious groups and others with ties to the GOP majority are under pressure to win over lawmakers through tailor-made campaigns from within their districts... Immigration activists, labor leaders and others on the left are making plans for large-scale mobilizations such as rallies and marches to exert pressure from without."

Boehner optimistic about immigration bill - New York Times While he hasn't supported the Senate's immigration reform bill, House Speaker John Boehner told reporters Thursday that he sees hope for action in House immigration talks: “We had a great conversation last week. The more this issue is around, the more action there is in committee, the more information there is for the members to put their hands on. And, frankly, the American people are engaged in this issue as well.”

New labor secretary has immigrant advocacy background - Southern California Public Radio Newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez has a lengthy career history in civil rights and also a background in immigrant advocacy. The son of Dominican immigrants, Perez was once board president of CASA de Maryland, an advocacy organization that provides legal and social services and is an active voice in the immigration reform movement.

Senate immigration plan wins majority support from public - Washington Post A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll has some 55 percent of Americans supporting a “pathway to citizenship” for unauthorized immigrants. Many also support the Senate's "border surge" enforcement provisions, although "some recoil at the high costs of implementing the plan, highlighting deep partisan disagreement about whether the effort is worth the cost."