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In immigration news: Clash over GOP legalization plan for minors, activists arrested at border, the 2014 primaries, more

Roberto (Bear) Guerra

Legal status for young people brought to the U.S. illegally has been debated for more than a decade, most recently Tuesday as House members discussed a Republican proposal offering limited legalization for youths brought here as children. It was dismissed by House Democrats, who seek a broader legalization plan as part of a comprehensive immigration overhaul.

House GOP plan to legalize unauthorized immigrants brought as kids rejected by Democrats - Associated Press A hearing Tuesday on a yet-to-be-introduced proposal from House Republicans that would offer legal status to young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children drew resistance from House Democrats, who say limiting legalization to a small group of unauthorized immigrants isn't enough.

Nine DREAMer activists arrested at US border - Fronteras Desk A group of young people born in Mexico who arrived illegally as minors returned to Mexico - then presented themselves at the border Monday in Nogales - to test U.S. immigration policies. They've been transferred to a detention facility in Arizona as officials process their request for reentry.

House Democrats warn odds of immigration reform dim in 2014 - The Hill From the story: "'We've seen how in an election year it's very difficult to get a lot done, and that's unfortunate,' Rep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), chairman of the Democratic Caucus, told reporters in the Capitol." The House has yet to come up with a comprehensive immigration bill, and House GOP leaders have said they won't support the Senate's version.

Will Republicans lose primaries over immigration reform? - The Atlantic Some House Republicans worry they might lose support from constituents in the 2014 primaries if they support an immigration reform plan. But they might not lose that much: A new poll shows only about 20 percent of GOP primary voters strongly opposed to "most forms of immigration reform."

Poll: Immigration a quandary for Republicans - Washington Post According to a new poll, "half of all Americans — and 83 percent of Hispanics — say they would be disappointed if the House does not pass legislation instituting a path to citizenship. But Republican rank-and-file oppose such a provision, making it a central sticking point in GOP deliberations over the legislation."

Latinos in U.S. increasingly rely on English-language news, report finds - New York Times On the results of a new Pew Hispanic Center report that found 82 percent of Latinos surveyed saying that at least some of the news they follow is in English; only 78 percent said the same thing in 2006. This has been a growing trend, driving a push for English-language content aimed at Latino audiences.

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