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In immigration news: Reform hopes in House, the 'Dream 9' protest, congressman criticized for drug mule comment, more

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Roberto (Bear) Guerra

Although it's met with opposition from immigration reform advocates, does a GOP-backed House proposal to legalize young immigrants brought here illegally as children indicate hope for compromise on a broader immigration overhaul?

Sign of hope seen in House for immigration overhaul - New York Times After House Republicans brought up legalization for young people who arrived as children this week, some immigration reform backers wonder if there is still hope for an agreement: "Is the potential concession as far as many House Republicans are willing to go, or are they slowly inching their way toward a broader compromise?"

The 'Dream 9' protest: Youth immigration activists' tactics grow riskier - Southern California Public Radio Several young immigrant activists who traveled to their native Mexico - with plans to seek reentry at the border as a test of U.S. policies - are being held in detention in Arizona. The protest tactics of young unauthorized immigrants, which began a few years ago with revealing their immigration status, have influenced immigration policies and the broader debate.

Late heiress' anti-immigration efforts live on - Los Angeles Times A foundation started by Cordelia Scaife May, who died eight years ago, "has been the single-largest donor to the anti-immigration cause, providing more than $76 million over the last decade to groups that now are fighting to block immigration overhaul efforts in Congress." May was an environmentalist who believed in population control.

White House, GOP condemn congressman's immigration remark - CBS News There's been much criticism in Washington, D.C. of a comment made by by Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa, who suggested that many young people brought illegally to the U.S. as minors are running drugs, "hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert."

Raunchy, racist jokes were the entertainment at sheriff's gathering - Los Angeles Times A Los Angeles County "Sheriff's Day Luncheon" Wednesday "went badly awry when a comedian unleashed a stand-up routine filled with racist and sexually explicit humor." One attendee said the comic "managed to insult every ethnic group." But he was still thanked with a plaque afterward.

Jorge Ramos on Latinos and the future of U.S. politics - NPR The popular Univision news anchor spoke with Tell Me More guest host Celeste Headlee on Wednesday. From the interview: "If Latinos perceive that Republicans are to blame for the absence of immigration reform," says Ramos, "I think Republicans are going to pay the price for that."

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