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In immigration news: Catholic clergy to push legalization, why Obama can't 'legalize' immigrants, reform and the job market, more

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Roman Catholic clergy are planning to promote a comprehensive immigration overhaul from the pulpit around the country in September. (File photo: St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Santa Monica.)

Can Obama legalize 11 million immigrants on his own? - Washington Post Not so easily. While President Obama could theoretically expand the deferred action program that now grants temporary legal status to some young immigrants, legal experts say "...it would be extremely difficult to expand this program to cover all (or even most) of the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants. And Obama only has the power to defer deportation — he can’t 'legalize' immigrants on his own."

Catholic push to overhaul immigration goes to pews - New York Times Roman Catholic clergy throughout the U.S. plan to "preach a coordinated message next month backing changes in immigration policy, with some using Sunday Masses on Sept. 8 to urge Congressional passage of a legislative overhaul that includes a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants."

On the killing floor, clues to the impact of immigration on jobs - Wall Street Journal When a meatpacking plant ran short of workers after federal agents conducted a raid and many were deported, management couldn't fill the jobs with native-born workers. Many of the jobs were filled instead by refugees from Burma and Somalia.

Concern rises after border-vigilante standoff - USA Today Law enforcement officials say the arrest of a border vigilante accused of pointing a gun at a sheriff's deputy in Arizona "during a confrontation in a desert smuggling zone shows that the 'minuteman'-militia-style movement is still active in Arizona and a growing threat to public safety."

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