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In immigration news: New House reform bill announced, DHS and the government shutdown, verdict in immigration fraud trial, more

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent stands at the U.S.-Mexico border fence on February 26, 2013 in Nogales, Arizona. House Democrats have introduced a new immigration reform bill that combines elements of the Senate's plan with an existing GOP-sponsored border security bill.

House Democrats introduce separate immigration bill - Washington Post House Democrats have announced a new immigration reform bill that combines elements of the comprehensive Senate-approved bill with a stand-alone border security proposal. But, from the story: "Immigration proponents have acknowledged that the Democratic proposal stands little chance of being voted on but said it could pressure Republicans."

Here's how the shutdown affects immigration services - ABC News While some immigration services will be partly affected by the government shutdown, most of the work done by agencies under the Homeland Security department will continue. But some aspects will be affected, including a slowdown in immigration courts and access to the E-Verify employment verification system.

Immigration courts remain partly open but political asylum cases delayed - Washington Post From the story: "Petitions for political asylum and non-emergency deportation cases are among the matters that could be delayed for months if the shutdown lasts more than a few days, according to immigration lawyers and advocates."

Former Guatemalan soldier accused of atrocities convicted of US immigration fraud - Southern California Public Radio On Tuesday, jurors in Riverside County found Jorge Sosa guilty of lying on his application for U.S. citizenship, omitting information about his military involvement in Guatemala. The ex-soldier is accused of participating in a massacre during his native country's civil war in the 1980s. He stands to lose his citizenship and be deported.

San Francisco passes law to prohibit immigrant holds - Reuters The San Francisco Board of Supervisors "voted unanimously to pass an ordinance to prevent the San Francisco police and sheriff's departments from detaining illegal immigrants arrested for crimes for up to 48 hours past their release dates." It's one example of state and local resistance to Secure Communities, a federal-local immigration enforcement partnership.

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