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In immigration news: GOP makes Latino push in California, Illinois driver's licenses, 'unskilled' workers and the economy, more

Republicans Discuss 2004 Convention In NYC

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NEW YORK - JULY 25: Republican elephant cookies sit on a table at the Republican National Committee summer meeting July 25, 2003 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Republican party leaders are spending four days discussing plans for the 2004 Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Republicans launch initiative courting Latinos in California and other key states - Southern California Public Radio From the story: "National Republican officials are wooing Latinos in California by hiring a first-ever Hispanic state director to shore up the GOP presence beyond the temporary campaign offices that pop up during election season." The new state director is Francis Barraza, who will oversee 11 "Hispanic engagement" staffers in communities with large numbers of Latino voters.

Bipartisan think tank opposes expanded deferrals for illegal immigrants - Washington Post The nonprofit Bipartisan Policy Center is countering a push from immigrant advocates, who hope to convince President Obama to expand temporary legal status through deferred action to more immigrants. The center says "doing so would undermine the public's faith in immigration laws and undercut the legislative process." Obama has said does not plan to expand the program.

Illinois getting ready to issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants - CBS Chicago Illinois'  Secretary of State office rolls out that state's  license program in December. There are ten states now allowing unauthorized immigrants to apply for driver's licenses, with California the most recent one to join the list this month.

Immigration poll puts pressure on Central Valley lawmakers - Southern California Public Radio Results of a new poll backed by an immigrant advocacy group shows that in the districts of two House Republicans from California’s Central Valley, "more than 70 percent of voters – and nearly the same number of Republicans – said they back comprehensive immigration legislation that includes a path to citizenship."

How even 'unskilled' immigrants create jobs - Slate On a trip to Cleveland's "Asiantown" and a local restaurant:  "The key point is that while 'can make some cumin lamb or sichuan cold noodles' doesn't necessarily count as the highest-level skill in the world, it's certainly not a skill that's in abundance among the native-born population of Cleveland."  And how this, in turn, creates an economic chain that boosts local business.

UK unveils new measures to limit immigration - Wall Street Journal More on the United Kingdom's controversial proposed immigration crackdown, which "is designed to make it easier to remove illegal immigrants and to prevent them from using state-funded services such as health care." Private landlords would be required to check tenants' immigration status, and bank access would be restricted for those without legal status.

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