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In immigration news: Reform and its chances at this point, Latinos and ACA enrollment, French deportation protests, more

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Immigration reform demonstrators hold signs at a rally in Washington, D.C., October 8, 2013. Immigrant advocates are putting renewed pressure on House GOP leaders to act on an immigration overhaul, but the odds aren't in their favor as the year draws to an end.

Immigration reform groups resume fight - Politico From the story: "The more aggressive wing of the immigration reform community is launching a 'week of escalation' that will target the top three House GOP leaders and roughly two dozen other Republican lawmakers. Their goal is a vote on immigration reform this year." But at this point, the chances are "faint at best."

The president vows to act: But is it it too late for immigration reform? - Southern California Public Radio President Obama said in recent days that with the government shutdown over, he will make a renewed push for immigration reform. But with the year drawing to an end, budget issues that must still be resolved and lawmakers licking their wounds from the shutdown battle, is there still realistic chance of an immigration deal this year - or next?

Chamber of Commerce slowly backs away from 'comprehensive immigration reform' - Slate An analysis of recent comments from U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donohue, interpreted as "sounding more amenable to the House conservatives' approach to immigration reform, splitting up enforcement provisions (easily passed in the House) from legalization provisions (not as easily), not allowing a conference committee to merge the proposals."

Latinos focus of Obamacare enrollment, no Spanish-language website yet - NBC Latino President Obama has responded to criticism over Affordable Care Act enrollment access "after the White House said it was delaying the full launch of the Spanish-language site,, until planned for this week. The English-language site, was launched Oct. 1."

Immigration, same-sex marriage and a tech entrepreneur - San Francisco Chronicle On Bay Area tech entrepreneur Alfred Cheung, who employs eight full-time workers but has kept himself and his business in the shadows until now because he didn't have a green card. A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed him to marry his longtime partner changes things.

French sensibilities stirred by schoolgirl's deportation - Wall Street Journal From the story: "The case of 15-year-old Leonarda Dibrani, who...was deported to Kosovo along with the rest of her family, has sparked a national debate in France. The dilemma centers on how far a country, particularly one that considers itself a champion of human rights, should go in confronting illegal immigration." Her case sparked massive protests.

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