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In immigration news: Obama calls for reform, GOP bill to offer temporary legal status, racism allegations in El Cajon, more

Activists Rally For Comprehensive Immigration Reform In Washington

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A girl holds a sign during an immigration rally in front of the White House on November 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. In a speech Thursday, President Obama called on lawmakers to act on immigration reform. So far there has been an impasse in Congress, with House Republicans promoting piecemeal measures but saying they will not support a sweeping proposal approved by the Senate in June.

Obama puts immigration back in spotlight - CNN President Obama called for a deal on immigration reform during a Thursday speech, saying "We've kicked this particular can down the road for too long." There's been talk among some Republican lawmakers about piecemeal bills, but GOP House leaders have so far made clear they will not support the comprehensive immigration reform bill passed by the Senate in June.

Darrell Issa to introduce immigration bill - Politico California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa says he plans to introduce a bill that would grant six years of temporary legal status to unauthorized immigrants. From the story: “It’s halfway – and it always has been – halfway between full amnesty and simply rejecting people,” Issa told POLITICO on Wednesday. “I think if we’re going to break this logjam that’s occurred for my whole 13 years I’ve been in Congress, we have to find middle ground.”

Mark Zuckerberg flexes Silicon Valley's political muscles on immigration - Bloomberg BusinessWeek The advocacy group founded by the Facebook CEO,, is campaigning for immigration reform now that the budget crises has subsided: "Next week and other business groups will meet with Republican lawmakers to push for new legislation, part of a broader effort by immigration-reform advocates."

Audio of El Cajon's mayor fuels allegations of racism - San Diego 6 In a taped interview posted online, El Cajon mayor Mark Lewis "linked Iraqi immigrants with the drug trade, and suggested the children of some wealthy immigrants were taking advantage of government assistance programs." The San Diego-area suburb is home to many Iraqi immigrants, many of them Chaldean Christians. 

ACLU asks Justice Dept. to probe surveillance of Muslims by New York City Police Dept. - Washington Post From the story: "In a letter signed by 125 state and national organizations, the (American Civil Liberties Union) and the other groups said the Justice Department’s civil rights division to open a probe into the 'unlawful religious profiling and suspicionless surveillance of Muslims in New York City and beyond.'”

U.S. immigration landmark Ellis Island to reopen, a year after Sandy - Reuters The historic immigration station in New York Harbor will partially reopen to the public on Monday, a year after it was flooded during Superstorm Sandy. Electrical, sewage and other systems were destroyed in the storm, but there was little damage to historic buildings.

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