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In immigration news: Unaccompanied minors on the rise, voter attitudes and reform, unions pressure House GOP, more

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An old highway sign near the U.S.-Mexico border with an image of a migrant family. In recent years, the number of underage migrants traveling without a parent has increased: Last year, the U.S. Border Patrol took in three times the number of unaccompanied minors that it did in 2008, according to government statistics.

Number of underage immigrants on their own in U.S. triples in five years, stats show - CNN From the story: "The number of unaccompanied minors in the country has tripled in the past five years, government statistics show. Last year, the U.S. Border Patrol took more than 24,481 into custody, compared with 8,041 in 2008. The vast majority in 2012 came from Mexico (13,974), but some came from places as far away as India (23), China (16) and Romania (16)."

Poll indicates support for immigration reform - Politico In a new poll, "fifty-two percent of those surveyed said they would be more likely to support a candidate who backs immigration reform, compared to 18 percent of those who said they would be less likely. On the flip side, 54 percent said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who opposes immigration reform, while only 17 percent said they would be more likely to support them."

Lessons on immigration in two governor's races - New York Times  Incumbent New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, won after "he improved his standing among Latinos by 18 percentage points over his first run for governor in 2009." But another Republican in Virginia, attorney general Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, lost in part because Latinos voted against him. Both candidates' positions on immigration had an effect on the outcome.

New push for immigration reform will target 9 House Republicans - Washington Post A new campaign led by the AFL-CIO and SEIU labor unions but including several immigrant advocacy groups will target nine House Republicans who have voiced support for an immigration overhaul. The goal is "to pressure the lawmakers to match their public statements by lobbying colleagues and House Republican leaders to permit votes on a series of immigration bills introduced in recent months."

Muslim workers say they were fired for praying - CNN Several complaints have been filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that DHL Global Mail "fired a group of Somali Muslims for exercising their legally protected religious rights" during break times. More complaints are expected.

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