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In immigration news: Obama yields on piecemeal reform, immigration 'hackathon' starts, LPRs and deportation, more

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Obama says he could back piecemeal immigration overhaul - Wall Street Journal President Obama said Tuesday in an interview that he's amenable to accepting what House Republicans have been pushing all along: A piecemeal approach to immigration reform. From the story: "Mr. Obama has long favored the sweeping immigration bill that passed the Senate in June, but the House has made clear it wouldn't consider that measure." Efforts to pass a comprehensive overhaul have so far failed.

The billionaire and the immigrant - Mark Zuckerberg and Carlos Vargas join forces in Silicon Valley for immigration reform - Fox News Latino Vargas, a 28-year-old unauthorized immigrant who arrived in the U.S. as a child, is one of 20 young immigrants chosen to take part in an immigration "hackathon" this week in Silicon Valley orchestrated by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other tech leaders. The idea is to develop applications and other projects to help pass immigration reform.

House Democrat to join immigration fast - Politico Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) says she'll spend a day joining a "Fast for Families" that's taking place on the National Mall as activists stage a fast in hopes of getting Congress to act on immigration reform. The fast began Nov. 12. Schakowsky says she'll consume only water on Thursday.

Why are immigrants being deported for minor crimes? - The Atlantic An explanation of the laws that made it much more easy for legal permanent residents to be deported, and what it takes for misdemeanors to build up to what's referred to as an "aggravated felony" that can land a legal U.S. resident in detention and deportation proceedings.

Immigrants targeted in sophisticated phone scam - San Jose Mercury News Many people around the country have been fooled by what the Internal Revenue Service is calling "a 'sophisticated' and 'pervasive' telephone scam that especially targets recent immigrants. Victims are fooled into thinking that they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer -- or suffer the consequences."

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