Obama careful on immigration in State of the Union, lawmakers say - Los Angeles Times President Obama again urged immigration reform in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, but "didn’t set out any legislative markers, including requiring a pathway to legal status and ultimately citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally."
Will a Democratic U-turn promote immigration reform? - Washington Post From the piece: "The more deliberate the GOP House has been on immigration reform and the more its leadership has strained to differentiate its position from the Gang of Eight, the more Democrats are sounding accommodating about immigration reform. "
Activist Ron Unz proposes a new minimum wage hike - with the aim of deterring illegal immigration - Southern California Public Radio A proposed California ballot initiative calling for another minimum wage hike isn’t coming from Democrats this time. It’s being proposed by conservative entrepreneur and political activist Ron Unz, who sees ultimately raising the state's minimum wage to $12 an hour as a way of attracting legal workers to low-wage jobs.
Rubio eyes House immigration approach - The Hill Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who helped write last year's Senate comprehensive immigration reform bill, "on Wednesday said he is open to an immigration reform bill that does not include a path to citizenship for the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants." Rubio was referring to a forthcoming House GOP plan that's expected to include legalization, but not citizenship.
Homeland Security blacked out recommendation on Border Patrol restraint - Washington Post An independent review last year commissioned by U.S. Customs and Border Protection recommended that Border Patrol agents restrain use of lethal force in rock-throwing incidents. But "when the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general released a report in September on the Border Patrol’s use of force, officials blacked out that call for holding back in such incidents, among other recommendations."
Seeking better legal help for immigrants - New York Times An initiative called the Immigrant Justice Corps, the brainchild of a federal court judge, hopes to ease the shortage of legal representation for immigrants, especially those in deportation proceedings. The plan is to recruit graduating law students or recent graduates, train them in immigration law, then send to them to work in community-based organizations that assist immigrants.