House GOP leaders unveiling immigration reform framework - CBS News Plans are for House Speaker John Boehner and other House Republican leaders to unveil their "principles" for immigration reform during a GOP retreat on Thursday. From the story: "Boehner reiterated his desire for a 'step-by-step' process in lieu of a comprehensive bill, and he said border security would necessarily be the 'first step,' but when he was asked about other concerns his conservative members might have, he demurred."
Immigration reform: Why are House Republicans poised to act now? - Christian Science Monitor From the story: "Some Republicans say the House is simply picking up where it left off last year. The House, they say, actually did a lot on immigration reform in 2013 – including hearings, passing several bills on different aspects of reform, and holding bipartisan negotiations – but events intervened." But there are other factors, including a need for the GOP to win Latino and Asian American voters.
Immigrant groups might accept legalization without automatic path to citizenship - Washington Post Immigrant advocates have long held that a path to U.S. citizenship for unauthorized immigrants is key. However, "a variety of immigration advocates this week said they were delighted that House Republicans seem open to finding ways to compromise on the topic, including through reported proposals that would legalize various categories of undocumented immigrants but not necessarily allow them all to become U.S. citizens."
White House must address petition to deport Justin Bieber - ABC News The deport-Bieber campaign is proving popular: "After topping more than 100,000 signatures on 'We the People,' the White House is now obligated to respond to a petition to 'Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card.' As of this afternoon, the petition had 104,700 signatures and climbing." The Canadian pop star, who has recently run afoul of the law, is in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa.
As world ages, immigration seen as big boost to US - Associated Press A new global study from the Pew Research Center finds that "Americans are among the least likely to be concerned about retirement security, or to view the growing number of older people as a major concern...The findings show an increasing economic importance of foreign-born residents in the U.S. Younger immigrants who arrive in the U.S. typically find jobs and start families."