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President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill on Jan. 28, 2014 in Washington, D.C., two days before House Republicans unveiled their template for immigration reform last Thursday. The plan doesn't provide a clear path to U.S. citizenship for most unauthorized immigrants - and is prompting questions about how much Obama is willing to compromise.
House G.O.P.'s immigration plan presents tough choices for Obama - New York Times From the story: "President Obama and his allies may soon confront a difficult decision: whether to abandon the creation of a new path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants and accept tough border security and enforcement measures that they have long criticized." Last week, House Republicans unveiled an immigration reform strategy that stops short of U.S. citizenship for most unauthorized immigrants.
U.S. immigration bill 'in doubt' this year, Republican Ryan says - Reuters Republican Rep. Paul Ryan says it's unlikely that his party will compromise on immigration reform, in spite of a set of House GOP "principles" released last week. From the story: "Security first, no amnesty, then we might be able to get somewhere," Ryan said on ABC's "This Week."
In a crowded immigration court, seven minutes to decide a family's future - Washington Post On the caseload handled by judges in the backlogged immigration court system. From the story: "Judge Lawrence Burman sat quietly in front of the chaos, adjusting his reading glasses and sifting through a stack of files on his bench. He had 26 cases listed on his morning docket in Arlington Immigration Court — 26 decisions to make before lunchtime about the complicated future of undocumented immigrants in the United States."
California weighs immigrant license requirements - Associated Press As state officials prepare to roll out a program next January that will let unauthorized immigrants apply for a special driver's license, they must "strike a balance between having a secure license and making it accessible to immigrants who are currently prohibited from driving. The key is ensuring immigrants prove they are who they claim to be and preventing fraud without making the requirements so onerous that people give up on trying to get a license."
Phoenix family splits on immigration proposal - USA Today The House GOP immigration reform principles support a path to U.S. citizenship for young immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors, but only legal status for older immigrants. This means that in some families, parents would not be able to obtain citizenship, while their children would.
American Muslim Men Balance Faith And Love In 'Salaam' - NPR An interview with Haroon Moghul, one of the essayists whose work is features in "Salaam, Love," a collection of essays by Muslim men. The book grew out "Love, Inshallah," a blog that American Muslims turn to for relationship advice and as a place to share experiences.
More states granting in-state tuition to immigrants - PBS NewsHour Fifteen states, including California, now have laws that allow qualifying students who lack legal immigration status to pay reduced in-state college tuition rates. Seven other states are considering similar measures.