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Immigration reform supporters rally in Florida in June 2013. While House Republicans are talking legalization and some immigration activists have hinted at compromising on a path to U.S. citizenship for unauthorized immigrants, there's still skepticism as to whether immigration reform will make it through Congress.
McConnell predicts no immigration reform in 2014 - CNN Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) is predicting that in spite of the House GOP's new immigration reform template, he doesn't see the House and Senate compromising: "I think we have an irresolvable conflict here. The Senate insists on comprehensive. The House says it won't go to conference with the Senate on comprehensive and wants to look at step-by-step."
Immigrant Youth Leaders Signal They May Be Open to a G.O.P. Compromise - New York Times Young immigrants activists in Capitol Hill this week talked about holding the line "where no one else will hold the line,” but also showed "signs of a willingness to consider something less than a direct path to citizenship for all the estimated 11.7 million immigrants in the country illegally." House GOP leaders recently unveiled a plan that stops short of citizenship for most.
A longer application form for hopeful US citizens - Southern California Public Radio U.S. immigration officials have rolled out a new form for citizenship applicants that is twice as long as the current one. It contains additional questions related to national security, and electronic bar codes to speed up processing. But critics say it could make applying more difficult for many.
Robots undercut the case for more immigrants - Daily Beast David Frum on how technology could eventually replace more low-wage workers, which he argues would cut into jobs often taken by immigrants: "Just as ATMs replaced bank clerks, so too new checkout machines will hugely reduce the need for retail clerks. The need for human labor in construction, meatpacking, and food preparation seems certain to contract."
Can Obama legalize 8 million immigrants on his own? - Washington Post The latest group to seek executive action from the White House on immigration is the AFL-CIO. From the story: "The idea, as AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka has explained, is that Obama should unilaterally halt deportations for roughly 8 million illegal immigrants who would likely qualify for a path to citizenship under a stalled Senate bill. That would ratchet up the pressure on Congress to finally pass legislation."
CNNE shuts down CNN Latino - Media Moves Just a year after it launched its CNN Latino service, CNN en Español has announced that the Spanish-language news and entertainment venture is being shut down. CNN Latino, which was aimed at the U.S. Latino market, will reportedly be shuttered in a month.