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House Democrats need 27 signatures to force vote on comprehensive immigration reform bill - Washington Post The latest on House Democrats' discharge petition, a procedural effort to force a vote on a House immigration reform bill: "House Democrats say they currently have 191 signatures — all Democrats — on the petition, and that they will recommit to pressure Republican lawmakers who have said previously that they would support comprehensive immigration reform. The petition must get 218 signatures to force a vote on the legislation."

IRS sounds warning on aggressive scam - Dallas Morning News In time for tax day, the Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers "to guard against sophisticated and aggressive phone scams targeting consumers, particularly recent immigrants." Targeted individuals are told they are entitled to big refunds or that they owe money immediately, and are "threatened with deportation, arrest, having their utilities shut off or having their driver’s licenses revoked."

Should Obama use the power of his pen to turn the tide on immigration reform? - CNN From the story: "After pushback from immigration activists and some members of his party, the President has directed his administration to reexamine its deportation policy. The administration could shift noncriminals and minor offenders to the lowest deportation priorities." But critics warn of political blowback if President Obama relies too heavily on executive action.

Celebrity bindis at Coachella: Fashion trend or cultural appropriation? - CBC News The latest fashion trend spotted at the Coachella music festival? Jeweled bindis, spotted on celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens and other non-South Asian, non-Hindu festival goers. The bindi-wearers have attracted a flurry of criticism on social media, with complaints that it's distasteful cultural appropriation.

The Latino Experience In Appalachia - NPR The Appalachian region isn't typically associated with Latinos, but there has been a growing Latino population there in in recent decades. A new project from the University of Kentucky's Appalachian Center called "Las Voces de los Apalaches" documents this emerging culture, including an arts and music scene that's blended with Appalachian traditions.

How The Drug War Helps Fuel Mass Deportation - Huffington Post A recent study points to how drug convictions factor into deportation numbers: "An average of more than 41,000 people with drug offenses on their records were deported each year between the 2008 and 2013 fiscal years, according to an analysis of deportation records by the Transactional Records Clearinghouse Access at Syracuse University." According to the study, drug offenses accounted for 11.2 percent of deportees' criminal convictions in 2013.

Why Jeb Bush May Win the Nomination - Slate Former Florida governor Jeb Bush drew criticism from many of his GOP peers over a recent comment suggesting that the decision to come to the U.S. illegally is "an act of love" for many families. But as this piece argues, his position on immigration could go over better with Republican donors.

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