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In immigration news: Republicans for reform, lawyers sue for court access, fitness for diverse neighbors

Illinois GOP rep Aaron Schock broke from the party ranks in calling for a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.
Illinois GOP rep Aaron Schock broke from the party ranks in calling for a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.
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218: Kinzinger, Schock Plead for Immigration Overhaul - Roll Call Immigration reform may be anathema to Republicans in other states, but not in Illinois.  On Tuesday, both Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Aaron Schock each gave video testimonials for reform. The vidoes were played at a pro-immigration event sponsored by the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition which also featured another prominent Republican, former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert. Shock was the most demonstrative in his support, saying that “We need a clear path to citizenship for workers who are already here and a fair and efficient on-ramp for those who want to come here.” A reform bill passed the Senate last summer, and has been stalled in the House ever since.

Moderate Dems resist Obama on deportations - Politico  Within the Democrat party there's a divide over whether the president should stop deportations. Some moderate Democrats such as Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas say it's Congress' purview to change immigration law, not Obama's. Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski, on the other hand, wants immigration reform but doesn't like the bill that's pending in Congress because, according to the story, "he doesn’t think it would do enough to stem illegal migration into the United States. He predicted that executive action on deportations would “cause more problems” than it would solve."

AFL-CIO’s Trumka meets with immigrants, calls deportations ‘unacceptable’ - Washington Post  AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka reinforced the organization's commitment to immigration reform during a talk to several dozen advocates from Lousiana and Massachusetts who were in DC to stage a hunger strike. Activists have been trying to increase pressure on Congress and the White House to pass a reform bill with a growing roster of events.  Leaders of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, for example, plans to "launch a civil disobedience event in Washington next week, and they set a June 28 deadline for the House of Representatives to act on legislation," according to the story.

Denver immigration lawyers sue for access to federal court building-  Denver Post The Colorado chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association is suing the federal government, alleging that there's a practice of deterring immigrants from getting to court-mandated hearings. The suit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security names an incident in which "security guards at the building allegedly kept a longtime Denver immigration attorney and his undocumented client from entering the building for a court hearing recently unless they produced United States-issued identification cards or submitted to criminal-background checks."

Lower East Side fitness-center offers immigrants chance to get fit - New York Daily News A new fitness center aims to bring the New York neighborhood's Chinese, Latino and Eastern European immigrants together in one spot. The goal is not only to increase social interactions but to improve the health of new arrivals who may not have gotten into the habit of exercise in their home country . Zumba and kickboxing classes could potentially help lower rates of diabetes and hypertension which are often higher among certain immigrant groups. Given the diversity of the clientele, the gym has hired a multi-lingual staff.