57,000 Reasons Immigration Overhaul May Be Stalled for Now - New York Times The influx of 57,o00 unaccompanied migrant children over the last year is forcing Pres. Obama to revamp his approach to immigration reform, as he faces criticism from within his own party. U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California and members of the Hispanic Caucus say they will fight his plan to speed up the deportations of children. Obama advisers who had been helping him shape the executive action he would take on immigration are now being diverted to handle the border crisis.
Border states think immigration is a much bigger problem than the rest of the country - Washington Post New Gallup polling shows that Americans — particularly those in the border states of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas — think that immigration is the country's "most important issue." The poll also found that a higher percentage of residents in those border states — 41 percent — approve of how Pres. Obama is handling the border crisis than those living in non-border states. Meanwhile "small majorities in both border and non-border states support a $3.7 billion proposal by Obama to speed up deportation hearings and provide care for unaccompanied children while they wait."
Drawing Undocumented Kids Out of the Shadows - USAToday With Congress immobilized over immigration reform, states are taking their own actions to help immigrants in the country illegally. For example, 16 states offer in-state tuition rates to students without legal status, and 11 states and the District of Columbia allow them to apply for driver's licenses. Some other states are thinking about allowing these immigrants to vote in state elections and run for office.
White House Leak Hits Democratic Governor After Immigration Comments - TIME The White House is duking it out with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley over how the administration is handling the issue of unaccompanied children. A White House source leaked that even as O'Malley attacked the White House plan to return the children to their home countries as quickly as possible, he asked that the children not be housed in his state. O'Malley on CNN explained that “what I said was that would not be the most inviting site in Maryland. There are already hundreds of kids already located throughout Maryland."
Patrick wants Mass. to host immigrant children - Boston Globe Another governor, Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, is speaking out about wanting to house some of the unaccompanied children in his state. This comes as "some cities and states have vehemently objected to requests by federal officials who are trying to relocate the children from facilities on the border." One location on Cape Cod that is being considered had housed Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Some Massachusetts lawmakers said the state should be focusing on more homegrown problems such as homelessness.