As part of a concerted effort, some Latino evangelical pastors will be asking their congregations this weekend to pressure members of Congress for a vote on immigration reform.
Religious Leaders Pressure GOP on Immigration - Wall Street Journal From the story: "This weekend, Hispanic evangelical pastors will preach a 'call to action,' asking churchgoers to call members of Congress to demand passage of a broad immigration bill. The program is being organized by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, which encouraged its 34,200 member churches, representing 16 million members, to participate."
U.S. Chamber of Commerce pushes House GOP on immigration reform - Washington Post More than 600 business organizations have "signed onto a letter from the chamber to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday. The businesses included Facebook, Caterpillar, Halliburton and Hewlett-Packard." The letter urges House Republicans to act on immigration and that "immigration reform is an essential element of a jobs agenda and economic growth."
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A Delta Air Lines customer checks in curbside in San Francisco. In New York City, international passengers arriving on a Delta flight from London on Monday were accidentally let out of the airport without going through immigration and customs.
Delta passengers arriving in New York from London accidentally skip immigration - CBS News Passengers arriving on a Delta flight from London to New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport were reportedly let out of the airport Monday before clearing immigration and customs, after apparently being led through the wrong section of the airport.
Cross-country trek embarks for immigration reform - Los Angeles Daily News Immigrant activists boarded buses for a cross-country trip to push for immigration reform. Traveling on two buses with different stops planned, they hope "to urge locals from San Francisco to New Jersey and from San Diego to Virginia, to demand action from their congressional representatives." The trip will end with a rally in early April at the National Mall.
Georgia bill: Ban driver’s licenses for immigrants without legal status - Atlanta Journal-Constitution A Republican-sponsored Georgia state bill would deny driver's licenses to young immigrants who have been granted temporary legal status through deferred action, and to others with temporary permission to live and work in the U.S. for humanitarian reasons. The state currently allows deferred action recipients to apply for driver's licenses.
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Initial findings from a major study were released today by the National Institutes of Health. Among other things, the study details how some illnesses and risk factors play out among different Latino national-origin groups.
Initial findings from a major national study of Latino health were released today by the National Institutes of Health. The study explores in detail the health experiences of more than 16,000 Latinos in four U.S. cities, including how certain diseases and risk factors play out differently among distinct national-origin groups.
Among other things, the study found a high prevalence of pre-diabetes and uncontrolled diabetes in Latinos, and that Latinos are more prone to develop Type 2 diabetes than other ethnic groups. According to the report, about 1 in 3 Latinos had pre-diabetes and among those who already had the disease, only about half had it under control.
These findings played out fairly evenly among all the national-origin groups studied -- those being respondents who self-identified as being of Mexican, Central American, Cuban, Dominican, Puerto Rican, and South American origin. But in other cases, different groups of Latinos experienced illness in different ways, with some suffering from certain conditions more than others. Lifestyle habits also varied. From the report:
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Immigration reform advocates protest next to an immigrant detention center in New York, October 29, 2013. Immigrant youth activists and others say they'll keep pressuring the White House to take executive action to spare more immigrants from deportation.
Young Immigrants Turn Focus to President in Struggle Over Deportations - New York Times Young people who met over the weekend in Phoenix for an annual gathering of immigrant youth activists said they're disappointed with President Obama not having taken executive action so far to ease up on deportations, and that "they would demand that he take executive action to increase protections for immigrants without papers."
House Dems may try long-shot tactic to advance immigration reform - Arizona Republic On the "discharge petition" tactic that's been floated by some House Democrats in hopes of forcing a House vote on immigration reform. It's easier said than done: "The effort likely would need the cooperation of 15 to 19 House Republicans, assuming all 199 House Democrats sign the petition and depending on which party wins four vacant House seats."
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Activists from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles staged a "call-a-thon" on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, dialing up a member of Congress and having passers-by leave messages demanding immigration reform. It's part of a move by some advocacy groups toward more aggressive tactics in hopes of pressuring lawmakers to vote on an immigration overhaul.
Immigration reform: 'Call-a-thon' part of advocates' shift to bolder tactics - Southern California Public Radio Some immigration reform advocates have vowed tougher, more confrontational protest tactics against conservative lawmakers - unless they agree to support an immigration overhaul. One example: An event billed as a "call-a-thon" Thursday in downtown Los Angeles, during which activists flagged down passers-by and had them leave messages for a member of Congress.
Judge Tosses Suit Alleging NYPD Illegally Spied On Muslims - NPR From the story: "A federal judge has ruled that New York City Police did not violate the rights of Muslims by putting New Jersey mosques under routine surveillance in an effort to prevent terrorism...(the plaintiffs) alleged that the surveillance program, which they said involved spying on mosques, restaurants and schools in the state since 2002, was unconstitutional because they were being targeted solely on the basis of their religion."