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President Barack Obama speaks on immigration reform beside Vice President Joe Biden, right, in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 30, 2014. Obama has said he plans to take some kind of executive action on immigration in the near future.

Two Ways President Obama Could Act On Immigration - NPR President Obama is expected to take some kind of executive action on immigration by the end of the summer. Legal experts and advocates say this could include changes such as expanding temporary legal status under the deferred action program to a larger group of people, or allowing people who are in the U.S. illegally to apply to adjust their status without having to leave the country.

GOP Ads Go On Attack Over Border - Wall Street Journal From the story: "New television ads by Republican Senate candidates in Arkansas and New Hampshire blame the recent surge of illegal immigration on Democratic support for 'amnesty.' And in Maine, Republican Gov. Paul LePage is bashing his Democratic challenger for supporting government welfare for illegal immigrants."


Glendale wins legal battle over monument to WW II 'comfort women'

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A judge said Glendale is within its rights to have a statue recognizing the 'comfort women' forced to serve the Japanese army in World War II.

Glendale's bronze monument to wartime sex slaves won't be moving from its perch in the city's Central Park anytime soon.

A federal judge last week dismissed a lawsuit suing the city to remove the monument honoring 'comfort women' used by Japan's military during World War II.

The statue — of a Korean girl seated next to an empty chair — is touted as the first memorial to comfort women on the West Coast. There are also monuments in New Jersey and Virginia — all built to raise awareness about the women's plight and to pressure current Japanese leadership to apologize for its military's role.

The plaintiffs in the Glendale suit –  resident Michiko Shiota Gingery and the conservative, pro-Japan group Global Alliance for Historical Truth — had argued that the city had overstepped its bounds by engaging in an international debate over the treatment of comfort women. More specifically, according to the complaint, "Glendale has taken a position at odds with the expressed position of the Japanese Government.”


In immigration news: Why some Asians have skipped DACA, attitudes toward Central American migrant kids, more

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While Asian Americans have become a bigger part of the immigrant rights movement, especially the immigrant youth movement, relatively few Asian immigrant youths have sought deportation relief under the federal deferred action program.

Most Asian immigrants bypassing deportation help - Southern California Public Radio Asian immigrants' participation in deferred action, which allows some young immigrants to obtain temporary legal status, is significantly lower than for Latinos. Advocates say many are reticent to speak up about illegal immigration, making Asians less likely to seek help than others.

Most Americans think immigrant children should stay in US - MSNBC According to a new poll, "just more than half — 51% — of residents said the government should provide shelter and care — even temporarily — to the unaccompanied kids feeling violence and instability in Central America...38% of Americans said the children should receive care until their home countries are deemed safe."

Border crisis becomes campaign fodder in across the country - CBS News On how the Central American migrant crisis is already working its way into political campaigns. From the story: "Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who is running for Senate against vulnerable Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, released an ad last week lamenting the 'chaos and crime' at the southern border. The ad charges that Pryor voted for 'amnesty,' 'citizenship for illegals, and against a border fence."


Most Asian immigrants bypass deportation help

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Anthony Ng, an immigrant rights activist from the Philippines, says that lack of legal status is a source of stigma and shame in Asian communities, preventing some from seeking help.

Amy Lin was 12, when she and her mom left behind her abusive father and moved to California. Their new life was much better: Her mom worked as a nanny. Lin enjoyed school. Then Lin got old enough to drive and mentioned it to her mom.

“And she was like, you just can’t do it,” Lin recalled. “And she wouldn’t even tell me why.”

A few months later, Lin brought up college: “And then she finally sat me down and said, look at this, you’re undocumented. We can’t even afford for you to go to college.”

The two of them had overstayed their tourist visas, and her mom was unable to adjust their immigration status. It’s a common story among the estimated 1.3 million Asian immigrants living in the country illegally. More often than not, parents hide their situation from their children as long as they can, out of shame and embarrassment, advocates say.

“People just don’t talk about their immigration status or how they came to the US,” said Anthony Ng, an immigrant rights advocate at Asian Americans Advancing Justice.


In immigration news: Executive action, GOP political dilemma, migrant children and trauma


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President Barack Obama is expected to take sweeping action on immigration before the mid-term elections.

Immigration question: How far can the President go on executive actions? - CNN With Congress at an impasse over immigration reform, President Obama is expected to take executive action at the end of the summer. One possible move is the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which currently grants stays of deportation to young adults who meet certain education and age requirements. Advocates are hopeful the president will allow DACA to cover other groups, such as the parents of DACA recipients, farm laborers, or immigrants who would "have been allowed to stay under the comprehensive immigration overhaul legislation the Senate passed in June 2013 but stalled in the House." That's potentially 6 to 9 million people.

The Political Risks of an Obama Executive Action on Immigration - New York Times  The president is expected to make his move on immigration before the mid-term elections. The question is why. This analysis says that "such a broad executive action could provoke a backlash in the midterm elections that might be avoided with a move just a few months later."