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Damage in the aftermath of deadly Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Many Filipino Americans have yet to get word of loved ones' fate.
How immigration died - Part 1 - The Hill The first in a two-part series on how comprehensive reform at first made progress in the Senate this summer, but later came to a standstill. From the piece: "Immigration reform is widely seen as dead in this Congress, and the finger-pointing has already started. Both parties are responsible for the effort’s demise."
Immigration reform backed by voters in Republican-led swing districts, poll shows - Huffington Post According to a new poll, "a majority of likely voters in 20 Republican-represented swing congressional districts support the broad outlines of comprehensive immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship." About three-fourths said they supported eventual citizenship for unauthorized immigrants.
Typhoon Haiyan: Local Filipino community desperate for news about survivors - Southern California Public Radio With communications and electricity down in the most affected areas, Filipino Americans in Southern California have been desperately trying to get word of relatives' fate in the Philippines. Some efforts to put people in touch are starting up, but the lack of infrastructure after the storm is a problem.
Virgie Lyons, a shop owner in Eagle Rock, has been scouring Filipino newspapers and YouTube for word about her relatives in the Philippines. She said she got a call from her brother on Sunday night.
After days of dreading bad news about what Typhoon Haiyan did to her family, and hours spent scouring YouTube and Filipino newspapers for any clues, Virgie Lyons got the call.
Her brother had traveled for an hour outside of disaster-hit Tacloban in the Philippines, searching for a cell phone signal. He finally got through on Sunday night to tell her their close relatives had survived.
But the Eagle Rock shop owner detected a catch in her brother's voice. She asked him what was wrong. He told her his 17-year-old daughter had died, her body found floating in the water.
"For about five seconds, I can't breathe," Lyons said.
There are still few working lines of communication to the Philippines, but they're starting to open up, and with the arrival of news comes both relief and heartbreak.
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Immigration reform advocates march on October 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
White House seeks Republican immigration help - Politico From the story: "The White House has reached out to former George W. Bush administration officials, conservative business leaders and selected House members, all in search of a way to hone a message that can move House leaders without scaring them off."
Head of banking group pushes Republicans to back immigration reform - Los Angeles Times Frank Keating, head of the American Bankers Assn. and a former Republican governor of Oklahoma, has written in an opinion piece invoking former president Ronald Reagan that "Reagan would say 'it's time to open the doors' to immigrants to boost the economy."
Immigration vote unlikely this year, lawmaker says - New York Times House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, told protesters he met with after a late-night sit-in at his Bakersfield office last week that "the 16 days remaining on the House calendar in 2013 were too short a window for the House to take up the complex issue. But he said he was committed to moving on immigration votes in the House next year."
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has written a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, requesting the House address immigration reform as soon as possible.
Top Catholic bishop presses House on immigration - Associated Press The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has written a letter to House Speaker John Boehner on behalf of the 450-plus U.S. cardinals and bishops, requesting the House address immigration reform as soon as possible. Cardinal Timothy Dolan wrote, "As a moral matter ... our nation cannot continue to receive the benefits of the work and contributions of undocumented immigrants without extending to them the protection of the law."
Obama, McCain to discuss immigration at White House - USA Today Sen. John McCain was meeting with President Obama at the White House Thursday afternoon to discuss immigration reform, among other things. From the story: "There are no specific issues on the agenda for the meeting, said White House spokesman Jay Carney, who confirmed the meeting. But McCain told reporters that he expects to discuss immigration and other issues with the president."
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House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was targeted by immigration reform protesters at his Bakersfield office.
A sit-in at the Bakersfield office of House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy Wednesday became the latest in a series of escalating protests as activists push for immigration reform legislation this year.
While others rallied outside, a group of women from advocacy groups around California asked to meet with the Republican congressman, refusing to leave until he signed a pledge to push an immigration overhaul in the House. Police were called in, but the thirteen protesters – calling themselves the “Baker’s (field) Dozen" — stayed after closing time, late into the night.
Among them were four advocates from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, or CHIRLA, including director Angelica Salas, who said in a written statement on Thursday that it was, "absolutely unacceptable that the House, led by men such as Speaker Boehner and GOP Whip McCarthy, refuses for purely political reasons to move one inch on an issue most Americans and a large portion of Republicans agree upon.”