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In immigration news: Reform politics, ethnic divide over CA immigrant laws, 'virtual kidnapping' scam, more

Immigration reform advocates march on October 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
Immigration reform advocates march on October 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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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."

Four charged in 'virtual kidnapping' case in San Diego - Associated Press From the story: "Four people have been charged in a scheme that used telemarketing tactics to shake down immigrants for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped." Callers demanded victims to wire money, "saying they were holding a relative who had been heading to the U.S. illegally."

Latinos, whites split on immigrant laws OK'd by Brown - Los Angeles Times According to a  new poll, there are big gaps in how Latino and white Californians feel about new immigration-related state laws. For example: "Nearly 69% of Latino voters but only 44% of whites support the new driving privilege law. The split was sharper on whether those who are in the country illegally should be allowed to become attorneys, with 65% of Latino voters in favor but only 26% of whites."

Young immigrants eligible for deferred action want to serve, but denied military entry - Dallas Morning News From the story: "In June 2012, the Department of Homeland Security announced that unauthorized immigrants who arrived in the country before age 16, are in school, graduated from high school or were honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or armed forces are eligible for the deferred action. But the military allows only U.S. citizens or permanent legal resident immigrants."