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In Immigration News: legislation left gasping for air, activists fasting for immigration reform, cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz joins "Bordertown"

Lalo Alcaraz, creator of the first nationally-syndicated, politically-themed Latino daily comic strip, “La Cucaracha”, greets a fan at his booth.
Lalo Alcaraz, creator of the first nationally-syndicated, politically-themed Latino daily comic strip, “La Cucaracha”, greets a fan at his booth.
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John Boehner just put comprehensive immigration reform on life support - Washington Post Speaking at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, House Speaker John Boehner indicated that if he has anything to do with it, comprehensive immigration reform legislation will not be passing this year. Boehner told reporters that “We have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill,” meaning any legislation passed by the House would not be incorporated with the bill the Senate passed in June. Boehner would not say whether piecemeal proposals on immigration in the House would get a vote this year.

Activists to fast on Capitol Hill until Congress passes immigration reform - Religion News Service Immigration activists, including religious and labor leaders, have started a national action called “Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship.”  Among those fasting are members of the Service Employees International Union, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and the National African American Clergy Network.

Hispanic's arrest reignites debate over Arizona ‘show your papers’ immigration law - Washington Times The American Civil Liberties Union’s Arizona chapter is charging that police in South Tuscon are using racial profiling on Hispanic people they suspect are in the country illegally . The case stems from police detention of a 23-year-old Alejandro Valenzuela. According to the lawsuit,  Valenzuela is in the country illegally but  "has applied for tentative status to stay in the United States under President Obama’s nondeportation policies."

John F. Kennedy’s last prepared statement to Latino community up for auction - NBC Latino  A new item for auction offers "a glimpse of one of the earliest efforts by an American president-elect to appeal directly to Hispanic constituents."  The historic statement was prepared for Pres. Kennedy's Nov. 1963 meeting with the League of United Latin American Councils (LULAC) in Houston. RR Auction said the statement represents "one of the first times an American president public addressed an organized voting bloc of US Hispanics."  

Mexclusive - Hollywood has called my bluff with ‘Bordertown’ at Fox! -  Mexican-American cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz inks La Cucaracha, the first nationally-syndicated, politically themed Latino daily comic strip.  Now he's got another job - writing and consulting for Seth MacFarlane's new animated TV show Bordertown. Alcaraz hasn't been a fan of Hollywood portrayals of Latinos, but he's optimistic about the show, writing, "By the way, the writer’s room has FOUR actual Chicanos/Mexican-Americans in it. I’d like to see any network TV show top that." Bordertown debuts in 2014.