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In immigration news: 'Parole in place' for military families, pastor keeps fasting for reform, family visas in court, more



A military naturalization ceremony held at a U.S. Army base in South Korea, December 2008. A new Obama administration policy aims to make it easier for immediate relatives of U.S. military who are immigrants to obtain legal status, but not everyone likes it.
A military naturalization ceremony held at a U.S. Army base in South Korea, December 2008. A new Obama administration policy aims to make it easier for immediate relatives of U.S. military who are immigrants to obtain legal status, but not everyone likes it.
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'Parole in place': Obama's illegal-immigration order stokes amnesty worries - Christian Science Monitor More on the recent directive from the Obama administration that allows immigration officers to "parole in place" the parents, spouses, and minor children of U.S. military members. The policy allows relatives who are in the U.S. illegally to apply for legal status without having to leave the country. It's drawing criticism from those who want more restrictive policies..

Evangelical pastor continues 40-day immigration fast as House set to leave - NBC Latino As the House of Representatives prepares to close up shop for the year, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference continues his fast for immigration reform. He's lost more than 15 pounds since he started. Other activists fasted for 21½ days on the National Mall but ended their hunger strike last Tuesday.

Will the Supreme Court force immigrants to leave their children behind? - Mother Jones From the story: "On Tuesday, the Supreme Court is expected to hear a case, Mayorkas v. Cuellar de Osorio, that could have a big effect on whether some applicants who turned 21 during the U.S. visa process are allowed to immigrate at the same time as their parents, rather than being bumped all the way to the back of the line."

Search continues for family of toddler abandoned at border - WFAA Texas Authorities are trying to locate the family of a two-year-old boy who was found in the desert near the border in New Mexico with a man in his early to mid-twenties. The man claimed to be the boy's uncle when approached by U.S. Border Patrol, but he ran back to Mexico before he was apprehended. It's suspected that he’s a smuggler.

Illegal immigrants die crossing the cold waters near Port Isabel - KGBT Texas Two migrants have died after trying to wade or swim ashore in at Port Isabel, near South Padre Island on the Gulf of Mexico. Authorities say that a group of migrants crossed there early Tuesday morning; two people died, and a survivor who was rescued told investigators that two others were missing.

Immigration reform power tweeters: Part 2 - Huffington Post More from an analysis of the "power tweeters" in advocacy, press, on the right and on the left who help shape the national conversation on immigration policies and reform through social media.