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House Speaker John Boehner speaks at a GOP retreat Thursday in Maryland, where House Republican leaders unveiled a one-page set of
House Speaker John Boehner speaks at a GOP retreat Thursday in Maryland, where House Republican leaders unveiled a one-page set of "principles" for immigration reform.
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Text of Republicans’ Principles on Immigration - New York Times House GOP leaders' template for immigration reform stipulates that border and interior security should come first, but would allow for young people who arrived as minors to legalize their status and pursue U.S. citizenship. Others in the country illegally would also be able to pursue legal status, but with "no special path to citizenship."

Obama: I might consider immigration reform that has no citizenship path - CBS News Although he has long held that a clear path to U.S. citizenship should be a key provision of immigration reform, President Obama said in an interview Friday that "he doesn't want to prejudge legislation in which people get legal status and then go into the regular citizenship process."

Republicans’ Immigration Blueprint Leaves Party at Odds and Democrats Hopeful - New York Times From the story: "Many Republicans rejected the one-page 'standards for immigration reform' outright, and others said now was not the time for a legislative push on a number of contentious issues in an election year with trends going their way. Even their leader was cautious about where the issue will go from here."

Bodies of dead immigrants forces Texas county to make deep cuts - KHOU Houston Since 2009, the bodies of 354 migrants have been found in Brooks County, north of McAllen. The costs of recovering bodies and performing autopsies have hit the cash-strapped county so hard that last year, the local sheriff's office ran of money to pay for gasoline. The county is now asking the Texas congressional delegation for reimbursement.

Garden Grove's Tet Festival starts today - Orange County Register After a contract dispute threatened to derail a 20-year-old Lunar New Year tradition in Garden Grove, a different Vietnamese American organization stepped in to continue the annual festival. It runs Friday through Sunday.

Two years after riots against cops, Anaheim gets its first Latino police chief - CNN The city of Anaheim has hired its first Latino police chief in its 157-year history. From the story: "Raul Quezada, 44, was sworn in as chief on Wednesday, overseeing a largely white police department in a city that is 53% Hispanic and is still reeling from strife that grew out of police shootings of poor Latinos, including at least one resulting in death, sparking the riots."