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In Immigration News: Meet Gov. Brewer, pregnant moms without papers, pathway to legal status, more

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer after voting in the Republican presidential primary in 2012.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer after voting in the Republican presidential primary in 2012.
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Pew finds broad support for immigrants - Politico A new poll released by the Pew Research Center Thursday shows that 73 percent of Americans back a path to legal status (including 64 percent of Republicans.) The level of support for this avenue was particularly high among Latinos: 89 percent. In comparison, 46 percent of Americans support a path to citizenship for these same immigrants — a status that brings with it the right to vote, to petition for foreign relatives to live in the US and to access certain government benefits.  

Meet Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, no stranger to national controversy - Washington Post What's the back story behind Arizona's firebrand governor and supporter of the country's most restrictive immigration law? This story provides a quick look at Brewer's beginnings in Hollywood, Calif. and Nevada, and how she became a star when she signed SB 1070, which "required legal immigrants to carry paperwork with them and compelled police to question anyone they suspected of being undocumented." Brewer's in the news again this week, for vetoing a bill that would have allowed Arizona businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians based on religion. 

Catholics, evangelicals team up in pressing for immigration reform -  National Catholic Reporter Catholic bishops and evangelical leaders on Wednesday urged members of Congress to pass immigration legislation this year. The joint letter was signed by 11 bishops, including Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, and half a dozen evangelical leaders such as Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals. The letter read "as a nation founded upon the principles of the rule of law and the centrality of family, we can no longer delay fixing this system." From the story: "While the Catholic bishops have pushed for immigration reform for decades, evangelicals have come later to the cause."

Prenatal care for pregnant non-citizens approved - Rapid City Journal South Dakota legislators are debating whether to provide prenatal care to pregnant immigrant women lacking legal status. Under federal law, Medicaid services for low-income residents are not offered to immigrants here illegally. But supporters of the measure point out the babies born here will be citizens, and that ensuring they are healthy will be much more cost-efficient than if they were born premature. They estimate that the average cost of prenatal services is 80 times less than the average cost of caring for a prematurely-born baby in South Dakota. 

Afro Latinos' Mixed Identity Can Leave Them Out of the Mix - NBC News  Some young Afro Latinos say they want to connect with their black and Hispanic identities, but it can be a struggle. Many times, they are mistaken for identifying as black based upon their appearance. From the story: "Black Latinos say there is little understanding of their mixed heritage, and little knowledge of the history of the importation of slaves by Spanish-speaking countries of which many, though not all, are descendants."