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Is race a roadblock to immigration reform in Congress? Some critics in recent days have suggested that it is.
Is race a roadblock to immigration reform in Congress? Some critics in recent days have suggested that it is.
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Is race holding up immigration reform? - CNN Candy Crowley interviews Rep. Steve Israel (D-New York) and Rep. Greg Walden  (R-Oregon) on topics that include the issue of race as a factor in the immigration reform stalemate. Says Israel: “To a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism. And that’s unfortunate.” Says Walden: "It's both wrong and unfortunate."

Will immigration undermine Republicans in 2016? - CBS News From the story: "A weekend cattle call of many of the party's prospective nominees showed that, like 2012, the GOP's base may still reward the candidate who seen as the biggest hard-liner on the issue, even though there may be a price to pay among Hispanic voters." This comes after former Florida governor Jeb Bush's recent comment about the decision to come to the U.S. illegally being an "act of love" for many families, which drew scorn from fellow conservatives.

Massachusetts' clever immigration reform workaround - Fortune/CNN On Massachusetts' new Global Entrepreneur in Residence (GER) Program, a plan announced by Gov. Deval Patrick that would allow foreign students who study in Massachusetts and want to become entrepreneurs to remain in the state, work, and apply for visas sponsored by their employers.

Why Only Mark Zuckerberg Can Transform Immigration Policy - Forbes What does the Facebook CEO turned activist bring to the debate? From the story: "Zuckerberg, although new to the political game, knows better than anyone how to bring the power of social networking to bear.  He has the resources to use social networking to reweave the torn social fabric."

Salvadoran General Accused in Killings Should Be Deported, Miami Judge Says - New York Times An immigration judge has found that Gen. José Guillermo García, a former defense minister in El Salvador, "should be deported because of his involvement in a number of human rights violations, including the assassination of an archbishop and the massacre of more than 1,000 peasants." García was a close ally of the United States during the Salvadoran civil war in the 1980s.