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In immigration news: Haitian family reunification, Kansas election battle, unaccompanied minors, more

Haitian earthquake victims swarm around a relief truck to collect food in Leogan in 2010 after a massive quake shattered the country.
Haitian earthquake victims swarm around a relief truck to collect food in Leogan in 2010 after a massive quake shattered the country.
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Obama administration to allow thousands of Haitians to legally enter United States - Miami Herald The Department of Homeland Security is allowing thousands of Haitians to reunite with family in the US up to two years sooner than many expected. The announcement applies to Haitians who already have been approved for family-based immigrant visas, and is timed to the upcoming fifth anniversary of the massive Jan. 2010 earthquake that devastated the country. But some advocates said the Obama administration could do more. The new initiative doesn't "immediately the approximately 100,000 Haitians whose I-130 visas have already been approved for a potential green card." 

Democrats target an immigration warrior in Kansas - Politico Democrats, with the help of some moderate Republicans are trying to take back Kansas, and may have GOP Sec. of State Kris Kobach in their cross-hairs. Kobach is a hero of the right on immigration, having helped craft the "the highly contentious Arizona immigration law, urged Mitt Romney to advocate for “self-deportation” and has been the driving force behind Kansas’ far-reaching voter ID law, which requires not just identification but also proof of citizenship." A recent poll put Kobach ahead of his Democratic rival by six percentage points. 

Unaccompanied children's cases put immigration system to the test - Minneapolis Star Tribune The influx of unaccompanied minors may have dwindled, but the court system is still seeing a bottleneck of cases. In Minnesota, where more than 240 of these immigrants have wound up, at least one judge has given lawyers for some of these kids more time to apply for asylum. 

Latinos could be voting Republican now if it weren't for immigration - Southern California Public Radio One political analyst tells SCPR that Latino voters could make a difference in close mid-term elections, like in Kansas and Georgia. "...It is possible -- even likely -- that Latino voters could provide the margin of victory," said Gary Segura, professor of political science at Stanford University and co-author of the new book, "Latino America."

Latinos key in Inland Empire congressional districts -- but below potential - The Press-Enterprise But a new report by the Pew Research Center shows "that the ability of Latinos to sway key races in the Nov. 4 elections is limited."  Pew predicts low Latino turnout in a non-presidential-year elections such as this one, "and the relatively small percentage of Latinos in the most competitive Senate and gubernatorial races this year, " according to the story.