House heads to vote on border security bill - Associated Press A GOP-backed bill that calls for additional border security passed the House Homeland Security committee Wednesday on an 18-12 party line vote; a floor vote is expected next week. From the story: "The bill would require operational control of high-traffic areas of the border within two years, and operational control of the full border within five years. The bill defines operational control as stopping or turning back all attempted border crossers, which Democrats said was unrealistic."
Calderón: Congress can find common ground on immigration - USA Today Speaking Wednesday in Davos, Switzerland at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, former Mexican president Felipe Calderón "praised President Obama's executive order allowing Mexican migrants who have U.S.-born children and have lived and worked trouble-free in the U.S. for at least five years to stay in the country without fear of deportation." But he expressed concern that it would be short-lived, and urged the U.S. to find permanent solutions for reforming its immigration system.
Face of the immigration fight - Politico On California Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, who has been chosen to manage the annual Homeland Security budget bill for House Democrats. The decision must still be ratified by party leadership and full caucus, but it "gives Latino voters a human face and voice at the bargaining table as never before in Congress." Roybal's heavily Latino district includes part of East Los Angeles, along with Southeast L.A. County cities like Bell, Huntington Park and Downey.
U.S. and Cuba Clash Over Immigration at Start of Historic Talks - Reuters Immigration is emerging as a sticking point as the United States and Cuba begin working to restore long-severed diplomatic ties. Among other things, the U.S. wants to continue the so-called "wet foot/dry foot" policy, which allows Cubans who make it to U.S. soil to stay, while others caught at sea are returned. Cuban officials object, "saying it promotes illegal immigration, people-trafficking and dangerous journeys across the Florida Straits on flimsy vessels."