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Immigration Reform 2013 News: California Activists Begin Five-Day Fast to Push for Immigration Overhaul

*Editors Note: This hunger strike and others are indicative of the real concern for Immigration Reform. NNIRR continues to remind all of us that in pushing for a vote in the House, we want a vote for a strong legalization program and one that will put an end to punitive enforcement policy.  Read more >

Little-publicized immigration program keeps military family together

Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:27 AM

Maria Quiring’s son was just months old the day the deportation notice arrived at her El Mirage home. Despite her marriage of five years to a U.S. Air Force serviceman, Quiring was ordered back to her native Mexico.

“I was so afraid of the door,” Maria said. “My little one was a baby. You see all this on the news, so I thought they would come to my door with guns and take me and leave my kids.” Read more >

‘Illegal Immigrant’ Term Banned At UCLA and UC Berkeley

Following the footsteps of University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), the student government at the UC Berkeley has also banned the use of the term 'illegal immigrant,' in academic writing or in communications between faculty, students and staff. The government labeled the term as racially derogatory, offensive and unfair. Read more >

Boehner rules out immigration reform this year

If there were any doubts that comprehensive immigration reform efforts were dead on Capitol Hill this year, House Speaker John Boehner eliminated them on Wednesday. Read more >

As Immigration Reform Comes Up Again, Watch This Private Prison Company

Now that the federal government is up and running again, President Obama has announced that immigration reform is his highest priority. The country's biggest for-profit prison companies already pull in hundreds of millions of dollars a year locking up immigrants in federal custody. They stand to pull in even more money if the new laws generate lots of new prisoners.

And that, in a nutshell, has always been the private prison business model. Mass incarceration leads to massive profits. Read more >

Winning Immigration Reform or Winning Elections?

October 23, 2013

Perhaps never before has there been such a broad coalition and well-formed consensus on the need for inclusion of those who are undocumented in our country. Years of struggle, sacrifice, and unprecedented organizing have built momentum to force immigration onto the national agenda and Congress’ docket. Yet, even though legalization is inevitable, the outcome of its legislation is still and uncertain. Read more >

Immigration Reform is Probably Dead

October 21, 2013

Dave Weigel reads the tea leaves from Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donohue this morning, and concludes that the business community isn't going to press for comprehensive immigration reform anytime soon: Read more >

Advocates Ask Banks to Divest From Private Prisons

October 17, 2013

Immigrant rights activists in Oregon are asking the city of Portland to stop buying bonds from Wells Fargo, which has a mutual fund with shares in a company that operates immigration detention centers.

The request is part of a nationwide campaign to get investors to divest from private prison companies. Most recently, the campaign has focused on local institutions such as cities, counties and universities. Read more >

Immigration reform gets overshadowed by world, national events

At a march in Washington last week, thousands of people rallied — and 200 were arrested — making the case for comprehensive immigration reform. On Saturday, 300 small groups from evangelical organizations in 30 states began nine days of prayer for immigration reform. Read more >

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Immigration Reform 2013: Advocates, Opponents Not Taking Pelosi's Proposed Plan Seriously

Some advocates and opponents of an immigration overhaul are already balking at a possible plan by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that aims to make progress on a 2013 immigration reform bill in the lower chamber.

Politico reported Tuesday that Pelosi plans to introduce legislation that marries a comprehensive measure that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with a House border security bill. Read more >