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ACLU, immigrant groups to keep an eye on U.S. Border Patrol after profiling-case win

SEATTLE — The Border Patrol will share records of every traffic stop it makes on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula for 18 months with immigrant advocacy groups as part of a settlement to a lawsuit that said agents were racially profiling people they pulled over.

The agreement settles a lawsuit filed last year by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project against the Border Patrol. The suit alleged that people were stopped and questioned for the way they looked and without reasonable suspicion. Read more >

California's Immigration Reforms May Affect the Rest of the U.S.

California is, as Supreme Court Justice Brandeis put it, one of the "laboratories of democracy." Within this particular laboratory, the experiments have been going strong: AB 60 (driver's licenses), AB 1024 (right to practice law) and the Trust Act are all awaiting signature or veto from Gov. Jerry Brown, alongside the more local San Francisco Due Process for All ordinance and the in re Garcia case. Read more >

Immigration Reform 2013: Carter, Johnson Quit House Gang of Seven

September 20, 2013

The U.S. House Gang of Seven whittled down to five Friday, as distrust of President Barack Obama led Reps. John Carter and Sam Johnson, both Texas Republicans, to leave the bipartisan group. In a joint statement, the men said that they have no faith in Obama to enforce current or new laws. Read more >

House Republicans say they’ll act on immigration reform this year

September 22, 2013

House Republicans intensified their outreach to Latino groups last week, offering renewed pledges that the House will deal with immigration reform this year. The effort has revived hope among advocates that a bipartisan deal can be reached to address the fate of the nation’s 11 million undocumented workers and students. Read more >

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Immigration Reform 2013 Is Just Waiting For Takeoff, Say Advocates

[NNIRR Note; the following three articles reflect the anxieties of the timetable left in congress for considering Immigration Reform. NNIRR's concern remains not so much the timetable, but the punitive and enforcement driven proposals that were passed and are pending in the house]

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Obama- willing to work with House on immigration reform

September 17, 2013

(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he could support the House of Representatives taking a piece-by-piece approach to changing immigration policy as long as key elements such as a "pathway to citizenship" for undocumented immigrants were included.

The White House had hoped a broad bill to reform immigration rules would be the president's signature achievement this year, but the effort has stalled in the House after passing with bipartisan support in the Senate. Read more >

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