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February 14, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli and Lisa Mascaro
CAMBRIDGE, Md. -- President Obama told House Democrats on Friday that his executive power to help immigrants who are in the U.S. without legal status is limited and urged them to keep pressing for legislation to overhaul the immigration system. "Don't take your foot off the pedal," the president said in remarks to a closed-door meeting of his Democratic allies, who were gathered for the party's annual issues retreat on the Eastern Shore. Hopes have substantially dimmed for immigration law changes this year after House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio)
February 8, 2014
Re "Press ahead on immigration," Editorial, Feb. 5 A recent Pew Research Center poll found that only 41% of the American public believes that immigration reform is a top priority, ranking it far behind the more compelling issues of the economy, unemployment and defending the country from terrorism. As American University historian Allan Lichtman observed, "Congress operates on fear and greed. " On this issue, the Democrats are operating out of greed and the Republicans are operating out of fear - of losing the Latino vote.
February 6, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Just a week after House Republicans breathed new life into chances for an immigration overhaul this year, Speaker John A. Boehner all but abandoned the effort Thursday, saying it would be “difficult” to get any legislation approved. Boehner's principles for immigration reform, unveiled during last week's private GOP retreat, found a welcome audience in President Obama, further boosting hopes that a bipartisan compromise was within reach. But Boehner received a tepid, sometimes hostile response from rank-and-file Republicans, who see little value in engaging in an issue that deeply divides them as they prepare for November midterm elections.
February 6, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro and Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - Just a week after Republicans raised hopes for a bipartisan overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, House Speaker John A. Boehner all but abandoned the effort Thursday, saying it would be "difficult" to get any legislation approved this year by his GOP majority. Boehner's sudden shift, coming after his high-profile unveiling last week of Republican immigration principles that were partly embraced by the White House, left immigration advocates fuming and renewed speculation that the speaker's tenuous grip on a rebellious rank-and-file was slipping again.
February 6, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
Wait, the House isn't going to fix the nation's broken immigration system this year after all? Darn, and I had that square in my political Super Bowl betting sheet. Oh well, pass the chips and salsa, I guess. In what will probably come as a surprise to at least one or two Americans, Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that the Republican-led House probably won't be able to get around to immigration reform this session -- what with the Olympics going on, and March Madness coming up, and big-league pitchers and catchers about to report, and the cherry blossoms due to bloom soon in D.C., plus it's been cold and snowy and no one on Capitol Hill really feels much like working anyway.
February 5, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
House GOP leaders issued a set of standards last week for overhauling U.S. immigration law, but the ink had hardly dried on their one-page summary before conservatives starting pushing back - not against the leadership's ideas but against the idea of doing anything at all on such a controversial issue. Nevertheless, the House should press ahead. Resolving the many problems in the current system will only get harder if it misses the opportunity it has now. The leadership's standards represent an important shift in two areas.
February 3, 2014 | By Anh Do
An immigration officer who demanded that a Vietnamese immigrant pick up hundreds of egg rolls and deliver them for an office party will stand trial later this year on bribery charges. Mai Nhu Nguyen, an Irvine resident, allegedly took thousands of dollars from three applicants seeking citizenship or lawful permanent resident status, authorities contend. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employee was indicted last summer has been ordered to stand trial in June at U.S. District Court in Santa Ana. Authorities arrested Nguyen, 47, last June after she allegedly accepted a $2,200 bribe from an immigrant awaiting citizenship.
January 31, 2014 | By David Zucchino
KABUL, Afghanistan - Before serving as an interpreter for the U.S. military, Shafiq Nazari passed exhaustive background checks by U.S. military and intelligence agencies. The military trusted him enough to issue him an automatic rifle. He has fired it during several firefights with insurgents, fighting shoulder to shoulder with U.S. soldiers and Marines on about 200 combat missions in Afghanistan. Nazari, 38, a compact man with short-cropped hair and a trim black beard, has been issued a badge that gives him free run of a high-security U.S. base in downtown Kabul, where he translates for U.S. military advisors.
January 30, 2014 | By Brian Bennett and Michael A. Memoli
CAMBRIDGE, Md. - A Republican blueprint for immigration reform offers legalization for some of the nation's 11 million people who are in the country illegally, but no special pathway to citizenship, except in the cases of children brought to the country illegally by their parents, according to a draft of the plan obtained by the Los Angeles Times. The much-anticipated blueprint, discussed Thursday during a Republican retreat at a Chesapeake Bay resort here, would offer legal status to immigrants as long as they admitted to wrongdoing, paid fines and taxes, submitted to a criminal background check and demonstrated a mastery of English and civics.
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