Thursday, December 26, 2013

Sen. Rubio's increasingly partisan political agenda disappoints

The following editorial appeared in the Miami Herald on Monday, Dec. 23:

It was disappointing to see Sen. Marco Rubio among the 36-member minority as the Senate approved a budget deal that could avert another government shutdown. Yet it wasn't surprising: After coming under a hail of criticism from tea party hard-liners earlier this year for crafting a strong immigration-reform package, the Miami senator has taken a sharp turn to the right to regain conservative support.

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Legal weed, gay marriage, immigration and labeling genetically modified foods. Oregon would be hard pressed to find a more contentious 2014 ballot.

Immigration Reform 2013 News: Fears of Deportation Surge Among Undocumented

 Immigration Reform Rally

While creating a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently residing in the U.S. is an underpinning in reform efforts, two new surveys from the Pew Research Center reveal that Hispanic and Asian-Americans are more concerned about addressing the threat of deportation.

Immigration Reform Logjam on Capitol Hill Can End Early in New Year
12/23/2013 1:30:36 PM

By Tony Best, Special from the New York Carib News

There may be some light at the end of the long stalled comprehensive immigration reform tunnel in Washington, a development that can bring relief to hundreds of thousands of Caribbean immigrants in the U.S.

Houston immigration court has thousands of cases

Posted: Dec 23, 2013 5:15 AM AST Updated: Dec 23, 2013 5:15 AM AST
HOUSTON (AP) - People scheduled for hearings at an immigration court in Houston should be prepared to wait more than a year due to nearly 17,000 pending cases and a shortage of judges.