Obama Says It’s Up To Republicans To Fix Broken Immigration Laws

Alabama enacts anti-illegal-immigration law described as nation's strictest

Republicans within Congress advocating a revision of immigration laws contend that it will be necessary to compete with Democrats in the 2016 presidential election. Bipartisan Support In the PRRI poll today, roughly 6 in 10 Republicans and independents, and about 7 in 10 Democrats said they favored a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S. The telephone survey of 1,005 adults 18 years of age or older was conducted Nov. 6-10 and has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points. <br>visit http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-25/obama-says-it-s-up-to-republicans-to-fix-broken-immigration-laws.html

Settlement would block controversial parts of Alabama immigration law

"I think this shows one more case of states moving to do what the Obama administration is unwilling to do," Krikorian said. "This wouldn't be happening if the administration were credible on enforcement, but it's just not." In an echo of the Arizona law, the Alabama legislation requires that police, in the course of any lawful "stop, detention or arrest," make a reasonable attempt to determine a person's citizenship and immigration status, given a "reasonable suspicion" that the person is an immigrant, unless doing so would hinder an investigation. It outlaws illegal immigrants from receiving any state or local public benefits, bars them from enrolling in or attending public colleges, and prohibits them from applying for or soliciting work. It forbids the harboring and transport of illegal immigrants, and outlaws renting them property or "knowingly" employing them for any work within the state. It also makes it a "discriminatory practice" to fire, or decline to hire, a legal resident when an illegal one is on the payroll. <br>visit http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jun/10/nation/la-na-alabama-immigration-20110610

As Obama makes turn to immigration, protests that he's not doing enough

It doesn't make sense. And we have kicked this can down the road long enough." In political terms, immigration reform is generally regarded as an issue that can help bolster a candidate or party among the growing U.S. Latino population; Republicans' interest in the issue of late is seen as a response to the GOP's disastrous showing among Latinos in the 2012 presidential election. But in areas of the West Coast like San Francisco and Seattle, Asian Americans form a larger demographic bloc. The site of Obama's speech Monday, the Betty Ong Chinese Recreation Center, serves the city's historic Chinatown - the oldest such concentration of Chinese immigrants in North America. <br>visit http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/25/as-obama-makes-turn-to-immigration-protests-that-hes-not-doing-enough/

The proposed deal blocks several parts of the law, including a requirement for public schools to collect information on the immigration status of students; a provision that criminalized the solicitation of work by undocumented immigrants; and a section that prohibited giving a ride to undocumented immigrants. The agreement, which must be approved by the court, also says the law does not authorize police to detain someone for the sole purpose of checking immigration status. Civil rights groups that sued the state over the law, known as HB 56, described the settlement deal as a "significant victory." "We warned the legislature when they were debating HB 56 that if they passed this draconian law, we would sue in court and win," said Kristi Graunke, an attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center. "That we have done. Now it is time for our state lawmakers to repeal the remnants of HB 56 and for our congressional delegation to support meaningful immigration reform that will fix our broken system." Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said in a written statement that his office had vigorously defended the law in federal and appellate courts. "The courts have upheld most of the Act but have also made clear that some provisions are invalid. We have a duty to follow the law as set forth by the courts," Strange said. <br>visit http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/29/us/alabama-immigration-law-settlement/index.html

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