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Immigration News This Week

There's been a lot of talk of immigration in the news lately. And for good reason. 2013 started off with the hope of passing Immigration Reform in Congress, and even seemed promising when a bill passed the Senate this summer. But with the year ending and still no vote from the House, what once seemed promising is now incredibly unlikely any time soon. Meanwhile, ICE released their deportation statistics for the fiscal year. Though deportations declined this year for the first time since Obama took office, ICE still deported 368,644 people. The immigration news this week reflects the general frustration towards the stagnant state of Immigration Reform and high number of deportations as well as new insights into what actual immigrant communities hope to gain from reform. On Monday, the Senate confirmed Jeh Johnson as the new Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. CNN

Jeb Bush, Jr. (son of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and nephew of President George W. Bush) calls on members of the Republican Party to act on Immigration Reform in 2014, saying “the time is now” and that its no longer a partisan issue. The Hill

A Pew study finds that Hispanics and Asian Americans believe relief from deportation is more important than a pathway to citizenship. Huffington Post. NPR

New Jersey Gov. and potential 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie is expected to approve New Jersey’s DREAM Act. Politico. Huffington Post

Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) says Immigration Reform is possible in 2014 and that House Speaker John Boehner has made it “abundantly clear” that he wants it to succeed. The Hill

ICE releases deportation data. Deportations decrease by about 10%, the lowest since Obama took office. ICE.gov. NBC Latino. Immigration Impact

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