Immigration

6:55am

Tue April 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama: Rumors Of My Demise Are Exaggerated

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 12:02 pm

President Obama during his news conference Tuesday at the White House.
Larry Downing Reuters /Landov
  • President Obama's April 30, 2013, news conference

(We updated the top of this post with a recap at 11:45 a.m. ET.)

Joking that a reporter's question Tuesday about whether he has "any juice" left to get things done in Washington made it sound like "I should just pack up and go home," President Obama paraphrased Mark Twain:

"Rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated," the president said, as he predicted that an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws will be among the things that get accomplished in his second term.

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5:53pm

Mon April 29, 2013
Politics

Ten Years In The Making, Colorado ASSET Becomes Law

Students gather for a photo following Governor Hickenlooper's signing of the Colorado ASSET bill.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

1:59pm

Mon April 29, 2013
It's All Politics

Rubio Tries To Convince Conservatives He Hasn't Been Duped

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 3:48 pm

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at a Capitol Hill news conference with the Senate's "Gang of Eight," the bipartisan team pushing an immigration overhaul, on April 18.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

In the current debate over revamping the nation's immigration laws, there may be no elected official with more on the line than Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

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12:45pm

Mon April 29, 2013
U.S.

With Or Without Overhaul, Immigration Lawyers In Short Supply

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 3:48 pm

People attend a legal clinic for deferred action applicants in New York in August. Immigration attorneys say demand for their services outstrips the nation's supply of trained immigration lawyers.
Richard Drew AP

With immigration a hot-button issue in Washington, some version of immigration reform is likely this year. Even so, immigrant activist Sandra Sanchez concedes that the country might not be ready for an overhaul of its immigration laws.

Sanchez, director of the American Friends Service Committee Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program, doesn't mean that in political terms, but in practical ones. "We need to be prepared for the wave of millions of potential applicants that will be needing ... legal services," she says. "And we will not have enough resources to serve them."

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10:18am

Mon April 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Justices Let Stand Block On Alabama's Tough Immigration Law

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 2:57 pm

People lined up to enter the U.S. Supreme Court building last week.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a lower court ruling that effectively bars Alabama from enforcing an anti-immigration law that was considered one of the toughest in the nation.

In an 8-to-1 vote, the justices let stand the lower court decision that prevents the state from enforcing the 2011 law. Justice Antonin Scalia was the sole dissenter, and did so without comment.

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