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Under the direction of the Obama administration, the U.S. may soon dramatically curb the number of immigrants regularly deported from the United States. According to the AP, if the new policy is adopted by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, moves to deport “immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who don't have serious criminal records” would be very limited. As this story notes, the revised policy could protect thousands of immigrants being deported “solely because they committed repeat immigration violations” ... Discuss

 

Mark Zuckerberg is best known as the founder of Facebook, but the 29-year-old is now hoping to gain attention for launching another website that seeks to connect people in a different way. Read More

 

House Republican leaders have unveiled a new plan for immigration reform that could potentially give legal status to undocumented immigrants currently living in the country. According to The Washington Post, many advocates responded “positively” to the plan that said immigrants “should be allowed to ‘live legally and without fear’ in the United States if they meet a list of tough requirements and rules.”

The plan represents a significant shift in the traditional party policy on immigration. Along with granting a path to citizenship for “DREAMers” (mostly young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country by their parents), the plan puts a heavy emphasis on border security. A report in The Daily Beast says that Though the GOP reforms wouldn’t provide undocumented immigrants with citizen status, they would be allowed to remain in the country legally if they “admit their culpability, pass rigorous background checks, pay significant fines and back taxes, develop proficiency in English and American civics and be able to support themselves and their families (without public benefits)” ... Discuss

 

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wants the United States to undertake serious immigration reform, finding more ways to give undocumented residents opportunities to remain in the country legally. In an interview with ABC News about his new FWD.us initiative, Zuckerberg said that immigration reform is “one of the biggest civil rights issues of our time.” The 29-year-old Silicon Valley billionaire told ABC, “When you meet these children who are really talented, and they’ve grown up in America and they really don’t know any other country besides that, but they don’t have the opportunities that … we all enjoy, it’s really heartbreaking, right?”

At a recent hackathon (in connection with his FWD.us immigration reform advocacy organization), Zuckerberg brought together a group of young undocumented immigrants—often referred to as “dreamers” because they would be granted legal residency under the proposed DREAM ACT—to demonstrate their talent in the tech field. “One of the things that the ‘dreamers’ here today show is that even if, you know, you’re a child of someone who came here who wouldn’t be considered one of the higher-skilled workers … you can be one of the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.” Zuckerberg said that despite the failure of Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation, he is confident that his new organization can make a difference … Discuss

 
NHCLC President Samuel Rodriguez on why Christians should care about immigration reform. Read More
 

Today, leaders from the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference will be meeting with several top House Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner, in an effort to have an immigration reform bill revisited. NHCLC President Samuel Rodriguez told The Christian Post, "The idea that by providing a pathway to citizenship will somehow egregiously impact the Republican Party is a ridiculous idea. It's a lie. Our message is simple: Hispanics are people of faith, family and religious liberty … [Republicans] can either build a bridge and step into the 'promised land' of the Hispanic-American electorate, or the Republican/conservative movement will lie stranded in the 'Jordan' of political ambiguity.”

Earlier this week, National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders chairman Rev. Miguel Rivera issued a call for evangelical leaders of all backgrounds to join the fight for immigration reform. In a statement, he said, “Even though today we see a proactive reaction from our Anglo evangelical brethren, the truth is that there will be no comprehensive immigration reform passed in Congress, unless those most conservative members of the House of Representatives will be compelled to vote in favor of [it]” … Discuss