News Clips Oct. 29, 2009

City leaders spar over immigration, 287(g)

HOUSTON—The immigration issue hit Houston City Hall today and bounced straight into the mayoral race.  It’s over 287(g), a partnership between local and federal authorities that gives local law enforcement the power to enforce immigration laws.

Voting Present on Illegal Immigration

Immigration activists and Hispanic groups are demanding that President Obama deliver on his promised comprehensive package of immigration reform.

Already, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has derided federal sweeps of illegal aliens as “un-American.” And recently the Obama administration stripped the federal authority of Arizona’s controversial Maricopa County sheriff, Joe Arpaio, to make immigration arrests.,0,1218698.story

Sen. Vitter Tries to Use the Census to Further Anti-Immigration Agenda

Sen. Vitter it trying to use the Census to further his anti-immigration agenda, potentially costing the United States millions, writes Gebe Martinez.
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) has hit the trifecta by playing politics with the 2010 Census. Vitter is demanding that Congress cut off funding for the 2010 Census unless the survey asks an additional question: whether the respondent is a U.S. citizen.

Immigration Reform Still A Priority? ( FOX )

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas spoke to the media Wednesday in Chicago, and stated that despite a budget shortfall in excess of 100 million dollars, immigration reform remains a priority. The Director was in Chicago to meet with staff and the community in an effort to make the agency more transparent. Watch his comments here…

‘Mexican Man’ costume offends Latino shoppers, community groups

The photo on the costume packaging shows a man with a thick mustache wearing a poncho and a sombrero. Oakland resident Monica Plazola said she discovered the costume last week at the Spirit Halloween store in Emeryville, which she was visiting with her two children, ages 7 and 9.

House health-care reform bill to include public option

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will unveil a health-care reform bill on Thursday that includes a government insurance option and a historic expansion of Medicaid, although sticking points in the legislation involving abortion and immigration remain unresolved.

House to Roll Out Its Health Care Bill Thursday

WASHINGTON — House Democratic leaders have scheduled a rally for Thursday where they plan to unveil legislation to overhaul the health care system, which they hope to take to the House floor next week.

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