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Marco Rubio: Time to Scale Back Immigration Reform

-- by Sahil Kapur, TPM.com:

Immigration Court Backlogs Increase 85% Over Five Years

-- by Cindy Chang, The Los Angeles Times:

Immigration court backlogs have increased 85% over the last five years, with wait times also increasing to an average of 562 days, according to federal data compiled by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.

At 686 days, California has the second-longest wait time. Nebraska  has the longest wait time, at 761 days.

The national increase in pending immigration court cases, from 186,108 in 2008 to 344,230 in fiscal year 2013, is largely due to an increase in deportations under the Obama administration, said Crystal Williams, executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers Assn.

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GOP Rep to Join Democrats' Immigration Reform Push

-- by Catherine Thompson, TPM.com:

One Republican congressman from a heavily Hispanic district is signing on to a Democrat-led push to advance immigration reform before year's end, the Washington Post reported Saturday.

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) told the Post he's the first Republican to co-sponsor with 185 Democrats a plan giving undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship, and he expects "more to come on board."

The plan takes up most of the Senate's bipartisan immigration bill, according to the Post, but includes a House GOP-approved border security bill. Denham told the Post he was sold on the plan when Democrats agreed to include a provision providing a path to citizenship for young immigrants who serve in the military.

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Will Latino Entrepreneurs Help Re-Write California History?

-- by Giovanni Rodriguez, Politico:

Fusion Targets Hispanics, 2016

-- by Mackenzie Weinger, Politico:

Fusion, the new cable channel aimed at Latino millennials, debuts next week — and the network is already betting it can shake up media coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Texas Asks U.S. Judge to Dismiss Photo ID Voter Lawsuit

-- by Laurel Brubaker Calkins, Bloomberg Businessweek:

A federal judge should dismiss legal challenges to a Texas law requiring voters to show photo identification because the rule isn’t discriminatory and Texas has the right to set its own voter qualifications, state attorneys said in a court filing.

Mexico TV Star Show Hollywood What Latinos Want

-- by Adriana Gomez Licon, The Associated Press:

Mexican comedian Eugenio Derbez jokes that it took him 12 years to become an overnight sensation.

The real punch line is that it took much longer.

Three-Fourths of Hispanics Say Their Community Needs a Leader

-- by Mark Hugo Lopez, Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project:

Three-quarters of Latinos living in the U.S. say that their community needs a national leader, but about the same share either cannot name one or don’t believe one exists, according to a new national survey of 5,103 Latino adults conducted by the Pew Research Center from May 24 to July 28, 2013.

When asked in an open-ended question to name the person they consider “the most important Hispanic leader in the country today,” 62% say they don’t know and an additional 9% say “no one.”

In a follow-up question on how important it is for the U.S. Hispanic community to have a national leader advancing its concerns, three-quarters of Hispanic adults say it is “extremely” (29%) or “very” important (45%).

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Am I Hispanic or am I Latino? Data Shows an American Identity Crisis is Brewing

-- by Alex Marin, PolicyMic:

Three-quarters of Latinos living in the United States say their community needs a national leader, according to a new study by Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project. However, when asked to name the nation's "most important Hispanic leader" they failed to come up with an answer because; a) they don't know who he or she is, or b) they don't think he or she exists. 

But why do Latinos even need a leader? One of the more interesting findings highlighted in that same study points out that nearly a quarter of American Latinos don't even consider themselves Latino — they consider themselves purely American. This suggests that popular opinion about this demographic is misstated, even completely misunderstood. There is no single, vast Latino demographic, as many policymakers and pundits may think; nor is this demographic jockeying for a single socio-economic-political goal. 

The report is just the latest in a series of studies that try to explain the attitudes, opinions, values and identities of a growing American demographic to which I belong; a heterogeneous bloc of about 53 million people — 11 million of whom are believed to live and work in the country as "undocumented immigrants" — who account for more than half of America's population growth between 2000 and 2010.

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Immigration Supporters Target GOP House Members Seen as Amenable to Reform

-- by Tovin Lapan, The Las Vegas Sun:

With the federal shutdown over, immigration-reform advocates are getting a message out to Congress, especially its Republican members: Now is the time to pass immigration legislation and prove Capitol Hill still can function.

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