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Phoenix resident Cristian Avila passes the cross he has worn for 22 days of his fast to Ciara Taylor, who is one of the new group of hunger strikers pushing for immigration reform.

After 22 days with no food as part of an immigration reform protest, Phoenix resident Cristian Avila broke his fast Tuesday and was sent to a Washington-area hospital for a checkup. Avila was one of four hunger strikers who had been living and fasting in a tent on the National Mall in hopes of compelling congressional action on immigration reform. Read more» 1

Protesters being arrested last month during a demonstration at the U.S. Capitol in support of comprehensive immigration reform. The rally was one of a series in recent weeks aimed at keeping pressure on lawmakers to pass reform.

Advocates are planning 177 events in more than 150 cities Saturday, which they are calling the National Day for Dignity and Respect. Dawn Le, deputy campaign manager of Alliance for Citizenship, one of the organizing groups, said the day aims to pressure House leaders to move on immigration reform. Read more» 3

The Obama administration is counting on Latinos to help make the Affordable Care Act a success, but there may be troubles ahead: Hispanic health centers and community organizations say they don’t have the funding or resources to carry out the complicated sign up process for the 10 million Latinos who will be eligible for new public and subsidized health coverage options. Read more»

Less than two weeks after the Senate passed a historic immigration reform bill by a bipartisan 68-32 margin, opponents of reform have already started peddling a bevy of reality-defying excuses about why the House of Representatives should not follow suit. Opponents of reform are grasping at straws in their effort to block reform from happening. Read more»

National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia at the release of a council study of banking practices of California Latinos, that found a higher rate of participation among naturalized citizens – more proof of the need for immigrartion reform, supporters said.

Immigration advocates released a study of Latino banking habits Tuesday that they said supports the case for a pathway to citizenship, which they said in turn opens the door to greater economic prosperity for all. Read more» 1

Former U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to include protections in any immigration reform bill for same-sex couples to sponsor partners to immigrate to the U.S., just as straight couples can.

Sponsors of a comprehensive immigration reform bill said no one would be happy with all parts of the bill and a hearing Monday seemed to bear that out, with some in the day-long session saying the bill goes to far and other saying it does not go far enough. Read more»

In testimony to a House committee in July, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano defended her department’s policy to exercise 'discretion' when deciding whether to deport younger, low-risk undocumented immigrants.

Only 14,069 of the estimated 80,000 Arizonans eligible for deferred deportation had applied for the federal program through its first six months, a rate much lower than the nation as a whole. Read more» 1

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., here with Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said that now is the time for comprehensive immigration reform and he thinks the plan put forward by senators Monday is a good starting point for discussion.

Arizona’s two senators joined six others Monday to unveil a bipartisan “tough, but fair” plan for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for some people now here illegally. Read more»

President Barack Obama waves at Monday’s inauguration ceremony, where his inaugural address included a call for action on immigration reform, among other measures.

Latino groups, citing the mention of immigration reform and the prominent role Hispanics played in Monday's inauguration, said they are optimistic that President Barack Obama can move beyond words to action in his second term - and impatient for that to happen. Read more» 1

Arturo Sarukhan, Mexico’s ambassador to the United States, said there are few issue more important to relations between the two countries than immigration reform, which he believes could be coming soon.

The Mexican ambassador to the United States said Wednesday that immigration reform is vital for relations between the two countries and that the time for reform is now. Read more» 1

Members of the Evangelical Immigration Table join in prayer after the news conference where they called for bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform based on Christian values.

Representatives of nine Christian organizations said Tuesday they have banded together to promote “humane and bipartisan” U.S. immigration reform policy. Read more»

Experts say that not only are Latino workers’ salaries lagging those of other groups as the recovery picks up, but they are more likely to take low-skilled jobs that have little promise or security for the future.

Minorities continue to lag behind whites across several economic indicators, even as the job market improves, a report released Thursday said. Read more»

Children at a protest against SB 1070 on April 26, 2010, in Minneapolis.

The majority of states that considered immigration bills similar to Arizona’s SB 1070 rejected them in 2011, a testament to the negative effects such laws have on a state’s economy and reputation, a new report claims. Read more» 5

A man protests in Washington in 2010.

The number of immigration bills proposed in state capitals reached a record 1,592 this year, but the number actually signed into law fell by one–fourth, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Read more»

President Obama on Monday blamed Republicans for his administration’s failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform, saying several conservative lawmakers who once supported the measure have buckled under political pressure. (with video) Read more» 1

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