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"Democrats have announced their intent to bring the DREAM Act up for a vote in the lame-duck session of Congress while they still control both chambers, mobilizing Republican opponents who have labeled the bill as an unwarranted attempt at amnesty for illegal aliens," Homeland Security Today reports. “FAIR argued that the number could be much higher due to fraudulent applications. The organization further declared that 870,000 illegal aliens would immediately become eligible for legal status under the bill while 2.6 million illegal aliens could receive legal status within six years of enactment. An additional 6.2 million illegal aliens could gain US legal status under the bill within 10 years of its enactment.”

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"Governor Patrick is hoping to fully implement 131 immigration reform ideas suggested by an advisory panel in 2009, including offering in-state college tuition rates for illegal immigrant students," the Bostonist news site reports.

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"Prince William County’s controversial immigration policy appears to have had some effect, as the growth of the county’s Hispanic population now lags behind that of other jurisdictions, a report from the University of Virginia states," the Washington Post reports.  "The three-year, $385,000 study - released Tuesday by the university’s Center for Survey Research - also found that the county’s noncitizen Hispanic population, legal and illegal, dropped by 7,700 from 2006 to 2008, and that illegal immigrants accounted for 2,000 to 6,000 of that decline."

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"Instead of the dramatic, large-scale raids that snagged hundreds of illegal immigrants, including at a New Bedford factory three years ago, federal officials say they are focusing more on the businesses that hire them. The aim is to eliminate the job opportunities that attract illegal workers," the Boston Globe reports.

“‘They get off with, at most, a slap on the wrists,’ said Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a Washington-based organization that favors tougher restrictions on immigration. ‘ICE does nothing to apprehend the illegal workers. They go down and get a new set of documents from the street corner and they get a new job. It becomes a game of musical chairs.”’

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"President Obama will meet with pro-immigration reform [amnesty] Democrats — Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Reps. Nydia Velasquez (D-N.Y.) and Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) — this afternoon to discuss immigration plans for the lame-duck session. The meeting will be a follow-up to a September meeting with the three Democrats, where Obama pledged support for comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act. That time, they were hoping for the White House’s support to push senators to vote for the DREAM Act as part the defense authorization bill — an effort that failed when Republicans filibustered the bill," the Washington Independent says.

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FAIR’s Bob Dane was interviewed for this NY Time’s story about a recent Long Island study claiming that immigration was a benefit to the local economy. Dane notes that the study fails to account for the negative impact on the African American community and “the costs of illegal immigration, including unpaid taxes, money sent to other countries and drains on public services and health care.”

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"Beleaguered Bay State and U.S. taxpayers coughed up a staggering $35.7 million this year in free emergency health care for more than 52,000 illegal aliens in Massachusetts, sparking outrage from candidates and critics who back a tougher line on immigration," theBoston Herald reported.

"The figures — released by Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration under an order for the Secretary of State’s office and after more than a month of ducking questions — show illegal immigrants who belong to MassHealth Limited received $33.8 million in taxpayer-funded in-patient hospital care this year."

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"Embattled Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday his campaign is not hurt by the failure to enact immigration reform because Hispanic Nevadans ‘know’ he has spent more time on immigration in the last two Congresses ‘than on any other issue — period,’" Politico reports.

"While the majority leader admittedly has been a leader on immigration, it is difficult to make the case that the Senate under Reid spent more time on immigration than health care reform, President Barack Obama’s cornerstone legislative priority and one upon which Congress spent months in intensive negotiations."

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"Democratic Hispanic legislators oppose separating [H-1b professional guestworker visa increases from amnesty] for fear of losing business support for comprehensive reform. In principle, then, a Republican takeover of the House might increase the likelihood of a stand-alone bill on skilled immigration. That, however, is not the Republicans’ priority. Lamar Smith, the Republican who would probably become chairman of the House judiciary committee, is more focused on deporting illegal immigrants and strengthening the border," says the Economist.

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"Ever wonder where illegal aliens who get arrested for additional crimes work - which employers are hiring illegal labor? Investigative reporter Randy Travis from Fox Five TV has done a terrific job of using public records from 287(g) authorized county jails to derive the names of some of the employers who use black-market replacement labor while Americans suffer staggering unemployment," says DA King. Click to get the lists for some Georgia counties of employers of illegal aliens.