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U.S. opens kinder, gentler immigrant jail

Federal officials unveiled a new model of detention facility for low-risk immigration violators in Texas — designed in every way not to resemble a jail, though it still is one. The civil detention center in rural Karnes City, Texas is a 608-bed facility for male immigration detainees deemed not to pose a threat to themselves or others. Immigration and Customs…

Obama says he will tackle immigration reform in his second term

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, expressing confidence he will win re-election in November, told a Hispanic audience he would use a second term to seek comprehensive immigration reform. “My presidency is not over,” Obama said in an interview with Univision Radio when asked about his failure so far to…

Republican candidates seek to woo Hispanic voters

WASHINGTON — Republicans are trying to thrash out a strategy to win more votes from the demographically critical and diverse group of US Hispanics — without alienating the party’s conservative base. A sky-high 73 percent of Hispanics — the largest US cultural minority — have a negative view of the…

Obama: Working without Congress ‘tempting’

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama said Monday it was “tempting” to think of going it alone without Congress after weeks of trying to forge an elusive debt deal with his Republican foes. “Believe me, right now dealing with Congress… the idea of doings things on my own is very…

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