11-18-2017  4:10 am      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

SEI, Sunshine Division Offer Thanksgiving Meals to Families in Need

Turkeys are being provided to fill 200 Thanksgiving food boxes for SEI families ...

NAACP Portland Monthly Meeting Nov. 18

Monthly general membership meeting takes place on Saturday, 12 - 2 p.m. ...

Multnomah County Animal Services Waives Adoption Fees Nov. 17

Special runs from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday ...

Fitzpatrick Presents 'Pathway 1000' Plan Before City Council

Plan would restore involuntary displacement by building 80 homes per year ...

Sisters Network to Hold Monthly Meeting Nov. 11

Meeting to take place Saturday morning at June Key Delta Center ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Local Author Visits North Portland Library

Renee Watson teaches students and educators about the power of writing ...

Is the FBI’s New Focus on “Black Identity Extremists” the New COINTELPRO?

Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.) talks about the FBI’s misguided report on “Black Identity Extremism” and negative Facebook ads. ...

ACA Enrollment Surging, Even Though It Ends Dec. 15

NNPA contributing writer Cash Michaels writes about enrollment efforts ...

Blacks Often Pay Higher Fees for Car Purchases than Whites

Charlene Crowell explains why Black consumers often pay higher fees than White consumers, because of “add-on” products. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

By CNN Staff

immigration reform protesterIt's time to fix the United States' "broken immigration system," President Barack Obama said Thursday, citing bipartisan support to revamp immigration laws.

His speech didn't reveal anything that hasn't been said before, but the announcement put the immigration issue back in the spotlight.

"We've kicked this particular can down the road for too long," Obama said.

Immigration reform was placed on the back burner after the Democratic-controlled Senate passed a bill in June that went nowhere in the House of Representatives. Controlled by Republicans, the House has said it would prefer to undertake a number of smaller bills instead of the one large package passed by the Senate.

Obama on Thursday called it a good bill that was supported by several Republicans.

"It's good for our economy, it's good for our security, it's good for our people and we should do it this year," he said.

But don't expect a bill to sail through Congress that easily, a senior House GOP leadership aide told CNN.

"Expectations are low" that any immigration bill could pass this year, the aide said. "There is a sincere desire to work on this issue, but there's also very little good will after the President spent the last two months refusing to work with us."

Republican lawmakers have said that they prefer reform on a piecemeal basis and that border security measures must be put in place before the status of undocumented immigrants can be discussed.

Obama lauded the Senate's immigration bill, but House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has already said that the House won't do anything with it because the GOP opposes it.

"I expect us to move forward this year in trying to address reform and what is broken about our system," he said.

A CBS News poll released Wednesday found public support for immigration reform.

There is widespread support for providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants if they meet certain requirements, including undergoing a waiting period, paying fines and back taxes, passing criminal background checks and learning English, the poll found.

The same poll, however, found that more people think that securing the country's borders should be a priority over resolving the status of undocumented immigrants.

"It doesn't make sense to have 11 million people who are in this country illegally without any ... way to come out of the shadows, get right with the law, meet their responsibility and permit their families, then, to move ahead," Obama said.

House Democrats introduced their own version of an immigration bill at the beginning of the month, one without the huge expansion of the Border Patrol included in the Senate bill.

One of the most contentious parts of the Senate version was a one-year path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Many Republicans have rejected any route to legal status as amnesty for lawbreakers.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa also is working on a proposal to offer temporary status as early as next week for some undocumented immigrants, a spokesman for the California Republican said.

The bill would provide temporary legal status, likely for six years, for those who meet economic tests. An aide says this approach could help "break the logjam" on the issue of undocumented immigrants currently in the United States.

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