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U.S. immigration bill 'in doubt' this year, Republican Ryan says
Reuters

Republicans will be unlikely to compromise on immigration reform unless U.S. borders are first secured, and the possibility of a broad immigration bill reaching President Barack Obama's desk this year is "clearly in doubt," Representative Paul Ryan said on Sunday.

"Security first, no amnesty, then we might be able to get somewhere," Ryan said on ABC's "This Week."...

Last June, the Senate passed a comprehensive bill that would provide a path to citizenship for the approximately 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally and tighten border security....

Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, 19, sentenced to probation in Forest Grove fatal crash
OregonLive.com

A Washington County judge sentenced Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, 19, to three years of probation in the Forest Grove fatal hit-and-run crash that killed two young stepsisters playing in a leaf pile...

Garcia-Cisneros learned of the crash minutes after it happened, but did not contact police to identify herself as the driver. Prosecutor Bracken McKey told Washington County jurors that the wreck itself was an accident, but Garcia-Cisneros' decision not to come forward was criminal...

Under state sentencing guidelines, Circuit Judge Rick Knapp had the option of imposing only...

Showdown: Boehner to reveal conservative immigration 'principals,' conservatives ready to rumble
Breitbart

This could get ugly.

Thursday at 4:30pm in Cambridge, Maryland, Speaker John Boehner will unveil an outline of the party's immigration stance to rank-and-file members that includes “legal status” for millions of illegal immigrants.

Boehner hand-selected members to help lead the discussion, including California Rep. Jeff Denham, the first Republican to endorse the House Democrats' immigration bill.

But as much as Boehner is dreaming of a big, bipartisan immigration deal – senior GOP officials say they are surprised just how much the Ohio Republican is “leaning in...

House GOP leaders back limited path to legal status for illegal immigrants
FOX News

House Republican leaders are giving their support to a limited path to legal status for some illegal immigrants, in a move Democrats said could open the door to a deal on comprehensive immigration legislation.

The position was included in a document released by party leaders during their annual retreat in Maryland. The "standards for immigration reform" document ruled out a special path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

Instead, it said immigrants living here illegally could remain and live legally if they pass background checks, pay fines and back taxes, learn to speak...

Boehner Releases Immigration Deform Proposal
Red State

Drum roll…..the long awaited GOP principles on illegal immigration were presented today to the House GOP Conference at their annual [aptly-named] retreat. Sorry to disappoint you but there is nothing new under the sun. Their framework is a mirror image of the Senate “Gang of 8” bill, albeit cloaked in even more deceptive and disingenuous language in order to distract conservatives with shiny objects. Let’s go through some of the text:

After proposing broad amnesty, the document says that” none of this can happen before specific enforcement triggers have been implemented.” That...
EXCLUSIVE - Sessions: House Leadership Immigration Push Could Imperil GOP in 2014
Breitbart

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said Sunday evening during an exclusive appearance on Breitbart News Sunday with Stephen K. Bannon that House GOP leadership’s push to grant amnesty to America’s illegal aliens this year could jeopardize Republicans in the 2014 elections.

“A poll just showed that just 3 percent of Americans consider immigration a top priority," Sessions said. "So now we’re going to take an issue that divides the Republicans, that is not good for working Americans, and we’re going to alter the definition of this election from an overreaching central government and...

Woof woof: Portland police dog sniffs out $1.5 million in meth
OregonLive.org

A Portland police dog has been credited with sniffing out 31 pounds of meth worth nearly $1.5 million during a routine traffic stop late last week on Interstate 84, the Portland Police Bureau reported....

Two occupants of the car were released by police, who then arrested 36-year-old Nestor Catarino Zazueta-Valenzuela, 36.
 

Bloomberg: Immigration reform key to GOP future
AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg said Friday that a Republican Party that ignores the nation's Hispanics and balks at immigration overhaul does so at its political peril as Republicans pressured the House GOP to act this year....

While the document has given new hope to immigration proponents, opposition still remains strong in the House, where many Republicans fear granting amnesty to those here illegally, worry about the political fallout in their districts and oppose giving President Barack Obama a long-sought legislative victory....

House Republicans to Offer Broad Immigration Plan
New York Times

WASHINGTON — House Republicans are preparing to unveil their own broad template for overhauling the nation’s immigration system this week, potentially offering a small opening for President Obama and congressional Democrats to pass bipartisan legislation before the end of the year.

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and other Republican leaders are expected to release a one-page statement of immigration principles this week at their annual retreat in Cambridge, Md., according to aides with knowledge of the plan. The document is expected to call for border security and enforcement...

Man who tried to sexually assault little girl to spend 1 year in prison
KATU.COM

PORTLAND, Ore. - The man who broke into a North Portland home and tried to sexually assault a six-year-old girl will spend just over a year in prison.

Pedro Santiago Machi-Menchu was sentenced by a Multnomah County judge Tuesday.

The mother of his victim is somewhat satisfied with the sentence but believes he should spend more time behind bars.

"I think he needs to do a little longer," said Amber Hurst. "It could have went further than what it did if someone hadn't woke up."

Hurst refers to the night her daughter almost became a victim. Machi-Menchu found his...

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