• Rubio: Reports of immigration deal 'premature'
    Even with one of the largest hurdles to an immigration overhaul overcome, lawmakers on Sunday cautioned much work remains and that no final deal has been reached. The AFL-CIO and the pro-business U.S. Chamber of Commerce reached a deal late Friday that would allow tens of thousands of low-skill workers into the country. Yet despite the unusual agreement between the two powerful lobbying groups, lawmakers from both parties tried to curb expectations.March 31, 2013
  • Source: Business, labor get deal on worker program
    Big business and labor have resolved a dispute over a low-skilled worker program that threatened to hold up agreement on a sweeping immigration bill, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.March 30, 2013
  • Rise of Latino population blurs US racial lines
    Welcome to the new off-white America. A historic decline in the number of U.S. whites and the fast growth of Latinos are blurring traditional black-white color lines, testing the limits of civil rights laws and reshaping political alliances as "whiteness" begins to lose its numerical dominance.March 17, 2013
  • Liberians in Minn. glad for reprieve but want permanent US residency
    Liberians formerly on temporary residency status in the United States have received a third reprieve from deportation.March 16, 2013
  • What does a 'secure' border look like?
    There is no simple yardstick to measure border security. And yet, as the debate over immigration reform ramps back up, many will try. "Secure the border first" has become not just a popular mantra whenever talk turns to reform but a litmus test for many upon which a broader overhaul is contingent.February 24, 2013
  • Report: Bill would set an 8-year path to residency
    The White House is circulating a draft immigration bill that would create a new visa for illegal immigrants living in the United States and allow them to become legal permanent residents within eight years, according to a report published online Saturday by USA Today.February 17, 2013
  • Immigration bill splits GOP on national-local line
    The immigration debate is threatening to split the Republican Party, pitting those who focus mainly on presidential elections against those who care mostly about congressional races.February 2, 2013
  • Lawmakers see immigration overhaul this year
    A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles for a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, including a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.January 28, 2013
  • From jump suit to dress shirt: Minn. immigrant detainee wins reprieve
    Minnesota's David Soto is one of more than 350,000 young people in the country illegally who've won a temporary reprieve from deportation because they came over as children, are educated and have clean records.January 14, 2013
  • English language programs trace roots to mid-1970s
    Though immigration has been a prominent feature of U.S. growth since the nation's founding, the modern age of English language learning programs traces back to only the mid-1970s.December 17, 2012
  • In Minnesota, the world in the classroom
    The challenge of learning English can have many dimensions for the thousands of Minnesota students identified as English language learners. For some, it is a matter of survival in a new country. For all, it takes resolve, resilience and time.December 17, 2012
  • In Minn., new tactics to help immigrant students
    To boost English learners' performance, some Minnesota schools are trying new approaches designed to help them more quickly grasp the language. Among them is Kennedy Elementary in Willmar, Minn., which has a growing number of students from Somalia.December 17, 2012
  • Ranks of English learners swelling in Minnesota schools
    Nearly 65,000 English learner students are enrolled in Minnesota schools, representing more than 200 languages. That number has grown rapidly in the past two decades, soaring by 50,000, a 300 percent increase in English learners.December 17, 2012
  • Worthington bakery builds community
    Kerry and Juan Cuate opened a Mexican bakery, Panaderia Mi Tierra, in downtown Worthington, Minn. The bakery now caters to the larger community, bringing the diverse population together.December 14, 2012
  • Young immigrant's journey leads to permission to stay
    St. James resident Irma Marquez this month became one of the earliest Latinos in the nation to received deferred status allowing her legally to stay in the United States for two years and to find work. Acceptance marked a milestone in a long journey, one that still leaves her with challenges.December 12, 2012

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