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Central American immigrants sit atop the so-called La Bestia (The Beast) cargo train, in an attempt to reach the Mexico-US border on July 16, 2014.
Central American immigrants sit atop the so-called La Bestia (The Beast) cargo train, in an attempt to reach the Mexico-US border on July 16, 2014.

GOP Still Struggles to Find Immigration Strategy - Associated Press The House managed to pass a bill dealing with the border crisis before it left Friday for August recess, but is it done with immigration for the year? There may not be much incentive to tackle it full-on. According to the story, "immigration appears likely to have only a modest impact on the roughly 10 Senate races that will determine control of the chamber."

Obama immigration talk now includes impeachment - USAToday With Congress gone from the Hill for the month, the focus has turned onto President Obama, and whether he will take executive action and defer deportations for immigrants here illegally. Some conservative Republicans such as Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa are already throwing around the word "impeachment" in the event that he does.  But House Speaker John Boehner, according to the story, "has said that impeachment is not on the table, and all the talk is "a scam" concocted by the White House and Democrats to raise campaign money ahead of the November election."

Mexico is weak link to cross-border immigration enforcement - Washington Post Attention around the influx of Central American migrant children has been focused on the U.S.-Mexico border they're crossing. But analysts say Mexico could do more to monitor illegal immigration within its borders. This is complicated, however, by Mexican cartel gangsters who are capitalizing on migrants' demand for safe passage through "rail corridors, highways and border areas" effectively under their control. Human smuggling is also abetted by bribe-taking Mexican police officers.  For their part, Mexican officials say they are boosting enforcement. From the story: "According to the most recent data, Mexico had deported more than 60,000 Central Americans as of mid-July, including 12,400 minors. Last year, Mexico deported 86,000 Central Americans, of whom 9,600 were minors."  

Amid border crisis debate, many new immigrants land in D.C. area - Los Angeles Times After Los Angeles, the D.C. area has the largest population of Salvadoran immigrants, about 165,000.  There are also 42,000 immigrants from Guatemala and 30,000 from Honduras. So it may come as no surprise that many of the Central American children who crossed the border by themselves are being reunited with relatives in the capital region. Virginia is ranked fifth among the states where unaccompanied minors are being released to sponsors.

Ex-immigration officer convicted of taking bribes - Orange County Register While working in the Santa Ana immigration office, Billy Louis Nelms Sr. took $5,000 from Cambodian immigrants in exchange for promises of permanent legal status, federal investigators say. Nelms was convicted Friday and faces up to 95 years in prison. His wife, Sokhon Nelms, was convicted of tampering with a witness and could see a maximum sentence of 60 years.