Though many of the immigrants entering the U.S. are from Mexico, others come from Central America, China, the Philippines and India. And while many do enter the country illegally, as many as 40 percent have simply overstayed their visas.
The field appears to be set for the New York City mayoral race. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks with Errol Louis, the host of Inside City Hall on New York One, for a look at the candidates, and what's next for outgoing three-term Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
There is growing momentum for some sort of an immigration reform to be passed this year; the last time there was a big push in 2006 and 2007. President George W. Bush made the issue a priority when he took office and advocated something very similar to what is being considered today. But then Sept. 11 happened and pushed the issue to the backburner. By the time it did come up, Republicans derailed the president's proposals.
A small-town library in Colorado is lending more than just books. Patrons can now check out seeds and farm them. After the crops are harvested, the patrons return the seeds from the best fruits and vegetables so the library can lend them out to others.
Under the proposed rule, employees at nonprofit religious organizations would get access to no-cost contraception, but their employer wouldn't pay for the coverage. The move is another attempt to provide contraceptive coverage without violating the beliefs of religious nonprofits.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., appears to have reversed his views on an earned path to citizenship, which in a Tea Party-backed 2010 campaign he called "code for amnesty." Some critics say the young Cuban-American lawmaker seems to be looking ahead to 2016 and a possible White House bid.
Although a fiscal cliff was narrowly prevented at the beginning at the year, there's another budget deadline approaching. If Congress doesn't act, billions in automatic budget cuts will slice military spending, possibly hurting contractors and some personnel.
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