According to a report released by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general on October 6, the presence of communicable diseases at detention facilities housing illegal immigrants — both unaccompanied children and families — remains a problem. 

Speaking at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 37th Annual Awards Gala in Washington on October 2, President Obama gave a rousing “get out the vote” speech, imploring this audience: “Si, se puede … si votamos. Yes we can … if we vote.”

California Governor Jerry Brown signed three immigration bills on September 27 that will, respectively, provide funding for state public universities to administer loans to students who are in the United States illegally, allow illegal aliens to apply for professional state licenses, and allocate $3 million for non-profit organizations to legally represent minors in deportation cases.

As has been predicted by those who have been keeping count of the large number of illegal immigrant children who have crossed our borders from Central America during the past year, the flood of such children entering our schools is proving to be a logistical and financial burden for local school districts.

Data released recently by the U.S. Census Bureau from its American Community Survey (ACS) indicates that the nation’s immigrant population (legal and illegal) grew by 1.4 million from July 2010 to July 2013.

Under a new Obama administration Department of Defense policy made public on September 25, a small number of immigrants living in the United States illegally will be allowed to join the military.

Twenty-four churches and synagogues in Phoenix, Tucson, Chicago, and Portland have offered sanctuary to illegal immigrants and another 52 faith communities have pledged their support of the movement.

In a statement made to the Madrid-based Efe news network on September 18, Carl Meacham, the director of the Americas Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), predicted that the recent decline in the number of unaccompanied youths who have migrated illegally into the United States will soon reverse itself.

A Politico poll taken from August 29 through September 7 showed that 64 percent of respondents disapproved of how President Obama is handling immigration, with only 35 percent approving.

In a meeting September 11 with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough promised the congressmen that President Obama will act on immigration “reform” before the end of 2014.

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