President Barack Obama told Senate Democrats that he believes House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will pass immigration reform in the House that will ultimately lead to a broader and more comprehensive bill once the House conferences with the Senate.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Department of State, has added Austria, Italy, Panama, and Thailand to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs for the coming year. The notice listing the 63 eligible countries published January 17, 2014 in the Federal Register. 

In a few weeks, House Republicans will release their principles for immigration reform, which will outline step-by-step measures from border security to legal status. The GOP's release of reform principles is renewing hope that immigration reform could pass in 2014.

Recent remarks by House Republican leaders indicate the GOP is preparing to move forward with immigration reform legislation that includes a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.

In an interview with Telemundo’s “Enfoque” on Sunday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said he sees “no reason” why the GOP-controlled House can’t reach an agreement on legislation to allow undocumented immigrants to legalize their status as long as Congress passes border security and interior enforcement measures.

Believing the political climate is now in their favor, advocates are launching a major push to allow undocumented immigrants to get New York State driver’s licenses.

Members of more than 50 organizations met Tuesday with an umbrella group known as the New York Immigration Coalition to set their campaign in motion.

“We have really decided to go forward, and go forward full steam,” said Steven Choi, the coalition’s executive director. “We are hearing from our members, from Brentwood in Long Island all the way to Buffalo, that driver’s licenses are a major issue.”

Republican House leaders on Wednesday expressed a desire to tackle immigration reform in 2014. During a meeting, lawmakers said that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) included an overhaul of the immigration system in priorities for the legislative year.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Tuesday granting in-state tuition to immigrant students who lack legal status, hailing it as a way to equalize opportunities and as a pragmatic step toward getting a better taxpayer return on investment in education.

The legislation extends cheaper in-state tuition rates to students who were brought illegally to the U.S. as children, have attended at least three years of high school in the state and earned a high school or equivalency diploma, among other criteria.

His agenda tattered by last year's confrontations and missteps, President Barack Obama begins 2014 clinging to the hope of winning a lasting legislative achievement: an overhaul of immigration laws.

It will require a deft and careful use of his powers, combining a public campaign in the face of protests over his administration's record number of deportations with quiet, behind-the-scenes outreach to Congress, something seen by lawmakers and immigration advocates as a major White House weakness.

A new law that will expand the ability of illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in Maryland took effect on Wednesday, January 1st.

Under the measure, which Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) signed into law in May, the state is making permanent a two-tiered system for obtaining driver’s licenses that it adopted on a temporary basis in 2009 to comply with a federal law.

President Barack Obama speaks to members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Wed

The last vestiges of 2013's political wrangling officially behind him, President Barack Obama is setting his sights on the coming year, when a number of unfinished tasks will increasingly compete for attention with the 2014 midterm elections.

High on the agenda for the start of the year is a renewed push on immigration. Bipartisan consensus about the need for action on immigration in the wake of the 2012 presidential election gave way in 2013 to opposition from conservative House Republicans.

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