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Published:Tuesday | September 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Obama and immigration: High hopes, a mixed record

UNITED STATES WASHINGTON (AP): President Barack Obama has a complicated history with the politics of immigration.

The son of a Kenyan immigrant, Obama has been both embraced and scorned by immigrant advocates who have viewed him as both a champion in and an obstacle to their cause.

In 2006, about 30 Mexican nationals, desperate to avoid deportations that would separate them from their families, appealed to him for help when he was their US senator. He turned them down.

Now, as president, a similar decision is upon him again, this time with the status of millions of immigrants at stake.

Advocacy groups are hoping that Obama will leave a mark for posterity by moving to allow work permits for millions of immigrants living illegally in this country.

"Some of the hard feelings could be forgotten at the end of the day if he acts boldly," said Janet Murguia, the president of the National Council of La Raza, a Latino advocacy group.

Obama's record on immigration, however, is one of caution and deliberation punctuated by moments of determination amid some broken promises. With the president delaying executive action on the work permits until after the November congressional election, some Democrats worry that expectations have been raised beyond what he can deliver.

US firm in China meat scandal lays off 340 staff

CHINA BEIJING (AP): A US meat supplier said yesterday it is laying off most of the workforce of a Chinese subsidiary accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other major restaurant chains.

Shanghai Husi Food Company. has been under investigation since a Shanghai TV station reported in July that it repackaged and sold old meat. Six employees were arrested in August on suspicion of producing substandard products.

Its owner, OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois, said it will lay off 340 people at the Shanghai unit. It said a small number of employees would be kept on while the investigation is underway. The website of Shanghai Husi says it employs about 500 people.

"Over the past two months, Shanghai Husi has experienced significant financial and customer losses," said an OSI Group statement. "It is very unlikely that production will be resumed soon."

The scandal has alarmed Chinese diners and disrupted operations for fast food brands.

DC mayor to discuss infant mortality efforts in NY

UNITED STATES WASHINGTON (AP): District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray is heading to New York to talk about the District's efforts to reduce infant mortality.

Gray was participating in the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in Manhattan yesterday. The mayor and leaders of the non-profit group hope that the city's programme to reduce infant deaths can be a model for cities around the country.

The District's infant mortality rate is 7.4 deaths per 1,000 live births, well above the national average of 6.05. The United States has higher infant mortality rates than most developed countries.

The District government has hired a consulting firm to launch a programme that will use analytics and improve clinical practices to reduce infant deaths in the nation's capital.