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Five Things to Know if Parts of DHS Close Friday

Five Things to Know if Parts of DHS Close Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at expected consequences if lawmakers don’t solve the budget impasse that could shut parts of the Homeland Security Department at midnight Friday night: NOT SO DIRE There’s plenty of overheated rhetoric from the administration and its allies in Congress about the U.S. letting down its guard against security threats. In [...]
Immigrants to Meet Obama at Wednesday Town Hall  So what will President Barack Obama do now that his immigration reform efforts have been put on hold by a federal judge in Texas?  What will he – or can he – say to the millions of immigrant families in the U.S. who contribute to cities and want relief from deportations, as well as [...]
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Immigration Reforms Need to Proceed, Obama Tells CourtsHOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government asked a federal judge Monday to lift his temporary hold on President Barack Obama’s action to shield millions of immigrants in the country illegally from deportation.  The Justice Department’s motion for a stay was filed with the court of U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas. The federal [...]
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A New Focus for Immigration: Still Prepare for ReformNews of U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision to temporarily stop President Barack Obama’s immigration reforms surfaced, at least on a large scale, late on Monday evening. By Tuesday, immigrant families and grassroots advocates were making sure their voices had entered, yet again, the national debate on efforts to reform a system that people acknowledge is [...]
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Obama to Challenge Immigration Ruling From JudgeHOUSTON (AP) — The White House promised an appeal Tuesday after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration and gave a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to permanently stop the orders. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision late Monday puts on hold Obama’s [...]
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What Happens if Homeland Security Loses its Funding?WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending for the Department of Homeland Security hangs in the balance as Congress fights over immigration matters in the agency’s annual funding bill. Without action by Feb. 27, the department’s budget will shut off. To hear Democrats and many Republicans tell it, the result would be unacceptable risks to U.S. security at [...]
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Sheriff Violated Orders in Racial Profiling Case, Judge SaysPHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for clashing with the federal government and cracking down on undocumented immigration will face a civil contempt-of-court hearing because his office repeatedly violated orders issued in a racial-profiling case, a U.S. judge said Thursday. U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ruled in 2013 that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s [...]
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Immigrants in New Mexico Rally to Keep Driver’s LicensesSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Alejandro Altamirano from Durango, Mexico, has called New Mexico home for a dozen years, and it’s where his two U.S.-born daughters are being raised. But the 36-year-old dairy farmworker fears he will be forced into the shadows if he loses his driver’s license. For years, New Mexico led in handing [...]
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Pope Calls for Embrace of Migrants Along U.S. BorderVATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has decried the “inhuman” conditions facing migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and has encouraged communities there not to judge people by stereotypes but welcome migrants and work to end discrimination. Francis made the appeal in a letter to a Jesuit priest who helps organize Catholic teens in Nogales, Arizona, [...]
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Immigrants to Be Asked About Deportation ProtectionWASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has ordered immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country without documents whether they might qualify under President Barack Obama’s plans to avoid deporting them, according to internal training materials obtained by The Associated Press. Agents also have been told to review government files to identify [...]
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