Eleventh-hour solution to DHS immigration funding crisis possible

An 11th hour solution to the issue of funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is set to expire today, may have been reached. Senate Democrats have reportedly accepted the Republicans’ plans to continue financing the DHS by presenting a bill minus the amendments intended to block President Obama’s executive action on immigration …

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Obama will fight any immigration reform blocks

President Obama has vowed to fight “aggressively” against attempts by the Republican Party to block his executive action on immigration and has reiterated his commitment to ensuring that millions of undocumented immigrants receive work permits and protection from deportation. In a Florida town hall meeting on Wednesday, the president said that undocumented immigrants should continue …

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Diaz-Balart slams unhelpful executive action on immigration

Florida US Representative Mario Diaz-Balart has blamed the deadlock on immigration reform on both the Democratic and the Republican parties, and on President Obama himself, declaring that there is no doubt that the immigration system in the United States is broken but that the president has gone the wrong way about trying to fix it. …

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McConnell offers DHS funding bill sans immigration block

Bowing to opposition from the Democrats and simple political reality, Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, declared on Tuesday that he would allow a vote to be taken on a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) devoid of the immigration clauses intended to block President Obama’s executive action. These clauses were added …

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Democrats block Senate bill again

Terrorist threats made against a shopping mall in Minnesota have been seized upon by Democrats in their bid to force the Republican Party to walk away from the deadlock over the funding of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which the Republicans have used to try to block President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform. …

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Skilled immigrant spouses to be granted work permits

The spouses of a number of high-skilled immigrants who work in the United States will soon be able to obtain their own form of work authorization, the Obama administration announced yesterday. The regulation will be published today and come into effect in three months’ time. This move had already been planned before President Obama’s announcement …

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Homeland Security shutdown looms

Funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) runs out on Friday and a partial shutdown of the agency is looming. Democrats and Republicans in the Senate are still locked in a standoff over the attempt to use attachments to the funding bill to block and reverse executive actions taken by President Obama on the …

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Obama puts Hanen on notice

The Texas judge who put the brakes on President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform has been given an ultimatum by the White House to suspend his order or have his authority superseded by the Justice Department. US District Judge Andrew Hanen has been given until the end of Wednesday to rescind his order voluntarily; …

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Obama seeks to block immigration ruling

The US government is seek a stay of the decision by a federal court judge to put the brakes on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform that would see millions of undocumented immigrants given work permits and protected from deportation. Paperwork will be filed today in a federal court in Texas, according to the …

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Johnson slams tying DHS funding to immigration

Congress returns today after a one-week break, with just five days to go until the Department of Homeland Security shuts down due to a lack of funds. There still appears to be no solution in sight to the deadlock that has emerged as a result of the Republican Party attaching clauses to the only funding …

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State help for undocumented immigrants without insurance

It is next to impossible for undocumented immigrants to obtain health insurance via the government in the United States, as such immigrants are declared ineligible for coverage by both President Obama’s most recent executive order and by the Affordable Care Act. Many immigrants are thus forced to delay preventative health measures and end up straining …

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