DHS may limit deportations of illegal immigrants - CBS News Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is reportedly considering limiting the deportations of people without serious criminal records, as the agency reviews its deportation practices. From the story: "The potential change could shield tens of thousands of immigrants now removed each year solely because of repeated immigration violations, such as re-entering the country after being deported."
Immigration reform: If Obama moves on his own, how big a political risk? - Christian Science Monitor If Homeland Security limits deportations of people without serious criminal records, political fallout could come from different directions. From the story: "Such a move would fall short of the larger changes pro-immigrant activists are hoping for...At the same time, any unilateral move by the administration that grants new rights to certain illegal immigrants would likely anger Republicans, who accuse Obama of abusing his executive powers."
Maybe immigration reform isn't dead after all - CNN As the Obama administration reviews deportation practices, some Republican lawmakers who fear the White House could take executive action on immigration are preparing for it with their own legislation, including Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida: "Diaz-Balart and his staff are cranking up the pace on crafting a measure that would help some undocumented immigrants gain their citizenship through currently existing channels, said Cesar Gonzalez, the congressman's chief of staff."
Supreme Court Upholds Michigan’s Affirmative Action Ban - New York Times The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a Michigan voter initiative that banned affirmative action in state public universities. From the story: "Proposal 2, approved in 2006 by 58 percent of Michigan’s voters, amended the state Constitution to prohibit discrimination or preferential treatment in public education, government contracting and public employment." Groups opposed to it sued; in 2012, an appeals court had ruled against the ban.
Tech meltdown cripples deportation cases - New York Post From the story: "The problem began April 12, when five servers that help power a nationwide computer network failed and shut down the entire system, an insider at the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement revealed. Without access to the electronic records, court proceedings have slowed to a crawl and officials are resorting to old-fashioned methods — including paper, pens and cassette recorders — to keep track of cases."