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In immigration news: House bill killed; Adelson teams up with Gates, Buffet; court backlog to lift

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House GOP kills last hope for immigration bill - USA Today  House leadership told the Republican charged with coming up with that chamber's immigration bill Thursday morning that the legislation was not being considered this year.  Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart called the decision "highly unfortunate." From the story: "Diaz-Balart said GOP leadership concluded they can't trust the president to carry out the enforcement provisions of any bill Congress passes. The bill he crafted was designed to ensure that any president, Obama or his successor, could not ignore or work around enforcement provisions of the bill. " 

Break the Immigration Impasse (Op-ed) - New York Times  Top Republican donor Sheldon Adelson may be diametrically opposed on politics to Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, the latter two of whom are friends. But all three billionaires are combining their clout to make a case for immigration reform. They say the fact that they're joining forces shows "you don’t have to agree on everything in order to cooperate on matters about which you are reasonably close to agreement. It’s time that this brand of thinking finds its way to Washington." 

Immigration court backlog adds to border crisis - Los Angeles Times  On Wednesday, the Justice Department said it would assign more of the country's 243 immigration judges to deal with the influx of unaccompanied children and families. The judges would hear the cases at the border or by video, while new temporary judges would be brought on to ease the backlog as well. 

Barack Obama goes after Republicans on immigration - Politico President Obama is pressuring Texas Republicans to support his nearly-$4 billion request for funds to deal with flood of unaccompanied children. Obama had met with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and "held up Perry’s claimed support to repeatedly bash Republicans for not moving more quickly to pass the supplemental funding request the White House submitted Tuesday."

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