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In immigration news: House vote planned on slimmer border bill, immigration court problems, border militias, more

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House to Vote on Slimmed-Down Bill for Border - Associated Press House GOP lawmakers plan to vote Thursday on a pared-down bill to address the Central American migration crisis, which would allow for sending of National Guard troops to the border and for expedited deportations: "The bill would cost $659 million through the final two months of this fiscal year, far smaller than the $3.7 billion requested by President Barack Obama for this year and next." It would also changes current policy to allow the speedier removal of youths from countries that don't share a border with the United States, a move many Democrats have opposed.

Barack Obama's immigration moves could be unstoppable- Politico On the possible legal outcome of President Obama's using executive action on immigration, something he says he plans to do in coming weeks: "Lawyers are debating the legality of a series of immigration-related executive actions the White House is reportedly considering, but there’s broad agreement suing the president isn’t likely to work."

Criticism arises after children are rushed to see immigration judges - Los Angeles Times Priority given to minors is affecting hearings pending in the immigration court system. From the story: "Unaccompanied immigrant children apprehended at the border are being placed first in line to go before U.S. immigration judges under a new federal policy, prompting criticism from attorneys who say some immigrants have been given less than 48 hours to appear in court in states far from where they live."

Photos show border militias moving across Texas -San Antonio Express-News From the story: "Militia groups along the Texas-Mexico border have grown to more than 10 active "teams" from El Paso to the Rio Grande Valley, despite warnings from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and state lawmakers." Photos show militia members "carrying semi-automatic rifles and wearing masks, camouflage and tactical gear."

Two thousand miles from the border, Syracuse finds itself in immigration debate - Washington Post A proposal to house migrant youths at a former convent in Syracuse, N.Y. has drawn controversy among residents who don't want them there, along the lines of how it's gone within similar plans in Arizona and California.

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