Obama Eyes Limits of Executive Power in Immigration Move - Businessweek With Congress recessed this month, all eyes are on now on President Obama, and whether he will defer deportations for millions of immigrants in the country illegally, or allow some to seek work permits. But his administration is stressing that there are limits to executive action, which the president is asking Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to investigate. They are to report back before the end of the summer.
Immigrant shelters on bases in 3 states, including California, to shut - Los Angeles Times Three giant shelters set up temporarily to help house an influx of more than 57,000 unaccompanied minors from Central American will be closing in the next eight weeks. Government officials said that the shelters — located at military bases in California, Oklahoma and Texas — have housed 7,700 minors, but they are no longer needed since the border surge has quieted. The minors will now be housed at smaller, government-run shelters that their advocates say are less institutional and will give them easier access to legal services.
Why the Latino vote matters in 2014 midterms: immigration (+video) - Christian Science Monitor Pundits are saying that the only mid-term race that will be affected by the Latino vote is the contest between Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and Republican Rep. Cory Gardner in Colorado, where Latinos make up 10 percent of likely voters. But the story makes the case that the mid-terms are a "dress rehearsal for 2016, when Hispanics will play a crucial role in the next presidential race. Messages that go out now will not be forgotten when the 2016 cycle starts – essentially, the day after the Nov. 4 midterms." For example, Democrats are likely to point to the House vote to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals "as evidence of what they see as Republican hostility toward Hispanic immigrants."
Undocumented immigrant confronts Rep. Steve King at fundraiser - CNN (Video) A woman who came to the country illegally as a child surprised the congressman at his own fundraiser. Erika Andiola of the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, argued with King over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which he voted to end last week. Andiola said her mother came to the US to escape an abusive relationship. King replied that was breaking the law. The video captures some of the exchange.
Ohio lawmaker wants to block housing of immigrants - Times Leader As unaccompanied minors are being placed with relatives around the country, leaders in different states such as Maine and Ohio are putting up resistance to their arrival. For example, in Ohio, a Republican state lawmaker introduced a bill that would bar Ohio agencies that house these children from receiving state money. From the story: State Rep. John Adams "says he is concerned that immigrants arriving in Ohio may have unscreened health problems or be members of dangerous gangs."