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A three-year-old girl joins a news conference in support of the Obama administration's immigration plan in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, Feb. 17. The White House has promised an appeal after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration.

What the immigration ruling means - CNN On the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Andrew S. Hanen in Texas earlier this week, which temporarily blocks President's Obama's immigration order. The judge ruled on a multi-state lawsuit initiated by Texas. From the story: "Hanen did not rule on the constitutional merits of the case challenged by Texas and 26 other states. But he said that Texas was able to demonstrate an injury sufficient to give it standing to sue. He also said that the administration had likely failed to comply with procedures for the way federal agencies can establish regulations."

Texas judge's immigration rebuke may be hard to challenge - Reuters From the story: "President Barack Obama's administration faces a difficult and possibly lengthy legal battle to overturn a Texas court ruling that blocked his landmark immigration overhaul, since the judge based his decision on an obscure and unsettled area of administrative law, lawyers said." In his ruling, the judge "faulted Obama for not giving public notice of his plans," saying it was a violation of a 1946 law called the Administrative Procedure Act.

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Merchants who import gifts for Chinese New Year feeling slowdown at ports

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Customers shop at Wing Wa Hing Gifts and Arts, Inc. in downtown Los Angeles' Chinatown.

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Lunar New Year decorations on display at Wing Wa Hing Gifts and Arts, Inc. in downtown Los Angeles' Chinatown.

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Lunar New Year decorations on display at Wing Wa Hing Gifts and Arts, Inc. in downtown Los Angeles' Chinatown.


Bright red and gold banners, lanterns, posters and other Lunar New Year decorations fill the aisles at Wing Wa Hing Gifts and Arts in Chinatown. But this year, some items are in short supply.

"Lots of items for the new year, they are stuck in the ports," said Angie Tieu, who helps run the family business. "We couldn't get it out."

And she's not sure when they will. Because the items they sell for Lunar New Year are imported from China, their business relies on shippers running on time.  That's not been the case for months at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, where shippers are in a contract dispute with dockworkers.

Tieu says they've had a container stuck on the docks at Long Beach for two months with lanterns, vases and decorations that won't make it to the store in time for the New Year celebration on Thursday.

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In immigration news: Judge's ruling blocks executive action, Homeland Security funding battle, new refugee policy, more

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A federal judge in Texas has issued a ruling temporarily blocking President Obama's executive immigration order, which could give temporary legal status to millions; the Obama administration has said it will appeal. The judge ruled on a multi-state lawsuit filed in opposition to Obama's immigration plan.

U.S. judge blocks Obama plan to protect undocumented immigrants - Reuters A federal judge in Texas has issued a ruling temporarily blocking President Obama's executive immigration order. Plans have been for the first phase of the immigration program to roll out Wednesday. The judge ruled on a multi-state lawsuit filed in opposition to the administration's action, which would give temporary legal status to millions of immigrants. The Obama administration has said it will appeal.

Judge’s immigration order leaves Congress in a tougher spot as Homeland Security shutdown looms - Washington Post On how the Texas judge's ruling on executive action affects the Homeland Security funding battle in Congress: "Behind the scenes, both sides were trying to determine what impact the ruling would have...Some said Republican leaders would now be able to point to the court case as the strongest venue for taking the fight on Obama's immigration orders -- potentially allowing for approval of overall funding for DHS without the policy riders restricting the president." The Department of Homeland Security is funded only through Feb. 27.

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In immigration news: Anti-executive action lawsuit, LA libraries to help immigrants, border security and the DHS funding battle, more

Obama Discusses His Immigration Plan At Visit To Las Vegas High School

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President Barack Obama speaks about his executive immigration order at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas on November 21, 2014. More than two dozen states have filed suit to stop Obama's order from taking effect; the first wave of applicants for temporary legal status and work permits is expected to start signing up for relief next week.

Lawsuit Against Obama Over Immigration Could Change Dynamic On DHS Fight - Huffington Post A federal judge in Texas is soon expected to issue a ruling on the lawsuit filed by 26 states to stop President Obama's executive immigration order. From the story: "Should he rule with the states in favor of an injunction, some Republicans in Congress say it could break the impasse on funding DHS, which is currently at a standstill despite a nearing Feb. 27 deadline."

Border chief warns shutdown would harm border security - USA Today The commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which oversees border security, says his agency's ability to secure U.S. borders will be harmed if Congress can't work out a compromise for funding the Department of Homeland Security. The larger agency is funded only through Feb. 27. From the story: "CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske said several technological improvements that help track people and cargo crossing the border would have to be put on hold in the event of a shutdown."

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LA libraries set to help applicants with Obama immigration plan

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, right, and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke Thursday at the Los Angeles Central Library, in advance of the Feb. 18 kickoff of the Obama administration's executive immigration plan. Garcetti said the city is committing resources toward assisting immigrants who seek to apply. Librarians will be trained to provide information to those seeking temporary legal status and work permits.

Los Angeles public libraries want to be free information centers for immigrants seeking temporary legal status under President Obama's executive plan.

City libraries have for a couple of years had "Citizenship Corners," where people can obtain information about applying for U.S. citizenship. Now, librarians are being trained to help guide immigrants through the process of applying for deportation protection and work permits.

Library officials said immigrants will be able to go the city's 73 libraries for details on where and how to apply. They'll also be able to look up applications online, attend informational forums, and get referrals to legal help.

It's part of a broader city effort to assist immigrants, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday.

Speaking at the Los Angeles Central Library, Garcetti that the city has committed about $10 million in city resources to help implement the federal plan. He said that will be matched by another $10 million from foundations and nonprofits.

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