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President Barack Obama is seen on a screen in the White House briefing room during an address to the nation on immigration reform on Nov. 20, 2014 in Washington, D.C. On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a GOP-sponsored bill stating that the executive branch doesn't have the authority to stop the deportations of certain unauthorized immigrants. But the bill can't undo Obama's recent immigration action and is viewed as mostly symbolic.

Immigration anger fuels House vote - CNN Approved by the House today, the "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act" states that the executive branch "does not have the authority to stop deportations of certain categories of undocumented workers in the United States." The bill was introduced by Rep. Ted Yoho, a Republican from Florida, and passed by a 219-197 vote along party lines. But it's viewed as mostly symbolic and can't undo President Obama's recent executive order on immigration.

White House, Democrats teaming up on ‘Immigration Strike Team’ - Washington Post The project is to "serve as a better-organized rapid response force to counter whatever Republicans do or say about immigration reform in the coming months." Aides familiar with the plan said the team will be bilingual, "ensuring that Democrats continue to use their connections to Spanish-media outlets like Univision, Telemundo and popular radio stations in several states to spread their message."


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Obama Immigration speech

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Onlookers watch as President Obama is shown on a projector near the intersection of Alameda St. and the 101 freeway in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, Nov. 20 as he announced plans for executive action on immigration. GOP lawmakers unhappy with the immigration plan hope to counter it as part of the current federal budget battle.

Boehner faces conservative ire over plan to delay immigration fight - Fox News House Speaker John Boehner reportedly plans to "call a vote on a bill this week opposing and trying to block Obama's immigration orders -- though it would likely die in the Senate. Then, the House would vote next week on a bill funding the government through the full fiscal year, and funding immigration-related agencies through early next year." But some conservatives want to take it further, and "use the current spending fight as leverage to defund the president's plan now."

Dreamers Divided: Obama's Executive Actions Leave Some Young Immigrants Out - Huffington Post President Obama's new immigration plan extends Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to a larger group of immigrants who arrived in the United States as minors, people who arrived as children before the start of 2010 regardless of their age now. But many young immigrants still don't qualify, among those who arrived after January 2010 or were slightly too old when they got here.


Los Angeles street vendor legalization proposal sent back to legislative analyst

Street Vendor hearing

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A crowd of around 200 people gathered in the L.A. City Council chambers for a heated economic development committee hearing on whether to legalize street vending, Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

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Street vendors sell their wares on Los Angeles' Alvarado Street, across from MacArthur Park.

Update 4:58 p.m. Los Angeles street vending guidelines sent back to legislative analyst

Members of the Los Angeles City Economic Development Committee heard proposed guidelines for a legal street vending program Tuesday afternoon, but kicked them back to the chief legislative analyst's office for clarification. The committee will review the revised proposal at an unspecified date.

Approximately 200 people attended the meeting. Vendors and their supporters argued for the right to sell their wares legally; opponents, among them small business owners, argued that mobile street vendors present unfair competition and that a legal vending program would be hard to enforce.

Council member Paul Krekorian, who opposes the proposal, said the committee was "not even at a point of understanding what that framework is."


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People wait in line outside of the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles in Los Angeles, Calif. on February 13, 2009. As of this week, immigrants without legal status may make appointments with the DMV for January to apply for a special California driver's license under the new law known as AB 60, which takes effect after the start of the year.

Republican strategy to counter Obama immigration moves emerging - Washington Post Plans are emerging as GOP lawmakers look for ways to curb President Obama's recent executive action on immigration. From the story: "Aides privately described a two-step process that would begin with a bill to ban the White House from changing immigration laws, a largely symbolic effort to curb Obama's executive authority that would be quickly discarded by the Democratic-controlled Senate." But a second bill that would fund the government through the end of the fiscal year would "strip out parts related to immigration funding."

Jeh Johnson clashes with Hill GOP on immigration - Politico Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson defended the Obama administration's immigration plan Tuesday morning during a hearing in front of the House Homeland Security Committee, clashing with House GOP leaders unhappy with the move: “'I’m satisfied as a lawyer myself — and the person who has to come here and defend these actions — that what we have done is well within our existing legal authority,' Johnson told the House Homeland Security Committee Tuesday morning."


LA couple free to leave Qatar after acquittal in adopted daughter's death

Matthew and Grace Huang

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Nearly two years after the death of their adopted daughter in Qatar, Matthew and Grace Huang are free to leave the country.

Matthew and Grace Huang are free to leave Qatar nearly two years after they were implicated in the death of their adopted daughter.

Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the Los Angeles couple was cleared to travel Wednesday, just days after a Qatari appeals court exonerated the couple in the 2013 death of one of their three adopted children. Kerry laid to rest the Huangs' fears that their acquittal would be appealed in a statement:

The Attorney General of the State of Qatar has informed the U.S. Embassy in Qatar that no further appeal will be filed in the case of Matthew and Grace Huang. At the opening of business on Wednesday December 3, the travel ban will be lifted and Mr. and Mrs. Huang will be free to travel. The United States applauds this decision, and we look forward to seeing the Huangs reunited with their children at home.