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Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson is working on immigration on two fronts: the border surge of migrant children and consulting President Obama on what action he might take on immigrants who've been living in the U.S. illegally for years.
Open to Both Sides, Homeland Security Chief Steps Into Immigration Divide - New York Times One of Homeland Security Chief Jeh Johnson's hallmark traits is being able to work with all sides. He's angered Democrats and pleased Republicans by pushing to expedite deportations of the Central American minors who've been crossing the southwest border over the last year in increasing numbers. At the same time, he's welcomed anti-war group Code Pink into his office, and is consulting Pres. Obama about an executive order that may defer deportations for possibly millions of immigrants in the country illegaly.
Firms bemoan stalled changes on visa limits - Boston Globe High-tech businesses say the hold-up over comprehensive immigration reform is creating a shortage of high-skilled foreign workers. From the story: "Intel, with 1,400 workers in Hudson, is lobbying the Obama administration to take executive action on several fronts, including reducing the green card backlog so that qualified candidates do not have to wait years for permanent residency."
A young girl suffering from a sore tooth at a government-run shelter for immigrant children in Fullerton, Calif. With large temporary shelters closing, children will be going to smaller shelters like these.
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.
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Central American immigrants sit atop the so-called La Bestia (The Beast) cargo train, in an attempt to reach the Mexico-US border on July 16, 2014.
GOP Still Struggles to Find Immigration Strategy - Associated Press The House managed to pass a bill dealing with the border crisis before it left Friday for August recess, but is it done with immigration for the year? There may not be much incentive to tackle it full-on. According to the story, "immigration appears likely to have only a modest impact on the roughly 10 Senate races that will determine control of the chamber."
Obama immigration talk now includes impeachment - USAToday With Congress gone from the Hill for the month, the focus has turned onto President Obama, and whether he will take executive action and defer deportations for immigrants here illegally. Some conservative Republicans such as Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa are already throwing around the word "impeachment" in the event that he does. But House Speaker John Boehner, according to the story, "has said that impeachment is not on the table, and all the talk is "a scam" concocted by the White House and Democrats to raise campaign money ahead of the November election."
USC's largest Chinese student organization is calling for more off-campus guards and surveillance cameras after one of their own was killed in late July just blocks from school.
The Chinese Students and Scholars Association is petitioning USC President C. L. Max Nikias to "provide necessary security measures year-round," pointing out that Xinran Ji is the third university student from China to be killed in two years.
Topping its list of proposals: The group wants USC to station security guards in off-campus neighborhoods during the summer — not just the school year.
Yan Zhang, an engineering graduate student who backs the proposals, said that a USC security presence could have prevented the July 24 death of Ji, who was robbed and beaten on the way home from a study group.
"I think that when bad men see (a guard) standing there they cannot do whatever they want," Zhang said. "If there is nobody around, they can do whatever, like what they did to Xinran."
Immigration protesters have turned their attention from Congress to the White House, pressuring Pres. Obama to take executive action.
GOP pledges border vote 'today' - The Hill Friday morning, some of the GOP's biggest House conservatives said they would vote 'yes' on a new plan to deal with the border surge. They also want to vote on a bill to limit the federal program that grants deportation deferrals and work permits known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This comes after Speaker John Boehner was forced to pull an earlier border package Thursday after it became apparent he didn't have the votes to pass it.
Giving up on Congress, immigration protesters target White House - Reuters With Congress deadlocked once again on immigration, activists are refocusing their attention on President Obama, and pushing him to take executive action and stop deportations. Protesters outside the White House Thursday such as Tammy Alexander of the Mennonite Central Committee said "we've pretty much given up on Congress to do something on immigration this year."