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In immigration news: Executive action appeal could take time, immigrants go back to shadows, more

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Marita Beteta of San Fernando holds photographs of her two sons, both of who received temporary legal status under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, during a Los Angeles Press Conference last fall. The DACA program was to be expanded from its current age cap of 30 to no age cap, beginning Feb. 18. This and other Obama administration plans to offer temporary legal status to unauthorized immigrants have been temporary put on hold, following a federal judge's order.

Immigration advocates press Obama to act quickly - The Hill Obama administration officials say that on Monday they plan to appeal a decision by federal judge Andrew Hanen that has put their executive immigration plan on hold. But the appeals process takes time, and so "advocates want the White House to jump-start the immigration programs by asking the courts for an emergency order — known as a 'stay' — that would essentially undo Hanen's ruling and allow the new initiatives to launch while lawsuits against them proceed."

Immigration delays likely as DOJ weighs legal options - Politico From the story: "Deferring Obama’s new initiatives to the fall might be manageable, lawyers and immigration experts said, but beyond that the effort could encounter practical problems in processing applications from up to five million illegal immigrants before he leaves office. In addition, such a delay would push much of the effort into the presidential campaign year."


In immigration news: Executive action in limbo, Lunar New Year, California issues nearly 60,000 AB 60 licenses, more

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In January, the California DMV issued 59,000 driver’s licenses to immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who applied for licenses under the state law known as AB 60. Applications became available Jan. 2.

White House Struggles on Immigration Ruling - New York Times The Obama administration has said it will appeal a Texas judge's ruling that temporarily blocks its immigration plan, which people would have begun applying for Feb. 18. But an administration official now says it's "unclear whether the Department of Justice would seek an emergency order that would allow the president’s immigration programs to go into effect while an appeal proceeds."

Judge Says States Had Right to Sue Obama Over Immigration - Wall Street Journal From the story: "U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s 123-page opinion found that officials from 26 states had the right to challenge the law—something the Justice Department disputed—and offered a scathing indictment of how the White House put its policies in place...Judge Hanen, a 2002 George W. Bush appointee who sits in Brownsville, Texas, found the states had ample legal standing to sue the administration."


Chinese New Year: Children of immigrants' curious relationship with age-old superstitions

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One Lunar New Year superstition involves getting one's hair cut before - but not during - the celebration.

When Shirley Fung goes into the office Thursday, she might show up with her hair in a ponytail.
“You’re not supposed to wash your hair on New Year’s Day because that’s, like, washing away all the good luck," said Fung, a 22-year-old intern with an event planning agency in Gardena. "I wash my hair the day before."

Chalk it up to tradition - even if she is a second-generation kid raised in Brooklyn.

Lunar New Year begins Thursday on the Chinese calendar. With it comes a list of traditional superstitions intended to bring luck and make for a good start to the year. They range from not cleaning house to not arguing;  best practices, one might say, for starting any new year out right.

Children and grandchildren of immigrants who grew up with these age-old dos and don'ts have a curious relationship with them. They don't necessarily believe them, or for that matter remember all of them. But many still follow the traditions they do remember, as best they can.


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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.


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.