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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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In immigration news: Capitol sit-ins, a not-so-diverse LA City Council, immigrant driver's licenses, more

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Los Angeles is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world and half its residents are women. But out of 15 City Council members, 14 are men. There are only four Latinos on the dais, and no Asian Americans.

Immigration Protests Return to Hill, Activists Convene on Exec Action - NBC News Immigrant rights activists staged sit-ins in House and Senate members' offices on Wednesday. From the story: "The protests coincided with a House subcommittee hearing on several enforcement bills and targeted Republicans opposed to President Barack Obama's immigration executive action. The House passed a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security that includes amendments ending deportation deferrals for young immigrants who arrived or stayed here illegally and blocking expansions of those deferrals."

Election 2015: In a diverse city, a not-so-diverse City Council - Southern California Public Radio Los Angeles is one of the most diverse cities in the world, but you wouldn't know it from looking at a roster of its elected city leaders. Out of 15 City Council members, 14 are men. There are only four Latinos on the dais. As for Asian-Americans, there aren't any. The first and so far only Asian-American to hold a council seat did so more than two decades ago.

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Election 2015: In a diverse city, a not-so-diverse City Council

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The population of Los Angeles is half female, almost half Latino, and roughly 12 percent Asian. But it's not reflected in City Hall: Out of 15 City Council members, only one is a woman. There are only four Latinos, and no Asian Americans.

Los Angeles is one of the most diverse cities in the world: Nearly half Latino, roughly 12 percent Asian. Half its residents are women. But you wouldn't know it from looking at a roster of its elected city leaders.

Out of 15 City Council members, 14 are men. There are only four Latinos on the dais. As for Asian-Americans, there aren't any.

The first and so far only Asian-American to hold a council seat, Michael Woo, did so more than two decades ago.

There is diverse mix of candidates running in the March 3 primary: There are a dozen women, and Latinos are well-represented. Some are children of immigrant parents, or immigrants themselves — the same holds true for some current council members.

But there are still only three Asian-Americans, including one candidate of Mexican and Japanese descent.

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