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In immigration news: Judge's ruling blocks executive action, Homeland Security funding battle, new refugee policy, more
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.
In immigration news: Anti-executive action lawsuit, LA libraries to help immigrants, border security and the DHS funding battle, more
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."
LA libraries set to help applicants with Obama immigration plan
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.
In immigration news: Capitol sit-ins, a not-so-diverse LA City Council, immigrant driver's licenses, more
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.
Election 2015: In a diverse city, a not-so-diverse City Council
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.