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In immigration news: GOP's border vote; protesters focus on White House, illness at detention centers

Immigration protesters have turned their attention from Congress to the White House, pressuring Pres. Obama to take executive action.
Immigration protesters have turned their attention from Congress to the White House, pressuring Pres. Obama to take executive action.
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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."

Illnesses, unsanitary conditions plague immigration detention centers - Los Angeles Times The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general said that detention centers for immigrant mothers and children are dealing with illnesses such as tuberculosis and chicken pox.  The report also said that some of the immigrants at these centers along the Southwest border were unfamiliar with bathrooms, creating unsanitary conditions. The report refuted allegations by advocacy groups that children were being mistreated by DHS employees but did acknowledge that some were being held longer than the 72-hour legal maximum because there weren't spots in longer-term shelters for them.

Colorado to begin offering licenses for immigrants - Associated Press Colorado is the latest state to offer driver's licenses to applicants who are in the country illegally. They'll pay more for their licenses — $50.50, compared to $21 for legal residents.  Still, the program is proving very popular: About 9,500 people are signed up for appointments through the next 90 days. Colorado was one of eight states that passed immigrant driver's license laws last year.

US: Muslim Residents Sue Government Over Citizenship Denials -  IB Times The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California is representing five Muslims from Pakistan, Iran and Somalia whose applications for citizenship have been rejected. The plaintiffs say they are law-abiding and that they are being unfairly blacklisted. US Citizenship and Immigration Services is not commenting on the case.