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In immigration news: Loretta Lynch, church growth, 'coming out' twice, more

Loretta Lynch is Pres. Obama's pick for Attorney General.
Loretta Lynch is Pres. Obama's pick for Attorney General.
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The GOP plan for Lynch: It's all about immigration - Politico Republican senators and some aides have indicated they would use the confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch as a way to attack Pres. Obama's plan to use executive action on immigration. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah issued a joint statement saying they would ask Lynch "whether or not she believes the president’s executive amnesty plans are constitutional and legal."  Another senator, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, said he would spurn any nominee who did not "firmly reject" an executive order on immigration.

Under Pressure, Obama Stays the Course on Immigration - TIME Immigration activists are predicting that an executive order from the president could come in December, "after lawmakers reach a spending agreement that would keep the federal government running."  Potentially millions could be protected from deportation under the president's action. According to the story, implementing such a policy change "would take about six months for Administration officials to implement orders that could include work authorization and protections from deportation for three or four million people, along with changes to programs such as Secure Communities, a Department of Homeland Security program introduced under President George W. Bush that dictates how immigration officials enforce the law."

Coming out twice — being gay and undocumented in the U..S. - Fusion  Many LGBT activists who have been living in the country illegally have had the double experience of hiding "in the closet" and "in the shadows."  Some describe human rights abuses in the country from where they emigrated that included getting "harassed, abused, and brutally assaulted because of their sexual identity."

In welcoming immigrants, congregations see future - Deseret News The rising number of immigrants in the U.S. means that congregations are growing too. Most of the new immigrants are Christian and churches end up helping its new members assimilate into American society. One pastor said churches are often where immigrants turn to get an interpreter, or ask how to apply for a job. 

E.U. Members May Limit Welfare Benefits to Immigrants, Court Rules - New York Times The E.U.'s top court has ruled, in essence, that "richer countries can limit access to welfare benefits for citizens from poorer ones." The case centered on a woman who had moved from Romania to Germany, where she sued an employment center for not giving unemployment benefits for her and her son. Her critics have called her a practitioner of “welfare tourism."