Democrats likely to block House immigration bill - Politico Senate Democrats are reportedly considering steps to prevent a House bill that seeks to stop President Obama's immigration order from reaching the Senate floor for debate. From the story: "This would prevent consideration of any amendments to the bill, but also flex Democrats’ minority muscles and create a scheduling headache for Republican leaders." It would also force Republicans to find another way to fund the Department of Homeland Security past the end of next month.
Obama seizes leverage on immigration - The Hill President Obama is calling for a "clean" funding bill for Homeland Security from Republican lawmakers, who have wanted to tie funding to Obama's immigration order. House GOP leaders have pushed a bill that aims to undo the executive order signed by Obama in November. From the story: "During a visit to the House Democratic retreat, the president is expected to seize on a suggestion from some Republicans that they allow funding for the department to lapse if they are unable to secure concessions."
Does it cost more to keep illegal immigrants in the U.S. -- or deport them? - Fortune A look at costs and benefits of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States versus deportation. From the story: "One figure that should focus politicians and lobbyists as they battle it out over immigration reform: experts say that expelling immigrants could cost an estimated $8,318 to deport each of the 11 million undocumented people now in the United States."
GOP shifts plans on border bill - The Hill From the story: "A border security bill pulled from the House floor this week may have to be 'married' with a separate bill because of concerns about whether the Homeland Security or Judiciary panel oversees the issue of interior enforcement." Critics of the bill, which calls for "operational control" on the U.S.-Mexico border and more border fencing, have expressed concern over its effectiveness.
Obama administration orders agents to ID which immigrants not to deport - Associated Press From the story: "The Obama administration has ordered immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify under President Obama's plans to avoid deporting them, according to internal training materials obtained by The Associated Press. Agents also have been told to review government files to identify any jailed immigrants they might be able to release under the program."