No comprehensive immigration reform until 2017? - Arizona Republic The political climate in Congress is a far cry from 2013, when the Senate approved a bipartisan bill to overhaul the immigration system. With President Obama's executive order unpopular with Republicans and bickering over Homeland Security funding, any compromise seems far off. From the story: "Immigration-reform advocates now say their best hope for reforms such as a pathway to citizenship for most undocumented immigrants already in the country hinges on the 2016 elections: A new president will be elected and Democrats have an opportunity to win back the Senate."
Jeh Johnson to Congress: Stop tying immigration fight to DHS funding - Washington Post In an interview, Department of Homeland Secretary called on lawmakers to fun his agency in a way that is "separate and apart" from immigration policies. From the story: "DHS is currently funded through Feb. 27, as Congress continues to fight over a funding bill for the agency. Republicans are seeking to use a new spending bill to punish President Obama for his executive actions on immigration. Democrats are blocking GOP efforts to roll back the president’s actions."
Immigration furor may thwart push to expand tax credit - The Hill A White House-backed proposal to expand tax credits for the working poor faces resistance. From the story: "In his latest budget, Obama proposed giving adults without children greater access to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a benefit that in some cases gives working families refunds from the government...But as a Senate hearing this week showed, the strident debate over Obama’s move late last year to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation could undercut any efforts for EITC expansion."
Sweden's Immigrant Influx Unleashes A Backlash - NPR On rising anti-immigrant tension as the country, once welcoming of immigrants, has accepted a growing number of refugees from Iraq and Syria. From the story: "Across Europe, far-right anti-immigrant parties are gaining political power. This is true from the Slavic countries to the British Isles, and from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean. The change has been especially dramatic in Sweden, which for decades has been known for its openness and tolerance."