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In immigration news: Anti-executive action lawsuit, LA libraries to help immigrants, border security and the DHS funding battle, more



President Barack Obama speaks about his executive immigration order at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas on November 21, 2014. More than two dozen states have filed suit to stop Obama's order from taking effect; the first wave of applicants for temporary legal status and work permits is expected to start signing up for relief next week.
President Barack Obama speaks about his executive immigration order at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas on November 21, 2014. More than two dozen states have filed suit to stop Obama's order from taking effect; the first wave of applicants for temporary legal status and work permits is expected to start signing up for relief next week.
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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."

Poll: Americans Put Lower Priority on Ending Obama's Immigration Actions - NBC News The results of a poll conducted last week find that compared with the general public, GOP lawmakers have "starkly different priorities on immigration than what is playing out now on Capitol Hill...85 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of independents and 62 percent of Republicans say immigration reform legislation should be the higher priority for the GOP, above overturning Obama's immigration executive actions."

LA libraries set to help applicants with Obama immigration plan - Southern California Public Radio Librarians staffing Los Angeles public libraries' "Citizenship Corners" are being trained to help guide immigrants through the process of applying for deportation protection and work permits under the new Obama administration plan. Library officials say people will be able to go the city's 73 libraries for details on where and how to apply, informational forums, and referrals to legal help. It's part of a broader city effort to assist immigrants.