U.S. judge blocks Obama plan to protect undocumented immigrants - Reuters A federal judge in Texas has issued a ruling temporarily blocking President Obama's executive immigration order. Plans have been for the first phase of the immigration program to roll out Wednesday. The judge ruled on a multi-state lawsuit filed in opposition to the administration's action, which would give temporary legal status to millions of immigrants. The Obama administration has said it will appeal.
Judge’s immigration order leaves Congress in a tougher spot as Homeland Security shutdown looms - Washington Post On how the Texas judge's ruling on executive action affects the Homeland Security funding battle in Congress: "Behind the scenes, both sides were trying to determine what impact the ruling would have...Some said Republican leaders would now be able to point to the court case as the strongest venue for taking the fight on Obama's immigration orders -- potentially allowing for approval of overall funding for DHS without the policy riders restricting the president." The Department of Homeland Security is funded only through Feb. 27.
Policy may reunite immigrants, endangered children - Boston Globe A new federal refugee program could help reunite Central American families, with parents who are legally in the U.S. able to apply to bring their children. From the story: "Officials announced the program with little fanfare in November, and it has taken time for the word to spread. Thousands of immigrants who have had temporary legal status for many years could be eligible to apply for the first time to bring their children to America."
In court, 'guardian angels' aim to help immigrants facing deportation - Los Angeles Times Because immigrants do not get court-appointed attorneys, many lack legal counsel, including recently arrived minors who are facing deportation. Some volunteers have come together to help them and monitor their court proceedings. From the story: "They call themselves 'guardian angels.' They say they are protectors of the tens of thousands of children apprehended at the U.S. border in recent years after fleeing rising violence in Central America."