White House Struggles on Immigration Ruling - New York Times The Obama administration has said it will appeal a Texas judge's ruling that temporarily blocks its immigration plan, which people would have begun applying for Feb. 18. But an administration official now says it's "unclear whether the Department of Justice would seek an emergency order that would allow the president’s immigration programs to go into effect while an appeal proceeds."
Judge Says States Had Right to Sue Obama Over Immigration - Wall Street Journal From the story: "U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s 123-page opinion found that officials from 26 states had the right to challenge the law—something the Justice Department disputed—and offered a scathing indictment of how the White House put its policies in place...Judge Hanen, a 2002 George W. Bush appointee who sits in Brownsville, Texas, found the states had ample legal standing to sue the administration."
California Issues 59,000 Driver’s Licenses To Immigrants - CBS Los Angeles The California DMV issued 59,000 driver’s licenses in January to immigrants in the U.S. illegally who applied for licenses under the state law known as AB 60. From the story: "Overall, a total of about 236,000 immigrants in the country illegally began the application process during January, the state Department of Motor Vehicles said in a statement. California expects to issue 1.4 million licenses during the next three years under the program to license drivers regardless of their immigration status."
Chinese New Year: Children of immigrants' curious relationship with age-old superstitions - Southern California Public Radio Lunar New Year begins Thursday, and with it comes a list of traditional superstitions intended to bring good luck and make for a good start to the year. They range from not cleaning house to not arguing. Children and grandchildren of immigrants who grew up with these age-old dos and don'ts have a curious relationship with them. They don't necessarily believe them, or for that matter remember all of them. But many still follow the traditions as best they can; some say it helps them hold onto memories of home and family.
Bill allowing undocumented immigrants to teach passes first test - Associated Press From the story: "A bill that would make it easier for immigrants with temporary legal status to get a Nevada teaching license has passed its first legislative hurdle. The Assembly Education Committee passed AB27 on Wednesday. It heads to the Assembly floor for a vote...The bill would allow those immigrants to get a teaching license if a district has a teacher shortage of any kind."