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In immigration news: Executive action appeal could take time, immigrants go back to shadows, more



Marita Beteta of San Fernando holds photographs of her two sons, both of who received temporary legal status under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, during a Los Angeles Press Conference last fall. The DACA program was to be expanded from its current age cap of 30 to no age cap, beginning Feb. 18. This and other Obama administration plans to offer temporary legal status to unauthorized immigrants have been temporary put on hold, following a federal judge's order.
Marita Beteta of San Fernando holds photographs of her two sons, both of who received temporary legal status under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, during a Los Angeles Press Conference last fall. The DACA program was to be expanded from its current age cap of 30 to no age cap, beginning Feb. 18. This and other Obama administration plans to offer temporary legal status to unauthorized immigrants have been temporary put on hold, following a federal judge's order.
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Immigration advocates press Obama to act quickly - The Hill Obama administration officials say that on Monday they plan to appeal a decision by federal judge Andrew Hanen that has put their executive immigration plan on hold. But the appeals process takes time, and so "advocates want the White House to jump-start the immigration programs by asking the courts for an emergency order — known as a 'stay' — that would essentially undo Hanen's ruling and allow the new initiatives to launch while lawsuits against them proceed."

Immigration delays likely as DOJ weighs legal options - Politico From the story: "Deferring Obama’s new initiatives to the fall might be manageable, lawyers and immigration experts said, but beyond that the effort could encounter practical problems in processing applications from up to five million illegal immigrants before he leaves office. In addition, such a delay would push much of the effort into the presidential campaign year."

With executive action on hold, immigrants retreat to shadows – and uncertainty - Fox News Latino Immigrants who were preparing to apply for temporary legal status under the Obama administration's executive plan are struggling to stay optimistic, as they wait for resolution after it was put on hold. From the story: "'We feel powerless but not defeated, sure that it will all work out,' 46-year-old Claudia Ramón, a native of Colombia, said at a rally in Houston, one of dozens of demonstrations nationwide at which immigrants and advocates vowed to continue with preparations under Obama's proposed programs."

In wake of court setback, Obama to hold immigration town hall in Miami - Washington Post President Obama will rally support for his executive immigration order in a Miami town hall meeting, planned for next week  at Florida International University. The meeting is to be aired on Telemundo. The administration's plan is temporarily on hold following a decision by a U.S. District Court judge in Texas, who ruled on a 26-state lawsuit opposing the plan. 

In Mexico, deported migrants get due respect at El Comedor - Los Angeles Times Immigrants newly deported to Mexico via Nogales, Sonora receive food, clothing and other assistance at El Comedor, "the dining room" in Spanish. It's run by Father Sean Carroll, a Jesuit priest who is former associate pastor at Los Angeles' Dolores Mission Church. El Comedor served 38,667 meals to deportees last year.