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Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Best Director Award for
Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Best Director Award for "Birdman" onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. The director and screenwriter dedicated his Oscar to his fellow Mexicans, including those living as immigrants in the U.S.
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Immigration Courts 'Operating In Crisis Mode,' Judges Say - NPR Delays in the immigration court system have not eased, as limited number of judges continue to handle cases: about 223 judges are handling more than 429,000 pending cases. The situation has worsened as the federal government tries to expedite that cases of recently-arrived child and teen migrants from Central America. From the story: "The administration made it a priority for those cases to be heard immediately. As a result, hundreds of thousands of other cases have been delayed until as late as 2019."

LA supervisors seek to start 'deferred action task force' - Los Angeles County Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl plan to introduce a motion Tuesday that would establish a countywide  task force "to develop a plan for optimal implementation of the Obama Administration’s Executive Action by the County’s relevant Departments," according to the Board of Supervisors agenda. A vote is expected Tuesday morning. The Obama administration's executive immigration plan is temporarily on hold following a federal judge's order.

Senate Republicans eye new strategy in immigration fight - The Hill Senate Republican are "considering a plan in which they would split off legislation attacking President Obama’s executive action on immigration from funding for DHS, according to a Senate GOP aide familiar with the discussions." GOP lawmakers have so far tried to attach funding for the Department of Homeland Security to President Obama's executive immigration order, which they hope to undo.

Iñárritu calls for 'dignity and respect' for immigrants in Oscar speech - Los Angeles Times Mexican director and screenwriter Alejandro González Iñárritu "dedicated his best picture win for 'Birdman' to his fellow Mexicans, and called on his countrymen to 'find and build a government that we deserve.'" Regarding Mexican immigrants in the U.S., he said: “I just pray they can be treated with the same dignity and respect of the ones that came before and built this incredible, immigrant nation.''

For Immigrants, Fear Returns After a Federal Judge’s Ruling - New York Times Immigrants who were hoping to apply for temporary legal status are in limbo, as they wait for resolution on a court order that has temporarily suspended President Obama's immigration plan. From Yeni Benítez, a Mexican immigrant in Wisconsin: “'I’m back to this sense of insecurity, of being afraid every day, every hour, every minute,' said Ms. Benítez, who has a college degree in engineering but is working in a factory."