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In immigration news: Obama seeks emergency ruling on executive action, DHS funding, racially diverse emojis, more



Demonstrators outside the White House following President Obama's announcement of executive action last November. The Obama administration is seeking a stay in court that would let its immigration plan move forward, pending its appeal of a ruling that has put the plan on hold. Immigrants seeking temporary legal status were to have begun applying for relief last week.
Demonstrators outside the White House following President Obama's announcement of executive action last November. The Obama administration is seeking a stay in court that would let its immigration plan move forward, pending its appeal of a ruling that has put the plan on hold. Immigrants seeking temporary legal status were to have begun applying for relief last week.
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Justice Department seeks stay to implement Obama's immigration orders - The Hill The Obama administration is seeking an emergency court ruling that would allow President Obama's immigration plan to move forward pending an appeal. The plan, which would grant temporary legal status to millions, was put on hold last week following a ruling by a federal judge in Texas. From the story: "Lawyers for the Justice Department argued in their brief that delaying the immigration programs would cause 'irreparable harm,' both to national security and to the people who could be affected by the changes."

Obama Hopes to Score Points in Miami on Immigration - New York Times While visiting Miami on Wednesday, President Obama "plans to hold a town-hall-style meeting on immigration at Florida International University and to sit for an interview with Telemundo, the Spanish-language television network. It is a classic use of the bully pulpit — a presidential power not subject to the whims of the courts and Congress — to frame the immigration issue to his own, and his party’s, benefit."

What Americans Actually Think About Immigration - The Atlantic On the immigration-related results of the Public Religion Research Institute's American Values Atlas, based on more than 40,000 telephone interviews: "When asked to identify the best approach for dealing with immigrants who are living in the country illegally, six in 10 Americans say there should be a way for such immigrants to become citizens provided they meet certain requirements, while 17 percent say they should be allowed to become permanent legal residents but not citizens, and 19 percent say they should be identified and deported."

McConnell offers DHS bill free of immigration measures - USA Today From the story: "Bowing to political realities and Democratic opposition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he would allow a vote on a Homeland Security funding bill without any immigration provisions attached. McConnell's action may help avert a partial shutdown of the agency, which is scheduled to run out of money at midnight Friday." The Department of Homeland Security is funded through Feb. 27.

Deporting Beneficiaries Of Obama's Immigration Action Would Cost $50.3 Billion: Report - Huffington Post According to a report from the left-leaning Center for American Progress, it would cost about $50.3 billion to deport the estimated 5 million immigrants who could qualify for temporary legal status under the Obama administration's executive immigration plan.

Apple's new diverse emoji characters - CNN Money The new emojis are in the works - and they range from dark brown to bright yellow. From the story: "In Apple's next update of emoji icons, a number of the tiny cartoon people are now available in six different skin tones. The male and female faces, as well as thumbs up/thumbs down icons, will be available in the different colors. Other people emoji, such as princesses and construction workers, will also get more diverse options."