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In immigration news: DHS funding battle, H-4 visa holders can soon get jobs, Texas governor on immigration, more



A U.S. Border Patrol Agent in September 2011, along the Mexico-Arizona border. The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Border Patrol and other immigration related agencies, is funded only through Friday. It remains uncertain whether Congress will be able to pass a funding bill in time.
A U.S. Border Patrol Agent in September 2011, along the Mexico-Arizona border. The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Border Patrol and other immigration related agencies, is funded only through Friday. It remains uncertain whether Congress will be able to pass a funding bill in time.
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With clock ticking, Republicans feud over DHS funding, immigration action - Washington Post The Department of Homeland Security is funded only through Friday, and there remains "great uncertainty about whether and how lawmakers can get a bill to Obama’s desk in time to avoid a partial shuttering of the department." A Senate measure would fund the department through September, but it faces resistance in the House. Earlier on, House GOP lawmakers tied DHS funding to President Obama's executive action in hopes of undoing it. 

Spouses of high-skilled foreign workers may soon get their own jobs - Southern California Public Radio A new immigration policy published Wednesday will let the spouses of certain H-1B work visa holders apply for their own work permits beginning May 26. Until now, dependent spouses on what is called the H-4 visa have been barred from working in the U.S.; the majority are women. It's estimated that just in the first year, close to 180,000 of them will be able to apply for work permits. As many as 55,000 could apply annually in coming years.

Obama attacks Boehner on immigration reform - Politico Speaking in Wednesday at an immigration town hall in Miami, President Obama squarely blamed the lack of broad immigration reform on House GOP leadership: “It’s very simple: The Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner, refused to call the bill,” Obama said...“Had he called the bill, the overwhelming majority of Democrats and a handful of Republicans would have provided a majority in order to get that done.”

Exclusive: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Says Constitution Trumps ‘Compassion’ for Undocumented Immigrants - ABC News In an interview, the Texas governor who led a 26-state lawsuit against President Obama's executive immigration order said he has "no solution for what to do with the 11 million undocumented people living and working in the United States today. He said that’s not his responsibility, its President Obama’s." The lawsuit effectively put Obama's immigration plan on hold when a federal judge in Texas ruled on it last week.