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A cargo ship at the Port of Long Beach. Ports rely on Department of Homeland Security grant funding to help pay for their own security operations. Congress has yet to agree on legislation that would fund the department beyond Friday. If there is a DHS shutdown, ports and other local agencies fear some of their grant money could be held up.
A cargo ship at the Port of Long Beach. Ports rely on Department of Homeland Security grant funding to help pay for their own security operations. Congress has yet to agree on legislation that would fund the department beyond Friday. If there is a DHS shutdown, ports and other local agencies fear some of their grant money could be held up.
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House to vote on bill to fully fund Homeland Security - Washington Post The House is prepared to vote Tuesday on a bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security through the rest of the fiscal year, until the end of September. From the story: "The measure will not target President Obama's executive actions on immigration, giving Democrats what they have long demanded and potentially enraging conservatives bent on fighting the president on immigration." DHS funding has been hung up in this battle; its was set to run out after last Friday but was extended one week.

DHS funding crisis could have ripple effect on local ports - Southern California Public Radio Just as the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach recover from months of slow operations after a labor dispute, the Homeland Security budget battle in Washington threatens possible funding snags. Port officials rely on federal grant money to help pay for their security operations. If Congress fails to pass a bill to fund DHS by the end of this week and the agency goes into partial shutdown, some grant money could be held up. Other local agencies could also be affected.

What Jeb Bush says about immigration in English, and what he says about it in Spanish - Washington Post The former Florida governor is bilingual, and his answers to questions can differ somewhat depending on which language he responds in. From the piece: "As you can see, Bush gave slightly different answers to the same question. He was arguably a little sharper in his English-language answer and made a broader economic argument, while focusing instead on the process and questions of leadership in his Spanish answer."

IRS Confirms Illegal Immigrant Tax-Refund Ruling, Sparking GOP Outcry - Wall Street Journal The Internal Revenue Service has confirmed that immigrants who benefit from President Obama's immigration order would be allowed to file refunds for previous years. From the story: "The IRS explanation came in a letter from Commissioner John Koskinen to a veteran GOP lawmaker, Sen. Charles Grassley (R., Iowa). The letter confirmed and expanded on previous public comments by agency officials. In response, Mr. Grassley vowed to push legislation to overturn the policy." Obama's immigration order is on hold pending a court appeal.