House Votes To Fund DHS Until Sept. 30 — Without Immigration Curbs - NPR The House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday that funds the Department of Homeland Security through the end of its fiscal year. The bill contained no restrictions related to immigration; earlier on, House Republicans tried to tie DHS funding to President Obama's executive immigration order in hopes of undoing it. Obama is expected to sign the legislation.
Skid Row police shooting update: ICE had ordered Robinet deported - Southern California Public Radio The homeless man killed in a recent altercation with police on Los Angeles' Skid Row went by the name Charley Saturmin Robinet. He had been convicted of bank robbery and was ordered deported in April 2013. But questions over his nationality presented problems. Plans were to deport him to France, where he claimed to be from; French officials discovered he was from Cameroon. U.S. officials said they tried to obtain travel documents from Cameroon but had no cooperation. He was released from ICE custody later that year.
U.S. appeals court to hear Obama immigration challenge on May 4 - Reuters This particular challenge to the Obama administration's executive immigration plan is the one brought by Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. From the story: "A federal judge in December threw out a lawsuit brought by Joe Arpaio, an Arizona sheriff who called the sweeping changes unconstitutional. Arpaio appealed the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Arpaio's lawsuit said the changes amounted to an amnesty and would encourage more people to cross the border illegally."
Immigrants Worry They'll Face Deportation After Deferred Action Delay - NPR From the story: "Around 4 million unauthorized immigrants are stuck in legal limbo more than two weeks after a federal judge in Texas suspended President Obama's move to temporarily protect them from deportation. Many of these parents of U.S. citizens and green-card holders are worried that the government will now force them to leave the U.S."
Newly Named San Diego Bishop Calls for Immigration Reform - Associated Press On the newly appointed Roman Catholic bishop of San Diego, Monsignor Robert McElroy: "The 61-year-old native Californian has been serving as an auxiliary bishop in San Francisco since 2010. He will be formally installed as the sixth bishop of San Diego during a Mass at St. Therese of Carmel Parish on April 15...McElroy, speaking briefly in Spanish, vowed to be a 'friend' to the Latino community and called Hispanics the foundation of the church."