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Incensed Indian Mob Lynches Rape Suspect

35-year-old dragged for 4 miles was thought to be illegal Bangladeshi national

(Newser) - In an out-of-control incident being described as a "Bastille-like storming," thousands of furious Indian protestors busted into a Dimapur jail, removed a suspected rapist, and lynched him yesterday, the Hindustan Times reports. The mob reportedly broke down two prison gates and stripped down Farid Khan—a 35-year-old used-car... More »

Feds Swoop on Chinese 'Birth Tourists'

Women paid up to $60K to have American babies

(Newser) - Federal agents have launched a major crackdown on what they say is a big industry that helps wealthy Chinese women have American babies. Agents raided 37 addresses in California yesterday in the crackdown on "birth tourism" rings that allegedly charge up to $60,000 to help the women come... More »

House GOP Relents, Funds Homeland Security

Measure drops fight against Obama's immigration policies

(Newser) - In a major victory for President Obama, the Republican-led House relented today and backed legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budget year, without restrictions on immigration. The measure passed 257-167 and now goes to Obama's desk for his signature. House Speaker John Boehner... More »

Senate Hits Wall as Dems Block DHS Funding

Mitch McConnell edges toward new plan against immigration order

(Newser) - Funding for Homeland Security teetered closer to the proverbial cliff today as Senate Democrats again stalled a bill to fund the US agency—but a compromise may be in the works. Senators voted nearly down the middle, 47 for and 46 against, on a measure that needed 60 votes to... More »

Feds File for Stay on Texas Judge's Immigration Ruling

Andrew Hanen not seen as likely to put his ruling on hold

(Newser) - The US government asked a federal judge today to lift his temporary hold on President Obama's move to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. The Justice Department's motion for a stay was filed with the court of US District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas. Last week, Hanen... More »

Judge Used Obscure Law to Block Obama on Immigration

White House says it'll appeal Texas ruling, but feds have to uphold for now

(Newser) - Millions of immigrants are cooling their heels instead of starting their deferred-deportation paperwork today after a Texas judge blocked President Obama's executive order on Monday. But how US District Judge Andrew Hanen did it is pretty fascinating: He used a little-used and vague administrative law from 1946 to ding... More »

Texas Judge Blocks Obama Immigration Order

He sides with 26-state lawsuit

(Newser) - A federal judge in Texas has issued an order banning officials from implementing "any and all aspects" of President Obama's executive order on immigration, just two days before the first applications for deferred deportation were to be received. US District Judge Andrew Hanen decided that a lawsuit led... More »

House Dumps Key Obama Immigration Reforms

Bill would expose 'DREAMers' to deportation, has little chance in Senate

(Newser) - In an assault on one of President Obama's top domestic priorities, House Republicans approved measures today that would overturn his immigration actions and remove protections for immigrants brought illegally to the country as children. Despite a White House veto threat, Republicans attached language blocking Obama's immigration initiatives to... More »

On Deck for GOP in 2015: A Long Series of Showdowns

Republican leaders to face immigration, debt ceiling, Medicare issues

(Newser) - John Boehner and Mitch McConnell penned a Wall Street Journal editorial in November that promised they would prove wrong "the skeptics [who] say nothing will be accomplished in the next two years." But even with both House and Senate firmly under GOP control when Congress convenes tomorrow , the... More »

Family Rains Cash on Dems, Immigration Breaks Ensue

Travel ban on Estefania Isaias is dropped

(Newser) - Estefania Isaias was banned from entering the US after getting illegal visas for her maids—a ban that was lifted right around the time the Isaias family donated tens of thousands of dollars to President Obama's campaign, the New York Times reports. The family has given vast sums to... More »

First Part of Boehner's 2-Step Plan Passes

It's a symbolic vote to oppose Obama's immigration plan

(Newser) - John Boehner's two-step strategy to oppose President Obama's immigration plan while at the same avoiding a government shutdown got past step one today. The House easily approved a measure that would prohibit the White House from protecting millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, reports the Hill . In terms... More »

17 States Sue Over Obama Immigration Plan

Texas leads challenge to executive order

(Newser) - More than a third of the states have joined a lawsuit fighting President Obama's sweeping executive action on immigration . The suit brought by 17 states against the federal government was filed in Texas and announced by Greg Abbott, the state attorney general and governor-elect, reports the Los Angeles Times... More »

Swiss Reject 'Eco-Friendly' Rule Limiting Immigration

Supporters said it would help protect landscape

(Newser) - Switzerland has rejected a proposed rule to make major cuts to immigration—a measure that supporters backed as eco-friendly. It called for limiting immigration growth to 0.2% of the population each year in order to protect the country's beauty against overcrowding, AFP reports. That would have meant cutting... More »

Pope: Europe Is 'Elderly and Haggard'

Francis warns EU that it risks 'losing its own soul'

(Newser) - Pope Francis has been rather nice to gays and atheists , but Europe, look out. The Wall Street Journal reports that the pope took Europe to task today during a speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, calling the continent "elderly and haggard" and "no longer fertile and... More »

Obama Either Ruined or Saved America: 4 Takes

President's immigration order is today's hot topic

(Newser) - Here's a taste of the love-it or hate-it debate unfolding in the wake of President Obama's immigration speech from last night:
  • 'I, Barack': This is "a sorry day for America’s republic," declares an editorial at the Wall Street Journal . Obama's use of "
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Obama: This Isn't 'Mass Amnesty,' It's a Needed Fix

On immigration, president says he wants to go after 'felons, not families'

(Newser) - President Obama made the case tonight that he's not offering a "mass amnesty" to immigrants who have entered the country illegally, reports CNN . In fact, he said in a speech laying out his executive actions on immigration that the "real amnesty" would be leaving the current system... More »

Things to Watch in Obama's Immigration Address

He's likely to point out that predecessors have used executive authority on the issue

(Newser) - The AP offers a guide on what to watch for tonight as President Obama unveils his changes to the nation's immigration system:
  • Winners, losers: Up to 5 million people are expected to be covered by the president's plan, including parents of US citizens and permanent residents who have
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Coburn: Immigration Order Could Cause Violence

Administration braced for legal onslaught

(Newser) - How angry are opponents of immigration reform about President Obama's upcoming executive order? Enough to riot, according to Sen. Tom Coburn. "The country's going to go nuts, because they're going to see it as a move outside the authority of the president, and it's going... More »

What to Expect in Obama's Immigration Order

Immigrants won't get ObamaCare; parents of Dreamers gain no protection

(Newser) - President Obama will lay out his executive order on immigration reform tomorrow night in an 8pm ET speech, one in which he's expected to shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. That will mostly involve providing work permits to adult immigrants who have been in the US... More »

Defying GOP, Obama to Overhaul Immigration

President plans to offer protection for up to 5M people: NY Times

(Newser) - President Obama is making good on his promise to skirt Congress and put in place new rules that would protect millions of undocumented immigrants now in the country from deportation, reports the New York Times and Fox News . Obama is expected to unveil his plans for executive action next week.... More »

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