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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 »

Man Who Took Dying Mom to Mexico Can Return to US

Dario Guerrero Meneses, 21, gets humanitarian visa

(Newser) - A Harvard student who broke immigration rules to take his dying mother to Mexico will be allowed back into the US on a humanitarian visa. The decision comes just hours after the AP published a story about the plight of Dario Guerrero Meneses. In an immigration system where even the... More »

Oregon First Lady Admits to 'Illegal' First Marriage

Cylvia Hayes says Gov. John Kitzhaber didn't know she had married immigrant

(Newser) - Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber knew his fiancee had been married before when they got engaged this summer after a 10-year relationship. The only problem is, he didn't know Cylvia Hayes had had three previous marriages, not two—and that the third one was to an Ethiopian immigrant looking to... More »

Obama Delays Immigration Action Until After Election

President initially pledged to move by end of summer

(Newser) - Dropping his pledge to act by the end of summer, President Obama has decided to delay any executive action on immigration until after the November congressional elections, White House officials said. The move is certain to infuriate immigration advocates while offering relief to some vulnerable Democrats in tough Senate re-election... More »

How the Immigration Crisis Hurts Heartland Farmers

Farms far from border states struggle to find laborers

(Newser) - Immigration is a hot topic for many Americans—but for US farmers, especially those far from the Mexico border, it's a problem that needs a quick solution, McClatchy reports. "Because we’re not a border state, it’s definitely harder to get people over this far from the... More »

Obama Poised for Major Move on Immigration

Action could protect 5M here illegally: Washington Post

(Newser) - After rejecting a House-passed immigration bill , President Obama has pledged to act on the issue alone—and the Washington Post has the details of his thinking. Spurred in part by the huge influx of child immigrants from Central America, Obama is considering measures that could offer millions of undocumented immigrants... More »

To Ease Border Crunch, US May Screen Kids in Honduras

Proposal aimed at cutting down on number of youths crossing across Mexico to US

(Newser) - The White House is floating a sure-to-be-controversial plan to ease the flood of young immigrants trying to get into the US illegally: It would screen the kids in Honduras to determine whether they're eligible to head to the US on refugee or humanitarian grounds, reports the New York Times... More »

Tea Party Pol Mistakes YMCA Campers for Immigrants

Adam Kwasman said he saw 'fear' on kids' faces as bus pulled up at protest

(Newser) - Well, this is embarrassing. Adam Kwasman, an Arizona state rep and Tea Party member who’s vying for a Republican congressional seat, joined an immigration-related protest Tuesday in the town of Oracle. He was there to protest against a local academy that plans on housing Central American immigrant children who’... More »

Best-Known Undocumented Immigrant Released

Journalist, filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas temporarily held at Texas airport

(Newser) - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, whose documentary on undocumented immigrants aired last month on CNN , was released by US Border Patrol agents after being detained earlier today at a Texas airport, the AP reports. Though it's not clear if this was the case with Vargas, the AP notes... More »

Migrant Kids Now Draw Protest in Ariz.

We don't know if they're 'choirboys or gang members': organizer

(Newser) - In the wake of a protest in Murrieta, Calif., demonstrators are preparing a similar greeting for child migrants headed to a town in Arizona. Some 40 to 60 undocumented kids are due to arrive today in Oracle, Ariz., where a private facility in the town of 3,700 will be... More »

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