In our news wrap Friday, leading Republicans demanded change to a 2008 statute that bars quicker deportations for children illegally crossing the border. Several Democratic lawmakers say they oppose such a move, but the White House left open the possibility. Also, Kurdish forces in Iraq captured two major oil fields in the northern part of the country. Continue reading
It’s been a pretty good week for Cleveland. Earlier this week the Republican National Committee announced that Cleveland was its pick to hold the party’s national presidential nominating convention in 2016. And then today the biggest news the city could have hoped for — LeBron James, the biggest name in professional basketball, was returning home, leaving South Beach for C-Town. Continue reading
The national immigration debate has risen, Lazarus-like, from the ash bin to which politics had consigned it. As with issues ranging from death to taxes (to death taxes) we’ve been having some version of the same argument for years. Continue reading
President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency request for the border crisis is too big and the House won’t approve it, the chairman of the House committee that controls spending said Friday. “It’s too much money. We don’t need it,” Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., told reporters.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Legislature illegally drew the state’s congressional districts to primarily benefit the Republican Party, a judge has ruled, and has ordered them redrawn. Continue reading
Obama-Boehner relationship hits a new low: Over the years the rapport between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner has been described at times as “topsy-turvy,” “complicated,” and “soured.” But their relationship might have hit a new low Thursday with the president and House speaker publicly rebuking one another at dueling events in Texas and Washington. Continue reading
Changing a 2008 law that requires court hearings before deportations of children is part of a potential compromise that emerged on Capitol Hill today. Jeffrey Brown talks to Dana Leigh Marks of the National Association of Immigration Judges about the backlog of court cases, as well as a push for more transparency in the funding of immigration judiciary system. Continue reading
Republicans demanded speedier deportations, which the White House initially had supported but left out of its proposal after complaints from immigrant advocates and some Democrats. The top House and Senate Democrats pointedly left the door open to them.
“It’s not a deal-breaker,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “Let them have their face-saver. But let us have the resources to do what we have to do.” Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation’s largest county. Continue reading