From: Jim Hacking
Webster Groves, Missouri
Monday, 7:30 am - Cold (But None of that Nasty Snow & Ice)
Good morning, Jim,
The Empire Strikes Back; House Republicans Threaten DHS Funding
In response to President Obama's decision to change deportation priorities and to allow some undocumented immigrants to get work authorization, House Republicans introduced legislation last week to not only prevent the President's proposed 2015 changes, but to also undo the original grant of Deferred Action to the so-called DREAMers. The GOP leaders want to deport them instead. The move is tied to funding for the Department of Homeland Security. While it may pass the House, it seems very unlikely to make it out of the Senate. Meanwhile, the country waits for real immigration reform.
Major Jan Arash, an Afghan military officer, appeared in immigration court in Buffalo, New York, last week to plea for asylum in the U.S. Arash claims that he would be a target of the Taliban if he is forced to return to his home country. In September, Arash fled a U.S.-led military training exercise in Massachusetts and drove to Niagara Falls. When he and two colleagues tried to enter Canada, they were refused and turned over to US customs officials. Immigration judge Steven Connelly took the case under advisement.
That's all for this week.
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