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Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson at a July press conference in Washington, D.C. House GOP leaders are now planning a bill that would fund most of Homeland Security; some have threatened to withhold funding for the agency as part of a battle over President Obama's recent executive order on immigration.
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson at a July press conference in Washington, D.C. House GOP leaders are now planning a bill that would fund most of Homeland Security; some have threatened to withhold funding for the agency as part of a battle over President Obama's recent executive order on immigration.
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G.O.P. Aims to Fund Homeland Security While Blocking Obama’s Immigration Plan- New York Times House GOP lawmakers are putting together a bill that "would fund most of the Department of Homeland Security while preventing President Obama from carrying out his recent executive action on immigration, in an effort to appease their more conservative members." The department was funded only short-term last month. Meanwhile, Obama has threatened to veto attempts to undo his executive order on immigration from November.

Newspaper's immigrants headline criticized, building defaced - Associated Press After the Santa Barbara News Press published a headline last weekend reading "Illegals Line Up for Driver's Licenses," the newspaper building wound up vandalized Wednesday night or Thursday morning with spray-painted messages such as: "Fight back" and "The border is illegal not the people who cross it." The story drew heavy criticism online, with a petition calling on the paper to retract it and apologize for its use of "illegals." The term goes against AP style guidelines for media.

States passed 171 immigration laws last year - Washington Post While California has recently enacted some significant laws related to immigration, there have been fewer state immigration laws passed nationwide, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. From the story: "Last year, 43 state legislatures and D.C. enacted 171 immigration laws and 117 resolutions. That’s a 7.5 percent decline from 2013, when states passed 185 laws."

Paris attack complicates GOP strategy against Obama's immigration plan - Los Angeles Times In the wake of the Paris terror attack this week, Department of Homeland Security director Jeh Johnson is warning Republican leaders not to use his department's budget as a "political football." The department has been funded only short-term, with some conservative lawmakers threatening to withhold funding as leverage as they counter President Obama's executive order on immigration. The order could grant millions of immigrants temporary relief from deportation.