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Obama immigration action may be dead, labor leader says

YAKIMA, Wash. — A federal appeals court upholding an injunction against the President Barack Obama’s controversial executive action on immigration probably means it is dead for the remainder of his term in office, a farm labor leader says.

“It is my understanding the administration probably will appeal and that could take a couple of years,” said Mike Gempler, executive director of Washington Growers League, a non-partisan association representing agricultural employers on labor issues.

The executive action would defer deportation and provide temporary legal work status for...

Suit claims officials delay immigrants’ work permits
The Register Guard

PORTLAND — A new lawsuit alleges that federal immigration officials routinely delay issuing employment authorization documents to eligible immigrants...

...immigrants who are renewing their work authorization also are at risk: They can lose their jobs, benefits and, in some states, their driver’s licenses.

As a result, immigrants can’t support themselves and their families while their immigration applications are pending.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Seattle. It seeks class action status...

Marvella Arcos-Perez from Washington...

Appeals court refuses to lift hold on Obama immigration action
Associated Press

A federal appeals court has refused to lift a temporary hold on President Obama's executive action that could shield millions of immigrants from deportation....

It wasn't immediately clear if the DOJ would appeal. 

The [26] states say Obama's action is unconstitutional. The White House says the president acted within his powers...


Woman at center of landmark immigration case settles suit that changed jail holds in state, nation

The woman at the center of a lawsuit that changed the way jails across Oregon handle people suspected of immigration violations has settled a lawsuit against Clackamas County.

Maria Miranda-Olivares sued the county in U.S. District Court claiming she was unlawfully imprisoned at the county jail in 2012...

The settlement, reached last week, marks the final chapter of a case that changed immigration hold policies in Oregon and nationwide.

Miranda-Olivares was arrested on March 15, 2012, on an allegation that she violated a restraining order that her husband had taken...

DHS caught busing in illegal Somalis from Mexican border
World New Daily

The U.S. is bringing in 100,000 Muslims every year through legal channels such as the United Nations refugee program and various visa programs, but new reports indicate a pipeline has been established through the southern border with the help of the federal agency whose job it is to protect the homeland.

They are coming from Somalia and other African nations, according to a Homeland Security official who was caught recently transporting a busload of Africans to a detention center near Victorville, California.

Somalia is the home base of al-Shabab, a designated foreign...

Men caught with meth, heroin worth $1.3 million get 7 years in prison, face deportation to Mexico

Two men caught with 30 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in March were sentenced to 7½ years in prison this week.

On March 30, Portland police began following a truck driven by Juan Hernandez-Sanchez and stopped the vehicle....near Clackamas Town Center.

Hernandez-Sanchez gave police permission to search the vehicle...

The dog, Nikko, indicated the presence of drugs in a large toolbox in the truck bed.

There, officers found 30 pounds of meth and a pound of heroin; they arrested Hernandez, a Northeast Portland resident, and Canela-Perez, a...

Rep. Mo Brooks amendment passes; keeps DREAMers out of military

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks succeeded Thursday in his quest to keep certain immigrants from serving in the military.

His amendment to strike language from the defense spending bill that would clear the way for  individuals who have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to serve in the military.

Brooks vowed to fight the amendment to the spending bill once it passed out of the House Armed Services Committee last month.

The Brooks amendment to strike the language added by U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego passed the full...

Senate Dems block key plank of Obama trade agenda
FOX News

President Obama suffered a defeat at the hands of his own party on Tuesday, as Senate Democrats blocked a key component of the president's trade agenda. 

After fierce lobbying on both sides of the debate, the proposal failed on a 52-45 vote. It needed 60 votes to advance. 

The president's supporters will likely try again...

At issue is Obama's push for so-called "fast track" authority -- which would let him negotiate trade deals that Congress can reject or ratify, but not amend....

But Democrats aligned with labor unions warned about the impact on U.S....

Report: Obama Administration Admits Breaking Executive Amnesty Injunction

The Obama administration violated U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s injunction halting President Obama’s executive amnesty programs, Justice Department lawyers have admitted to the court, according to the Washington Times.

The Times reports that in a late night filing Thursday, Justice Department lawyers revealed that the Department of Homeland Security had issued some 2,000 three-year work permits...

...was in violation of Hanen’s February 16 injunction preventing the executive amnesty programs from going forward.

This occurred despite repeated statements from...

Suspect in OSP meth stop will face federal charges
Mail Tribune

A Medford man caught with a pound of meth during a traffic stop in April has been indicted on federal drug charges.

A federal grand jury Thursday indicted Miguel Navarro-Martinez on a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Medford. Navarro-Martinez, 44, already faces state charges of possession, delivery and manufacture of methamphetamine and identity theft in Jackson County Circuit Court stemming from his April 3 arrest.

Navarro-Martinez was arrested after a state trooper pulled over the red...