Midnight In The Desert — immigration

Obama's immigration order ruled unconstitutional in Pennsylvania

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Obama's immigration order ruled unconstitutional in Pennsylvania

By JOSH GERSTEIN A federal judge in Pennsylvania has ruled President Barack Obama's recent executive actions on immigration unconstitutional, but the decision came in a criminal case, leaving its broader impact uncertain. U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Schwab issued the first-of-its-kind ruling Tuesday in the case of Elionardo Juarez-Escobar, a Honduran immigrant charged in federal court with unlawful re-entry after being arrested earlier this year in Pennsylvania for drunk driving. "President Obama’s unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the United States Constitution as well as the Take Care Clause, and therefore, is unconstitutional," Schwab wrote...

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Republican House Suing Obama Administration Over Obamacare

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Republican House Suing Obama Administration Over Obamacare

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday filed a lawsuit against the administration of President Barack Obama over his signature health care reform legislation, fostering another showdown between Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill. The filing came as the president was headed to Las Vegas to rally public support for his executive order to overhaul immigration reform. On Thursday evening in an emotional address to the nation, Obama announced the measure that will stop deportations of millions of undocumented immigrants. Republican House Speaker John Boehner on Friday expressed his anger over what he called the president’s repeated abuse of his...

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Activists Respond Differently to Obama’s Executive Order

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Activists Respond Differently to Obama’s Executive Order

Not all activists were thrilled. “While this is undoubtedly a step in the right direction,” said Juan Escalante, an online activist and blogger, “a lot of people are disillusioned because we still don’t have immigration reform. Though it’s only temporary... people like my parents are going to be left out of something that could potentially change our lives entirely.” Escalante and his parents came to the United States in 2000 when he was 11 years old on a visa. When it came time to renew, the family’s lawyer advised them to apply for a Green Card instead because they were...

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U.S. Border enforcement may soon use Israeli technology

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U.S. Border enforcement may soon use Israeli technology

A desolate patch of terrain in southern Arizona — crossed mostly by coyotes, jackrabbits and Border Patrol agents — is one of the planned sites for a 120-foot-tall lattice-steel tower. Located two miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, the tower will be outfitted with sensors to allow Customs and Border Patrol to detect and record the movement of migrants and smugglers up to 7.5 miles away. The simple structure will contain advanced technology that has been already used halfway across the globe in Israel, where its makers, Israeli defense company Elbit Systems Ltd., have deployed their border security products for more...

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