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U.S. court deportations fall 43 percent over five years: report

(Reuters) - Deportations through U.S. immigration courts have fallen 43 percent in the past five years as the federal government brought fewer cases before those courts, according to Justice Department data analyzed by the New York Times on Wednesday. The figures come as President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Republicans clashed openly over immigration- reform legislation that remains stalled in the Republican-led House.

In this cold winter, U.S. Congress offers little warmth for snowbirds

WASHINGTON - For any snowbirds who may soon find themselves bumping into the limit for time spent in the U.S., bad news: there's no more escaping this year's Canadian winter. That's because an attempt to increase the maximum stay hasn't concluded in time to provide respite from this interminably icy season. It's been frost-bitten by a process that can be as painful as a Canadian cold snap: the U.S. legislative system.

Immigrants ask Boehner to show "courage" in approving reform

Washington, Mar 11 (EFEUSA).- A group of about 80 immigrants and pro-immigration activists on Tuesday asked the Republican speaker of the House, John Boehner to show "courage" in approving immigration reform when they delivered to his congressional office some cardboard medallions on which that word was written. With this symbolic gesture, organized by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, or FIRM, the group asked Boehner to change the current immigration system, given that it - they said - separates hundreds of families each day.

Obama blames Congress for deportations

US President Barack Obama on Thursday said he was powerless to stop mass expulsions of illegal immigrants, which prompted one Latino advocacy group to brand him "deporter in chief." The president said Congress was requiring him to enforce existing immigration laws while balking at passing a comprehensive bill that would offer illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. "I am constrained in terms of what I am able to do," Obama said. "The reason why these deportations are taking place is that Congress said 'you have to enforce these laws'"

Tennessee legislature debates tuition break for undocumented

Charlotte, North Carolina, Mar 4 (EFE).- Dozens of students, allies and members of the immigrant community in Tennessee on Tuesday asked state lawmakers to support a pair of bills that would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at public universities. The bills, SB1951 and HB1992, are being discussed in the education committees of the Senate and lower house of the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

Tennessee legislature debates tuition break for undocumented

Charlotte, North Carolina, Mar 4 (EFE).- Dozens of students, allies and members of the immigrant community in Tennessee on Tuesday asked state lawmakers to support a pair of bills that would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at public universities. The bills, SB1951 and HB1992, are being discussed in the education committees of the Senate and lower house of the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

British immigration minister quits over illegal cleaner

Britain's immigration minister resigned on Saturday after it emerged he had employed a cleaner who was in the country illegally, Prime Minister David Cameron's office said. Downing Street said there was no suggestion Mark Harper, a junior minister in the Home Office interior ministry, knew the cleaner was an illegal immigrant, adding that the woman had given him false papers.

British immigration minister quits over illegal cleaner

Britain's immigration minister resigned on Saturday after it emerged he had employed a cleaner who was in the country illegally, Prime Minister David Cameron's office said. Downing Street said there was no suggestion Mark Harper, a junior minister in the Home Office interior ministry, knew the cleaner was an illegal immigrant, adding that the woman had given him false papers.

British immigration minister quits over illegal cleaner

Britain's immigration minister resigned on Saturday after it emerged that he had employed a cleaner who was in the country illegally, Prime Minister David Cameron's office said. Downing Street said there was no suggestion Mark Harper, a junior minister in the Home Office, knew the cleaner was an illegal immigrant, adding that the woman had given him false papers. Harper had been overseeing the passage of new immigration laws, a key issue for Cameron's Conservative party ahead of elections in May 2015.

White House hits back at Republicans on immigration 'trust'

The White House Friday hit back at Republican claims that a long-delayed overhaul of America's immigration system is stalled because President Barack Obama cannot be trusted to carry it out. Republican House Speaker John Boehner Thursday poured cold water on hopes an immigration bill could finally pass this year, saying his restive conservative caucus did not have confidence the president would implement any legislation.
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