Judge Andrew Hanen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued an order on March 9 denying the Obama administration’s request for “expedited consideration” of their February 23 motion seeking a stay of the judge’s February 16 injunction that blocked the Obama administration’s use of executive actions to grant amnesty to four million illegal aliens.
An open letter sent by 47 Republican senators to the “Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran” on March 9 — which provided Iran’s leaders with a brief lesson on the U.S. Constitution’s grant of powers regarding foreign policy — has generated a critical response from White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Vice President Joe Biden, and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
Prior to the House voting on March 3 to fund the Department of Homeland Security through September 30 — with no restrictions on executive amnesty attached — House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reportedly had a series of private discussions to arrange a vote on a “clean” DHS funding bill.
In an advisory filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Brownsville on March 4, Obama administration attorneys requested “expedited consideration” of their February 23 motion seeking a stay of District Judge Andrew S. Hanen’s February 16 injunction that blocked the Obama administration’s use of executive actions to grant amnesty to four million illegal aliens.
U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was attacked by a knife-wielding political fanatic at a breakfast forum in Seoul on March 5, and required two hours of surgery during which 80 stitches were used to close wounds in his face.
The House of Representatives voted on March 3 to fund the Department of Homeland Security through September 30, the end of the current fiscal year. The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 240) was passed by a vote of 257-167 with undivided support from 182 Democrats. Only 75 Republicans voted for the bill, with 167 opposed.
During an interview with host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday on March 1, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said he does not believe in amnesty for illegal aliens and that a better approach to immigration reform is to enforce the laws.
By a vote of 357-60, the House of Representatives on February 27 approved an amendment to last December’s continuing resolution that funded the Department of Homeland Security though that date — extending DHS funding though March 6.
Speaking on February 25 at a town hall event on immigration, President Obama declared that there would be “consequences” if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees do not follow administration policy on deportation. The event was held at Florida International University in Miami, and moderated by José Díaz-Balart on MSNBC.
Thousands of Somali refugees have settled in Minnesota since the start of the devastating civil war in their home country began in 1991. These Somalis fled their homeland to get away from the turmoil there and live in peace. However, an online video released on February 21 by a Somali-based terrorist group, al-Shabaab, that specifically named Minnesota’s Mall of America as a potential target has made many Minnesotans nervous.