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At a town hall meeting, President Obama threatened to veto legislation that would undo his immigration action. That measure is expected to come up for a vote later this week. Republican critics called the event, which was hosted by Telemundo and MSNBC, nothing more than a "choreographed, partisan event." (Associated Press)

Obama says he won't be deterred by 'one federal judge' on immigration

By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times

A confident President Obama said Wednesday he won't be stopped by "one federal judge," telling a Miami crowd he'll move ahead with his controversial executive action on immigration and vowing his administration will become even more aggressive in the weeks and months to come. Published February 25, 2015

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, in his office in the Rayburn House Office Building on April 4, 2014. (Eva Russo/Special to The Washington Times) ** FILE **

Republicans to roll out immigration enforcement bills

The Washington Times

House Republicans will introduce four new immigration enforcement bills this week and plan to begin pushing them through committee next week as the GOP sets up the outlines of what the post-shutdown showdown immigration fight will be.

In this Feb. 17, 2015 photo, a group lights candles at a rally for immigration reform in front of Devine Redeemer Presbyterian Church sponsored by the Texas Organizing Project in San Antonio, Texas. Immigrants across the country expressed disappointment Tuesday after a federal judge put a hold on President Barack Obama's plan to protect more than 4 million people living illegally in the U.S. from deportation. But many said they haven't lost hope. (AP Photo/The San Antonio Express-News, Bob Owen)

Civil rights commissioner warns of illegals voting under Obama amnesty

- The Washington Times

Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow warned Congress on Wednesday that President Obama's deportation amnesty program, which will allow illegal immigrants to get Social Security numbers and driver's licenses, will make it much easier for them to register and vote in U.S. elections — despite being ineligible to do so.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, in his office in the Rayburn House Office Building on April 4, 2014. (Eva Russo/Special to The Washington Times) ** FILE **

Republicans to roll out immigration enforcement bills

- The Washington Times

House Republicans will introduce four new immigration enforcement bills this week and plan to begin pushing them through committee next week as the GOP sets up the outlines of what the post-shutdown showdown immigration fight will be.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who held a press conference to highlight other dangers of letting the department's funding to lapse, said "The clock is ticking." (Associated Press)

Amnesty contract canceled as White House struggles to comply with ruling

- The Washington Times

The Homeland Security Department quietly canceled one of its major amnesty contracts after a judge's ruling against the program last week, but officials have struggled to explain how they are complying otherwise even as the administration filed an appeal Monday asking that it be allowed to begin processing applications immediately.

GOP financial strategist Spencer Zwick, who was the national finance chair for Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign, said that the Republicans' 2016 candidate must take a moderate stance on immigration that advocates a pathway to citizenship. (Associated Press)

GOP must embrace pro-immigration policy, big donors say

- The Washington Times

GOP conservatives believed they had won the illegal immigration fight last year when congressional leaders embraced a deportation crackdown, but big-money donors are mounting a counterattack, saying the Republican Party must nominate a pro-legalization candidate if it is to win the White House in 2016.

Illegal immigrants sit in a group after being detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents in McAllen, Texas. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Feds ask appeals court to restart amnesty

- The Washington Times

The Obama administration on Monday filed both an appeal and a request for an immediate stay of last week’s court ruling halting the president's deportation amnesty, arguing that if it can't grant illegal immigrants work permits and Social Security numbers it cannot enforce other laws properly.

In this Feb. 17, 2015 photo, Clementina Herrera comforts her son Luis Manuel Herrera, 6, who's father is in Ciudad Juarez, as he explains that he believes God will make it so his family can be together at a rally for immigration reform in front of Devine Redeemer Presbyterian Church sponsored by the Texas Organizing Project in San Antonio, Texas. Immigrants across the country expressed disappointment Tuesday after a federal judge put a hold on President Barack Obama's plan to protect more than 4 million people living illegally in the U.S. from deportation. But many said they haven't lost hope. (AP Photo/The San Antonio Express-News, Bob Owen)

Obama asks court to re-start amnesty

- The Washington Times

The White House said Friday it will seek a stay of the federal judge's ruling this week that halted his new deportation amnesty, elevating the legal battle to an appeals court as millions of immigrants await a decision.

In this Feb. 17, 2015 photo, a group lights candles at a rally for immigration reform in front of Devine Redeemer Presbyterian Church sponsored by the Texas Organizing Project in San Antonio, Texas. Immigrants across the country expressed disappointment Tuesday after a federal judge put a hold on President Barack Obama's plan to protect more than 4 million people living illegally in the U.S. from deportation. But many said they haven't lost hope. (AP Photo/The San Antonio Express-News, Bob Owen)

Mexico condemns judge's ruling halting Obama amnesty

- The Washington Times

Mexico condemned a federal judge's decision this week to halt President Obama's deportation amnesty, saying the court ruling denies fair treatment to illegal immigrant Mexicans who have worked supporting the American economy.

A woman chants in to her megaphone outside the federal courthouse in Brownsville, Texas, on Tuesday while protesting Judge Andrew Hanen's ruling that halted President Obama's amnesty order. (Associated Press)

Judge cites executive overreach, burden on states in halting Obama amnesty

- The Washington Times

Judge Andrew S. Hanen ruled that President Obama's policies have left the border less secure and invited illegal immigrants into the U.S., but the judge said it was the administration's own attempts at slicing and dicing convoluted immigration laws that left him with no choice but to halt the president's deportation amnesty.

In this Nov. 21, 2014, file photo, supporters of immigration reform attend a rally in front of the White House in thanking President Obama for his executive action on illegal immigration. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Federal judge halts Obama amnesty; White House to appeal

- The Washington Times

A federal judge late Monday halted President Obama's deportation amnesty, ruling he overstepped his powers in trying to grant legal status and "benefits and privileges" to millions of illegal immigrants, in a stunning decision that chides the president and throws the White House's plans into disarray just a day before applications were to be accepted.

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President Barack Obama speaks to military members and families at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, in Wrightstown, N.J., in this Dec. 15, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Welcome to lawless Obama's America, hombres!

Just when President Obama thought it was safe to show his face in an American courtroom again, in walks John Wayne in a black robe to deliver one of the greatest legal beatdowns ever suffered by a sitting president.

Illustration on the negative impact of Obama's immigration action on black Americans by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Black voters for Obama get nothing but disrespect

- The Washington Times

President Obama discounted November's election results because turnout is lower in midterm than in presidential elections, but there is reason to believe that his treatment of his base contributed to the decision of many Democrats to not bother going to the polls in what everyone recognized as a crucial election.

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**FILE** Illegal immigrants file into a U.S. Border Patrol facility in Tucson, Ariz. (Associated Press)

U.S. releases illegal immigrants who are sex offenders

- The Washington Times

The news last week that federal authorities had to release 2,837 convicted sex offenders back onto the streets has renewed focus on a Supreme Court case that requires the government to release immigrants whose home countries won't take them back.