- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015
States say Obama administration misled judge on immigration

HOUSTON (AP) - A coalition of states suing to stop President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration alleges the government misled a judge about not implementing part of the plan before the judge temporarily halted it.

The allegation comes after the Justice Department said in court documents this week that federal officials had given 100,000 people three-year reprieves from deportation and granted them work permits under a program that protects young immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Justice Department attorneys had previously said federal officials wouldn’t accept requests under an expansion of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, until Feb. 18.

The federal government’s immigration actions regarding DACA as well as a program that would extend deportation protections to parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been in the country for some years, were put on hold on Feb. 16 by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas. Justice Department attorneys have asked Hanen to lift his hold while they appeal the ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Hanen has not made a decision on that request.

Obama’s action, first proposed in November, could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally. Many Republicans strongly oppose his action and 26 states, most of them led by Republicans, sought to block the Obama orders as unconstitutional.

“News that tens of thousands of expanded work permits have already been issued to illegal immigrants while President Obama’s executive action, which we believe is illegal, is being contested in the courts is both outrageous and unacceptable,” Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said in a statement.

In court documents filed Tuesday, the Justice Department said that between Nov. 24 and Feb. 16, federal immigration officials granted the three-year reprieves to 100,000 individuals who were already eligible under the original 2012 guidelines of DACA.


1 in custody after threat of gun at Lodi high school

LODI, Wis. (AP) - Authorities say one person is in custody after officials at Lodi (low-DYE’) high school reported they had a “credible threat” of a possible gun on school property.

Police say they were called to the school at 11:35 a.m. Friday, and the school went on lockdown. Authorities searched the school. Police took one person into custody, but they have not said whether a gun was found.

Police say the public was not in danger.


Western Wisconsin man convicted of animal mistreatment

BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) - A western Wisconsin man has been convicted of multiple counts of mistreating animals after authorities found dead and malnourished horses, and unsanitary conditions, at his ranch in Polk County.

A jury convicted 60-year-old Michael Allen Feist on 34 counts, including four felonies, Thursday night. KSTP-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1FlNjm9https://bit.ly/1FlNjm9 ) he faces a maximum of 3 ½ years in prison on each felony and nine months on each of the other counts when he is sentenced on June 2.

Feist’s attorney, Joel Larimore, had no comment when reached Friday by The Associated Press.

The charges stem from a 2013 investigation into Otter Creek Ranch in Milltown Township. According to a criminal complaint, Polk County sheriff’s investigators and veterinarians inspected conditions at the ranch several times in the fall of 2013 and found malnourished horses, unsanitary conditions and other animals in poor health. The complaint says Feist was given a chance to improve conditions.

On one visit, a veterinarian reported he found up to 18 horses that needed attention and were starving. On another visit, investigators reported horses, cattle, guinea pigs, pigs, sheep, alpaca and other animals were wet and dirty. Feeding troughs were empty, and mud and manure was so deep, sheep were walking with their legs buried in excrement, the complaint said.

Investigators also found up to 30 horses in a barn, four were dead and others were malnourished, the complaint said.


Walker to sign right-to-work bill at Badger Meter

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker plans to sign the right-to-work bill on Monday at a Milwaukee-area company whose leader spoke out in favor of the measure this week.

Walker announced Friday that he will sign the bill at Badger Meter in Brown Deer.

Badger Meter’s chief executive and chairman Rich Meeusen this week said passing the bill will lead to between 30 and 50 new jobs at his factory. He spoke out after a coalition of more than 400 businesses joined together in opposition to the proposal.

The Assembly passed it Friday morning on a party line vote with all Republicans in favor and all Democrats against.

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