House Republicans passed legislation late last night to address the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending migrant youths back home without hearings. The bill won over conservatives with a companion bill that could lead to deporting more than half a million immigrants whom the Obama administration granted temporary work permits. President Barack Obama condemned the Republican action.
What can President Barack Obama actually do without Congress to change U.S. immigration policies? A lot, it turns out. Legal experts say the White House almost certainly can delay indefinitely efforts to deport millions of immigrants already in the U.S. illegally. It can give them official work permits that would allow them to legally find jobs, obtain driver's licenses and pay taxes.
Meanwhile, authorities in northern Mexico say security forces have rescued 70 migrants who had been kidnapped and were being held at a house inside a gated community in the coastal city of Madero. Tamaulipas state officials say in a statement yesterday that there were 41 Hondurans, 18 Salvadoran, six Guatemalans, four Nicaraguans and one Cuban.